Choosing Draughtsman Chairs

There are several types of chairs for draughtsman you can choose from. However, before making a decision, there are several factors you should take into account:

  • What purpose do you want the chair for?
  • What are the types of adjustment options you want?
  • Do you have frequent workspace changes?
  • Do you want armrests for additional comfort?
  • Do you require footrests?

After determining exactly what you require, you will be able to choose the best suited draughtsman chair. here is a link to our Draughtsman Chairs

Working at a high desk can be stressful, not to mention tiring. This is why it is necessary to ensure comfort. This is where a Draughtsman Chair comes in handy. Not only can it be adjusted, but it provides adequate support lumbar support as well.

Working at High Desks
Many workplaces use high desks in order to conserve space. High desks offer many advantages, but they can be a challenge to use. This is why employees prefer draughtsman chairs. They can easily be adjusted to a height.

Lumbar Support and Backache
Draughtsman chairs also provide excellent back support. You don’t have to sit uncomfortably. Most chairs have three adjustment levels that allow you to customize your chair’s position.
Draughtsman chairs not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of a workplace, but are a ergonomic necessity.

Phoenix Office Furniture

The Phoenix range off office furniture is our most competitively priced range of furniture but still offering excellent quality and styling and is as superior as our other office furniture ranges.  The Phoenix range includes rectangular, wave and crescent office desks, mobile and desk high pedestals, storage including bookcases, cupboards and wooden filing cabinets.

Rectangular desks offering various widths of 1200mm, 1400mm, 1600mm and 1800mm with a depth of 800mm and height 730mm.  Available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.  These desks have a 25mm thick desktop surface, dual cable management ports, adjustable feet for floor levelling and dual leg uprights for extra strength.  Also available as a panel end version.  Delivered flat packed, simple assembly is required.

Phoenix Rectangular Desk

Phoenix Rectangular Desk

Wave desks offering widths of 1400mm and 1600mm with a depth of 1000mm/800mm and height 730mm.  Available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.  These desks have a 25mm thick desktop surface, dual cable management ports, adjustable feet for floor levelling and dual leg uprights for extra strength.  Also available as a panel end version.  Delivered flat packed, simple assembly is required.

Phoenix Wave Desk

Phoenix Wave Desk

Crescent desks offering widths of 1400mm and 1600mm.  The depth of the desk is 800mm and 600mm at the return end.  The width of the return is 1200mm and has a height of 730mm.  Available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.  These desks have a 25mm thick desktop surface, three cable management ports, adjustable feet for floor levelling and dual leg uprights for extra strength.  Also available as a panel end version.  Delivered flat packed, simple assembly is required.

Phoenix Crescent Desk

Phoenix Crescent Desk

Mobile pedestals available as a 2 or 3 drawer version.  The 2 drawer pedestal has a single box drawer and a single filing drawer suitable for storing foolscap files.  The 3 drawer pedestal has 3 box drawers.  Both the 2 and 3 drawer pedestals are lockable and supplied with 2 keys and delivered fully built.  Available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.

3 Drawer-Mobile Pedestal

3 Drawer-Mobile Pedestal

Desk high pedestals are designed to be positioned at the end of a desk.  There are 2 depths of pedestal available, 600mm and 800mm.  The 600mm pedestal is designed to sit at the end of  the return end of a crescent desk.  The 800mm pedestal is the depth of a standard desk and can be situated are the other end of a crescent desk or to the end of a rectangular or wave desk.  The desk high pedestal has 2 box drawers and a single filing drawer suitable for storing foolscap files.  Lockable, supplied with 2 keys and delivered fully built.  Available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.

Desk High Pedestal Maple

Desk High Pedestal Maple

Filing cabinets available in 5 finishes including beech, maple, oak, walnut and white.  The Phoenix filing cabinets are available as 2, 3 or 4 drawer versions.  They include an anti-tilt mechinism which allows only one drawer to be open at any time preventing the cabinet from tipping over.  Suitable for foolscap filing and delivered fully built.

4 Drawer Filing Cabinet Beech

4 Drawer Filing Cabinet Beech

The Phoenix range of office furniture is available on a standard 3-5 day delivery or for an additional £10.00+vat per item can be delivered next working day.  We also offer a full deliver and install service charged at £30.00+vat per item.

Your Office

About your Office

Why Should You Care About Your Office Furniture?  Well, the furniture in your office is a big part of the success of your business and it’s not something that should be taken lightly.  You need to carefully choose office furniture, which reflects your brand, promotes comfortable working practices and increases employee productivity.

Office Design Ideas

Designing an inspiring office through your décor is difficult, but important when it comes to motivating employees and increasing productivity.  You want to make your office environment as creative is possible and coloured office furniture is becoming increasingly popular – especially if you can find a colour which matches your branding.  Moving away from the traditional woodgrain furniture in your office and adding a splash of colour can help to motivate your employees, but just as popular of a trend is using white as the base for all your furniture as it’s a neutral option that allows the decor of the room or space be the centre of attention.

Your office environment may have become dull and grey over the years and your employees lack motivation because of their working environment.

It could also be the years of sitting on an old office chair that is giving them aches and pains. Freshening up your office furniture allows you to show potential customers and visitors that you’re forward thinking, whilst giving your staff a new lease of life.

Well Being in the Workplace

It can be a real struggle to get yourself moving throughout the day especially when you feel like you are chained to your office desk.  The recommended goal by health experts is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.  This can be a challenge when many of us spend at least 8 hours a day in an office environment which has led to the introduction of flexible working practices to try and mix up your day.

Height adjustable desks have been around for quite some time, but the ergonomic sit-stand systems are now becoming increasingly popular in the workplace to help reduce the amount of time employees spend sitting down at their office desk. The overall goal of these new desk solutions is to help improve an individual’s office health.

Benefits of Acoustics in the Workplace

Studies show that workers lose, on average, 21.5 minutes a day due to conversational distractions.  A noisy office has also been proven to increase stress levels and dramatically decrease employee productivity – workers can be up to 66% less productive when exposed to just one nearby conversation.

Whilst workers in closed plan offices can still fall victim to noise distractions, workers in open plan offices can often experience these distractions on a much greater scale. With open plan offices making up 54% of UK offices and 70% of US offices, office acoustics are becoming a necessity for more and more businesses.

Budget Draughtsman Chairs

Introducing the new budget range of draughtsman chair consiting of the Eclipse 2 and the Luna 2 chairs.  These 2 chirs are from the cheaper end of the range but still offer excellent qu

Eclipse 2 Draughtsman Chair

Eclipse 2 Draughtsman Chair

ality but at a more appealing price.

The Eclipse 2 and Luna 2 draughtsman chairs are available in black or blue fabric, have an extended 14″ gas lift for a much greater seat height, adjustable foot ring and supplied with glides as standard.  Castors are also available as an optional extra.

Also available with fixed loop or height adjustbale arms dependant on the user’s personal preference,

Luna 2 Draughtsman Chair

Luna 2 Draughtsman Chair

The Luna 2 draughtsman chair has a slightly wider seat and is also tested and certified to EN1335 for strength and stability and thus offering a greater weight tolerance.

The foot ring on both chairs is adjustable and can be raised and lowered to suit the comfort of the operator.  The back rest is also fully adjustable with back and and back height adjustments which can be easily made using the second lever for the back angle and the hand wheel to adjust and lock the back height.  The Eclipse 2 Draughtsman Chair is the cheapest of the 2 chairs and more suitable for lighter use.

These draughtsman chairs are available on a next working day delivery within mainland UK (may exclude highlands – please contact us to enquire on delivery for these and other areas.



More About Draughtsman Chairs

Demands within the office are higher than ever.  Market competition forces people to push harder, working longer and on a wider range of tasks at a time.  This calls for the workforce to be comfortable and ergonomically positioned within the office workspace.

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

Draughtsman chairs have so efficiently filled the gap.  They allow for an operator to move easily within the workspace and are made to be easily adjustable so as to provide comfort. The benefits of draughtsman chairs cannot be overstated and can be very versatile to you working requirements.

Draughtsman chairs are designed for maximum flexibility. For instance, draughtsman chairs are fitted with an extended gas lift so as to makes it possible to alter the height to an extended position above a standard office chair, providing the adaptability that makes it so attractive for the workplace.  If you are working on a high desk the ability to adjust the height is crucial to ensure that you do not strain your neck and back while sitting.

This type of draughtsman chair is also created to provide comfort to the user.  They have an excellent back support and also with the option of an integrated inflatable lumbar suppor that makes it possible for one to sit at their chair for up to 8 hours, a quality that is on high demand in today’s competitive market.

Draughtsman Chair - Folding Back

Today’s chairs are designed to be ergonomic so as to prevent back aches.  Besides the back rest, some draughtsman chairs also provide armrests, lumbar support and also a foot rest all to ensure that the user has maximum comfort.

In the modern workspace draughtsman chairs are not just another product but have become a necessity for the office workspace.

The Juno Draughtsman Chair Range

Relax Office Furniture’s Juno range of draughtsman chairs are high quality chairs at very competitive prices.  The Juno range was developed by Relax Office Furniture and are made to order incoroporating a range of options and fabrics according to the customer’s specification.

Juno High Back Draughtsman Chair

Juno High Back Draughtsman Chair

A range of chair variations are available in the Juno draughtsman chair range, all with additional options available.  Our most popular draughtsman chairs are the Juno fabric high back and medium back chairs.  As standard they are supplied with a 2 lever mechanism which gives seat height adjustment and back angle adjustment allowing the back to be locked into any position.  The back height is also adjustable using the hand wheel located at the back of the seat.

The seat and back foam is a moulded combustion modified foam and meets BS7176 Crib 5 fire retardancy.  Along with the Mainline or Omega Plus fabric we offer with this chair, both also meet Crib 5 fire retardancy, the Juno range is suitable for use in offices, public places, government departments, educational establishments, hospitals and the home.  Other fabric ranges are also available from Camira, Bradbury or Cheiftain which cover pretty much every fabric colour you could think of.  You could even match your company colours and run the theme throughout your offices, factory or lab areas.

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

The Juno range is also available with a chrome base and gas strut.  Often more desirable if used in reception areas which creates a nice quality look and feel for first impressions.

Various options are available including adjustable arms, soft edge castors (for use on tiles or hard floors), brake loaded castors (which lock when weight is applied to the chair), seat tilt, seat slide and an integrated pump up lumbar support.  The Juno range is made to order and then despatched on a next day courier delivery.

The Juno Draughtsman chair range is also available upholstered in a wipe clean vinyl and all as either a high or medium back chair.

The Juno range is supplied with a 5 year guarantee for piece of mind

ESD Draughtsman Chairs

ESD Draughtsman Chair

ESD (Electro Static Dissipative) Draughtsman Chair

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. A buildup of static electricity can be caused by tribocharging or by electrostatic induction. The ESD occurs when differently-charged objects are brought close together or when the dielectric between them breaks down, often creating a visible spark.  (Source: Wiki)
ESD Draughtsman Chair
This specialist ESD chair has been designed to be used in high tech companies both in the public and private sectors such as defence research and manufacturing, general and micro electronics manufacturing, petro-chemical industry, MOD research and the aviation industry.  These chairs conform to all European standards.

4 Tips to Help Improve Productivity in the Office

Below are 4 tips to help you improve productivity:

Office Furniture

Believe it or not but your office furniture can have an impact on productivity (or lack of – laying on the couch or in bed for most people does not assist with their productivity levels).

There are a couple of things to consider here.

For starters, you’ll want to take into account comfort. If furniture is uncomfortable, you will be less productive. Flip things around and with comfortable furniture, you will start to become more productive.

Scour the web for good examples of office furniture to encourage productivity. I’m sure you’ll be able to see what makes the perfect office chair and desk to have in your office. Always remember to test out the chairs and desk to make sure they are suitable. Just because they look pretty and stylish they might not be comfortable for long periods of sitting.

The second thing to consider is the positioning of furniture. If more then one person working in your office you will have to ensure everyone is not positioned right up close to each other, they won’t be productive. You need to position desks so that people have enough personal space. Also, consider getting desks with divider screens, so employees aren’t distracted looking at one another all day!

Ensure the set up of the desk and the height of the desk are suitable for the person using it.

Take Regular Breaks

Many people think to be productive you need to work every second of every day. So, they spend the entire working day doing work. They make sure they have minimal breaks so they can get as much work done as possible. It makes sense, the more time you spend working, the more work you do, right? Wrong. Working too much can actually lead you to be less productive.

It’s important that you and your employees take regular breaks throughout the day. Having a 10-minute break will let people recharge and be ready to go again. By not having breaks, people will get tired out. They may be working all day, but won’t get a lot of work done because they’re running on empty. If you want your business to be productive, you need to start taking breaks throughout the day.


Another way you can increase business productivity is to train your staff. Organise special training days where you can share some of your knowledge with your team. You can give them information on how to do certain aspects of their job. You’ll train them to be better at what they do.

By training your staff, you’re getting a more productive set of employees. You’ll now have people that know exactly what they need to do, and how to do it. Every task they complete will be better than it was prior to training.

Ensuring you are getting training to help you achieve your tasks more productively – for example – if a blog image takes you 2 hours to complete look at outsourcing or take a course on how to use Canva or Picmonkey to make your image creation quicker.

Set Deadlines

Setting deadlines is a great way to improve productivity. If there aren’t any deadlines set, no one has anything to work towards. There isn’t going to be a sense of urgency to complete tasks. But, when you set deadlines, you give people something to aim for. They now know that they’ve got to complete a task within a certain time frame. So, they work to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

You can set monthly deadlines, weekly deadlines, or even daily deadlines!

Setting a deadline can speed up your workforce and lead to a more productive business.

Office Desk Screens

Office desk screens are suitable for most office desks and offer a degree of privacy whilst working and help improve office acoustics.  Office screens allow employees to be more focused on their work by helping to cut out colleague’s distracting and irritating telephone or computer sounds.  Straight Office Desk Screen

Offering a variety of designs and styles and with a range of fabrics available.  Desk screens can be upholstered using various fabric colurs to suit the office environment or company colours.

Here at Relax Office Furniture we have our basic range of stocked ‘Essentials’ screens which are available in either blue or charcoal fabric., in sizes from 800mm wide to 1800mm wide and either as a straight scren or wave screen.  We then have the Inca, Dominator range which can be upholstered in a large range of fabrics.  Our standard pricing includes the Camira Cara and Bradbury Screen 66 ranges of fabrics, however many other fabric ranges are also available andDominator Straight Desk Screensure to have the colour to match with your office requirements.  The Dominator range is also available as a straight or wave screen ranging from 800mm wide to a huge 2200mm wide screen.  Various edging options are available including a fabric edge or PVC in either silver, dark grey, black of white.  Screens can also be linked together or in a four configuration across a group of desks.

Desk screens are fixed to the desk top using a clamp style bracket and can fit various thicknesses of desks.



The Right Seating Posture Of Your Office Chair

The industrial and tech revolution have drastically changed man’s life. Today many people do much of their work sitting down. For most people working in an office, sitting occupies much of your day. In fact many of us do spend a lot of our time sitting down whether at home or at work. Life as it is today involves a lot of sitting with just a few moments standing or walking.

However sitting for a long time whether in the office or at home can be detrimental to your back; it can cause pain in your lower back and if you might have had a previous problem with your back, it may worsen the situation. The static posture that one keeps for that long time tends to increase stress on the shoulders, arms, legs and the back.

For one to prevent pain or damage to their body it is important to maintain a good posture. Unfortunately many people after sitting for a long time tend to slouch down or over the chair. This is very dangerous and can cause extensive strain to the spine and overstretch back muscles. It is thus important for one to maintain a good sitting posture whenever you are sat down. Here are a few guidelines to help you put your body in order when sitting down.

1. Choose the right chair
The chair that you sit on determines how you will set your body. It is thus important to have the right chair so as to ensure that your back and more specifically your spine does not go through any unnecessary stress. Ergonomics, the study of how one fits in their work environment has led to the development of ergonomic chairs. An ergonomic chair is specifically designed to ensure that your body is well placed and is well supported to ensure that you do not slouch down or slouch over while you are working or even at home. If you are committed to maintaining a good seating posture then do consider going the extra mile of choosing the chair you sit on carefully; choose an ergonomic chair.

Some alternatives to the traditional office chair are the Swiss exercise ball or the Swedish kneeling chair and draughtsman chairs. These chairs are designed to maximize movement while sitting, an important factor to ensure that your back muscles are not strained by continuous sitting.

2. Support the back
As stated earlier much of the strain that comes from sitting for a long time goes to the back. It is thus recommended that while sitting, you provide as much support as you can for your back. You should adjust your chair to ensure that your lower back is sufficiently supported so as to reduce the strain on the back. You should also get an adjustable chair so that you can easily change back position, height and tilt for maximum comfort.

3. Arm and Elbow positioning
As you adjust your chair make sure that the arms are parallel to your spine. Put the desk as close to you as you can. The forearms and the wrist should be parallel to the floor such that the arms form an L-shape with the elbow being at a 90-degrees angle. The keyboard should be placed in front of you leaving a gap of about 4-6 inches between the keyboard and the edge of the desk so as to provide a space for you to rest your wrists between bouts of typing.

4. Eye level
The computer monitor should be placed just right in front of you so that your gaze be aimed at the center of the screen. Any deviation from the center will cause you to slouch and also increase the strain on your upper spine.

5. Thigh and Calf measure
You should be able to slide your fingers under the space between your thigh and the edge of the office chair. If you can’t, then you need to raise your feet using an adjustable foot rest. You should also be able to fit your clenched fist between your calf and the front of your chair. If your fist does not fit then you need to adjust the back rest by pushing it forward.

6. Feet rested on the floor
Finally, your feet should be rested on the floor, flat. This helps with posture, if they aren’t, you can use a footrest that can raise your feet to a comfortable level for you. Also be careful not to cross your legs as this can lead to posture related problems.

There are other many documented ways to achieve a good seating posture but no matter the method, everyone should follow through so as to avoid future back problems.

Plan Chests

Plan chests are the perfect way to store large sheets of paper flat and clean.  A plan chest is a large chest type unit with quite shallow drawers.  Several drawers per unit alA1 8 Drawer Plan Chestlows the storage of different types of paper making them easliy accessible.  These units are used in various environments including offices, architect offices, studios and schools.  Our plan chest range are solidly built and very robust and available in sizes to store either A2 and A1 sized paper and available with 6, 8 or 10 drawers.  Made with solid backs and solid drawer bases and finished in a scratch resistant laminate.  Mounted on castors to allow them to be easily moved around if required without having to be emptied.

Plan chests are the perfect paper storage unit for use in schools and colleges

Plan chests are delivered fully built and sent straight from the manufacturer on their own vans to ensure they are delivered in one piece and with no damage.  All solidly constructed in 15mm laminated MDF.

With an estimated delivery time of 1-2 weeks throughout mainland UK (excluding highlands and islands – contact us for delivery prices to these areas).

Storage is essential for any business. It’s not just a matter of keeping your important documents safe, it’s also about being presentable.