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Picking the Best Computer Desk

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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 over veneers 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, corner, etc.) and whether a suite or set will give you more bang for your buck. Available combinations may include desk/bookcase, desk/chair or desk/credenza 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.

This floating desk from Prepac Furniture is the perfect solution for small rooms that need plenty of storage and work space. 

This modern 3-piece corner desk from Monarch Specialties is light yet sturdy and comes in two different finishes. 

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