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Key aspects to consider when choosing a computer desk

Jun 12, 2017

A functionally designed computer desk is now the mainstay of every office, whether that’s at home or at work. So we thought it would be a good idea to recap on the ideal features, bells and whistles to look out for when you’re researching for your next one.

A functionally designed computer desk is now the mainstay of every office, whether that’s at home or at work. So we thought it would be a good idea to recap on the ideal features, bells and whistles to look out for when you’re researching for your next one.

What are the features of a good computer desk?
Size and height – The obvious factor for squeezing any computer desk into an office is how much space you have to accommodate it. However, size is more than just length here. Obviously, first and foremost, on it you need to be able to fit at least one monitor (many people work with two), a keyboard (or docking station), and probably a mouse mat. But you mustn’t forget that often people work with paper documents by their side too. So there needs to be space for those. This means looking at depth as well.

It also helps to have a computer desk that’s height adjustable. You don’t want your thighs getting squashed. And equally so, you don’t want your feet dangling because your chair has to be extra high to enable you to sit and work.

Shape – It’s very likely that the shape of your computer desk is partially dictated by the dimensions of the space it will be in. The good news is that there are all sorts of shapes for you to consider. Here are a few to get you thinking:

Rectangular – A shape that does what it says on the tin.
L-Shaped – Useful for a corner, but can work well free-standing too. As a computer desk, this shape can facilitate laptop working along one edge, and perhaps casual meetings along another. But that’s just one possible idea.
U-Shaped – This design can subliminally turn what’s ‘just’ a computer desk into a mini office. Superb if you have the space.
Corner – Like An L-Shaped computer desk, just more so.
Ergonomic design – A computer desk that’s been ergonomically designed will significantly reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury and other body stress related problems. Any computer desk that supports the actions involved in fulfilling a task will improve efficiency. Depending on the work that’s being carried out, ergonomic adjustments include height and tilt (if a drawing board is required).

Features – A computer desk with great additional features is a computer desk you’ll look forward to working at. Worthwhile features include:

Cable management
Keyboard tray
Storage eg. drawers
Lock
Castors/wheels
A final word from CamHam…

As you can see, a computer desk isn’t just a desk that you put your laptop on. A purposely designed computer desk will make a difference to efficiency, productivity, and wellbeing. By balancing affordability, the space you have to work with, and the functionality you require, you will find a computer desk that exactly fits your requirements.

If you’d like to pick our brains, please do give us a ring. We’ve got significant experience in guiding businesses along the right decision path for their office furniture needs. Helping you choose the right computer desk is all part of what we do every day. We’d love to hear from you!

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