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How to Buy a Desk

Your desk is the main piece of furniture that anchors your office and supports all the work you do. Today, it’s much more than a writing surface. A desk holds your computer and peripherals, docks your laptop and other mobile devices, and stores documents and tools.

The desk also takes up the largest footprint in most workspaces, which makes choosing the perfect design even more important. Simplify the process with our 5-step guide to desk-buying.

1. Find a Location: Decide where you desk will go.

  • If you’re replacing an existing desk, this is probably an easy choice. In a new space, or if you want to rearrange your office, give it careful consideration.
  • You’ll want to check the clearance of your door, ensure any cupboards or filing cabinets aren’t blocked, and determine where the electrical outlets are.
  • An L-shaped desk fits snugly against an office’s walls, or can be positioned against a bookshelf or a filing cabinet to create a modular workstation, whereas a rectangular desk has more option for space.

2. Measure the Space: This isn’t the time to eyeball dimensions. A desk that’s even half an inch too long won’t fit properly.

  • Measure your room, including the overall height, length, and width as well as window placement.
  • Block out exactly where you want your desk to go.
  • Consider height of the desk as well as width and depth, especially if you plan to add a filing cabinet or other additions next to it.
  • Remember to include baseboard thickness in your measurements.
  • For small offices, a classic desk with a single pedestal file can take up as little space as 24 by 48 inches.
  • For large or executive offices, a bowfront desk provides timeless style with a 41 by 71-inch desktop.

Consider Your Needs: What will you be using the desk for? Computer work, writing by hand, organizing files, meeting with clients, or all of the above?

  • If you plan to have numerous items on your desk (such as a monitor or two, keyboard, mouse, printer, or inbox), sketch a plan of where everything will go to see how large a desktop you’ll need.
  • Many desks offer a minimum 24-inch deep worksurface (although shallower is available), storage solutions, a file pedestal or storage space, and good legroom.
  • L-shaped workstations usually include pedestals, drawers, or cubbies. Styles range from sleek and ultra-modern to classic executive corner desks you can tailor with a hutch.
  • Rectangular desks offer a strong, flat desktop you can customize to suit your needs. These traditional desks are usually available in multiple sizes and finishes, allowing them to fit in seamlessly with your decor.
  • U-shaped desks are the best choice if you require a large amount of space to work. They are usually available as part of a set, making them a great choice for C-level offices.
  • Height-adjustable models, also known as standing desks or adjustable desks, allow you to adjust the height throughout the day. This equals maximum ergonomic comfort. An electric height-adjustable desk allows you to change position with the push of a button.

4. Understand What Makes a Quality Desk: Thickness of the laminate, the desk’s hardware, and its features all determine its quality.

  • The thickness of the laminate used on the desk’s edge can help to determine durability. It should be at least 3 mm thick.
  • The hardware used to construct the desk is key too. Direct metal-to-metal lock and pin systems, for example, save from drilling directly into the laminate, which can wear down over time.
  • Laminate worksurfaces can be constructed to be antimicrobial.
  • Tech features may include: surface USB ports, embedded quick charging, and undermounted cable management.

5. Call in the Experts: Source is here to get you behind the right desk.

Source furniture specialists work with many types of clients to select the perfect furniture for their office space. We also provide office space planning services, where we work with you to design the ideal layout for your workspace or office.