For some people, finding the right desk for a home office is a dilemma that can leave you feeling just a little bit like Goldilocks. This one’s too big, that one’s too small and the one that was just right? Well, that one didn’t have enough storage built in, so it’s back to the drawing board again.
So, what’s the big deal with finding the right desk for your home office? A number of studies have shown the correlation between the type of desk and how productive a person is. While there are plenty of studies that state organisation has a lot to do with productivity, there’s also the school of thought that says that being a touch messy is actually better for you!
Of course, we’ll be focusing today on how to select the right desk for your body type, work style and space so that you can increase your productivity no matter how messy or organised you are.
The Standing Desk
If you’re one of those folks who just can’t sit still, a standing desk might help you stay more productive (and healthy). Standing desks are shown to improve blood circulation, help fight fatigue and increase your productivity.
Some standing desks come with height adjustment capabilities, allowing you to return to a sitting position with ease so there’s no need to give up your favourite office chair.
Perhaps the most common desk found in many home offices, the straight desk is versatile. And, what it lacks in space, it makes up for in flexibility. Straight desks come in a variety of sizes and depths and can be placed just about anywhere (except a corner). Place one in the center of the room for a full 360 view and for added screen privacy, but watch those wires!
A straight desk against a window wall can also provide a nice view that will help boost productivity but, may make some people uncomfortable if their back is facing the door.
The Corner Desk
Corner desks are the perfect (and possibly only) solution when you’re working with an odd shaped or narrow room and want to maximize surface space. They work well in spaces that aren’t your traditional office space either like a kitchen or that spare corner at the top of the stairs.
On the downside, make sure that you’re not working on any “classified” information since they also offer the best view of your monitor to the room
The L-Shaped Desk
Do you like to spread out when you work? Then the L-shaped desk has all the room you need to push those papers to the side and keep you going throughout the entire day. L-shaped desks are basically corner desks with a long return on one side.
So, if you’re thinking of going the corner desk route and have some room on the side to spare, this could be the right solution for you.
The U Shaped Desk
If you like to feel like you’re at mission control central when you’re at work, or play, then the L-shaped desk might just be your cup o’ tea. U-shaped desks, like mullets, are all business in the front and party in the back with a little something going on in between.
They’re perfect if you work on two separate monitors throughout the day and need tons of extra space for separate projects. You’ll need a pretty big home office to accommodate one of these babies. And, more than likely, you’ll also need it custom designed to fit.
What kind of desk are you currently rockin’ in your home office? Talk to us about it in the comments.