Office Desks Buying Guide

Believe it or not, it’s possible to have a home office without a desk. Some people work from their dining or coffee tables, pull file carts from the hall closet, and store paper reams under the sofa. However, it’s so much better to work at a desk. A desk anchors any home office space and makes working from home or managing the household a nicer experience.

Types of Office Desks

Types of Office Desks

Desks come in many types: basic or specialized, classic or contemporary. Your purchase decision should hinge on the space available for a desk and the kind of work you plan to do. For straightforward household management for example, a portable laptop stand may be all you need. A home-based professional, such as a lawyer or computer programmer, may require a special desk. Here are desk types to consider:

Computer Desks & Tables

Computer desks are designed to house computer equipment more elaborate than a laptop or tablet. These desks typically each have a large work surface to hold the monitor, a cabinet for the hard drive tower, an adjustable keyboard tray, and a slide-out shelf to house a printer. Cutouts often accommodate cables and cords, and a surge protector may be built in.

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Computer Laptop Stands

For small amounts of home-based work, portable laptop stands hold smaller computers. You can pull one up to the sofa to use while you watch the game, for example. The stands adjust to many heights, so you can sit to work or check your e-mails while you stand in the kitchen. The stands offer no extra work surface and typically no storage, though some models provide pockets or caddies on the side.

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$84.23

The 27 in. x 36 in. Precision Laptop Stand (Light Cherry Finish) has an adjustable Height From 27 in. x 36 in.. The unique patente...d easy to use height adjustment mechanism gives the user the ability to work from the seated or standing position. Made... read more

Monarch Specialties
$126.00

This mobile stand is the perfect combination of contemporary design and functionality. With its sleek lines and thick panels, it w...ill add modern appeal to any home office. Stand alone or paired with matching desk and bookshelf for optimal organization.... read more

Pro-Line II / OSP Designs
$103.00

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$103.00

OSP Designs Precision Laptop Stand in Black FinishFeatures:Dimensions: 20 W x 17 D x 36 H In.Weight: 14 lbsColor: BlackCollection:... PrecisionFor Use Type: Commercial or ResidentialAssembly Required: YesCountry of Origin: TaiwanWarranty: OSPDAdjustable... read more

Corner Desks

To squeeze a home office into nearly any room, you may want a corner desk, which is a wedge-shape piece of furniture designed to tuck into a corner. The triangular table surface is large enough for a computer monitor. The desk may offer only a flat surface, or it may be an armoire with doors to conceal the work surface and storage.

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Writing Desks

A writing desk is a simple, straightforward, and often small desk with no special features for a computer. It may only accommodate written correspondence or it may hold a laptop or computer, but there will be no cable cutouts or keyboard drawers as part of the desk. Some popular old-fashioned styles include secretaries, which each have a fold-down writing surface below a cabinet, and rolltop desks, which each have a slatted cover that slides down to hide the work surface.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Here are some things to think about when buying an office desk:

Longevity

Choosing a desk for longevity is tricky. Computer equipment changes in size, shape, and function so rapidly that it’s hard to buy a desk with a system in mind and know it will still meet your needs in five or so years. It’s better to choose a desk that suits your space. If you have a room devoted as a home office, outfit the room with a large desk system that includes a writing surface plus storage pieces. The pieces come as matching sets in home office and furniture stores. Components include credenzas, desks, file cabinets, armoires, printer stands, and chairs. If you carve out home office space in a kitchen, spare bedroom, or living area, look for compact decorative desks that suit the room’s style. Storage isn’t as important in these desks because extra items will likely go elsewhere, such as to file cabinets in the basement or a printer stand in another room.

Comfort

Test-drive the desk and chair you plan to purchase to make sure the chair fits with the desk and that the desk work surface sits at an appropriate height. Ergonomics are key when you spend long hours sitting in front of a computer, so a computer desk should provide adjustable features, such as a keyboard tray that drops down.

Storage

A desk must suit your personal, distinct storage needs. Take an inventory of the supplies necessary to store in your desk. Will the desk accommodate them all? Do additional storage components, such as bookcases or credenzas, match the desk? Can you easily access the file drawers or reach the upper shelves? Will the drawers hold all your supplies? Does your printer fit on the printer shelf?

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