How to Choose the Right Computer Desk

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Investing time into finding the right computer desk for your work style is important. Chances are, you or your company is going to be spending a good chunk of change on your computer desk purchase and you'll want to get it right the first time. Below we'll run through a few things to consider when selecting your computer desk, like your budget, working style and personal preferences, which are three important considerations when looking to buy the best computer desk for you.

1.) What's Your Budget?

This may sound like an "a duh" thing, but you'd be surprised how many people shop around with no set budget in mind for what they need. It isn't a bad thing, it's just not an efficient use of your time. Before you start shopping, start thinking about what you're looking for and identify the minimum and maximum amount you're looking to spend (or are allowed to spend). This will help you in your search for a desk because you'll already have an idea of what you're looking for and can avoid getting caught in a rabbit hole of countless computer desk options while conducting your search.

  • - Make a list of your "must-haves" in a desk
  • - Identify the least and most you'd spend on a desk

2.) Identify Your Work Style and Space

The first place to start, aside from setting or getting a budget, is to identify how you work and the amount of room you have to work with.

If you have extra space and have a budget on the higher end, then an l-shaped desk, an executive desk, or u-desk are all viable options. Below, we've broken down each desk into a little bit more detail for you:

L-shaped Desks

L-shape desks are great for those who want a little more desktop space to work on. The nice thing about l-desks, is that they can easily tuck into a corner, be placed in the middle of a room, or alongside a wall. And, if you need additional storage, you can easily add a hutch.

Executive Desks

Executive desks can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, however, the traditional executive desk is thought of as a double pedestal desk with elaborate features like reeded pilasters and intricately carved details like you see in the executive desk below.

U-Shaped Desks

The wraparound shape of U-shape desks make them great desks for architects and designers who need extra desk space to accommodate larger pieces of paper and documents like blueprints.



If you're working with a smaller or more confined space, a corner computer desk or a computer desk with a hutch to save you some floor space might just be what you need.

Depending on your work style and available space, consider the following:

  • - What are the dimensions of your office or workspace?
  • - How much desk surface do you need?
  • - Do you prefer to stand up periodically throughout the day?
  • - Think about functionality fit. Would one configuration work better than another?

3.) Quality, Durability and Assembly

Have you ever heard of the phrase "you get what you pay for"? This is especially true when it comes to office furniture and selecting your desk.

  • - Budget on the lower side? Consider laminate and partially assembled or ready to assemble (RTA) options.
  • - Have some room in your budget to work with? Executive desks, solid wood, and fully assembled options are more available to those on the higher end.

The great thing about the computer desks we offer is that you have a variety of options to work with so that you can get the desk you want in your budget. If you like a desk that's a little bit nicer but a little more than you were hoping to spend, consider a ready to assemble or partially assembled desk. If you're willing to put in some work to assemble it, then partially assembled or ready to assemble desks give you a nicer desk for the price and your handy skills will save you some money on hiring a furniture installer or handyman to assemble it.

Have questions on selecting the right computer desk for you? Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-933-0053 and one of our furniture consultants would be happy to help. We're available 24/7 and can assist you at any time of the day!

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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