10 Things to Consider When Buying a Desk
Looking to buy a desk in today's market can be very overwhelming. With so many styles and features available, it isn’t always easy to choose the right desk for your needs. Thankfully, Porvata is here to help with some ideas of things to look out for when purchasing your new desk.
Consider Your Office Design
Before you start searching online or in stores for your brand-new desk, consider the office space you have available to you. Your office design, location, and aesthetic will determine a lot about which desk you can buy.
Before buying a desk, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- What size desk will fit in your space? Take measurements of the area where you plan to place your desk.
- How many computer monitors will your desk need to hold?
- How much storage do you want your desk to offer? Will you need or want separate storage furniture?
- Are you planning on sitting, standing, or adjusting your desk throughout the workday?
Choose the Right Desk Size
Once you’ve measured your office area, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the maximum size of desk you can fit into your space. When buying a desk online or in-store, use that measurement as a tool to choose the right size for your business needs. In the end, you may need to customize your desk to fit the exact size you need for your office space.
Find the Right Look
Once you’ve determined the size of desk you need, the next step is to decide what kind of look you’re going for. Do you want a desk that’s L-shaped or rectangular? Something vintage-looking with drawers and a hutch or modern, with only a desktop and legs?
When you go to buy a desk, keep in mind the color and material that you’re searching for. After all, your desk should speak to your overall office space. Pick colors that match and make you feel like you can enjoy the aesthetics of your home office environment—not just the functionality.
Do You Need Adjustability?
Back in the day, office furniture companies typically made desks at one height, with no options for adjustments. But with advancements in technology, you can now find desks in different lengths, heights, and widths! In fact, some of the best ergonomic desks available on the market are height-adjustable, with motorized control panels that take them from standard desks to standing desks in a matter of minutes! Set your desk to the proper height to give you back the support it needs throughout the workday—your body will thank you later.
Keep Sustainability & Durability in Mind
When buying a new desk, you will want to ensure that it has a good, solid build. Choose a desk made with suitable materials that will last for years, and—if you can swing it—materials that are sustainable and have minimal impact on the environment. You will also want to check into the durability of the desk's material to make sure that the desktop can handle the heavy load of monitors, laptops, and other office supplies. You are making a significant investment in your desk, so take some time to research the materials and ensure you’ve found the right fit.
Warranties and Guarantees
The best ergonomic desks will come with a warranty or satisfaction guarantee. These will ensure that your desk is covered in the unfortunate event that it does not meet the standards promised or is not what you need for your space. When buying a desk online, especially, make sure you look into the return policy before purchasing.
Find a Matching Chair
Once you’ve found the best ergonomic desk, you will need a chair or stool to go with it. Take note of the height you are looking for in your desk, and find a chair that will adjust appropriately.
Ergonomic chairs are relatively easy to find. Chairs with excellent lumbar support, adjustable armrests, adjustable height, and reclining functions will bring a greater level of sitting enjoyment during your busy day. If you’re looking for a sit-to-stand office setup, you may even enjoy a rolling stool that can easily be moved in and out of your workstation and takes up very little space.
Before you buy a desk, think about what your ideal storage looks like. How much storage do you want to be built into the desk, and how much are you willing to spend on extra storage furniture to meet your home office needs? The number and location of your drawers will be significant.
As modern desks emerge and account for smaller, more simplified work areas, drawers are not always part of the desk build. Other options, like under-desk rolling cabinets or bookshelves, can help support your storage needs.
Computer Monitor Accessibility
The best ergonomic desks have built-in wire management to help support the need for computer monitor hookups. When choosing your desk, keep in mind how many computer monitors you will be using and how many holes you need to keep your wires organized.
Organization Is Key
Before and after you buy a desk, you’ll need to work through the organizational aspects of keeping it tidy. Consider how you’ll want to arrange items on top of your desk, or whether you’ll need to find a new system to help you keep clutter to a minimum.
Wires can quickly become a mess with a new desk, but it is easy to find wire management tools to help control them. Monitor arms are great for lifting monitors off the desk and allowing for more desktop space, while paper organizers can help with day-to-day clutter.
Start Searching for Your New Desk
With these tips in mind, it should be easier than ever to buy a desk that fits your home office needs. Whether you’re searching for a standing desk, a traditional executive desk, or something in between, Porvata has got you covered.
Explore our selection today to find the best ergonomic desk for your office space!