4 Tips on Measuring Your Room for Functionality Fit

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When it comes to setting up your new office, or adding a new desk or storage to your office, it's important to think about how the furniture will fit in your space not just from a physical standpoint, but functionality-wise.

Below we've listed four things to keep in mind:

Desk to Wall Space

When you're looking to upgrade your desk, an often overlooked item is making sure that your desk to wall space is up to code. Make sure that you give yourself at least 36" of room from your desk to the wall where your entry path is so that it is up to code.

Guest Seating

If you're looking to add guest chairs, or replace existing guest chairs, it's important to keep in mind the space between your desk and the office wall (or wherever your guest seating will be). The average guest chair takes up about 30" x 30" of space, so you'll want to keep at least 42" of space minimum available from the wall to your desk. You can go a little tighter, to about 36" if you have a bow front desk that has some extra space underneath it for your guests legs, but keep in mind it'll be a tight fit.

Your Workspace

Another often overlooked aspect of fitting furniture functionally in your space, is the amount of active space you have when sitting at your desk. Meaning, the space you have to move around in your chair while your legs are under your desk. If you were looking for a pedestal desk, keep in mind that the pedestal takes up leg space. On average, the pedestal will take up at least 18" of space. Additionally, if you have a left or right return attached to the main desk, this takes up room as well. The typical return is about 24" on average. Keeping these two important things in mind when selecting your desk will save you a lot of headache later on.


Are you looking to add filing cabinet drawers to your desk? Something to keep in mind when selecting this for your desk is that the cabinet itself takes up to 21" of space under your desk and about 21" of space when drawers are completely pulled out. If you are looking to access your drawers often and prefer the comfortability of sitting in your chair while doing so, this is an essential thing to think about.

What else can we help you with? Leave a comment below or give us a call at 800-933-0053 and one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales consultants can assist you.

About the Author:

Rachel Howe Rachel is the SEO & Social Media Specialist for OfficeFurniture.com and OfficeChairs.com. When not working you can find her hanging out with her energetic Corgi, Gambit, or her two young nephews.

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