Always measure your office space before purchasing new furniture. We recommend using painters tape to map out where you will place the desk, chair, and other office furniture. This will give you an accurate depiction of how the space will be filled. In your planning, make sure to reserve three to four feet behind the desk for the office chair (usually between the desk and a wall).
Consider how much workspace you will need. Are you working with one computer screen or more? Desks should be large enough to support a computer, monitor screen, keyboard and still provide open work space for papers and writing. If using a desktop computer, you are likely to need more space for accessories such as a keyboard and mouse. Some desk styles come with a separate keyboard and mouse tray that you can tuck away when not in use. If you are using a laptop, you may be comfortable with a smaller desk.
Modular office collections offer space-saving and stylish storage in the form of shelves, drawers, and cabinets that have been designed to work together. These convenient additions give off modern appeal and can be customized for any space.
Executive Desks are typically large and ornate. However, some styles can be more simple and just slightly larger than a standard desk. Because of their size and ornamentation these desks dominate the room with stylish appeal, and convey professionalism and success. These desks are built with the highest quality and made to last. They also provide abundant storage and a large work area.
Computer Desks are ideal for most office spaces, with enough surface area to fit a computer and get work done. Computer desks are built specifically for laptop or desktop computer usage, and range in size based on space needed. Computer desks that are meant for desktops are sturdier and bulkier than the more sleek and compact laptop desks. Many computer desks provide features such as keyboard trays, wire management, elevated storage, drawers for filing, and cabinets for additional storage.
Corner Desks are shaped like a triangle or wedge and are designed to fit into the corner of a room. Corner desks usually have minimal design features, but typically have a drawer or shelving. Corner desks include L-shaped and U-shaped desks, and can range from just a few feet up to 12 feet wide.
Desks with Hutch refer to desks with additional storage and display space with shelving or cabinets above the work space. Many people prefer these desks as an accessible, stylish, and practical storage solution. Some desks have hutches already built-in, although desktop hutches can also be purchased separately and are compatible with many desks styles.
Writing desks are one of the most standard styles of desks, and vary from a plain rectangular shape to more elaborate workstations. Writing desks are traditionally simple in design, consisting of a table and perhaps a drawer. Writing desks can be used for more than writing. Often workplaces use writing desks for additional smaller group work spaces.
Just about every style and design of desk is available with ergonomic features. Ergonomic desks have customizable adjustments to ensure comfort and injury prevention. Some adjustable features include keyboard trays, which help to maintain a comfortable and restful position for hands and wrists while typing and using a computer mouse. Other adjustments include height adjustment and keyboard tilt.
Designed for drawing, drafting tables are built to be sturdy and durable. These have a larger work area than standard desks, and are slightly taller. If you are looking for the sturdiest of drafting tables, look for one with a stability beam or beams between the four legs. For added convenience, many drafting tables have desktops with height and angle adjustments, storage drawers, and pen or pencil cup storage. Some drafting tables are collapsible for easy transport however, these models are known to be less stable than the stationary variety.
The reception desk is often the focal point of the reception area in any given business. It should reflect professionalism and be welcoming to guests. Typically, reception desks are situated higher than other desks, so that visitors can speak with the receptionist and fill out paperwork without having to lean over. An added shelf provides space for guests to fill out paperwork and display materials. There are many feature options to accommodate various types of business needs; security and privacy are two key considerations when buying a reception desk.
Cubicles are joined desks with walls in between, made from metal, plastic, fabric, glass or cork board. The walls help to muffle office noise and keep employees from becoming distracted. Workstations typically have minimal to no walls or partitions, and provide more of an open concept. This set-up can be more cost effective, as many are sold as sets of 2-10, or more desks. Cubicles and workstations can be customized and arranged in a variety of ways; such as rows or separated pods.
Home office desks include all desk varieties, as home office needs can vary greatly. To find the perfect home office desk, create a list of needs. What is the nature of your work? How much storage space you will need? How often you will be working at this desk? Most people generally purchase a small sized home office desk unless they work from home or use their home computer quite frequently.
Floating desks are secured to a wall and are ideal for offices with very limited space and for people who do not require a large amount of working area. Some are desk tops protruding from the wall, while others offer a convertible top and can fold or slide into discreet shelves.
Standing desks allow users to stand while working. These desks first became popular in public speaking and retail settings, but people have now chosen to use standing desks in the office for various health and medical benefits. Sitting in an unsupportive chair all day can wreak havoc on the spine. Using a standing desk is one way to combat health risks. The height of these desks can be adjusted and should be customized for each user. Also, many people purchase tall stools, so that they do not have to stand at all times.
A treadmill desk is a standing desk with the addition of a treadmill. This type of desk is ideal for people who are active or want to be more active during the work day. Many companies are weighing the benefits of adding a few treadmill desks for their employees to use during the day. Employees can take a leisurely walk while reading, or take a mental break and be more productive when they return to their work.
Armoire desks are similar to floating desks, in that they are ideal for small spaces and can be hidden when not in use. Armoire desks appear to be a cabinet, but provide interior shelving designated for electronics and computer equipment. Some even have enough space for a printer.