We don’t all sit at the big desk at work, but in our homes we are the boss. Now in our computer based culture, it is tough to have a home without a computer and Internet connection; and if you have these things, you need a place to keep the modem, wireless network adaptor, and computer. This is why you need a desk.
So the question remains. Which desk should you choose?
Walking through the desks at Staples or Office Depot can be a daunting task. Even in their smaller stores, a dozen different options are not out of the question. The key is to walk in knowing what you plan to use the desk for. Being able to instantly say I need lots of storage for my important documents will most likely immediately rule out half the possibilities, making the choice easier.
If you run your own business from home, your desk will probably need to be considerably larger than the guy who uses his computer for little more than computer games. Having shelves to put important paperwork or a lockable drawer for receipts and credit cards may be a “must have”. In this case you want something more than four metal pipes and a glass top. However if you just use your laptop to check your email once and a while, a small secretary’s desk might be the right choice.
You also have to know your room. My office if fairly small, only about 12″ by 9″, so a long 6 foot long corner unit, like the one I have at work wouldn’t not fit very well. Do not get something longer than half the room in any case. I am personally limited to a desk about 4 feet long, but I am not limited vertically. Some have hutches already attached, which keeps you from overwhelming the room with a large desk, but still gives you a good amount of storage space.
The last aspect is that the desk has to match the style of the room as well. If you have an antique filled room, a metal and glass table will look out of place. If the room is all white and black, that cherry executive desk would still our too much as well. Making the desk a focal point is a good call, but taking a 180 and going in an entirely different style direction could be too much.