If you have an office, then you would probably agree that the desk is probably the most important element of your workplace. This desk holds everything important for you, so that you can be more productive while also being comfortable at the same time. This desk can hold your computer, a lamp, office materials, writing materials, the phone, the printer, and even your favorite junk food hidden in a drawer somewhere. It holds all of these together for you in such a way that materials would be in reach and you can efficiently perform your job. A few people realize the benefits of having a good desk and more probably would if they have ever tried working on the dining table or at the kitchen counter. For some people, the right desk can make the difference between a busy, productive day and a disorganized one.
Without question, you need guidelines in choosing the right desk. It’s not just “Oh hey, this is big enough to fit my office space, I’ll take it!” There are also other factors you need to consider. Here are some few tips:
First tip is to identify how you intend to use your desk. Is it more for computer work, paper work, or a combination of both? Every decision you make thereafter will somehow depend on this. This article focuses on choosing a desk that is intended to be used for both paper and computer work.
After you have identified what type of desk you want to have, you should now go to your favorite furniture store and try the different types of desks available. This is probably the most important step in choosing the right desk. Sit straight on a chair and try positioning your arms flat over the desk. Extend your hand out and imagine that you are reaching for something, to the right, to the left, and even to the drawers, if there are any. Take your time and try performing a sort of work simulation too. Some experts agree that you should bring a laptop or a book with you and that you should check whether the desk permits a natural posture while you work on your usual tasks. Also, make sure that there is enough room for your legs underneath as you may need to change positions once in a while during long hours of work.
Make sure that the desk that you are trying has enough room for your monitor, your books, and papers. For computer users, you should be able to touch your monitor with outstretched fingers, and the top of the monitor should be level with your eyes. There should also be enough space for a writing area where you can take down notes using the traditional pen and paper (you can’t rely on your computer all of the time!) For both paperwork and computer work users, experts suggest an “L”-shaped desk as the most efficient.
If your desk is going to be placed in a shared area of the house or office, consider buying one that has doors, drawers, or sliding trays to help you hide all of the equipment, materials, and the secret stash of sweets too! This will also help you in hiding all the clutter and, hopefully for those that work from home, set the boundaries between your work life and your personal life.
Your desk should also have enough space for a picture frame or two, an additional feature that’s nice to have. Old fashioned, I agree, but a photo of a loved one on your desk will help remind you why you need to be working in the first place. A desk maybe all about work but it is not bad to add some personal touches to it as well.