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Making the right choice when selecting a computer desk for your home or office is going to directly impact your overall experience as a user including how well you are able to work (or play!), how comfortable you will be and even how it may impact your health due to ergonomic issues.
Thankfully, there are models available for every taste, budget and need. There are endless combinations of materials, colors, sizes, functionality and points of purchase. So, what are the primary points to consider before purchasing? This, first and foremost, is a needs-based purchase. Once the practical need is determined and satisfied, then one can focus on the other aspects such as aesthetics.
The first thing to consider is the over-all purpose of the desk and what role it will play. Will you be using a PC or a laptop? How big is your monitor? Will you want to have a printer there as well? What about shelves, books and plants? Do you need a writing space as well? The answers to these questions will help you begin to determine if you need a large, robust desk with ample space and shelves or whether you can make due with a small, light-weight stand.
Space – How much space do you have and what type of space is it? An open area? A wall? A corner? These questions will further help you in determining the right computer desk for you. Depending on your space limitations, the following categories are available:
Hutch desks – these are intended for those of you who have little floor space available and instead take advantage of vertical space. Be sure to consider the size of the monitor when evaluating these desks to make sure that it will fit on or under the shelves!
Corner desks – these, as the name implies, are intended to be placed in the corner of the room and offer ample horizontal space, allowing for work on the computer as well as a writing space without having to accommodate the keyboard or monitor. These often also have a hutch or vertical component.
Workstation – these are intended to be light-weight and mobile for those who need to move the desk around when needed, from one space to another or one room to another. They are light and mobile, built with wheels. They also tend to be small and simple.
Once these basic, pragmatic issues are dealt with, you can begin getting creative with colors, materials (glass, wood or metal to name a few), pre-assembled vs. ready-to-assemble, where to make the purchase (online or in-store) and how to get the best bargain for your money including evaluating new or used options and sales or discounts that may be available.
Last, but by no means least, consider the ERGONOMICS of the desk. Make sure that the keyboard can be used with the arms at a 90 degree angle and that the top (or middle) of the monitor will be at eye level. These will help you to maintain proper posture and reduce fatigue and strain. Do not underestimate the importance of this point if you will be spending considerable time in front of the desk!
There is a computer desk for every space, need and budget. A little analysis of your space and needs before moving to “purchase mode” will help assure that you will be happy with your desk today and for the many tomorrows to come.