Whether you want to create a professional space for a small business or simply need your own area to pay the bills, an office can be an easy addition to any home. As you determine how you’ll set up your office, however, it’s important to remember that the furnishings have a serious impact on whether or not you use it – and how much you get done. Your desk is the center of the home office, so it’s important to understand everything that goes into choosing the right one. Here, we’ll explain a few things to keep in mind as you select a new desk to create a home office that inspires your best work.
Many people begin the process by collecting plenty of ideas for your home office, from color schemes to a Pinterest board of decorating inspiration. This is a great place to start, but you’ll also need to know the size of the space to choose furniture and create a layout.
To get started, grab graph paper and a tape measure. Measure each side of the room and note the dimensions. After you determine how many squares on the graph paper will equal one foot, you can sketch out your home office. Don’t forget to account for windows, doorways and other features that affect furniture placement. In general, you should allow up to 3-1/2 feet behind your desk so you can push out your chair without colliding with walls and furnishings.
You can now begin adding furniture to the layout grid. Check the dimensions of the desks you’re interested in to make sure they’re the right size for the space and won’t block any entrances, closets or heat vents.
Now that you know the desk size that will work best for your space, you can focus how your desk will fit you.
Just as you won’t sit in an uncomfortable chair, you probably won’t use a desk that causes you discomfort. To create a home office you’ll want to spend time in, use these guidelines.
Two other size concerns will affect your work on a daily basis: how much room you’ll have to work in and how much storage your desk will provide.
When it comes to surface area, it’s all about how you’ll use it. If you rely on a laptop for work and rarely use documents, a smaller surface provides ample room. For those who spread out paperwork and/or use a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse, more surface area is needed. To avoid feeling crowded, choose a slightly larger desktop than you think you need. Remember, you will also want space for accessories that hold supplies, photos, file trays, and the like.
If you’re working with a small home office space, you can rely on alternative storage solutions to keep your desktop clear and minimize the amount of room needed. Consider a compact filing cabinet for your paperwork or store supplies, a printer, and decorative accents in bookcases. An accent cabinet makes a great printer stand with storage inside for all your office essentials.
Many people struggle to stay active, and that’s doubly true during the workday. What can you do when there’s no time for a walk? Standing desks, like the one pictured above, can help you reduce time spent sitting and get the blood flowing. They’re also a good alternative for people who find it hard to sit for long periods of time. If standing all day sounds uncomfortable, don’t worry – most standing desks offer an adjustable design that lets you quickly transition from seated to standing positions. That way, you can take a seat when needed and stand up whenever convenient. Also, getting an anti-fatigue Wellness Mat® to go with your adjustable height desk will make it feel like you’re standing on a cloud when you are on your feet.
Now that you understand how to choose a comfortable desk in the right size, it’s time for the fun part: the look of your home office. If you’re using a multipurpose space, like a guest bedroom or family room, it’s best to match the look of the existing décor for a sense of harmony. When you have a full room to work with, however, you have much more flexibility.
For a functional, contemporary look, the Twin Star Home® Standing Desk with Charging Station offers a great choice. Clean lines and bright white finish are right at home in a modern studio, while the llumitouch™ seamless control panel appears when needed and fades after use to maintain for a sleek profile. While this desk is perfect for anyone trying to conserve space, its partitioned drawer keeps everything you need close by – even a small laptop.
If elegance is a top priority, you can’t go wrong with the Tedford Adjustable Glass Standing Desk. A boat-shape silhouette with a gleaming glass top and cherry stain on the sides offers a sophisticated look to set the tone for a productive day. Complementing the desk’s classic appearance, high-tech features include a timer that reminds you to stand, smooth motorized operation, and three USB ports that keep your go-to devices powered.
With help from our buying guide, the only hard thing about choosing a home office desk is narrowing down your choices. Once you do, you’ll have a comfortable place to work that makes the office your favorite spot at home.
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