Jul 6 21

6 great uses for an acoustic pod

Mark
using an acoustic pod

Noise disruptions, lack of privacy and low productivity are problems encountered in many workplaces. The acoustic pod, otherwise known as the privacy pod or meeting pod, is becoming more common in the office to rectify problems like this.

Acoustic pods give employees the opportunity to meet and work in a comfortable area without distractions. We’ve rounded up a few scenarios when having an acoustic pod in the office is the perfect solution.

Acoustic Pod

BRIX-UP Meeting Pod

1. Meeting Visitors in an Acoustic Pod

A meeting pod is ideal for getting together with visitors. This kind of pod can be placed anywhere that you have the space available including reception areas, breakout spaces, and even corridors if they are wide enough. Not only does this mean that guests don’t need to walk through your offices to get to meeting rooms, it also provides a more informal setting.

Acoustic Pod

Zen Meeting Pod

2. One-on-one meetings

A meeting pod with high acoustic sides and back panels can block out noise from the surroundings as well as keeping your conversations private. Whilst they won’t eliminate sound completely (so should not be used for confidential meetings) pods certainly provide more privacy than the open office. Fitted with a table, they are ideal for an informal, relaxed one-to-one catch up.

Acoustic Pod

Magna Meeting Pod

3. Video meetings

With video meetings becoming the new normal, having a quiet and professional-looking space to conduct them is a must. Fitted with a wall-mounted monitor and a webcam, a meeting pod is ideal for video meetings. Not only does a pod provide privacy, but it also means your meeting will be less disruptive to those working around you.

Acoustic Pod

Entente Meeting Pod

4. When all the meeting rooms are full

It’s frustrating, when you want to have an impromptu get-together with colleagues or visitors but all the meeting rooms are occupied. If you have a meeting pod available you can just pop in there and fire away. Some of our meeting pods can take up to six people, making them perfect for that spontaneous team brainstorming session!

Acoustic Pod

Jensen Shelter

5. Private working away from the office

Need to get away from the buzz of the office to concentrate on a special project? Take your laptop, mobile or tablet and get yourself to a meeting pod. The acoustic sides cut through the noise and allow you to concentrate on the task in hand. You can also pair many acoustic pods with either a desk or a standalone laptop table, so working is comfortable and ergonomic.

6. A flexible working spot

With many companies choosing to be more flexible regarding when employees are needed in the office, we may be entering a time when having a fixed desk for every team member is not necessary. Acoustic pods work well as a desk option for staff who may just be dropping by the office to work for a short period. They can also work well as a meeting spot for teams who may no longer be sitting together on a regular basis.

Acoustic Pod

Jig Cave

Easy ways to buy acoustic pods

Whether you require an acoustic pod for meetings or as a quiet workspace for your employees, Lismark has a range of acoustic pods to help. We can also spread the cost over 3 years to make your purchase easier.

Ready to add acoustic pods to your office? Browse our full range of acoustic pods or give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to find out how our furniture specialists can help.

Acoustic Pod

Jensen-Up Meeting Pod

About the author

Mark Brown is an expert in office furniture and design and has spent over a decade offering organisations advice on setting up office spaces to enhance productivity. Mark is the owner of Lismark Office Products, a high-quality Leicester based office furniture supplier.

Jun 25 20

How to work from home successfully

Mark
Martin desk

During these strange times, a lot of us have had to get used to the challenge of working from home for the first time. Being able to comfortably work from home has never been so important. Whether as a temporary measure during these times or as a new way forward to a better work/life balance. Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful to make you more comfortable.

DNA desk

A DNA desk in Oak with a white leg frame

Location

Although the longest journey you are currently making may be upstairs, downstairs, to the bottom of your garden or wherever your workspace is located, it is important to replicate the physical separation between your work and home by having a designated workspace in your house. It would also be ideal if you could close the door at the end of the working day so you are not tempted to nip back in just to check your emails.

Office Chair

Find a comfortable chair, that you are happy to sit on for up to 8 hours a day, preferably the office ‘swivel’ type with plenty of adjustment including if possible:

  • Seat height adjustment. Make sure the seat is at a height so that your legs are at 90 degrees and your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Back height adjustment. Move the back up/down until it feels comfortable.
  • Seat depth adjustment to provide tailored support to your thighs.
  • Height adjustable arms, if possible, to help support your forearms whilst typing.

Take a look at our range of office chairs here.

RS600A Black

A Response 600 chair with arms in black

Office Desk

Try to get a designated desk which will make the transition from home to work much easier and will ensure that you are working at the correct height and position, making you feel more professional and in control. It will also mean that you won’t have to pack up every night as your ‘desk’ is going to be used as a dining table. You can simply shut your home office door and walk away until you start work the next morning.

Take a browse at our office desks here.

home office desk

Box-it desk with a Flow chair

Power

You may need extra power sockets as you will have a pc, printer, phone chargers, fans, coffee machine etc. Consider a desk mounted power module with a least 2 power sockets for quick and easy access without having to dive beneath your desk and banging your head!

Backing up your data

Just because you are away from the office, please don’t forget to back up your data.

Good lighting

Good lighting is important to avoid eye strain. Consider adding a desk lamp to any existing lighting you have in your home office. Place your monitor or laptop so that there is no glare on the screen from any windows. Most importantly, make sure the lighting is very flattering when you take part in all of the Zoom meetings we are getting used to!

Box-it desk

Ventilation

Get those windows open!

Create a routine

Make sure you stick to a work day routine as you would if you were going to the office. Take regular breaks, keep hydrated and avoid snacking. Walk to another area of the home or garden or even go out for a walk in your lunch break. Interact with other family members and friends (subject to social distancing of course).

I hope I have helped in a small way in what are difficult times for us all. Let’s get through the other side with a positive frame of mind and ready to take on the world!

About the author

Mark Brown is an expert in office furniture and design and has spent over a decade offering organisations advice on setting up office spaces to enhance productivity. Mark is the owner of Lismark Office Products, a high-quality office furniture supplier, based in Leicester.

May 23 19

New Product Review – the Cup chair from Verco

Mark
Cup Chair
Cup Chair

The Verco Cup Chair shown in six colours with wooden legs

The Verco Cup Chair is different….

These aren’t words I often say together. The Cup chair from Verco is both stylish and available at a great price.

Chairs

Chairs shown in Urban Grey, Creamy White and Sky Blue

Where do I use the Verco Cup Chair?

Ideal for meeting rooms, conference spaces, collaboration zones and breakout areas. Use it wherever people meet and get together to brighten your work space.

Cup Chair

Chairs shown in Sky Blue with a creamy white leg frame and Rose Pink with a wooden leg frame

Colours available:

Verco office chairs are known for their combination of style, quality and customisation and the Cup chair is no exception. The plastic shell is available in 6 cool colours:

  • Creamy White,
  • Rose Pink,
  • Tropical Green,
  • Sky Blue,
  • Latte and
  • Urban Grey.

These colours are complemented by a wooden leg frame, which softens the look of the chair or a contemporary creamy white solid wire sled frame.

Cup Chair

Chairs in Latte, Sky Blue, Urban Grey, Creamy White, Tropical Green and Rose Pink

Welcoming and homely

The Cup chair brings the welcoming look of a home chair to the workplace with its soft curves and funky colours. It brings to mind designer chairs that cost considerably more. It’s amazing to see such a good-looking, British made chair at such a low price.

Cup Chair

Chair shown in Sky Blue with a creamy white wire frame

Seat Pad available

For those longer meetings, add a seat pad upholstered in grey-beige fabric for extra long-term comfort. Verco considers the environmental impact of their products and, if ever needed, this fabric seat pad can be replaced without the need to replace the entire chair.

Chairs in a circle

Manufactured in the UK

The Verco Cup chair is manufactured in the UK and available on a 3 to 4-week lead time.

What about other meeting chairs?

Sure take a look at our Office Chairs here.

About us

As experts in office furniture and design, Lismark appreciates that there are many different options for your meeting space and breakout seating. Please give us a call on 01162 51 7741 to discuss your requirements.

May 2 19

New Product Review: Manila, a different type of vinyl

Mark
Manila

Last week I was asked to quote for a 2-seater Jig High Settee to be used in a school common room. The client asked if it was hard wearing as it would have lots of teenagers jumping on and off it. As the Jig High Settee has a solid oak frame and a 5-year structural warranty I confirmed that I would thoroughly recommend it.

Jig high settee

Finding the perfect fabric for office and common room furniture

In order for me to price it up I had to recommend a fabric that would be suitable for use in such a challenging environment. The fabric had to be:

  • Hard wearing
  • Stain repellent
  • Resistant to drinks being spilt on it
  • Easily cleanable
  • Possibly in a darker shade to hide stains easier

After seeking advice from the fabric manufacturers, I specified Manila, a new textured vinyl from Camira Fabrics.

Manila

Manila Stalk Vinyl

A stain resistant sofa with style

I am sure we have all seen and felt the old, traditional vinyl. A slippery, shiny, plain surface usually in a shade of brown or black, with the uncanny ability to stick to any uncovered flesh that comes into contact with it. Well, the new Manila vinyl comes in a palette of 18 shades which range from delicate, light tones up to bright, vibrant colours. They all feature a textured design that mimics the look of a woven fabric, along with a subtle grain that adds interest and relief which helps to break up the colour.

Manila

Manila Semolina Vinyl

Breakout furniture on a budget

The good news is that Manila is a mid-price range fabric so it will not break the bank no matter which piece of office or breakout furniture it is specified on. And, as it is hard-wearing, stain repellent and cleanable your office furniture will look better, for longer.

Get in touch with our office furniture experts

As specialists in office furniture and design, Lismark appreciates that there are many different options for your office furniture. Please give us a call on 01162 51 7741 or contact us here to discuss your furniture requirements.

Manila

Manila Cerulean Vinyl

Mar 6 19

Which High Meeting Table should you add to your office?

Mark
Relic High Table

Are you considering mixing up things a little in your meeting space by adding High Meeting Tables? High Meeting Tables, at a height of 1050mm, enable your team to work and collaborate in a different way, lending your workplace a forward-thinking, more welcoming feel.

So, if you are considering adding High Meeting Tables to your office, which should you be looking at? Here are five modern tables to consider:

Relic High Tables

Relic High Table

Our Relic High Table provides the most options for the ultimate design personalisation:

  • The table’s leg frames are available in 26 RAL colours, along with the choice of vintage metal finishes in brass or copper. If a more industrial office décor is more your style, a raw steel finish is also available.
  • Table top finishes: 23 standard laminate colours ranging from white all the way through to anthracite, seven rustic effect laminates, six Fenix and six Forbo finishes and three industrial sawn oak finishes: Sawn Oak, Weathered Oak and Sawn Black Oak.
  • Relic High Tables may be specified with the optional extra of power sockets for added convenience.

Relic High Table

The Relic high office table’s size ranges from a neat 1800mm long to seat six people up to a whopping 4200mm that is capable of seating 16 people. Plus, the table leg frames are set inwards, allowing for additional seating to be propped on the ends!

Martin High Tables

martin high table yellow

The original and still one of the best! Martin was the first High Meeting Table range that we sold and has gone from strength to strength ever since!

The Martin High Meeting Table stands out due to the expert craftsmanship of its oak or walnut timber frame with chamfered edges and the amazing matt laminate top. The top features the latest in Nano-technology to produce a super high quality, super-matt laminate surface, with anti-fingerprint technology and an anti-bacterial sealed ultra-hard surface in a white or black matte laminate which is very tactile and easy to clean.

Martin High

The Martin range features rectangular high tables from 1600mm up to 4400mm wide along with a 1200mm diameter circular table and a 800mm or 1000mm square table. Power sockets and cable management can be added and complementary upholstered high stools with oak or walnut leg frames are also available to match the table.

Campus High Tables

Campus High Meeting Table

The Campus High Table is the lowest priced high office table from our range. The table’s size range from a 1600mm wide table to seat four people through to a 4400mm table to seat 12 people. All tables are 1050mm high.

Tops are available in 10 mfc finishes, 3 laminates and 4 veneer finishes. Leg frames are in silver, black or white with power sockets available as an optional extra.

Box-It High Tables

High office meeting tables

Our Box-It High Tables have a block-like, clean looking, panel profile that comes in 10 mfc finishes along with the option of a bright white laminate finish. For this meeting table, there are just three lengths available: 1600mm, 1800mm and 2000mm.

Jig Social

Jig Social High Tables

The Jig Social range is a stylish addition to our high meeting table line up. The Jig Social High meeting Table range features a wooden leg frame finish in natural or black oak alongside a choice of 23 coloured laminates, seven rustic effect finishes, six Fenix and six Forbo finishes.

Jig Social High Tables

Sizes range from a six-seater at 1800mm long up to a 16-seater at 4200mm long. Power sockets may be added to charge devices whilst working.

Browse office tables

As experts in office furniture design and supply, Lismark appreciates that there are many different requirements for office tables. To browse our full collection of office tables including high meeting tables, conference tables, meeting tables and coffee tables, click here.

Alternatively, give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to advice on your furniture options.

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