Choosing the right office desk can be daunting because there are so many to choose from! Desks can be large or small, sitting or standing (or both!), L-shaped or U-shaped, just to name a few of the options available in today’s market. Is the desk for a home office or a regular office? Are you looking for a specific color to match other decor? What about technological equipment that needs to be on the surface of the workspace? There is a lot to consider, but we’ll break it all down here and help you figure out the best office desk type for you!
What is the best height for an office desk?
Most people are between 5 and 6.5 feet tall so the height of the desktop surface from the floor is an important aspect to consider. Because most office chairs have some adjustability for height, desk heights are typically pretty standard at about 30 inches tall. There are also adjustable height desks that we’ll discuss a bit more later.
What is the best width for an office desk?
The next element to consider is the width. This is where you get into a significant variety of desks, from small, simple writing desks to elaborate, executive desks in L- or U-shapes. Here you need to think about what the surface of your desk will be use for. Do you have more than one monitor? How big are they? Do you also need workspace for writing, spreading out paperwork, and other uses? For two monitors, you can also consider using a monitor mount to save desktop space. Most people find a 55-inch wide desk to be suitable for two monitors with a mount.
What is the best depth for an office desk?
You probably already use a workspace of some kind. Perhaps you’re currently using the kitchen table at home, or you have a desk in the office but want to replace it. Begin my measuring the space you’re already using and ask yourself if it is too big, too small, or just right? Yes, Goldilocks style. Then try to find a desk that has a depth closest to the measurement you decide will work for you. Most people find that 24 inches is plenty of space for them.
Should I get a standing desk?
More and more people are finding that sitting in one position all day is very hard on your back and hips. To combat this, many people have begun using standing desks as most of them have customizable heights to allow for maximum flexibility. Several styles have electric-powered systems to make adjusting the height throughout the work day even easier. Whether or not you should get one really depends on your personal preference. Try creating a makeshift surface to raise your computer to a standing height. If you find that switching between positions feels better, invest in a quality standing desk.
What extras should I consider looking for while desk shopping?
Certainly, preferences for the extras differ from person to person, but there are several to keep in mind. To save work surface space, look for a pullout mouse and keyboard tray. Shelving, drawers, and hutches are all worth considering as well. These can help free up workspace as well on your desktop. Locking drawers are important if you have sensitive material that needs to be kept from prying eyes. If you’re looking for a super small, simple design that only needs occasional use, consider a wall-mounted folding desk that are popular with tiny homes.
Although there is no one-size-fits-all perfect desk, there are a plethora of options out there to help you find just the right desk for your needs! Contact us today to find your next desk!