Free Rollin’ About The Office

Last week we talked about how important it is to take them time to clean your office chair regularly and to make sure the small maintenance jobs are done at least about every six months. These things can seriously and severely increase the life of your office chair. Refer back to last week’s post if you need a refresher.

Even if you do a pretty good job of wiping down your office chair and tightening the screws and bolts that keep it together, many people forget to clean a very important part of their chair, the wheels. Office chairs with wheels are a lifesaver and can help you maintain appropriate posture when moving and reaching about your office. Nothing is quite as annoying as a chair that has useless wheels. You know what I am talking about, you sit down and go to roll over to the other side of the desk and the wheels catch and you try to wiggle it over anyways but your efforts are pointless.

Most often, wheels start catching and not moving smoothly because they are dirty. They might just need a good wipe down or you may need to take some time to remove any built up hair or strings that those wheels picked up as you wheeled your chair around the office.

The thing is, you found the perfect office chair and it is equipped with wheels, so why would you not take the time to ensure proper movement and ability? Here are a few tips to help you keep your chair rolling and your wheels happy.

First, you should take the time to check your wheels for anything large enough to impact movement regularly, probably every other week or so. It is easier to remove smaller amounts of hair or a few strings instead of a garble of things that has built up over months. This will help your chair stay moving freely and smoothly.

Second, it can be a great idea to wipe down the wheels with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust that is beginning to build up and impact the range of mobility as well. Simply lay your chair over on its side and wipe the wheels one at a time by spinning the wheel slowly while wiping about the grime.

Taking the few moments to do these simple and easy tasks will help your office chair last longer and keep you from experiencing the frustrating moments when your wheels catch and you can’t move about the way you want! It will also help you not have to purchase new parts or even a new chair as often!

General Maintenance To Make Your Office Chair Last

Whether it is your home office chair, your office building chair, or what have you, to keep a chair in good condition they need a little love. You went through the process of finding the right office chair and spending money on something you want to last. The thing is, too many people think that office chairs will just keep on rolling through the years without worry from the owner. This isn’t the case entirely. Bi-annual maintenance, at least, can thoroughly extend the life of your chair and make it more enjoyable to continue using it.

What do you do for maintenance on an office chair, you ask? It is pretty simple really. Keeping it clean and free of stains and spills is a great step in keeping your chair in good condition. If you have a fabric office chair it is a great idea to do a quick once over with a vacuum to suck out all the dust and things that accumulate over time. It is best to do this weekly but if you find that just doesn’t fit in with your schedule, try doing it every other week.

Those with plastic, mesh, or other type chairs aren’t off the hook from weekly cleaning either. Make sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth, take care not to use too much water, just enough to wipe it clean.

If you spill on your chair, food or a drink perhaps when you were too busy to take a proper lunch break in the break room, make sure to take quick action. Use something to soak up as much of the spill as possible (especially important with fabric chairs), and then gently try to wipe the spill up with a damp cloth. If the stain is persistent, make sure to use an upholstery safe and gentle cleaner to try to remove the stain.

Another important part of regular office chair maintenance is to tighten up all the screws on your chair every six months. Your chair most likely came with this instruction in the box somewhere. Screws get loose over time and it is important for your chair to keep working properly to tighten them appropriately about every six months. Be careful not to tighten them too tight or strip the screws as this will make it very hard to adjust your chair in the future. If you have questions regarding your office chair from Direct Office Chairs and its maintenance, give us a call!

Ideas For Positive Office Morale

Working day in and day out within the confines of an office, or an office cubicle can really start to wear on employees. Managers may feel the pressure to boost employee morale to avoid a high rate of turnover. By creating a work environment that naturally rewards those that reside in it can be an effective way to create employees that are hardworking, loyal to the company, and happy. The best employees are happy ones, so here are some ideas to help you create the best environment for efficient, happy, and helpful employees.

Don’t Hire People That Make The Workplace A Bad Place

This might seem like something of a no-brainer, but there are a lot of people who present well to the boss but spend their time demeaning and talking down to other employees. Having these types of people in the office make it easy for people to start hating their jobs, being less happy, and losing loyalty to the company. All these things impact the quality and efficiency of the work being done by employees.

Get People To Take Lunch Breaks

Yeah, it really is important. There are too many people sitting around their desks working away on projects and their to-do lists that miss lunch. When your employees don’t remember to take care of themselves and step away for a bit, their creative thinking, efficiency, and morale can be largely negatively impacted. Encourage co-workers and employees to take a break for lunch. Have a day a week that the office goes out to lunch or brings dishes for a company potluck.

Bonuses And Vacation Days

Bonuses might sound painful to employers who are pinching pennies, but some studies have found that giving out bonuses that are unexpected and given as gifts can increase productivity to levels that are similar to hiring on a new worker! The same kind of thing goes for encouraging your employees to take vacations every once in a while. People often skip lunch, much less take off for a few days for a respite from work. They often say that taking a vacation is more stressful than just coming to work. Offer to take on some of the stresses while they are on vacation so they don’t come back to a disaster and send them on their way!

Celebrate Important Days

This can be as simple as devoting a lunch hour each month to all the employees that have birthdays that month or as intricate as giving everyone their birthday present as a day off from work. Recognition for important days helps employees feel that they are valued as a person first and as an employee second with helps companies be more productive.

Different Types Of Chairs You May Need Or Want

There are so many needs and uses for different chairs out there. Some people prefer chairs to be plush and comfy while others want a firm chair that offers support. Some people are shorter than others while some have mile long legs that get shoved into their mouth when they sit. Here at Direct Office Chairs we value variety and quality and are happy to help you find the right chair for you! Not only do we have the selection you need to find the perfect chair for you, we also have the chairs you want for all your sitting needs. Check out some of our featured chairs below and start browsing our incredible selection today!

Drafting Chairs

Not every table or bar is the same height. Some are shorter and some are taller than the normal, standard height most of us are accustomed to. For the breakfast bars and taller seating you need we would like to introduce you to our drafting chairs. Style is personal and we want you to have the chair that matches your personality and design preferences so check out our selection!

Reception Furniture

If you are looking to update your office furniture to spice up that waiting room, we can help you out. The best part about reception furniture is that there is such a huge variety to choose from. Styles and colors can be nearly as individual as you and your company’s needs. Browse our high quality selection of arm chair type waiting room furniture or the more simplistic types that offer a sleek modern vibe.

Desk Chairs

If you are working at a desk most of the day you need to have a good chair that supports you in all the right places. Too many people sit for too long in a slouched or slumped positions that put a lot of strain on their backs, shoulders, and necks. This leads to pain and aching that bother many people to a great extent. To help you avoid all these negatives, let us help you find the perfect ergonomic chair to fit your needs and your body.

Big And Tall Chairs

There are many chairs out there that don’t cater to those that are taller, longer, or more heavy set than others. Making sure all of our customers find the best option for them is one of our priorities. With that in mind we are happy to offer a line of big and tall chairs that fit more people.

Add Some Fall Excitement To Your Workspace

The seasons are exciting things. Especially when the season we are talking about is fall! As September rolls around is it the time pumpkin spice everything is going to hit the markets and the weather will start getting crisp. The green leaves of summer are going to start changing to the sweet and lovely red-ish colors of fall. No one wants to miss out on the beauty and happiness this time of year brings, especially if they are missing out on it because they stuck at work! Here are a few great ways to bring the fall excitement into your office so you don’t have to miss out on the hype.

Bring in some colors!

The colors of fall are really one of the most exciting parts of the season. If you are feeling a little dreary because you are staring at white walls and missing out on the splendor outside take a moment to gather some fall flowers that showcase the all the best colors of the season. Most people only think of flowers as something for spring and summer but some really gorgeous fall flowers are out there waiting at your local market to brighten up your office with their glorious fall colors.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and they aren’t just for eating.

Although splendid uses for pumpkins, you can also use them to decorate your house and around the office. With all the sizes and colors that are available it is a simple thing to bring some in as desk decoration or put together a simple decorative area in your office. Try using pumpkins, candles, leaves or flowers to make your office a reflection of the outside glory.

Bring in the good smells of the season.

If you work in an office that allows candles, or a candle on a candle warmer, it can be a great way to keep the season in the office by warming a fall scented candle. If you enjoy the pumpkin spice craze that so many people do, look for a pumpkin spice candle. If you don’t enjoy that scent as much try some hazelnut or cinnamon smelling pumpkins.

Fall is a very exciting time with so many great flavors, smells, and decorations. Don’t cut yourself short by not bringing some of the excitement and fun into your workspace. If possible, try to get the whole office involved or if you are the manager make something exciting to make the whole office feel the spirit of the season.

Hazards Of Sitting And Using The Wrong Office Chair

The jury has come back to court and has agreed that sitting all day is pretty hard on your body. In fact, the jury has supporting research and studies that prove this is indeed fact, and it is hardly a surprise to anyone these days. If you still have your doubts, feel free to check out the science that backs up all of those claims.

Society has been made aware of the many ways that sitting for long periods of time can negatively impact your life, to the point of shortening lifespans. Not only does sitting a lot mean you are not getting your blood pumping or strengthening your muscles, but if you combine it with staring at a computer, you also can experience worsening vision. One of the most noticeable, at least right away, symptoms of sitting a lot, especially if you are using an old or inappropriate office chair for you, is the tension and aches in your back, neck, and shoulders.

What is up with that? Well, most people are not sitting correctly when they are at work or sitting anywhere really. Most people are slouching over and this puts pressure all over your body. The more you sit, incorrectly especially, the weaker your muscles get that you need to keep your body upright and in the proper position.

If you aren’t using an ergonomic chair that helps to support your back and body in all the appropriate places, you are probably going to experience some aches and pains throughout your body. The right support is vital to a healthy spine and preventing strained and tired muscles.

Many people don’t feel that they can afford a nice office chair that is ergonomic in nature and provides them with the needed support. This is simply not true. There are so many options on the market for every price range. Plus, purchasing the right chair is an investment in your health and can save you money at the doctor’s office, pain, and money spent on creams and back pain accessories. Do yourself a favor and check out our amazing options we have available.

Check out all the different selections of chairs we have including executive office chairs, desk chairs, chairs with and without wheels, and mesh office chairs. Direct Office Chairs prides itself on its friendly and supportive staff, including our customer service agents. If you have any questions while browsing our collections, feel free to get in contact with us.

Is It Time For An Office Furniture Update?

As an office manager or an owner has to consider the layout of their office and the furniture that is being used in the office by themselves, employees, and clients. The furniture that you are using in the office can benefit or hinder all those that use it. The right furniture can set the tone and mood of the office which can influence workplace mood, ambiance, and efficiency. Over the last few decades there have been huge improvements in the design of office furniture, the materials used in their creation, and the ergonomic qualities they hold.

If your office is still using old, heavy and ugly desks and chairs from who knows when, it is time to consider an update. The wrong type of furniture can wear on employees and dissuade clients and patients from using your practice. An update can offer quite a few benefits for everyone in the office, and everyone that visits it, as well.

For one, the look of your office will be updated and more in style with the times. Having a well designed office makes clients or patients feel at home and more confident in the company’s ability to provide professional and high quality products and services. Do your company a favor and give the office a makeover to improve the ability to serve those you intend to serve.

Your employees will thank you for investing in them and in the company. Providing your employees with modern, high quality, and up to date ergonomic furniture shows you care about their health and well-being which inspires loyalty and appreciation. By putting forth the effort and money to provide updated furniture for your employees, you are showing that you believe in them and in the quality and life of the company.

Modern office furniture comes with many perks that your ancient furniture is most likely lacking. The manufacturing world today is held to higher quality standards and makes use of better and stronger materials. Your new furniture will also most likely come with a warranty that allows you to contact the manufacturer in case of necessary part replacements and simple fixes.

With so many benefits of investing in modern furniture for your office, how could you afford not to? The office will become a place of modern design and comfort instead of a work space that is dull and uninviting. Clients and patients will feel welcome and at ease.

What Kind Of Chair Should You Pick?

There are so many different types of chairs on the market these days. There are a huge variety of styles, looks, trends, fabrics, and materials to choose from that it can be a pretty big decision to make. Depending on what you are looking for out of your chair, you may want to consider a few different things such as material type, size, and usability. Of course, you also want something that is comfortable and ergonomic because no one wants to go home with a sore back.

The materials chairs are made of can make a statement all themselves. They also have different benefits when it comes to each user. So what kind of material might you consider when you are on the hunt for that perfect office chair?

When it comes to any big purchase, the first thing you need to figure out is your budget. There are office chairs that will fit in any budget, but not every material type will be popular with each section. The good news is that there is typically at least something similar to what you want, if not the exact material type. After you have decided on your budget you can commence looking at chairs!

The second thing you should consider is the type of material that is comfortable to you, some people really love leather furniture, others can’t stand the feel. Some people like the feel of cushioned fabric and others want a firm mesh type chair. If you aren’t sure what type of material you would be most comfortable in, go and try some out at some stores. It will help you narrow down the material type you will love. This is also the time to think about your body. Some people feel sweaty when they are sitting in a leather chair all day, and might like how a mesh chair offers air flow. Other people might want a cotton like fabric because it is soft and comfortable on their arms and legs.

Third, you want to consider is the look you want your office to have. Most of the time, if a person is going for a high end, professional, study type of look, they automatically think of big leather chairs that command respect and attention. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of regal and professional looking chairs to choose from even if you aren’t a fan of leather.

How To Stand Out In The Office

Everyone wants to have a great work environment, a friendly and fun boss, dependable coworkers and everything else that goes with having the perfect career or job opportunity. They want the great tools, devices, and furniture that makes for a good day at work, but what a lot of people don’t think about as much is what makes them stand out in the office. Here are a few ways to make sure you are a valuable employee that your employer is sure to take note of.

Be Dependable…Always

One of the most basic ways to make a good impression is to always to do what you are supposed to do, and always be what you are supposed to be. This means no excuses for late work, missing reports or documents, or being unprofessional in the office. You were hired to be a professional and to do a good job, now stick to it and show that you are capable of handling your responsibilities. This includes being on time for work, meetings, and for clocking back in after lunch.

Take Extra Opportunities

Something that is sure to catch your boss’s eye is if you are working to increase your skill base and knowledge about the office and things that will benefit it. Attending extra workshops that aren’t required of you are great ways to show you are serious about doing a good job and getting things done. Someone that shows initiative is sure to be considered for benefits and promotions that less driven employees are not.

Build Positive Professional Relationships

You may not like all your coworkers, but being polite and professional to everyone in the office really has nothing to do with liking them. Never underestimate the power good words from your coworkers can do when it comes to who is being laid off, who is being promoted, and how the office culture works. While it is important to have positive relationships with others in the office, it is also important to make sure they are professional. Coworkers notice when things are not appropriate whether that is the comments you make or what you spend your time doing.


It is incredibly important to be ethical in all the work you do. If your office is promoting unethical practices, it is time you found a new job. Always be honest and trustworthy in what you do in the office. Employees that can be trusted to do what they say they will do, act in a professional manner, and uphold the highest values that increase the good name of a company are always in high demand.

Back Pain From The Office?

Back pain is one of those truly terrible things that life has to offer. It can range from being annoying to being life changing because of the pain. Your spine is the center for many of the nerves and tendons that spread throughout your body, so protecting it is pretty important. This is why it is important to take it seriously when you start having back pain.

A common reason adults have back pain today, if they work in an office setting, is because of how they sit all day and what kind of chair they are using. A chair that doesn’t offer the appropriate support to your back, arms, and legs will wear on your muscles and eventually cause pain and tension. This is why it is so important to put in the time and effort to finding the right chair for you that fits your body correctly and supports everything a good chair should support.

If you are experiencing back pain there are a few things that you can try at home before seeking out medical or alternative help. Of course, if your pain is severe, you should not delay getting the professional help you need.

At home remedies can lessen a lot of the pain you may be feeling which will be an intense relief as back pain can make every day feel pretty terrible. One of the first things many people try is taking a few over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines to bring the pain to a lesser intensity. Always be sure to take these are the directions state to avoid causing other health problems.

Taking a warm bath with epsom salts is another great way to relieve some of the tension you are feeling in your back. This works particularly well if your pain is due to muscle tension or soreness. Gentle massages can also work out many of the knots and tension you are feeling. Try a foam roller or laying on a tennis ball and rolling it around your back to help relieve the stress.

Sometimes, back pain and stiffness can also come from your muscles being too tight, maybe because they aren’t stretched out much or your posture contributes to a tight back. Doing some basic stretches to help stretch out those muscles can do wonders. Try to incorporate a few minutes of stretching every day to help keep your body and back healthy and happy.