Choosing the right office desk is important, not only because its a big investment but because it will make your working environment easier if you get it right. The first and most important question is:
What is the Desk for?
What is the desk for? This sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Well, it seems obvious at first but when you think about it more carefully you will see that it is crucial and each business will have different needs. Knowing what you want your desk for will mean that you can plan accurately the type and size that you want.
- Do you just want a PC on it or do you need plenty of space to lay out plans, or research documents whilst you are working? If so, it might mean that your desk needs to be quite deep.
- Do you need a telephone on the desk?
- Do you want to have access to reference materials on the desk or will these be stored elsewhere?
- If you need lots of tools and equipment when you work, do you want these to be kept in desk drawers or on top of the desk?
- Do you need a setup to facilitate hotdesking?
What size of desk do I need?
All the above questions will determine the size of desk that you require. You also need to know how much space you have for a desk and where the desk will be in your office. For example, corner desks can provide a larger amount to surface space if you have the appropriate corner space for them. Other desks are more compact but offer shelf-type storage above. You need to measure the space you have available and take this into account when choosing your desk. Don’t forget about the depth too. If your office is small this is an important consideration. If your office is large and you meet clients regularly then you also need a large or stylish desk that conveys the right message.
Planning for the future
When choosing a desk its also important to think about your future plans. If you don’t have a fax machine but will be getting one later on, where will this go? If its going to go on the desk then the desk needs to be big enough now.
Have you considered Disability (DDA) Compliance? Do your desks allow for disabled working? Are they height adjustable desks to allow for different heights of individual or for wheelchairs or standing or sitting?
If you want items close to hand, then you need to consider a desk with integral storage. This is may also be essential if you only have space for a small desk. A desk with a pedestal or two will provide you with more storage space where you can’t go wider or deeper with the desk itself. There are draw and filling pedestals or combinations of the two.
You are unlikely to want to replace your desk frequently, so you need to buy the best that you can afford. Buying cheap quality is a false economy unless you are only going to use the desk infrequently. All of the desks supplied by Discount Office Furniture Online have quality construction and a 5 year guarantee. Beware of providers of office furniture who do not offer this as standard: this will give you an indication that their desks may be of an inferior quality.
Discount Office Furniture Online offers a range of quality yet inexpensive desks and computer tables from £63 +vat with free delivery, such as our cheap desk: contemporary glass computer table
We also offer high end, executive desks with wood veneers or solid wood in a variety of colours such as our Oak veneer curved executive office desk / workstation.
Choose a desk that fits in with your office style. Your visual environment is important to your wellbeing.
Do you have a traditional office and want dark walnut office furniture? Or are you going for a contemporary style and are looking for glass or white office desks and chairs?
Are you looking for a light and airy feel to your office? Then consider a light wood such as a beech or maple desk setup.
Hotdesking / Multiple Users
If your desk is going to be used by more than one person you need to think about several extra things: What are their different needs? The desk needs to accommodate everyone who works at it. Will each person need a personal draw to store their things in? So would a pedestal or matching drawer units be needed? Will there be different height requirements, so would a height adjustable desk be appropriate?
Whatever your requirements, do call our advisors on 0845 293 7282 to see which is the right desk for you.