A desk for your home office is possibly one of the most important purchases you will make aside from a comfy chair and will make all the difference when it comes to how organised and productive your working day can be.
Not all desks and tables are the same, and you need to be careful when picking your new office desk or table to ensure you get one that meets your needs. This post looks at some helpful tips to ensure your desk does everything you need it to.
How Big Is The Desk?
In many cases, the size of your room or working space will dictate the size of your desk. For those with no spare room, a fold-down or collapsible desk might be the order of the day; however, if you have a dedicated office room or area in a room, make sure you measure the space before looking at the desk to ensure you fit the space and get the best size for you. Measure the width of the desk as well as the height too. Standard desks are 28 to 30 inches tall, but an adjustable one might be a better option if you need a shorter or taller desk. Alternatively, console desks tend to be 50cm deep, while standard desks will be around 80 cm offering a more significant surface area.
Does The Desk Offer Storage?
An essential factor for choosing a desk is to ensure it has the storage you need it to have. This, again, depends on the type of work you do and the equipment you need to do your job well. For some, this is simply a case of having space for a laptop, pots, pens and notebooks. Others may need a more complex set-up with various monitors and tech accessories.
Look at what you must add to your desk to ensure you have the space. Look for under-desk shelving options or ladder-style desks for small spaces with storage above. Does the desk have drawers? Additional raised space for another monitor? Avoid desks that have drawers directly underneath the surface attached to the underneath of the desk. While they might look nice, they can be awkward to work around and cause you to sit with a poor posture.
Does It Promote Good Posture?
The right desk will support your body and ensure you are sitting with a good posture to avoid strain and injury during your working day. Some important points to consider include the following:
- The option of your screen being at or just below eye level
- The screen should be an arm’s length away from you
- There should be space to use a mouse mat for comfort if required
- All of your accessories should be within easy reach without stretching or standing up
- Your chair and desk should support a comfortable sitting position and keep a natural working posture.
While many factors go into choosing the suitable office desk, some important considerations can help you work easier but more comfortably and ensure your desk is ideal for the work you need to do.