Vitrazza Welcomes Don Klaversma to the Team

 Vitrazza is proud to announce the addition of our new Operations Supervisor, Don Klaversma. Don is an accomplished operations manager, and he brings an impressive background in shipping and logistics to the Vitrazza team. In his role, Don will work closely with our small, dedicated warehouse team to ensure the success of the shipping and receiving department.

Don’s extensive track record of producing and overseeing efficient warehouse operations makes him an asset to his colleagues. His breadth of knowledge in warehouse management is expansive, and he is adept at implementing solutions to improve daily operations. Vitrazza president George Pardo said of Don Klaversma’s hiring, “We’ve been fortunate to have a very good operations team, and when our previous Operations Supervisor decided to go back to college and work for us part-time we needed to fill that role with someone who could jump right in. Don is an energetic and committed manager and has quickly become a great addition to our business.”

Born and raised in Denver, Don is a lifelong Coloradan. He currently resides in Lakewood with his wife, Karen. When he’s not providing excellent warehouse solutions for Vitrazza, Don enjoys reading and golfing.

Vitrazza is located in Golden, Colorado, and walk-in visitors are always welcome! As the industry leader in designing and creating glass office chair mats, we’re dedicated to creating high-quality, dent-proof glass for your office needs. In addition to producing durable glass chair mats, the Vitrazza team is committed to comfort and places top priority on ergonomics and customer satisfaction. We offer 12 sizes of glass office chair mats, and custom mats are also available. To learn more about our product line, visit us at vitrazza.com or stop by for a visit.


How to Determine Which Size Glass Chair Mat You Need

Glass chair mats might be about aesthetic appeal – they do add a luxury to your office, after all – but they’re about practicality, too. To get the most out of this practicality, however, you need to make sure you have the correct kind of mat.

So, how do you select a mat that lets your chair rock and roll (or at least roll correctly)? Start by asking the following:

What is the size of your work area?

It probably comes as no surprise that if you have a smaller area, you need a smaller mat. Mats that are too big will take up too much space and look out of place. One of the most important things to remember is that chair mats aren’t designed to support other types of office furniture. In other words, don’t buy an extra-large mat and then use it to hold your desk or filing cabinet.

Which shape do you need?

Office mats come in a variety of shapes, both traditional and custom-made. When determining the type of shape you need, don’t only consider what looks good; consider what feels good, too. Think about your daily movement – do you roll back and forward? Do you roll from left to right? Is your desk organized in an L? Then your mat should be, as well.

How often will you use your office chair mat?

Some people have home offices that do little more than collect dust – it’s a room that gets very little love and attention. If you have this type of office, you can get away with a cheap mat for one reason: it won’t break because you won’t use it. If you have an office that you regularly work from, then higher quality is essential. It will cost you more money upfront, but the durability assures you get your money’s worth.

Not many people consider all that goes into buying an office chair mat. Personal taste comes into play, but these tips will help you find a mat conducive to your work environment.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide style, durability, ergonomic comfort, and sustainability – and they come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.


Why Glass Mats are Eco Friendlier Options

The environment is a top priority for many, with people determined to leave the Earth in better shape than they found it. They recycle, they reuse, and they reduce their carbon footprint any way they can. But sometimes little things make a big difference. And this includes the type of chair mat inside your business or home office.

In fact, glass mats are superior to plastic ones when it comes to their eco-friendliness. Why? Because, per Glass Alliance Europe, glass is a sustainable, fully recyclable material. It can help save energy and preserve natural resources.

The greenhouse gas emitted during gas production is limited to the CO2 caused by the combustion of natural gas and the decomposition of raw materials. On the other hand, according to IOP Science, plastics are responsible for between 1% and 3% of the greenhouse gasses emitted by the US on an annual basis.

Plastic, while it is also recyclable, has other issues. According to Environmental Health News, the chemical building blocks that make plastic so versatile and strong may also be the same building blocks that harm Mother Nature. Not only is plastic often consumed by marine animals, but it’s frequently found in landfills, too…by the tons. This adds to waste and impacts groundwater as chemicals seep into the earth below. And, it depletes oil reserves; around 4% of the world’s oil supply is used to produce plastic.

Of course, plastic may threaten human health, as well. Bisphenol A (more commonly called BPA) is used to make all sorts of plastics. Per WebMD, this chemical has the potential to act like a hormone inside the body, potentially disrupting natural hormones. It may also cause brain and behavior problems, heart troubles, and obesity. In some animal studies, it’s linked to certain types of cancer later in life (particularly cancers that are hormone-dependent, like breast cancer).

While it may be too early to jump to conclusions and eliminate all BPA from a household or a place of business, glass chair mats are an easy way to minimize potential dangers. If you work from a home with children, this is especially important as BPA is worse for kids than it is adults - developing bodies have a harder time fighting off chemicals.

Glass chair mats have always been an aesthetically pleasing addition to any office, but, as science demonstrates, they offer an eco-friendly boost, too.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide style, durability, ergonomic comfort, and sustainability – they’re good for your office and the world. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.

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5 Reasons You’re Uncomfortable Sitting at Your Desk

Most people at one time or another will experience back pain; it’s exceedingly common. But, while we may equate this back pain with heavy lifting or hours spent standing on our feet, this isn’t always the case. In fact, according to The Good Body, some studies suggest that around 54 percent of people who experience back pain do so as a result of sitting for long periods of time.

It’s not just back pain, of course; sitting for hour after hour can make you hurt all over. So, how do you remedy this? It begins with knowing why you’re uncomfortable in the first place.

Some of the reasons may be:

You’re sitting too long

Sitting too long – especially if you stay in one position – wears on your body. It puts endless pressure on certain bones and muscles, leaving you sore and hurting. If you work in an office, sitting can’t be avoided, but aim to break up the monotony by getting up and moving around. Go for a five or ten-minute walk at least once an hour. If you can’t do that, then move in your chair – fidget, stretch your legs, and stomp your feet.

You have the wrong chair

Not all desk chairs provide the same benefits. Ergonomic chairs are designed with the skeletal system in mind. They’ll help you maintain your posture and decrease the odds of back problems and carpal tunnel. If your job requires sitting for long periods, they’re a necessity.

You have an underlying problem

As mentioned above, back pain affects most everyone. Yet severe pain (or pain that won’t go away, gets worse, or involves others symptoms) warrants a doctor’s visit. Underlying issues – from herniated disks to old injuries – can be the cause.

Your keyboard isn’t situated correctly

The position of your keyboard is very important to your overall level of comfort. Per Healthy Computing, the keyboard should be placed in a manner that allows you to keep an open angle with your arms. This is usually just above the lap. It’s lower than how folks usually have it, but it’s better for the body.

You hate your job

Yep, hating your job can be the cause of physical pain. If your body tenses and stiffens the second you set foot in your office, it may be trying to tell you something. And that something is, “Update your resume and apply somewhere else.”

Working at a desk can be uncomfortable, but these tips may help. They’re simple, easy-to-follow suggestions that may mean the difference between enjoying your job and hating it – quite literally – down to your bones.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide luxury, durability, and ergonomics designed to help you work as comfortably as possible. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.

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The 5 Most Important Features in a Desk Lamp

When most of us purchase desk lamps, we don’t usually think about the features. If it lights up, we’re good to go. But the proper desk lamp can make a difference, particularly if you end up working late into the evenings.

Some of the most important features to look for include:

The lighting
Yep, it’s no surprise that the lighting is important, but different desk lamps offer different types of lighting. They can be used for task lighting, accent lighting, or ambient lighting. Determine which kind of lighting you’ll use the most; that’ll help you decide which type of lamp to purchase.

The décor

Desk lamps are often purchased for their practicality, but you might care about visual aesthetics, too. If you do, consider a lamp that molds with your décor. At the very least, opt for one that isn’t an eyesore.

The height

Taller lights cover a larger percentage of your desk when compared to lamps that are short. If you need a large workspace, a tall lamp is essential. If you only use your desk to sign documents or pay your bills, a short lamp should suffice.

The brightness

Desk lamps offer different levels of brightness, though this is often dictated by the type of light bulbs they contain. Brightness grows in importance as we age; per Lightology, a person over fifty years old needs twice as much light as someone in their twenties. Glare is important, too: older eyes are sensitive. Thus, a desk lamp with a controlled beam may be ideal.

Safety

Though it’s not common, lamps pose a fire danger under certain circumstances. Leaving your desk lamp on for a lengthy period might not be much of a risk, but if combustible materials are nearby, it makes things more dangerous. LED desk lamps use light bulbs that are cooler and less likely to ignite anything. If you tend to leave your lamp on for long periods of time, they might be an ideal option.

Buying a desk lamp shouldn’t involve as much effort or consideration as buying a new car, but that doesn’t mean it’s a quick purchase. Weighing the above helps assure you get the desk lamp most conducive to a productive office.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide luxury, durability, and ergonomic comfort. They go perfectly with desk lamps of all types. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.

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Hard Surface Office Chair Casters Features and Benefits

CastersCasters aren’t something you probably think about often (or ever). But they are an important feature of any ergonomic office chair. And different casters offer different perks and benefits. Here’s what you need to know:

What are casters?

A caster is a type of device that allows an object to roll fluidly; essentially, a caster houses a wheel. They’re found on desk chairs, but also on hospital beds, portable tables, and inside shipyards and automotive factories. They can be small or large – some industrial casters are designed to hold weights of 100,000 pounds.

Casters are made of a variety of materials. These include cast iron, polyurethane, steel, aluminum, plastic, and rubber.

The different types of casters

Most people who buy office chairs do so with little regard to the caster. But, as mentioned above, different casters offer different rewards. Therefore, before you purchase an office chair, consider the following three things: how the chair will be utilized (and how often), the type of flooring in your office, and the chair’s weight limit.

The answers to these questions will help you determine the type of caster you need. In a nutshell, the most common types include:

Standard carpet casters: Most office chairs come with these types of casters; they roll easily across carpet. They’re generally made of plastic, which helps the wheel roll fluidly even on carpet that’s high.

Top plate casters: Top plate casters aren’t often found on office chairs, but they may be required if you’re going to use your chair on a frequent basis in a manner that involves lots of rolling.

Reverse locking casters: Reverse locking casters come with a built-in safety measure. These casters lock in place when weight is applied. They’re not useful if you want to roll around your office while sitting down, but they may be appropriate if you work from home and don’t want your children using your chair as a go-kart.

Hard surface casters:  Of all the casters, hard surface ones are becoming increasingly prevalent. A large reason for this is the popularity of hardwood floors (though hard surface casters work on any hard surface). These casters protect floors because they’re specifically designed to leave them unblemished.

While standard carpet casters are made of a rigid nylon, hard surface casters are made of soft rubber or urethane. They’ll roll better because of the softer grip and they won’t scratch the floor or chair mat.

Casters aren’t the most important aspect of office chairs, but they’re relevant nonetheless. Identifying your needs ahead of time assures you get the type of caster that works best for you.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide style, durability, and ergonomic comfort that work perfectly with casters of any kind. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.

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John Kasson Foss Joins the Vitrazza Team

Vitrazza is expanding! We’re thrilled to announce our new hire, John Kasson Foss. John assumes the role of Inside Sales and will work with a variety of customers – small businesses, corporations, and institutional clients on the Front Range and across the entire country.

John has lived in Colorado for over ten years, moving here in July of 2006 from Minnesota. He currently resides in Lakewood with his wife and brings to Vitrazza a customer-service centric career that fits perfectly with our culture and mission statement.

George Pardo, the President of Vitrazza, recognized John’s importance to the team as well as the importance of the customers he serves. George was quoted as saying, “Business customers have been a very important part of our growth and it was time to have a dedicated salesperson to support that segment. John is a true professional and his enthusiasm is already a great support for our business. I’m grateful we have him to represent our brand.”

Vitrazza, located in Golden, Colorado, is the leader in the Glass Office Chair Mat industry. With ergonomics in mind, office workers are looking for chair mats that prevent perching or straining to scoot the chair along. The mats designed by Vitrazza do just that: Glass Chair Mats won’t dent, allowing a more fluid motion of the wheels.

Vitrazza is always open to walk-in customers. Our products provide luxury, durability, and ergonomic comfort to office workers of all types. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.


Vitrazza Announces New Location

Vitrazza is excited to announce our new location. We recently moved into an adjacent building located in the 6 & 40 Business Center. It’s a clean, well-managed warehouse property that’s 10 minutes from historic downtown Golden. Other areas of interest nearby include the Coors Brewing Company, the Colorado School of Mines, the Fossil Trace Golf Club, and many other amenities this gem of a town offers.

By relocating, we’ve doubled our square footage and increased our capacity by over 75 percent! Our new location also has both drive-in and dock high garage doors. This might not mean anything to you, but to us it means a lot. It assures we’ll be even more efficient in our production.

All of our packaging and shipping now takes place under one roof and we have plenty of room to grow. Not only can we add an additional 5 salespeople or administrative staff members, but we also have room to expand our inventory and manufacturing abilities.

We’re located in an area with very easy highway access for suppliers and shipping carriers, not to mention easy highway access for you. All our inventory is available to view, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Walk-in customers are welcome and we offer discounts and ample parking for folks who can pick up their orders.

Our new place is well in line with our mission: to reduce the lifetime cost of replacing worn-out plastic mats and to add a bright, designer-style to our customers’ offices.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide luxury, durability, and ergonomic comfort. They’re perfect for any office, especially yours. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.


Why Plastic Office Chair Mats Produce Static Electricity

All of us have experienced static electricity at one time or another – we notice sparks as we toss and turn in bed or we feel the burn as we pull a sock from the dryer. Static electricity occurs when there is an imbalance between the charges of a material and the electricity at rest. But what does this really mean?

Per Live Science, a shock occurs when electrons jump from two or more objects with opposing electrical charges. And this happens all because of molecules – it turns out, they’re not only in chemistry class: they’re everywhere.

Everything is made of molecules, including your desk, your office chair, your office chair mat, and you! Inside molecules are tiny atoms that contain protons (positively charged), neutrons (neutrally charged), and electrons (negatively charged). Most atoms possess the same number of protons and electrons, rendering them neutral.

Static electricity happens when an atom possesses an uneven number of protons and electrons. If you place two materials with this uneven number in contact with each other, the electrons jump, thus producing a shock.

Some materials hold onto their electrons better than others – metal, for instance, holds them tightly. Plastic, on the other hand, is known as an insulating material; it loses and gains electrons quite easily. All you need is friction.

Think of it like this: when you walk across a carpeted room and touch a doorknob, you might get shocked. This happens because the soles of your socks and the carpet both act as insulators. When they rub together, the friction causes the electrons to jump around. They are then expelled as you touch the doorknob.

Plastic, as mentioned above, is an insulating material and the buildup of electrons tends to stay localized. Rolling your office chair across a plastic mat is enough to generate a shock. The result isn’t usually serious; tiny shocks aren’t dangerous because they don’t contain enough electricity.

Even so, if static electricity is an issue in your office, there is a solution: think humid! Humidity in the air helps eliminate it. The reason lies in the electrons: they amass easier and more readily in dry climates. Humidity introduces moistures, which decreases static, and, in the process, the shock that accompanies it.

Of course, a glass office chair mat can also help. Though glass can generate static electricity, it’s often not as conducive as plastic.  Simply, it allows you to roll around without the sparks flying.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide style, durability, and ergonomic comfort at electric prices. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com.

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Popular Desk Shapes for Your Home Office

Desks, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. They have similarities – flat surfaces, for instance – but they come with separate amenities, too.  There is no right desk, no matter how many furniture stores you search. It only comes down to what’s right for you.

A few of the most common types to consider include:

Computer desk

You can technically put a computer on any type of desk, but computer desks are designed for all your PC’s bells and whistles. There’s room for accessories, cables, CPUs, and plenty of storage. If you still favor a desktop over a laptop, this desk offers plenty of space for your mouse to live comfortably.

Standing desk

Standing desks have grown in popularity in recent years. Part of this has to do with the fact that sitting for long periods of time is detrimental to health, mainly because it’s linked to an increase in weight. According to the Huffington Post, people who use standing desks have less risk of cancer, lower rates of obesity, better posture, and longer lifespans.

Writing desk

If you like your desks as minimal as possible, a writing desk is a great choice. These desks are basic, with little storage and a large surface. They’re ideal for laptops, sketching, and, as their name insinuates, writing. Their simplicity helps them look elegant up against any wall.

Corner desk

Corner desks are specifically designed to fit into the corner of the room. They work best in areas where space is an issue. They’re compact enough that they won’t take over your entire home office, allowing you to keep other things on hand…like the indoor putting green you take out whenever you need a breather.

Executive desk

Executive desks are the bosses of desks; they’re often placed in the center of the room and they quickly become the center of attention.   But they’re not just about aesthetics – they’re practical for anyone who needs a lot of storage space. The average desk contains several drawers, which helps you stay organized (or at least look like you are).

No matter the type of desk, comfort is most important. A chair that’s adjustable, a close keyboard, and a screen that’s properly positioned each help you avoid pain and discomfort, even when sitting in the same place for hours at a time.

Vitrazza is the leader in Glass Office Chair Mats. Our products provide style, durability, and ergonomic comfort that work with any type of desk. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular Glass Office Chair Mat sizes and we also create custom designs based on your ideas. To learn more, please visit us at vitrazza.com

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