Five Things Every Computer Desk Needs to Have
So you’re on the market for a new computer desk again. This time, you are determined to make sure that the desk you buy is going to meet all your needs. No more suffering from clutter and mess on top of your desk; no more having to resort to bookshelves and filing cabinets for storage; just an all-purpose desk that can make your office space better…. No perfect!
It’s not going to be easy. Gumtree is an option for diversity when it comes to options, dimensions and designs. Ebay also has tonnes of desks you can choose from. You might also want to consider smaller classified sites such as OLX.
So what do you look for in the perfect computer desk?
Here are five things you might want to consider…
Space for Your Computer Equipment
No one wants a desk with no equipment storage; it defies the purpose of getting a desk in the first place. Of course, computer equipment may be minimised, say, if you have an all-in-one computer. At the same time, you may still need to have room for computer equipment outside of the basic tower, monitor, keyboard, etc. For instance, you may need space for a printer, scanner, fax machine, or a similar device. The tech world is such that there is always a new device to be bought.
Having sufficient space for all your computer equipment, work materials, and anything else, is definitely the most important factor when looking for the right computer desk. You can diversify your options by looking at computer desks that are more than just a small rectangle in shape. For example, you could consider an L-shaped or U-shaped desk.
Space for Your Filing Cabinet
This is something that is often overlooked. However, if you take the time to choose the right computer desk then you will be able to reduce the amount of space that your filing cabinet takes up. This is easily accomplished by finding a computer desk that can fit your filing cabinet underneath, without taking away your leg space.
Alternatively, you can consider an L-shaped or U-shaped computer desk that includes a built-in filing cabinet or filing drawer. This will allow you to reduce the amount of floor space that is taken up without having any concerns over intruding on your leg room comfort. You will also have some options of desks that include filing cabinets on wheels, which can integrate into the design under the desk or stand out on their own.
Space for Your Office Chair
This may seem silly, but you really do need to consider your office chair and how well it will fit with the desk that you plan to buy. You don’t want your chair to be too tall and you don’t want to have to adjust it to being close to the ground in order to be able to sit at your desk. You also don’t want the legs of the chair to hit the desk. Further, you don’t want your knees hitting any of the computer equipment, such as your computer tower or printer.
Space to Fit it in Your Room
Another thing that you have to consider is the amount of space that you have in your room for the desk. One of the most common mistakes is buying the wrong sized desk. This is why so many people end up having to shop for a new one – over time, they get sick of having a desk that’s too large or too small for both their room and their needs.
So you should look at the dimensions of any desk you are interested in or pre-set criteria for the dimensions of the desk. However, keep in mind that some designs, though large, can fit into rooms in ways other than how they are intended to. An example of this is the L-desk, which is commonly used as a corner desk but can also have just one side of the desk on the wall.
Space above Your Computer
It is not just important to consider your storage space in regards to your computer equipment, filing cabinet, and space on the desk. You will want to think about the amount of storage space that is available above the desk as well. This is where looking at vertically built desks becomes important.
The main consideration will be whether you want to get a hutch to go on top of your desk. Many desks are already sold with them, especially if you buy used. Due to the nature of this type of furniture, it is important that you choose one that is designed to go with the desk you buy. The assembly process requires pre-made holes and includes pre-determined lengths, so you will struggle with trying to match two random pieces.