The desk in your office is an important piece of furniture that can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Having the wrong desk can limit your productivity because it is working against you, not with you. Here are a few tips on choosing the right office desk for your unique situation.
Know How You Work
Before you go out and buy a desk, it is essential for you to take a personal inventory about how you work. Are you the kind of person that likes to spread all your papers out so you can stand back and look at them, or are you the kind of worker that likes to dedicate spaces (like drawers, etc.) to put your finished or pending work so your desk looks clean and neat? There is no right or wrong answer; it is all about how you like to work. Knowing what organization system works best for you will help you identify the amount of surface area you require.
Know the Dimensions of Your Space
There is no point in going out shopping for a desk before you know the exact dimensions you’re working with. You can get out the tape measure and do it the old fashioned way, or you can take advantage of the smartphone you have in your pocket and get an app that will keep all the measurements in one place. There are many apps out there that do this, including the Home Design DIY Interior Room Layout Space Planning & Decorating Tool.
Consider the Features
If you know what you need from your desk to be your most productive, you can pay close attention to the features each desk offers. A drawer you can put your keyboard in so it is hidden when not needed is a popular feature. It is also helpful to consider the ease with which the numerous cables that go to your computer can be hidden and managed.
It cannot be stressed enough that the key to finding the right desk for you is figuring out what you need to get the job done. What are your considerations when you’re looking for a desk?
Chris Long is a Home Depot store associate in the Chicago area, where he has been helping customers since 2000. Chris is also a contributor on business furniture to Home Depot’s Home Decorators.com website.