Having the correct chair goes hand in hand with having a correct office desk. Its like salt and pepper … you can’t have one without the other!

Again, similar to correct chair posture, having your desk set at the wrong height and level causing a poor posture can severely impact on lower back pain and muscle soreness.

There are various considerations to think about when deciding what desk is right for your workplace. Below are the five we believe are the most important when making your desk decision;

Desk Selection Considerations:

1. Office Décor

Be sure that the desk you select blends well with the rest of the furniture in your office if you aren’t purchasing all new furniture. Mixing wood finishes, for example, can lead to a pieced-together look rather than the polished, professional style that you want.

Verify that the colour and style (i.e., contemporary or traditional) will coordinate well with other items you have. Also, what is the style of your workplace? Modern? Sleek? Antique style? There are numerous options out there! Make sure you find the desk that suits you and your office space.

2. Budget

Desks are available in a wide variety of price points, and pricing variations are typically directly related to quality. Avoid going with the cheapest possible desk, as it likely won’t hold up to the rigors of daily use. However, you don’t have to go to the opposite extreme either. For example, some solid wood desks are quite affordable and some styles with veneer finishes are good quality.

3. Desk Size

Avoid purchasing a desk that is too small to simultaneously hold your computer and the other items that you use multiple times each day while also allowing room to work. Choose a desk that is large enough to provide the work surface that you need, but avoid selecting one that takes up too much space in your office. Massive desks can be visually overpowering and they often waste valuable space that you need for visitor chairs or other furniture items.

4. Drawer Storage

Consider your storage needs when selecting a desk. A desk with very few drawers may have modern visual appeal, but such a desk might not be practical. However, a desk with more drawers than you will actually use can seem too cluttered and busy.

Think about what items you need to keep within easy reach when you are seated and use that information to determine how much drawer space you need. If you prefer a desk without any storage draws and want stand along storage units, check out our storage solutions. 

5. Technology Needs

Consider your technology-specific needs. For example, do you need a desk with a sliding keyboard tray? Do you need one that has built-in openings to accommodate multiple electric cords? Do you need these openings to be on the top of your desk or the sides, or both?

Carefully think through where you will place, and how you will power, your computer and any peripheral or mobile devices that you use at work before making your final desk selection. If you are using your desk for a standalone computer, you may want to consider wire holes or hideaways on the desk to enhance that professional look.

There are multiple desk considerations which you have to think about when purchasing an office desk. However, ergonomic desks have proven benefits, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing compared to standard table desks.

 

Ergonomic Desks

What are Ergonomic desks? The definition of ergonomic significantly varies depending on where you look. However, the underlying principle stays the same. 

Ergonomic desks, as well as other related ergonomic furniture, are designed to increase comfort, look aesthetically pleasing, whilst providing an adequate work surface. Ergonomic desks can also be utilised to house or conceal office equipment including computers, laptops, printers, scanners, cabling, storage solutions … the list could go on!

It goes without saying, workplace seating should be comfortable to keep employees happy and boost moral within the workplace. However, using ergonomic office furniture, such as desks, also has many other additional benefits. For example, ergonomic desks can enhance efficiency and productivity, as well as enhancing the professional look of the workplace.

The benefits of ergonomic office furniture rely heavily on having the ability to alter or change the office equipment height and/or furniture composition dependent on the user at that time.

There’s more to determining the right desk or chair height than just taking comfort into consideration.

 

Ergonomic Desk Benefits 

An ergonomic seating option can help employees minimize potential and enduring injuries, avoid distractions as well as increase productivity in the workplace. Listed below are some of the key benefits which ergonomic office furniture can bring to the workplace and are closely associated with using the proper desk height for workers:

  • Significantly lowers the chance of workers (and associated business costs) developing skeletal disorders from the workplace
  • Reduces the level of sick leave taken by minimizing injuries
  • Workplace stress levels are reduced
  • Helps workers stay focused
  • Improves productivity
  • Increases workplace engagement

 

What is the Correct desk height?

There is no specific height that is ‘correct’ for every office desk. Office workers’ heights and body types vary, so their desk should too! The key to determining the optimal desk height is knowing that there’s a little trick that caters to each individual. Basically, a worker should sit at the desk (or stand, if it’s a standing desk) with his or her arms at his or her sides.

The individual can then move his or her elbows to a 90-degree angle, and it should be easy and comfortable for him or her to place both hands on the desk. If the elbows are at more than a 90-degree angle, the desk should be raised, or the chair lowered. If the elbows are at less than a 90-degree angle, the desk should be lowered, or the chair should be raised.

 

How to Achieve the Correct Desk Height for Multiple Workers

While determining the proper desk height for a home office or a desk used by one individual is easy, what’s the process for when many individuals share a desk? In various workplaces, it is common to have 24/7 office environments, with workers changing each shift or desk sharing in later organisations. This is when adjustable seating and desk positions are crucial.

The best ergonomic office desks and chairs will be adjustable so each individual can raise or lower their work space to the proper and adequate height. When one person ends a shift and another begins, the desk and chair can be re-positioned to make proper posture possible.

If ergonomic furniture isn’t already incorporated into your office environment, your company may be paying in lost production and efficiency. Adjustable desks and chairs can help employees determine their correct working positions which in turn will help achieve full workplace potential.

Further reading:

Ergonomic Options

“Multiple Buy” Desks

Stand Up Desks

Home Office Working