Selecting an Office Desk

Selecting the ideal desk for your office can be readily  accomplished if you pay attention to a few key factors.


Task Analysis
The office desk you choose should afford enough space to allow you to accomplish your work with minimal crowding. Prior to beginning your search, take a minute to consider the tasks you perform in a typical work day and note the amount of surface area that is required for each.  
If you routinely work with spreadsheets, bound reference publications or compilations and other space consuming materials,  you’ll need a desk that can accommodate them.  You might also want to select a unit that has complementing overhead shelving for storage.  An L-shaped desk like the one featured above provides an additional surface for paper intensive tasks or, alternatively, to facilitate meetings with staff and guests.
Also keep in mind the size and number of electronic components that will be positioned on the desk, including phone, type of computer, and related elements. Pay special  attention to features like the size and position of the keyboard tray.  Ideally, the desk should also include technology support peripherals  and cut-outs to enable hassle-free and organized connections.  
Ergonomic Considerations
In addition to being a good fit for your work, your desk should also be a good fit for you. If you use a computer a significant portion of your work day, the desk should include a keyboard tray that is at a comfortable height for the user.  It’s also helpful if the tray is large enough to allow for use of the mouse with either hand.
Standard desk heights are 29 to 30″ from the floor, an acceptable configuration for most users. Should that not work for you, adjust for the difference when you select a chair, raising the seat height and using a foot stool when necessary.
Available Space
It goes without saying that available space is another important factor when selecting an office desk. When seated at the desk, there should be at least three and a half feet between your chair and any adjacent structure. If you plan to receive guests, you should also allow for three feet of space between the desk and  guest seating. 

Composition and Design

Desks are available in a number of materials, including wood, metal, and veneer or composites.  Laminated surfaces are by far the most popular due to durability, price and style options. Laminate is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, satisfying virtually any design scheme. Edges can be made to match or trimmed in wood according to one’s preference. When selecting a laminate surface look for multi-layered high-pressure product that resists water intrusion.

Anderson Interiors carries a wide variety of new, used and remanufactured desking systems. Please visit our web site or call 412.828.7420 for more information!

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