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Seating Guide

It's the most important purchase you will ever make for the office when it comes to ensuring the comfort and fitness of staff and promoting productivity. An average operator chair will travel more than 7 miles in a year's normal use and will be in use 7-8 hours a day, 5 days per week.

The Quality Balance

We have distinctive levels of quality and styling within our offering of seating products. To help you choose we have graded our products within bronze, silver and gold categories. Within these categories we have specialist seating types to meet particular needs - ergonomic and heavy use.

Safety Standards

This range now has a fire retardancy standard suitable for all your requirements. All of our seating products are covered with fire retardant fabric and foam tested to British Standard BS7176. This allows them to be used in offices, colleges, schools and hospitals, as well as in the home.

Matching fabrics

Trexus and Trexus Plus products all have matching fabric. All our other ranges have unique fabrics which will only match exactly with other products within that range but are in complementary shades to other ranges within the catalogue.

Chair Types

  • Executive/Managers Chairs - Larger chairs with tilt action movements.

  • Operator Chairs - The most common chairs with the maximum number of adjustable features. They have adjustments to seat height and most also have back angle adjustments - The best all-round chairs.

  • Ergonomic and 24/7 Chairs - Operator or Manager seating with additional lumbar support and/or heavy duty mechanisms to allow for use over 24 hours.

  • Multipurpose Chairs - Deskside, Visitor, Meeting Room, Conference Room and Training Room use.

  • Reception Chairs - Chairs especially designed for the Reception Area.

  • Industrial and Specialist Chairs - Chairs for the most demanding environments such as Warehouses and Factories. Also featuring specialist chairs such as High Rise, Anti-static Operator and Checkout Seating.

Chair Adjustment Types

All of our working chairs (those on a central spindle and five-star base) have high quality mechanisms that provide users with a variety of methods of changing the chair to suite the needs of the individual. Generally speaking the higher price of the chair, the better the mechanisms. The more you can personalise a chair the more likely it will be that you achieve a perfect fit.
  • Tilt action - Used on exec chairs, this movement allows a free-floating rocking movement. It can often be locked in position.

  • Asynchro tilt - This movement allows you to move the seat and back to any position you choose. It is sometimes called an ISB (independent seat and back).

  • Synchro tilt - This function allows the seat and back move in sympathy with each other in a 3:1 ratio.

  • Permanent Contact Back - Abbreviated to PCB this means the back “rake” or angle of the backrest can be locked in a variety of positions or left free floating in permanent contact with the user.

  • Seat slide - Provides the seat with the ability to lock off further to or from the backrest. Ideal for those with longer or shorter legs.

  • Seat angle - Allows the user to adjust the angle of the seat.

  • Adjustable lumbar - Gives you a lumbar bar or adjustable extra support in the lower back area. The lumbar curve in the human spine cannot be straightened because the hip joint doesn't bend anything like 90 degrees. Sitting in an ordinary chair the angle is closer to 60 degrees; so support and adjustment are crucial.

  • Seat height - Enables the user to move the seat up or down to provide the best position for the legs.

  • Fixed arms - Chair is supplied with arms (sometimes optional) that have a fixed height.

  • Height-adjustable arms - Arms that are adjustable in height allow the user to achieve the best working position. The arms in lowest or highest position will often allow the user to move closer to the desk.

Seating - Heavy Duty Answers

Not all chairs are heavy-duty but more and more people are becoming just that. As the population becomes heavier one area that needs more focus is on the type of chair we are selling. If a chair is likely to be used for more than a "standard" eight-hour shift per day, or if it is going to be used by a heavier person, then a more specialist chair is required. That is why on each of our chair ranges we apply a guide to show exactly what they are rated for. Usage outside these parameters negates the guarantee. A weight rating shows you what weight the chair is capable of supporting in a normal working day. Most of our chairs are rated to support up to 114kgs or 18 stone in weight. Most are also rated for usage of at least 8 hours a day and we detail typical types of usage to help further.

We also have a range of seating that is made for more robust usage under our Heavy-duty seating range. These chairs have upgraded mechanisms, gas lifts and other components. They will support up to 180kgs or 23 stone. They also fulfil all the requirements for seating used for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; such as those environments where more than one shift works at a desk during a 24-hour period.

These products have all been tested to FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) which is an independent organisation generally recognised to have the toughest standards in the world today when it comes to testing seating. The FIRA tests assign these chairs "Heavy-duty" and "24/7 usage" status. The chairs are tested to meet British Standard BS5459 (2000) Part 2 for 24-hour use. The fabric also conforms to BS 5852. They should be (and all are) fully adjustable for these functions. Typical usage areas for such seating are fire and ambulance stations, hospitals, control rooms, call centres and security offices.

All our chairs are produced using fire retardant foam and fabric to certain standards. Even though there are no regulations relating to fire retardancy in offices at we believe it is the role of responsible suppliers to incorporate fire retardancy in the products that we supply. There can be additional insurance premium benefits for end-users as well.

There are two main ratings for fabrics:

  • BS 7176 is suitable for general offices, public places, government buildings, education areas, hospitals, hostels and the domestic environment. It proves that fabric and foam is resistant to a flaming source.

  • BS 5852 is an alternative fire resistant rating (but still quite legal for any home or office environment). It involves testing using a smouldering or flaming ignition source.

BS7176 1995 cross references are - BS 3379:1991, BS 4443-1:1988, Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1989, Furniture and Furnishing (Fire)(Safety)(Amendment) Regulations 1993, The Fire Precautions Act 1971. Standard published 15/11/95 replaced standard B7176:1991. BS 5852: 1990 cross references are - BS 3016, BS 4250: Part 1, BS 6807, BS 7176, BS EN1021-1, BS EN 1021-2, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, HSE Regulations on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. Standard published 31/12/1990. Replaced standard BS5852-1:1979 and BS5852-2:1982.

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