Choose the Best Office Desk for Your Small Business
October 13, 2019
What’s the best office desk for your business? That may seem like a daunting question, but it's one that you can answer by asking yourself the right questions and comparing your options. Here are four key questions to try to ask and important considerations to address when shopping for an office desk for a small business—whether based in a separate office or your home:
How much desk storage do you need?
Office desk size is a crucial deciding factor. And it will depend on considerations such as the amount of equipment and supplies you need to fit on top of and inside of it. So you can start by thinking about how you will realistically use your desk, how much work area you will need, and what it will store. Will you have a desktop computer, and thus need space for a big monitor and separate keyboard and mouse? Or will you be using a laptop? Will you need a desk with drawers for office supplies or files, or just a simple office supply storage container that sits on top?
How much space do you have for the desk?
Realistically, you may have space constraints in your business or home office. Try to determine where you will put the desk and measure out the space, so you get the right desk dimensions. You can buy office furniture for small spaces, including a small office desk, a small office table or a small office couch—whatever you think you need to make your office comfortable and complete. (Learn more about small office space ideas here). Likewise, choosing the best home office desk can be a matter of measuring your space. If you need to fit a desk in a small room or, say, corner of your basement, you can find a small office desk and other small space furniture that fit the bill.
Do you want it to be ergonomic?
If you’re sitting at your desk frequently, you’ll probably want one that ensures you sit properly as to not strain your back, neck and arms. (Likewise, you’ll probably want an ergonomic computer chair.) You can buy a desk or chair with adjustable heights so you can optimize your set-up to your specific needs.You might also consider getting a stand up computer desk or a adjustable height desk that permits you to change your working position throughout the day. (Also consider pairing any standing desk with a ball chair that offers an ergonomic seating option when you need it.)
What can you afford?
A small, streamlined office desk may cost less than a large wooden desk with lots of space and storage, and if you’re on a shoestring budget, there are plenty of desks you can purchase for $1,000 or less. As you try to explore your options, you’ll need to balance your needs with your spending goals.
Keep in mind that there is a wide range of office desk furniture available, so it only makes sense to try to put some consideration and planning into finding the best desk for your business.
About the Author
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship.
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