Office Desk Guide
When choosing new office furniture, most people will naturally place the most emphasis on choosing an ergonomically designed and comfortable office chair.
However equal consideration should also be given to choosing a suitable office desk for your workspace. This is often overlooked as simply an object of substance and that style and functionality are of little relevance.
In order to provide your employees or indeed yourself with a comfortable and productive working environment, the following points should be considered:
How Will The Office Desk Be Used?
The way your employees use their office desk should of course have an impact on your ultimate choice. These days, it is rare to find an office desk that does not have a computer perched on top.
CPU Holder and Monitor Arm
If your employee is using a desktop computer (rather than a notebook or laptop), it is a good idea to install a CPU holder and monitor arm. This obviously helps to maximise the working area of the office desk and helps to keep it free from clutter.
You may also want to consider different power/data solutions. With a little careful planning, it is possible to create your own cable management solution for your officedesk. For instance, you could let your cables run through cable spines or cable baskets available in various lengths. Our 3WT cable channels stick on to the underside of your desk and allows cables to run through it horizontally.
We can also provide smart power / data solutions that fit into cable baskets or to the desk top. The space saving pop up or flip up versions are hidden in the desk when not required.
Additionally, some of our office desks have multiple cable management solution configurations built in. See our Opteam Office Desk Range for an example.
Office Desk Storage
This is another consideration that often gets neglected, in part due to the fact that most offices have subsidiary storage in the form of cabinets etc.
However, if you want your employees to be productive, efficient and organised it might be beneficial to add complementary storage and pedestal options. This ensures that your staff’s paperwork and stationery is always to hand.
If your choice of office desk does not have a pre-fitted screen, you may want to consider this in order to preserve and protect the modesty of your female employees.
Large Office Desks
For senior members of staff such as managers, supervisors and company directors, you will probably want a larger desk to accommodate different types of working scenario. An example of this might be holding a meeting with several people at the same time, all of whom need office desk space for taking notes.
Shaped desks often offer the best solution to these types of scenarios. ‘L’ and ‘U’ shaped office desks are popular choices as they will allow both you and your employees enough space to hold a meeting and have a solid surface for keeping notepads and paperwork.
Style, Colour and Materials
Naturally you will want your office desks to compliment the rest of your office furniture and therefore styling is an important factor to consider.
For instance, an ultra-modern glass desk in an old-fashioned office may stick out like a meat stall at a vegan convention. So you need to decide first of all if you want a glass desk, or a wooden desk. Also, desks are available that come with metal legs. This can provide a further opportunity for concealing cables because some are designed with built-in cable management features.
Additionally, wood desks come in a number of different finishes:
great value | different finishes and colours available
sensibly priced | highly durable
- Solid Wood
high quality | look great | different wood finish options | durable | more expensive than wood veneer
- Wood Veneer
looks fantastic | cheaper than solid wood | less durable than solid wood
Needless to say, there are numerous different colours and shades of wood to choose from. Again you should make sure that your office desk does not clash with your other office furniture.
On a final note, remember that first impressions really do count, so if you want to impress your clients with your office furniture then please read my blog How To Impress Your Clients With Your Office Furniture.