Different jobs require different desks; here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a desk.
For most people, a desk is their “home base” of operations, so it’s important to choose a good one. The first thing to consider is what you will actually be doing at your desk. Analyze what you do in a day, and make sure that your desk will be able to accommodate your needs. Someone who works with a computer needs a very different type of desk than someone who works primarily with paper. Think about what you do the most, and make sure your desk can accommodate that primary task comfortably. Here are some shopping tips of what to look for in a desk:
- Built-in cable management
- Adjustable keyboard shelf and monitor stand
- Space to store extra computer supplies
If you work primarily with a computer
- A large flat area so you can spread out your work
- Built-in file drawers to store frequently use documents
- Space to store staples, pens, and other supplies
If you work primarily with paper
If you’re just starting out, short on space, or your budget doesn’t yet allow for a new desk, keep in mind that a workspace doesn’t necessarily have to be a traditional desk. Although a desk is ideal, I’ve seen effective workspaces made out of a variety of non-traditional areas, such as a corner nook, a countertop, and a kitchen table.