How to choose the right office desk

If you’re in the market for a new desk, it’s important to select the right one because the wrong desk can interrupt your productivity and make your workdays miserable. As you look at the different office furniture for sale, ask yourself a few questions to make sure the desk you choose is a good fit for yourself or your employees.

Functional use of your desk

Computer-related work needs a more spacious desk to accommodate a monitor, tower and any peripherals, along with ample holes in the back to run cables and wiring. If your work is mostly written in nature or requires ample desktop space without the clutter, a simple style will suffice. Additionally, consider if you need shelving, drawers or a built-in filing cabinet. If so, you’ll want to make sure the desk you choose has these features.

Desk placement

How much physical space do you have to place your desk? If you have plenty of room, you’ll have a number of office furniture options, including expansive “U” or “L” shaped desks, however, if room space is limited, you probably want to choose a desk that is not too bulky.

Types of desks

Now that you’ve determined how and where you will use your new desk, it’s time to select a style. Desk options include:

  • Writing desk – Basic workspace for the minimalist who doesn’t need much storage space.
  • Computer desk – Spacious surface with enough room to support your equipment, along with drawers for storage.
  • Computer cart – A smaller desk to accommodate people who do most of their work on a computer and/or don’t have much space or need for a full-sized computer desk.
  • Corner desk – Perfect for the office with limited or a specifically designated space.
  • Standing desk – Allows a worker to stand and perform tasks rather than sit on a chair all day. A stool or higher chair can be added to accommodate sitting time.
  • Executive desk – An alternative to the cubicle-style desk, this type of desk adds style and provides ample desktop space and storage.

As you look at the different types of desks, consider the level of quality and durability you’ll need. Desks come in many forms, including wood, laminate, metal, veneer or glass material; consider the pros and cons of each before you choose.


Function and office space is important but if you’re going to be sitting (or standing!) in front of a desk all day, comfort and proper ergonomics is a consideration you definitely don’t want to ignore.

  • Is there ample room for a chair and your legs?
  • Does the desk have a separate keyboard shelf for proper wrist placement?
  • How does the desk’s height feel when sitting behind it?

Buying a desk is a big investment, you want to make the right choice. If you determine ahead of time your use, physical space, personal preferences and comfort before you peruse office furniture for sale, it’ll be far easier to find the perfect office desk.