Choosing a desk for your home
Whether you use your desk to catch up on work, make plans or get organised you spend a lot of time using it. That’s why it’s important to choose a desk that meets practical requirements whilst looking good too.
There are a number of key things to consider.
What do you use your desk for?
If you mainly work with a desktop computer, consider choosing a design with enough space for the monitor, keyboard, mouse and printer, plus a compartment for the computer tower if necessary. Wiring holes and channels make it easier to connect your computer components safely and securely.
If you prepare a lot of paperwork, a desk with a large surface area is useful. The additional room lets you spread out papers or lay open a reference book. Consider storage solutions that make filing a breeze, like a desk plinth that incorporates a filing draw to suspend your documents within close reach.
Is the desk the correct size for the space?
It’s important to consider how much space you have as this makes it easier to choose the style and features of your desk. Always carefully measure the space to ensure the desk will fit but also consider space for the following:
- Access: How are you getting the desk inside the room? If you have a narrow hallway, low ceilings or small doors, you may have to lift the desk through the window or choose a desk you can assemble at home.
- Doors: Take care to allow space for doors to open fully when the desk is in place.
- Room to move: Try to leave at least 90cm of space behind the desk for pulling out a chair and sitting down comfortably.
What is the best shape of desk?
As noted above, space considerations play an important role when you’re choosing a type of desk. Think about how the following shapes and styles can fit into your room:
- Regular rectangular desks: Available in many sizes and styles and work in almost any room. They are the most common and most versatile for placement as they can be placed against a wall or in the middle of a room.
- Corner desks: Provides a lot of surface area and plenty of leg room in a relatively small space, making them ideal for compact rooms.
- Floating desks: Keeps the floor space free by affixing to the wall. Position the desk high up the wall to use as a stand-up desk, which creates even more space by eliminating the need for a chair.
Does the desk design meet your needs?
Buying a desk that is both comfortable and easy to use is important. There are some key issues of functionality and layout that are important to consider:
- The ideal placement of drawers will be different depending on whether you are right or left handed. Make sure your desk can be configured to suit the side you favour.
- Choose a desk height that feels comfortable and lets your hands rest flat on the surface when your elbows are down at your sides and bent at a 90-degree angle.
- A computer monitor should at least an arm’s length away from your face, with the top of the monitor level with your eye height if possible. Make sure your desk is deep enough to accommodate this.
- Important items or those you use frequently, like filing trays or pen holders, should be within arm’s reach on your work surface to prevent over-stretching or bending.
- For maximum comfort, consider a desk chair with armrests to support your elbows, good lumbar support to keep your back feeling great, adjustable height settings and a swivel action that makes it easier to reach objects in any direction. You’ll also want to make sure that your chair can fit under the desk so you’re not sitting awkwardly or too far away from your keyboard. Consider measuring your chair’s width and height (up to the armrests) so you can avoid any surprises.
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