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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Why does office furniture improve productivity?

Particularly referring to the work place, every piece of furniture will play an important part in boosting productivity. With the addition of great furniture, the ability to take productivity to a new level is effortless. Below are a few ways that great office furniture can boost productivity in the work space:

Boring Furniture will make people lethargic
Office furniture that is dull and uninteresting not only makes people sluggish, but naturally it will make people irritated and clumsy by the mass of work on a person’s desk. Being enclosed with boring furniture, people often loose interest in their work and will affect a persons output to a huge amount. Including exciting configurations and gadgets into the office space will keep people interested in their work increasing their yield.

Vibrant Colours Bring Enthusiasm

A large amount of work places are starting to introduce bright colours – this is due to that cool and bright colours help in lifting peoples attitude which contributes to a better atmosphere. People spend a large majority of their life in the work place so is vital that the there is a nice aura. Bright colours are a good way to relieve stress as well as increasing peoples’ efficiency.

Not only great furniture but cleanliness is also accountable for providing constructive vibes throughout the office. An unorganised office is going to withdraw workers of the enthusiasm and passion to work properly. A clean office is going to make people feel comfortable and they will have the ability to be more constructive in the tasks they undertake.

Keep Items Handy
 Another suggestion includes keeping things accessible. This includes items that are used regularly such as; printers, stationary etc. Often workers will put off work because they need to get up and go to another place to complete the task in hand. A good way for this is to have storage close by. Keeping things handy will not only speed up work but will also affect the amount of output from a worker. 

Split the Office
Dividing the office space into different zones often helps with efficiency. This makes the office more interesting for the workers and can be easily done, for example through acoustic panels, free standing screens or glass partitioning. Allocating two different zones in an office for professional and person use will make people feel more relaxed and that they have more control over their professional and private lives.

Height Adjustable Desks Make People Healthier
Height adjustable desks reduce the chance of diabetes, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease – a wide variety of studies have discovered that there is a connection between the quantity of time a person spends sitting and their chances of dying inside a specific time period. Height adjustable desks are a great way of getting people mobile within the workplace, not only this but it also gives them a chance to be in a different position whilst still working. This will decrease the likelihood of people becoming unsettled and therefore their work load being affected. We have a wide range of height adjustable desks available that would help with productivity.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Getting Your Office Storage Right

A smooth-running office is an imperative aspect of an effective business and finding the correct office storage is a fundamental element of this. The right storage will keep the office space looking clean and tidy, but not only this, it will help the business be efficient. Storage is critical as this helps save time, prevent loss of paperwork or documents and makes sure that organisation is paramount. There are so many different types of storage that are available to a business it can sometime become a little daunting. There are many factors that need to be considered when looking at storage such as the following:

Wooden Storage 

The advantage of wooden storage in the office is that wood is strong, hard-wearing, easy to sustain and good value for money. Choosing wooden storage solutions is a good option for a welcoming look in the office area, as this looks like more of a homely environment. Metal sometimes looks a little cold and uncharacteristic. Another great thing about wooden storage is that it is available in such a wide choice of finishes it can fit in with any office space. In addition, most of our wooden storage ranges are supplied with a full five-year guarantee for peace of mind.

Metal Storage 

Metal storage is frequently found in office spaces as it is strong, durable and low maintenance. Selecting metal storage is a good idea if a modern look is desired. Metal storage can also create a professional image in the office. Metal storage is very durable and is available in a wide choice of colours.  To boot, some of our metal storage is supplied with a full ten-year guarantee!

Built-In Storage 

Built in storage is a great way to make the most of the office space. The built-in storage is fully bespoke, so this can be tailored to the exact specification that it required – whether this is plain shelves or pull out filing frames. All of our built-in storage ranges are fully lockable which ensures that safety and confidentiality is paramount. All of our built-in storage is supplied with a full five-year guarantee. 

Things to Consider

The first thing that you need to consider, is obviously what you are going to be storing and this will affect which storage solution is for you. Some of the following items are important factors to consider when choosing storage:

The Space Available

It is always important to measure the space available in the office space to help decide how much space can be allocated for storage. We offer a free 3D CAD and space planning service that can help with this. It is important to take into deliberation where the other office furniture is going to be positioned. It is fundamental that enough space is left around the furniture and storage for people to freely move around the office space. Allowing space for opening doors, drawers etc is also something that must be considered – again, our space planning service can help with clearances in the office space.

The Amount of Storage Needed

It is Key to evaluate the amount of storage that is needed. You will also need to how much of each type of material is going to be stored so this will also affect the amount of certain storage types that are needed.


An allocated budget should be set before anything is spent on storage. Although the amount spent may want to be limited, it should also be acknowledged that good storage will potentially save both time and money in the future.


If customers or potential customers are visiting the office, then the design is very important to create a professional image. Storage is available in a wide range of designs which allows personal taste to be added to the work environment. Again, our free 3D design service can help with the end goal for the office space. This service also allows the buyer to see what the finishes will look like and what different configurations will look like in the space. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Importance of Your Reception Area

Just like a face represents a person, the reception area represents and office space or business. Similarly, meeting someone face to face, people will form an opinion or judgement about the business by their reception area. As the initial professional point of contact, it is important to make a good first and lasting impression. From meeting new clients to interviewing prospective employees, striking the right balance and interior design and furniture can make all the difference in creating new business relationships.

No matter how great your company is, or how interested the customers are, if the front of a business looks scruffy than it is bound to put potential clients off, even if the rest of the office is smart looking.
It is imperative that a company understands its target audience, which makes the business able to tailor their front of house to their target audience.

The importance of the reception desk is not only to look smart and stylish, but it has to be efficient as well due to the fact that most of the time this is where the front office department of the business are going to be. This means that there are many important tasks carries out in this area such as receiving and sending letters, attending phone calls and of course visitors. The design on the reception desk needs to ensure that it is designed in a way that these tasks can be carried out all at once. The reception desk should never come in the way of smooth operations.

Commonly the reception desk will also be supplied with some storage where the user can keep important documents safely. The desk should also be supplied with some cable management so that the wires are not exposed to the visitors.

The reception area in a way, is like a business card. Visitors should be able to walk in, look around and understand what the company does straight away. It needs to be welcoming but also project creativity by being interesting and surprising. 

Verve Workspace Ltd., can help create the perfect reception area through the use of free 3D CAD drawings. Simply get in touch with us now. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Getting the Perfect Chair Without Breaking the Bank

Getting the perfect chair without breaking the bank

When speaking to our client we often hear that their office chair isn’t suiting their needs. The most common complaint that we hear is that the chair isn’t providing enough back support. This is one o
f the most common aspects of office furniture that gets overlooked. When considering an office chair there are many features that you should look out for such as; ratchet back height adjustment, height adjustable arms, and synchro mechanism and many more. Whatever features you are looking for we will have just the chair for you!

Height Adjustable Arms
Height adjustable arms on an office chair are very important for encouraging the correct posture when sitting in the chair. Arm support the upper torso and reduce the strain and tension on the shoulder and neck area when working at your desk. Height adjustable arms are set back on the chair so that they do not get in-between the you and the desk. When you When a user does not have arms on their chair it encourages the user to slump forward on to the desk. This position causes pressure on the spine and can lead to back pain and tension. Arms on an office chair can also assist the user to get in and out of the chair with ease.

Back Height Adjustment
On some chairs the back-height adjustment is carried out but twisting a knob on the chairs back. Some of the more expensive chairs are supplied with a ratchet mechanism. This operates by moving the chair up on the concealed ratchet system within the back itself. Once the maximum height is reached a further lift returns to the chair back to the bottom of its height adjustment. Back height adjustment allows the user to position the backrest in the correct position for ultimate lumbar support. Your office chair is your home away from home, so it is so important that the correct lumbar and back support is reached.

Synchro Mechanism
The synchro mechanism is the relationship between the seat pad and the backrest, so that the seat pad is at the correct angle compared to the backrest. The synchro mechanism is very simple to operator and widely used in many chairs, this is because the back and seat angles are quickly and simultaneously changeable. This allows posture changes for different activated such as keyboard work or reading. It is essential for the synchro mechanism to be locked in the correct position for the user so that is provide ultimate support. The synchro mechanism can also be locked in the upright position.

Seat Slide
Seat slide if the movement of the seat pad backwards and forwards in relation to the backrest to adjust the effectiveness of the seat pad depth for the user. Regardless of the users height, this enables the user to get the appropriate level of under-thigh support without restricting circulation. The sliding seat pad should make it easy to optimise the users own seat comfort and support.

Lumbar Pump
The lower part of the spine naturally curves inwards towards the belly. A lumbar back support helps to promote good posture by simply filling in the gap between the spine and the seat, supporting the natural inward curve of the lower back. Without a lumbar pump it is more difficult to maintain the correct posture and the lumbar spine and large muscles in the lower back have to work harder to support the proper curvature and alignment. Without a lumbar pump overtime the muscles in the back will tire and become weak which means the users natural tendency would be to slouch and or lean forward in the chair.

A headrest can be particularly helpful for users that need extra neck or head support such as users with back problems. A headrest allows the muscles to relax and it also improves blood flow. A headrest can be easily adjusted to the users needs which provides the right amount of support and in the correct place. Having a headrest on a chair also encourages the users to have the correct posture which reduces the risk of back pain when sitting at a desk.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Eradicating Office Irritants

If you have a think about the most common complaints that you hear around your office, what are they centered around? Ignoring some of the more trivial issues that somebody might have with the 'pen tapper' sat opposite them, or the 'loud chewer' to their left, problems always seem to arise from very avoidable issues with office equipment and layouts. Whether you just NEVER have enough space for all that paperwork you need to process, you KEEP kicking that CPU underneath your desk or if your chair simply does NOTHING for that bad back of yours... we know there'll nearly always be a simple and cost effective solution available.

Sometimes all you have to do is take a step back and think outside the box. One of the most invaluable inputs can often be an outsider's perspective, and this should be taken advantage of whenever it's on offer. Every office, every building and every problem is unique, and it can be quite easy to be blinkered to what is actually a very simple solution for your office.

A4 Blue Spot Verve
Use storage, lighting or monitor arms to make your desks highly ergonomic

Verve Imperial Sirius
Large desks and ample storage help to reduce clutter

We often hear people say that these problems are too trivial or minor to need sorting as a matter of urgency, but we've seen how these issues can fester and build into something much more severe. Our clients come to us with problems - both small and large - that are facing their business. They're on the hunt for the simplest solution that will have the greatest positive effect on their company and the way it operates on a day to day level.

Sometimes all it takes is the simplest of solutions to solve a small problem and prevent it from growing into something more significant. Sometimes, however, you might need a more dramatic overhaul to really get to the heart of the problem. This will provide you with the perfect opportunity to develop the overall layout or to introduce a new style into your office space. One major benefit of fully refurnishing your space in one go is that you can create a consistent style that will last - with guarantees of up to ten years available, you know you can rely on our furniture for years to come. You can also create a custom office space, using various desk shapes and sizes to suit your exact requirements we can create a custom office space that overcomes any of your issues and works for you and your business. Our free space planning and design service is incredibly popular - we can fully plan your office space to make sure you see the full picture and can design exactly how your office will work!
Verve Workspace space planning
Our space planning service allows you to create the perfect office

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Best of British

At Verve, we're incredibly proud to use almost exclusively British manufacturers. We find this has lots of benefits for everybody involved - some of which are obvious, and others maybe not so much. 

A4 Bluespot Desks
A4 Bench Style Desks are Modern and Stylish
The main beneficiaries of British manufacturers are inevitably our customers as the end user. You can have more flexible products on shorter lead times, and the quality is almost always to a much higher standard than most overseas factories. This is reflected in the warranties which come with the furniture as standard. Our UK made furniture nearly always carries a five year guarantee, and if there ever are any problems - which are rare, but can happen with moving parts on drawers and chairs etc. - they can be fixed by a factory engineer very quickly. 

One element that end users don't always consider is continuity, and this is another fantastic benefit of buying British. Imported furniture can vary from batch to batch, so if you buy furniture even a couple of months apart then there can be slight variations between the ranges. With our made to order British ranges you can guarantee absolute continuity, even years after an initial order, which allows you to have a beautifully matching office even if you don't kit it all out in one go.

M3 Bluespot Cantilever Desks
M3 Desks Feature a Cable Managed Frame
Bluespot Reflective storage
Reflective Storage with Light Olive fronts
Bluespot Relection storage
Reflecfive Storage with Burgundy Fronts

We've recently started working alongside a manufacturer based in the north of England who match our passion for great furniture and great service. We've introduced a number of new ranges which we know you'll love, and there are also a whole host of benefits that we can also offer beyond the above advantages:
  • Comes with a TEN YEAR guarantee as standard
  • The most popular sizes are kept in stock for immediate despatch
  • A huge range of additional sizes are made to order in under two weeks
  • Stylish gloss finishes are available from the Reflective storage range.
C3 bluespot Desks
Square Panel Base Corner Desks
These new ranges all offer fantastic style and are great value for money - whether you're after one desk or a full office fit out. The variety of available shapes and sizes allows you to fit out your entire office with matching furniture, no matter what limitations your office or working practices might have. This gives you excellent consistency and continuity throughout your space, and doesn't have to break the bank either!

If you need any further details about our new ranges, or indeed any of our older ones, then please just give us a call on 01604 217879, or email us on!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Keeping the Office Running Smoothly...

Monitor Arm Verve
Screen Mounted Monitor Arm
We all know what an office needs to operate; the basics that are required to make it function. Desks, chairs, computers, storage, telephones etc. are all very much an established part of the modern office, but what else can we bring in to make it run more smoothly, effectively and stylishly than it otherwise would?

There are some very basic additions which are essential for running an effective office space and have been going unnoticed and unappreciated for years. We're talking about desk divider screens, and they certainly do a lot more than just stop mess from spilling onto neighbouring desks! Noisy call centre environments in particular are prime candidates for upholstered screens, they operate as fantastic sound barriers and absorb any excess noise.

Pure Office Furniture Verve
Pure Desks with a Range of Accessories

There are plenty of less obvious things that you can also bring into your office to help make things operate as smoothly as possible. One of our most popular products in recent years has been monitor arms. They raise the monitor away from the desk top, either via a screen attachment or a desk clamp, and create a lighter and more open desk space beneath. The development of monitor arms has come on leaps and bounds in recent years as flat screen monitors have become more widely used in offices. With office space at such a premium, desks are getting smaller as more workers have to be fitted into the available space, and any methods of optimising desk space become worth their weight in gold (fortunately monitor arms are very light, so this doesn't price them off the market!).

Ambus Boardroom Table Cable Managed Verve
Ambus Boardroom Table, with Lift Out Cable Access Tiles
Effective cable management is also essential for keeping both a tidy and an operational office space. It's very difficult to keep your desk ship-shape and operational if there are cables everywhere, so finding a place to hide them away is very important. This can be done through the cable ports, a sliding top, cable trays, cable managed legs, or a combination of a few of these. Sliding tops are particularly useful for allowing regular access to plugs, and are especially popular for hot desks or IT workers. Additional power modules can also be put in cable trays, under sliding tops or beneath cable access tiles to allow a range of power/data sources to be fed throughout the office neatly and easily.

The range of accessories that are available in the modern office to make sure that it runs smoothly is fascinating. The requirements of offices have developed at such a rapid rate in recent years that accessories have had to keep up, and in some cases even outstrip the technological advances.