Your office desk should form the central element of your workspace. You will likely spend most of your working day sitting at your desk. This is why you should spend some time researching the most suitable desk for your needs. A well-chosen and high-quality office desk should last you for years to come, so the time spent finding the best one is a good investment.
Here, we consider some of the key questions that you should be asking as you start your search for the perfect office desk.
1. Is It Suitable For My Work?
Firstly, you should consider how you will use your desk. What type of computer equipment do you have? Will there be enough room for your computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse? Do you accumulate a lot of paperwork and need a designated area for writing? Do you need a lot of storage solutions to keep your workspace clutter-free? It is vital that your chosen office desk aligns nicely with your individual working style, so think about your specific needs carefully.
2. Is It The Right Size?
There’s no point finding the perfect desk, only to realise that it will never fit into your dedicated workspace. Before you set off on your search for a desk, take down the key measurements of your work area so that you have a good idea of what will or will not fit. Desks come in various different shapes and designs to accommodate all kinds of spaces, so think about what will fit best. Modular desks are often a good choice as these can be adjusted to fit into small areas and can be expanded if needed in the future. One important, but often overlooked, factor is whether your existing office chair will fit underneath your new desk.
3. Is The Desk Ergonomically Designed?
Sitting for prolonged periods of time at your desk, with poor posture, is bad for your back. An ergonomically-designed office desk will help you to maintain good posture throughout the day, limiting your risk of aches and pains and long-term musculoskeletal problems. One thing that you must consider is the height of your desk. Is it the right height for you, so that you don’t need to stretch and strain unnecessarily?
Does a standing desk appeal to you? If you would like the freedom to choose between a seated and standing position and the option to stay active throughout the day, then a height-adjustable standing desk may be just what you are looking for.
4. What Is The Desktop Made From?
When it comes to choosing an office desk - materials matter! If you choose a desk made from high-quality materials, that has been constructed well, then you will be able to enjoy it for many years. You should keep quality and durability at the forefront of your mind while shopping around for your new office desk. The most common materials used for the construction of modern office desks are wood, laminate wood, tempered glass and metal or steel.
Some office desks, such as Flexispot’s Computer Desk FD02 incorporate materials which maximise their practicality. The FD01 is heat insulation, anti-corrosion, waterproof, wear-resistant and fade resistant. A melamine coating over the desk surface allows users to easily wipe it over - ideal in a post-pandemic workforce where colleagues may be sharing desk spaces. If you are looking for a classic, yet simple office desk at an affordable price, then Flexispot’s Computer Desk FD01 is ideal.
5. What Is Your Budget?
How much can you realistically afford to spend on your new office desk? While you should consider your desk purchase as a long-lasting investment, you should not overstretch yourself when it comes to setting your budget. If money is tight, it would make sense to look for desks within the mid-range - those that are constructed using good quality materials but will not blow the budget out of the water. If you try and save money now by opting for a budget desk, you may find yourself having to replace it in the near future, after all, you get what you pay for!
6. Consider Your Style
Your chosen desk will need to fit in with your current office decor. Consider what your individual style preferences are - could you see yourself sitting at an old-fashioned writer’s desk, or would you prefer something more sleek and modern? Maybe you would work best with a simple and sophisticated design. Before choosing your new desk, survey the colours currently used in your office and match your new furniture up with this. Whatever your choice, it must represent your own individual style as you will be the one sitting at it all day.
Hopefully, this article will help you to decide what is important to you when looking for a new office desk. For some inspiration, check out Flexispot’s exciting range of office desks.