History of the Office Chair

September 20, 2012

The oldest surviving chair was once part of the decor in King Tut’s tomb but they have been in existence far longer than that, dating back to at least the early 13th century. Originally, they were luxury items that signaled wealth and status, and were reserved for those in society who were deemed important enough to use them. Others sat on benches, stools, or chests that were pressed into service when needed. The chair didn’t achieve common use until the middle of the 16th century.

Chairs specifically designed for office use don’t date back quite that far, of course. Charles Darwin is often credited for being one of the earliest adaptors. He reportedly attached wheels to his chair as a matter of practicality, enabling him to move about his office more readily, a feature that office workers continue to appreciate to this day.

In the middle of the 18th century, coincident with the advent of the expansion of railways, office environments changed and it became common for a business to employ more people in an administrative capacity. Demand and sales were up and the number of office workers increased accordingly. The focus shifted to productivity and the necessity to design and provide staff with seating that was comfortable and efficient, a goal that still remains. Casters were added, seats were re-designed, and backs and armrests were created and tweaked.

Eventually, the focus shifted again. this time in the direction of ergonomics. Technically defined as design that’s intended to lessen the possibility of operator fatigue and discomfort. an ergonomically correct chair is not only more comfortable, but has design elements that can potentially eliminate physical problems that can result from sustained awkward posture. A significant departure from the benches, stools and chests of old!

Anderson Interiors offers a full-range of task and desk chairs in a number of styles, priced to fit any budget, and on the cutting edge of what the industry has to offer. Don’t miss out on the latest bit of chair history!

Auction! Executive Desk and Chair, Reception Station

August 16, 2012

We’re excited to announce our participation in Bid Pittsburgh, an on-line auction site!  Please accept our invitation to bid on the sensational items we’re currently offering!

Perfect for an executive or home office, this 6′ x 7′  L-shaped laminate combination comes complete with desk, return and two hanging drawer pedestals. The rich American Dark Cherry finish will complement and enhance any design scheme. A black mesh task chair is also included.

Bidding starts at $750. Retail value is $2,500.

Price includes delivery and installation in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This item is taxable.

First impressions are paramount! Here’s your chance to upgrade your reception area, ensuring it’s in-step with the image of your organization that you want to convey.  This 7′ x 8′ Knoll Equity reception station has been remanufactured to perfection by Anderson Interiors, Inc. It includes two drawer pedestals and a transaction top. Finished in versatile and timeless neutrals: work surface laminate is Fossil Gray, fabric panels are Block Party Oasis, and trim is Medium Gray.

Retail value is $6,500. Bidding starts at $1,300.

Price includes delivery and installation in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This item is taxable.

Here’s how it all works. Go to Bid Pittsburgh, and click on the desired item. To be eligible to bid, you must register and reply to an automatically generated e-mail. Do that and you’re good to go!  Questions? Answers are here!

Bidding ends on Tuesday, August 21, at 9 PM so don’t delay!  Good luck and have fun!

Discover AL3 Executive Seating

July 19, 2012

 AL3 Executive seating by Teknion is not an ordinary swivel chair. A patented 3-point pivot system that’s embedded in the column enables a full range of ergonomic positions while maintaining the chair’s aesthetic qualities. The result is uncompromised ergonomic support and unequaled user comfort.

Seat height can be adjusted to fit the leg of the user, facilitating better circulation and less opportunity for fatigue and discomfort. Tilt lock and tilt tension can also be customized to accommodate the performance of a variety of tasks as well as a proper fit for the size of the user.

Available in polished or ebony coated aluminum. Choose between mesh or fully upholstered back, a pleasing design aesthetic that will enhance any office setting.

For more information, please phone 412.828.7420.

Give the Gift of Comfort!

December 15, 2011


Give the gift of comfort this year, an ergonomically correct chair by Teknion!  The new AL3  features a three-pivot-point vertical mechanism that’s integrated into the chair column, preserving the chair’s design aesthetic while affording an unprecedented range of ergonomic features.

Seat height, tilt lock, tilt tension, and a synchro-tilt mechanism all adjust to maximize correct fit for any body size or type, providing maximum support and comfort. It’s a welcome addition to any home office!

Choose between black mesh or fully upholstered back. Frame and base available in polished aluminum or ebony.

The perfect combination of technology, ergonomics, and design and the perfect gift for someone on your list this year!

For more information, please phone 412.828.7420.

Seat Yourself!

September 29, 2011


Seat yourself in a stylish and comfortable desk chair by Sit On It. Focus work seating features a waterfall seat that reduces pressure on the back of your legs, providing unparalleled long-term comfort.

 The back of the seat is contoured and is available in upholstered, mesh, or plastic covers to match any design scheme and use expectations.

Choose from among several different styles including stool models that are available in two different heights.

Concerned about the environment?  Focus is Greenguard and Greenguard Children and Schools certified.

For more information, please visit our website or call 412.828.7420

Help for Lower Back Pain

October 14, 2010

Lower back pain is being experienced by increasing numbers of American workers each year and  is now the second most common cause of disability in the U.S.  It’s believed that over three-quarters of Americans will encounter it at least once in a lifetime, a staggering statistic that has prompted more attention to prevention, possible causes, and treatment.

Researchers cite several factors that might be contributing to the number of reported cases, including weight, increased awareness, lifestyle, and occupation.  Unfortunately, office workers aren’t exempt.  Sitting in a chair for long periods of time can potentially cause a pre-existing condition to worsen or can even prompt periodic episodes of discomfort for those with no history of back problems.

Sitting, sitting, and then more sitting can wreak havoc on one’s back due to the tendency to not maintain good posture. Slouching in one’s seat can cause the lower back to bend in an unnatural position, potentially leading to strain and even damage.

Are you sitting up taller now? 

The good news is that you don’t need to read an article on the Internet as a reminder. An ergonomic chair can provide continuous back support and help maintain good posture, resulting in less potential to assume positions that are less than ideal for lower back health. A properly adjusted ergonomic chair can reduce the opportunity for stress and strain, lessening the chances that you’ll hear from an unhappy lower back on a regular basis!

But what about other chairs that you spend time in during the course of a normal day? While it’s not practical to cart your office chair home with you (even though you may want to!), you can enlist the aid of a lumbar support cushion to help make that dining chair a bit more comfortable, too.

Lumbar support cushions are available in a number of different sizes and price points. To find the right one for you, sit upright in the chair for which you plan to use it. Using your hand, reach behind and measure the approximate distance between the curve of your lower back and the chair. Try not to lean forward or back while doing this.  The thickness of the cushion should be in that range.  Then estimate the height of the curved area of your back. That will correspond to the height of the support pillow that will work best for you.

Alternatively, you can make your own cushion using a foam wedge like those commonly sold at fabric and department stores.  Or you can even use a bath towel or small baby blanket. Simply fold the towel in half and then roll it until it’s the proper thickness. Snip the remainder away, then secure both ends to prevent the towel from unraveling.  If you prefer a more finished look, cover the cushion with a pillow case or fabric, securing the ends with ribbon or string.

If you have any other tips for alleviating lower back pain, please comment and let us know!

More Great Savings in Office Furniture!

October 7, 2010

Don’t miss our best prices of the year on select styles of laminate desking, seating and more! 

Hot Deals in Conference and Storage!

This exceptional quality conference table is a stylish and formal addition to any office space. Table measures 71″ L X 36″ W.

Professional lateral file storage at an amazing price. Combine with matching cabinet to satisfy all of your organization needs. Lateral file and storage cabinet are 36″ W x 22″D x 29.5″ H.

Available in three attractive laminate finishes:

American Cherry. American Dark Cherry, American Mahogany

Prices do not include installation or delivery and are valid through December 31, 2010.  Don’t miss this opportunity to buy quality office furniture at exceptional prices! 

For more information, please visit our website or phone: 412.828.7420