Home Office Inspiration

Monchromatic Feels

If you’re like me you dream of a work space at home where you can sit and write, design, catch up on emails… just a bit of peace and quiet where you can sit and be inspired. But the truth is your home office is a dumping ground for bills, paperwork, half started projects, old coffee cups and mostly clothes waiting to be ironed. Well it’s a New Year people and what better time to claim your work space back and get reinspired.

This year is all about monochrome, keeping things simple, sleek and clutter free. We have taken a few ideas from Pinterest and are going to show you how you can re create the look using some of our Prima Express range.

WORK STATION – We decided to use the Odyssey workstation (priced at $330). Using a corner work station is a great way to maximise desk space and using minimal room space. Remember a corner work station doesn’t need to be put in the corner. Turn it around and it can be used to create a little nook for your family to sit across from you while you work or client meetings.

SEATING – A very important part of your home office is your office chair. We have chosen the sleek Prima 605M Executive chair (priced at $260). The black seat and chrome fittings give a luxe monochromatic look. Wheels make it easy to scoot around your space. Another idea is a comfy lounge or seat for your visiting family members or even clients. We like the Prima Venus chair (priced at $325), the perfect accompaniment to your home office.

FILING AND STORAGE – In every home office you need a filing cabinet. We all hate filing but it’s kind of a necessity to store your important files, warranties, certificates etc. If storage is an issue we suggest using the Go Mobile Steel Pedestal File (priced at $190) in black, white or grey. This gives you 2 draws of storage for stationary and papers and a bottom file for documents. Add a while Credenza storage unit (priced at $285) to keep your bits and bobs and place photo frames and ornaments on top of to compete your mood.

SHELVING – We all have tones of books don’t we don’t know where to store. A book shelf is a must in a home office. A stylish way to display your treasured hardbacks is on a Prima Bookshelf (priced at $190). Colours coordinate your spines for effect. Stack books on top of each other and some standing side by side with ornaments and quirky book ends to give life to your display.

Now all you need to do is add the final touches. A Prima Pin Board (priced at $55) some great on trend prints – inspirational quotes are always a good place to start. Potted plants in stylish vases are a must and finish some quirky stationary holders, folders and supplies and you have a complete, relaxed, monochromatic, inspiring work space. Now hurry up and get inspired for 2016.

Choosing The Right Ergonomic Chair For You

Er·go·nom·ics. – The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering. (Wikipedia)


Your office workstation is where it all starts. If your workstation or home office is poorly thought out in design, this could be causing you more harm than good. As most of us would rather be at home on the couch, we spend sometimes more than 8 hours on our office chair, so we need to get this vital ‘tool of the trade’ correct.

A well designed office or workstation or home office workspace improves productivity, decreases stress on the body which in turn reduces fatigue and discomfort. The better we can adjust our body to sit with the correct posture and proportions the less time we will spend tripping to the chiropractor for an adjustment.

Here are some of our tips on choosing the best ergonomic chair for your workstation.

Chair height

Feet should be flat on the floor or on a foot rest. Thighs should be parallel to the ground as well as forearms to the office table. Think 90 degree angles at all points. If your chair positioning is too high, this can limit your blood circulation. If your positioning is to low and knees are higher than your hips, this can put pressure on your tail bone and lower back.

Recline-ability

Most ergonomic chairs these days have a natural glide mechanism which enables your back rest to move freely back and forewords, giving more comfort and less restriction. If you wish to not use this function and like a sturdy back rest, remember to keep it at a comfortable 90 degree’s. Too far back and you will be putting presser on your spine.

Seat

An adjustable seat depth allows you to slide your seat forwards or back to suit your thigh length. A good guide line is to have 3 fingers width distance between the back of your knee and the front of your seat. If a seat is too long you will be inclined to prop yourself forward, losing the benefit of a back rest, in turn causing strain to your legs and lower back.

Armrests

Adjustable arm rests are a great addition to your chair. When not in use they can be pushed back out of the way allowing you to get closer to your work or in and out of your chair faster.

When arm rests are in use, arms need to be resting comfortably. Shoulders should not be hunched or raised. Most arm rests can be adjusted in height so your elbows are at a comfortable 90 degrees. Forearms should always be parallel to the floor when typing or using your mouse.

Back Support

The ability to sit correctly allows oxygen to move to your muscles and increases blood flow to the brain, improving focus and productivity. Your back rest should mould with the contour of your back, giving support to all parts of your upper and lower back.

Mobility

Do you need a chair with wheels or one that is stationary? A chair with wheels allows you to move freely around your workspace, this is helpful if your workstation is large. If your floor is carpeted, purchasing a plastic mat will improve your chairs move ability.

Things to consider

Looks aren’t everything.

Choose the right fabric for your situation. E.g. If your office doesn’t have air-conditioning perhaps a leather chair may not be the best option.

Comfort is the key

Try before you buy

A well designed ergonomic chair is worth the investment.

Click here are some of our best ergonomic designed chairs.

Deskercise

13 exercise tips in the office using your desk, your chair and other office furniture.

 

The word exercise comes from the Latin exercere, meaning to keep busy or at work.

The typical adult sits down on a chair for about 13 hours a day. This includes eating breakfast, the commute both ways to the work, a lot of the day in the office, followed by a night on the couch watching the television. We sleep for around 8 hours, so that leaves us with 3 hours of minimal standing and walking, which to be honest just isn’t enough to count as part of our 30 mins a day of physical exercise our body requires to stay fit and healthy. All of this sitting each day increases the risk of obesity, back pain, bad posture and so much more.

Exercise is simply the act of keeping your body busy, using your muscles and bones while your heart keeps pumping. But you may think, where can I find the time to get my 30 mins a day when I’m in the office at my desk all day? But there are exercises you can do right at your desk to help you improve your body’s flexibility and strength with nothing but a few minutes and your desk and chair.

Here are some tips from Jason Queiros a chiropractor at Stamford Sports and Spine in Connecticut in the USA via Forbes.com

  • “It’s important that your desk chair be at the proper height to reduce strain on your neck and back,” he says. “The chair provides the support for your body throughout the day. Adjust the height so you’re in a 90-90-90 position; feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest and your knees and hips bent at 90-degree angles. Keep your lower spine flat against the back of the chair to maintain proper curvature. The chair will help keep the rest of your back and neck erect in order to decrease your chance of hunching forward, which can cause spasms in the back and neck and lead to headaches.”
  • “The top one-third of the computer monitor should be above eye level on your desk, both to decrease eyestrain and to prevent hunching forward,” he says. “Make sure you’re not craning your neck forward.”
  • “Stretching is important and easy and can help diminish back pain. Try the neck stretch: Touch your ear to your shoulder and hold it there. For a chest opener, stretch your arms back as if you were trying to grab a pencil between your shoulder blades. Stand in a doorway, hold the door frame on each side and walk forward until you feel a stretch in your chest. Last, try supported back extensions. Hold your hips and gently extend your back by bending backward.
  • “Folks who rarely disengage from the keyboard often develop carpal tunnel syndrome. But this affliction shouldn’t catch up to you if you repeat this simple move every day. Stand at your desk, and, arms straight, place your palms on the desk with your fingers pointed toward you. Lower your body slowly until you feel the stretch (you won’t have to go far). Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat as needed through the day”
  • “The “Magic Carpet Ride” works your core and arms. Sit in your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Then place your hands on the armrests, suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.
  • “For lower-body strength, try the “Wooden Leg.” Sit in your chair. Extend one leg out straight in front of you. Hold for two seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can, and hold it again for two seconds. Repeat with each leg 15 times”
  • Remember to always take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Take a walk around the office to visit other co workers instead of emailing or calling them
  • Park far away from the office
  • Walk to ride your bike to work
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat health lunches and snacks
  • Stay clear of lunch trucks and vending machines