With most of the world working from home, many of us are missing our professional office setups. When I started my first startup in 2000, I was given some great advice by a friend. She told me, "Get a really good chair, It will last forever and your back will thank you" It was great advice and I was lucky enough to land some work with some commercial furniture brands. I learned about all the research that goes into creating the best work environment solutions. I have enjoyed the massive U shaped desk and amazing chairs for over 20 years now and they have been through 8 moves and 6 green startups.
Commercial grade office furniture is designed and built with a high level of quality to deliver longevity and superior ergonomics. The major North American furniture brands belong to BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) and they adhere to industry testing standards to delver the best products in the world. I used the www.ecomedes.com platform to perform some market research and looked for the two foundational products to start any professional grade home office: Table/Desk and a Chair.
For the Tables/Desks, I decided to look at adjustable height or Sit/Stand as they are referred to in the industry. In the office many of us would have multiple opportunities in the day to get active and move around the office for meetings, lunch, etc. Now with many of us stuck at home, I find myself sitting for much longer periods of time on the endless web conference calls we seem to be on these days. For chairs, I have decided to focus on ergonomics and adjustability. A lot of my friends have been telling me that they can't work from their dinner tables or kitchen countertops any longer. The connection between the height of your work surface and your chair height is critical to proper ergonomics for the 8-12 hours you might be on that laptop.
From a sustainability perspective, furniture is one of the most mature product categories with a long history of leading the way in terms of manufacturers driving positive innovation and change at the corporate, factory and product levels. BIFMA has a multi-attribute standard called LEVEL that is the most comprehensive evaluation of furniture available anywhere in the world. Their certification program has three levels of achievement: level 1, 2, 3. We also have EPD - Environmental Product Declarations, HPDs - Health Product Declarations, C2C - Cradle to Cradle Product Certification, IFLI's Declare program and UL's Greenguard certification and SCS' Indoor Advantage certification as product performance attributes to gauge sustainability.
The brands featured in this listing have a wide variety of products to chose from and we hope you spend some time thinking about how to create the best WFH setup that will last you for years to come. These brands have local dealerships where you can evaluate these products and see what solution fits you the best.