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A good office desk is ergonomically designed and can be adjusted to suit your height, stature and job function. Depending on what you spend most of your working day doing, it should facilitate your work flow and not hinder it. For example:
Do you spend a lot of time at a computer?
If you find you’re spending the majority of your time typing, or looking at your screen, then your office desk has to accommodate this. It needs to be large enough to enable your monitor, keyboard and/or laptop, and mousemat to be positioned in the right place for your arm length and focal vision. If you have a window near you, you’ll also want to be able to adjust the angle sometimes to avoid bright sunlight. A good office desk will be designed to cater for cabling and power too.
Is paperwork your thing?
Many job functions still require a certain amount of paper shuffling. Your desk needs to provide you with enough uncluttered space to enable you to keep things in order. It also needs to be adjustable to the correct height for writing – and that can be different to typing.
Are you constantly in desk-side meetings?
If your working day is a series of one-to-one meetings, a good office desk HAS to make this work for you. It’s worth thinking about a conference desk. Or even an L-shaped one. Both can provide you, and your visitors, with enough room for papers, laptops, mobile phones and files.
Does your phone never stop ringing?
We often have managers asking for office furniture combinations that enable them to hold long conversations on the telephone… comfortably. They want an office chair with a decent pair of armrests, but that has to go hand in glove with a good office desk under which that chair can fit snugly. Drawers etc. have to be close enough for them to grab a piece of paper and a pencil, whilst also typing something into an email.
What types of desk are available?
As we mentioned in our article last week (click here), there are several styles of office desk to choose from, depending on what your job function is. So if you’re wondering what makes a good office desk, it’s worth considering checking out the following:
Straight cantilever desks
Single and double wave cantilever desks
L-shaped cantilever desks
Panel end desks
Height adjustable desks
And here’s an additional tip…
A good office desk will fit a desk pedestal underneath, or have desk drawers. Small storage spaces are critical for keeping you organised and sane. And, let’s face it, sanity matters here, people!
Worried you haven’t got it sussed yet? Fear not. Take it from us that you’ll know you’ve totally grasped what makes a good office desk if, when you arrive each day, you see your desk, you look forward to starting work, and you’re smiling!