Choosing a computer desk for the home is a big deal for anyone who spends a lot time sitting at one, and that goes double for denizens of Cube City who already spend a third of their lives (eep!) sitting at a computer desk at work.You want it to be comfortable, efficient and durable, but you also want it to look awesome and fit your budget. That’s a lot of moving parts for something as stationary as a computer desk
, so we’re here to give you some tips on how to quickly and easily find what you need.Tip #1: Spot a bargain.
Computer desk prices vary widely and sometimes it can be hard to know how to spot a deal. Of course, you want to compare prices across vendors and look at product reviews, but there are a couple extra tricks, too.First, check the materials. If you’re looking for metal
, is it rustproof? Look for powder-coated, galvanized or stainless steel if you’re interested in premium options. If you prefer premium wood, look for hardwoods
and engineered wood
.Tip #2: Take measurements.
There are three different things you should measure before buying a computer desk: the space where it will go, the desk and … yourself. This last bit is pretty easy if you live in Cube City, because you can base your measurements on what you already use.If you don’t, sit in a regular chair and measure the distance from floor to knee. Add six to eight inches of clearance to that measurement and you’ll have a good approximation of your optimum desk height and how much legroom you need.Tip #3: Know your needs.
A good computer desk is designed with consideration for how you need to use it. Storage, size and shape are all going to play a key role in how efficient your new desk will utilize the space you afford it.Things to consider include the number of drawers, the shape (rectangular, L-shape
, etc.) and whether a suite or set will give you more bang for your buck. Available combinations may include desk/bookcase
combos.Tip #4: Consider looks last.
Of course, it’s important that you enjoy the look of your desk, but you should avoid sacrificing functionality for style. For example, it takes a special kind of person to enjoy working on a glass desk regardless of how cool it might look.Keep these four tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to the perfect computer desk find.