Spending lots of time at a desk is just a fact of modern living and working. Your computer desk had better be something you are comfortable with or you will be frustrated and irritated, even if just subconsciously. If you like your desk and chair then you can be more effective and efficient with what you are doing. Many people try to make their work environment as comfortable as possible, and understandably so. But the desk itself is fundamental to your satisfaction. So feel free to set out those desk toys, plants, and a few pictures from home, but be especially sure to tend to the computer desk itself, or you will never be as happy as you could. Since a computer desk is so important, it is worth taking a look at some of the different types and configurations available to you.
First, let's start with something just a little odd, the standing computer desk. This is a style that I am very tempted by. It is constructed to be tall so that the user can stand while working. This has the obvious advantage of keeping the user more active and fit. It also has the obvious downside of forcing the user to stand. Sort of a double whammy situation. People who use this sort of desk report greater productivity and energy after a break-in period that allows their bodies to adjust to being vertical for longer periods of time than they might otherwise be used to.
Second, there are traditional sit down desks that are designed to be used in a corner. A corner computer desk has several advantages. They free up floor space in your work environment and allow for other interior design possibilities that otherwise would not be available. Like traditional designs, these have many options for storage both in drawers and above on shelves. Some have keyboard slides and built in file folder storage. Whether you prefer wood, metal or glass, a corner computer desk can be a great option.
Third are the L-shaped and U-shaped computer desk . I think these are really attractive and functional. They allow you to feel like you are sort of "in" your workspace. Some people find that this style makes them feel more focused and engaged in what they are doing just because of the physical configuration of their desk. The large work surfaces of these styles is a big plus for many. It can be pretty frustrating when you have lots of materials to organize on your desk and there isn't enough room.
Fourth, the standard traditional executive type desk. These are big beautiful desks that exude quality and presence. One large work surface and lots of storage make this sort of desk satisfactory for many users. Many people like how they feel perched at their executive desk in a big leather chair across from their client (or kid). Maybe it's the intimidation factor, who knows. If you have the room and don't mind a bit heavier desk than normal, then this type may be just the thing for you.
Of course you can opt for simple computer tables, carts, or armoires if you want something other than a more traditional computer desk. It doesn't matter. Find what works for you, fall in love, and maximize your work area.
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