How to choose the best desk for your home officeby Millers Furniture on 2019-07-26 08:48:27
A desk is the foundation of any office, so when you're building an office for your home, it's best to start with the desk and build everything else around it. There are many desk options available to suit your needs, whether you spend eight or more hours working from home every day or just an hour or two per week managing your finances. The amount of space you have available will likely be a determining factor in choosing a desk, so before you begin shopping for a desk, do some measuring. Be sure to leave enough room for other pieces of furniture you'd like to include in your office. Here are a few options when it comes to desks:
U-shaped and L-shaped Desks
Whether you work from home or frequently work on personal or volunteer projects, if you need space for a computer but also need lots of space for writing and paperwork, a U-shaped or L-shaped desk may be your best option. These desks provide plenty of room for a computer or laptop, printer, and office supplies, plus additional surface space for writing or for having books open or paperwork spread out. These desks often come with at least one drawer for hanging files so you can keep your essential files conveniently within reach.
Secretary's Desks or Writing Desks
At the other end of the desk spectrum is a secretary's desk or writing desk. If you rarely sit down to use a desk, but want a designated place other than the living room sofa or dining room table to be able to keep a laptop or to occasionally sit down and write, a secretary's or writing desk might be the best option for you. These desks are ideal if you have a small office or even no office at all. They can easily tuck into a family room, bedroom, bonus room, den, or even a laundry room or mudroom. They typically offer minimal storage space—one or two small drawers—but that may be all you need to store a few office essentials such as writing utensils and notepads, or a checkbook, receipts, and a calculator.
Workstation, or a Desk or Credenza with a Hutch
A great in-between option, workstations—or desks or credenzas with a hutch—provide the perfect place to keep a computer or laptop, hanging files, and office essentials. They provide some writing space without taking up as much space as a U-shaped or L-shaped desk. An added hutch is a great options for storing a few books or notebooks, or for displaying decorative items that add visual interest and character to your office.
Executive desks are designed to face outward so that the back of the desk is as pleasing to view as the rest of the desk. If you'd prefer not to have your desk placed in a corner or against a wall, an executive desk might be ideal. You can place an executive desk in the middle of a room or facing a door so you can easily see anyone who enters the room. Executive desks are generally large enough for a laptop or computer with some space leftover for writing, or they can be paired with credenzas for even more writing and storage space.
It can be hard to find a large block of time to tend to your office needs, and having to get everything out and then put away again can seem daunting if you only have minutes at a time to devote to those office tasks. That's where a rolltop desk comes in handy, since you can save precious time by leaving your work on your desk. With a rolltop, you can keep your paperwork or computer neatly hidden away, keeping your office space looking clutter free.
Once you've decided what type of desk you need, you can build the rest of your office with pieces such as filing cabinets, bookshelves, credenzas, or perhaps a relaxing occasional chair to sit and read. We'll discuss those options in next month's blog article.
If you need help deciding which kind of desk is best for your home, we'd love to help you get started! Visit either of our locations and browse our selection, and be sure to ask about the different customization options available.