The office bench desk guide

We’ve put together this article together to guide you through the different types of bench desks and bench desk ranges that are on offer and to emphasise some of the key aspects of each system.

On most occasions, the first consideration will of course be budget, therefore on each of the ranges featured we thought it would be useful to give an general indication as to how much each range would cost per person. The problem with this is that each range is built differently and has several different personal storage options, dividing screen options as well as different finishes – all of which effects the cost!

In an attempt to provide an accurate price guide we’ve used the following criteria for our examples: Each range has been priced on a bank of four desks, two positions facing each other, each position 1.4m wide x 800mm deep. Each of these benches has been specified with one cable tray shared between two positions (two trays per bench in total).

To summarise, we have then divided this total by four to give a price per position. We believe this provided a realistic guide price for informational purposes.

Other important considerations are style, finishes and cable management, each of which can only be touched upon in this document as it is already quite large!

Please keep in mind that the prices featured here are a guide only and were correct at the time of first publishing. Some of these ranges are no longer available but provide useful information for office planning purposes.

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Customising bench desks

To give you an idea of the sorts of customisation available with each range we’ve included this snapshot. Each range has a large number of options to ensure every office has the right furniture for its staff and a look that fits with the brand.

Bench Desk Ranges Icarus Astro Arche ibench M50 Claremont
Fixed Desk Tops
Cable Ports in Fixed Tops
Scalloped Cable Access
Shadow Gap Cable Access
Flip Top Access (small)
Flip Top Access (full)
Sliding Desk Tops
1m Deep Tops
800mm Deep Tops
600mm Deep Tops
Wave Tops
Double Wave Tops
Corner Desk Tops
120 Degree Desk Tops
MFC Tops
Laminate Tops
Veneer Tops
Glass Tops
White Legs
Silver Legs
Black Legs
Chrome Legs
Straight Legs
Angled Legs
Hoop Legs
I’ Legs
Leg Infil Panel
Cable Trays
Specific CPU Holder
Takes Any CPU Holder
Vertical Leg Risers
Verticl Leg Covers
Vertical Riser
Vertical Cable Spine
Height Adjustable
3rd Level Storage
Meeting Extensions
Bench Supported Storage
Storage with cushions
Specific Dividing Screens
Any Dividing Screens
Basic Fabric Screens
MFC Screens
Acrylic/Glass Screens
Tool Rail Screens
Steel/Metal Screens

Bench range options and pricing examples

icarus range

The Icarus bench desk range

Bench style range that acts as a value alternative to full bench systems. The range is only available with white top and silver legs. Clever design details such as: Cable tray can be shared between two desks back to back. Drawer unit fits under cable tray and also fits neatly under a 600mm deep desk, not protuding from the front. Desk sizes: 1.2m x 600mm, 1.4m x 600mm, 1.6m x 600mm, 1.2m x 800mm x 1.4m x 800mm, 1.6m x 800mm. Range of storage units to match. This range can use any manufacturers dividing screens, from budget fabric to acrylic or triple tool rails screens to hold screen mounted monitor arms. Lead time – Held in stock for quick delivery.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £534.00 (£133.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management

Astro Arche range

The Astro Arche bench desk range

Astro is our entry level bench range and represents excellent value for money. With fixed tops available in a variety of finishes and legs in silver, anthracite or white. The standard dividing screens are in white mfc or white acrylic. There is also the option to have a full range of fabric screens that are made exclusively for this range but these do start to put the price up. The best value option is to use the white mfc or acrylic screens and utilise a white or silver metal drawer unit from another manufacturer, as the drawers for this range also make it more expensive than it needs to be. Lead Time approx. 2-3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £900.00 (£225.00 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management

ibench range

The ibench bench desk range

The ibench range is propbably our most versatile range, with three legs styles in a choice of three colours, 15 different top and storage finishes, various shaped tops are complimented by a vast array of storage units. The range can have mfc, fabric or acrylic screens and can also be specified with fixed or sliding tops for enhanced cable management. This range is also very competitively priced and is on a quick lead time as it is manufactured in the UK. Lead Time approx. 3-4 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £995.00 fixed top or £1,120.00 sliding top (£249.00 per person Fixed Top – £280.00 per person Sliding Top)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management

M50 range

The M50 bench desk range

The M50 range is our only range that can have the end legs complemented by a perforated modesty panel. The range is available in numerous finishes and is complemented by a large selction of storage units. The tops are fixed but have cable ports as standard as well as a flip top section option at the back for cable management access. Alternatively the tops can just have a scalloped cut out centrally at the back instead. Lead Time approx. 3-4 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,020.00 (£255.00 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Priced without the end panel!

Claremont range

The Claremont bench desk range

The Claremont range differs slightly from the rest of the benches in our range by having the cable trays built into the horizontal stucture of the frame beneath the desk top. The range is limited to only five colours and the legs only come in silver. It is very competitively priced and also has vertical leg infil panels on the recessed legs as an optional extra. Unusually, this range has glass dividing screens as standard in either clear or etched glass. The storage units and personal drawers for this range are also very well priced making it a very good entry level bench. The white desk tops come as standard with a black pvc edge trim which also makes this range stand out as slightly different from other ranges at this price point. Lead Time approx. 2-3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,030.00 (£257.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Access range

The Access bench desk range

The Access range has one major advantage over some of the other ranges at this price point. The range benefits from a large choice of desk top shapes and finishes including red, green, blue or orange mfc top colours as standard. The legs are available in either angled or straight and in a choice of white, silver, grey or black finish. There is also a large selction of dividng screen finishes for this range at very competitive prices as well as a large selction of associated storage units and personal drawer unit options. Desk tops can be fixed or sliding for enhanced cable management access. This range can also have height adjustable tops which are set to the correct height when the bench is built and cannot be adjusted by the user. The height would have to be adjusted by one of skilled installation team. Lead Time approx. 3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,070.00 fixed top or £1,110.00 sliding top (£268.00 per person Fixed Top – £278.00 per person Sliding Top)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Oblique range

The Oblique bench desk range

The Oblique range can appear quite basic at first glance but it does have some valuable assets. The horizontal supporting beams beneath the desk tops are set quite far back, allowing for accessories such as pull out laptop or keyboard trays to be fitted to the underside of the desk tops. The range also has a unique dividing screen supported third level storage system. This provides storage units above the desk top. Another intersting feature is the style of the standard dividing screens which have very pronounced rounded corners and are often specified shorter than the length of the desk top giving a very unique and individual look. Lead Time approx. 2-3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,110.00 (£277.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Vital range

The Vital bench desk range

Vital offers some options that many of our other bench ranges do not. As standard the desk tops do not have cable ports, the cables are required to run down a gap between the back of the desk top and the dividing screen. As an upgrade you can have a flip top cable port put into the desk top towards the back and centraly position or a full length flip top cable access section at the back of the desk top. The range also benefits from full length third level storage units above the desk top, optional lighting (when third level is not specified) and numerous personal storage units. (slightly different from other ranges – please see small image on left above). Some modules can also have glass desk tops, but only in single units or two people facing each other. Lead Time approx. 4-5 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,200.00 (£300.00 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Vital Plus range

The Vital Plus bench desk range

The Vital Plus range is a very stylish, highly engineered product with chamfered leg detail. The legs are straight as standard with an optional upgrade to a full hoop design. The standard legs are 50mm square and there is a 60mm square option available again at an upgrade. The range is only available with sliding desk tops for improved access to the cable trays below. The Vital Plus range also has the ability to be configured with supporting storage units (please refer to the two main images above). A very design led product looks stunning in the flesh. Full range of storage units and personal drawers compliment the range but are quite highly priced. Lead Time approx. 4-5 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,270.00 (£317.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Price is for straight legs – hoop extra.

X4 range

The X4 bench desk range

The X4 range is the only range we offer that can do a progressive bench with glass desk tops. For example a 10 person bench with five people on each side could all have glass desktops in a choice of colours. The glass desktops are also each supplied with a chrome cable port in each corner to allow access through to the cable trays beneath the bench. The range is also available in a choice of mfc finishes. The legs are straight and are available in white or silver as standard with an optional upgrade to chrome. (approx. £165.00 per person) One of the other benefits of this range is that if dividing screens are not required then a chrome strip can be specified to fill the recess between the desk tops where the screens would have been postitioned. Lead Time approx. 4 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,280.00 (£320.00 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Linea range

The Linea bench desk range

Linea is a very stylish range that has sliding desk tops for improved cable access. (except when using 120 degree desks when the tops need to be fixed) The range is available in a choice of mfc finishes as standard but is also available with either oak or ash veneer tops as an upgrade. This is one of only two of our bench desk ranges that offers a real wood veneer top and veneer storage options. The legs are available in silver as standard with a 5% upcharge for black or white. The dividing screens and personal storage units are very good quality although they are slightly more expensive than other similar ranges. Lead Time approx. 2 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,310.00 (£327.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Black or White frames add 5%

Neo Evolution range

The Neo Evolution bench desk range

The Neo Evolution is completely different to all of our bench desk ranges. It is built using a post system and has infinite possibilities. The posts come in varying heights, ranging from desk heigh up to 1.6m high. This allows the above desk dividing screens to be completely integrated into the framework of the bench and even allows for the bench to have a high wall as part of the confirguration. The range is complemented by a comprehensive range of storage units including personal drawer units which can double as visitors chairs with cushions and pull handles. This range demands much thought during the design and space planning stage but this effort is rewarded with superb flexibility and functionality. Lead Time approx. 4 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,680.00 (£420.00 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

DNA range

The DNA bench desk range

The DNA has a different style of desk tops from our other ranges. As well as offering a standard mfc top in a choice of four finishes, there is also the upgraded solid mdf option with chamfered edge detail. The mdf tops can be finished in a white high pressure laminate or a choice of four real wood veneers. The sculptured legs and under frame are available in white or silver as standard with an optional upgrade to chrome. The range also has the ability to incorporate storage units and third level storage units above the desktop within its structure. A very elegant and stylish range that is completed by a vast array of storage options. Lead Time approx. 3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,785.00 (£446.25 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Priced in MFC with Silver or White legs.

Fly range

The Fly bench desk range

The Fly range has fixed tops with cable port access. The port positions can be specified when ordering i.e. In the corners or in the centre. The tops can also be upgraded to have a filp top access section, either in the centre at the back of the tops or a full flip top access running the entire length of the top. The bench can also be configured to include storage units as part of its structure. The main feature of this range is the accessory rail that runs the length of the top onto which can be attched screens, lights, shelves etc. A very stylish range with a choice of three tops finishes. Legs and frames available in white or glossy alumnium. Lead Time approx. 4-5 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £1,830.00 (£457.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Priced with Full Flip Top Access & Cable Tray

Arkitek range

The Arkitek bench desk range

The Arkitek range features a stunningly sculptured leg and framework which is availble as standard in silver or white with an upgrade option to polished alumnium. The tops are fixed and have either a small flip top access port or full length flip top access running the entire length of the top at the back. The range is available in a choice of mfc finishes as well as a choice of either compact or hdf 13mm thick laminate tops. Some modules are also available with glass desktops but these are restriced to single desks or a two person facing each other module. A full range of dividing screens and associated storage units is also available as well as integral uplighters. Lead Time approx. 4-5 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.6m x 800mm tops, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £2,206.00 (£551.50 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management. Priced with Full Flip Top access, silver or white access.

Elevate range

The Elevate bench desk range

The Elevate range is our only truly height adjustable desk at present. The range allows every position within a bench to be at a different height. Raised and lowered as standard on a ratchet by a lever. An electronic version is also available at an extra cost. The desk tops are sliding to provide enhanced access to the inder desk cable trays. This range is from the same manufacturer as the Linea range and therefore could be specified with that range in order to keep costs down. i.e. If a client requires an element of height adjustable desking but does not need every desk within the office to have this facility, then the two ranges could be combined and colour co-ordinated. Fantasticly engineed range of furniture. Lead Time approx. 2-3 weeks.

Price Example: 4 person set up using 1.4m x 800mm desks, to include 2no. Shared cable trays = £3,115.00 (£778.75 per person)

Note: Price would not include drawers, dividing screens or vertical cable management.

Why choose BT Office Furniture and Interiors?

Here at BT Office Furniture and Interiors, we supply and install flexible office furniture throughout most of the UK, perfect for creating the ultimate breakout area. With almost 50 years’ experience, our team of professionally trained installers have extensive product knowledge when it comes to finding the best office furniture for your business needs. If you require further information about any of our products, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.