Office desk buyer’s guide
Looking for the right office desk for your home or workplace, but don’t know where to begin?
With so many different office desks on the market, ranging massively – in terms of price, quality, function and style – it can be a challenge to know where to begin and making the wrong decisions can have a serious impact on your business.
Learn everything you need to know about choosing the perfect workspace with our expert office desk buying guide below…
Desk types explained
The most common types of desks available
Before you start shopping, it’s important to know a little bit more about the products available on the market today. Here’s a brief overview of some of the most popular types of office desk available:
These are large desks with one wider side, which was originally designed to accommodate the old-style CRT monitors. They’re still really popular and are ideal for office workers who require plenty of workspace, legroom or space for integrated storage.
However, wave desks do take up a lot of room, so if you’ve got a small office, are short on space, or don’t need all that workspace, then you may find bench desks provide a better, more space-efficient alternative.
As the name suggests, corner desks are large office desks designed to fit into the corner of a room. Depending on the layout of your office, this can be a great way to make better use of every bit of available space. They can easily be placed back to back, or in four-way clusters to create multiple workstations.
Corner desks often come in ‘L’ shapes, with both left and right-hand variations available, so if you’re planning on buying a corner desk, think about where you’re going to position it before you purchase.
Bench desks are rectangular, goal post or table style desks, which are designed to be laid out in rows. Smaller and more cost-effective than radial desks, bench desks are a versatile solution that’s perfect for modern, open-plan offices.
Over the past few years, bench desks have become increasingly popular. This is because office IT equipment has got smaller, and the move towards digital working has reduced the need for office storage.
In addition to the low cost and space-efficiency, one key benefit of bench desks is their modular nature. Bench desks are designed to work together, which means you can easily add to the system as your business grows.
Home office desk
Compact and minimalist, writing desks don’t take up a lot of space. They’re designed to be positioned against walls, providing a good solution for hot-desking areas and occasional workspaces. They work great in bedrooms or studies and they can feature storage solutions inbuilt.
The downside is the lack of working and storage space, which means they aren’t really suitable as main workspaces for desktop computer users or those in administrative, paper-heavy roles.
Considerations for desking solutions
The kind of office desks that are right for your business will depend a lot on the industry you work in, and the working practices of your employees. Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when choosing the right desk options for you:
Size of desks
Different jobs require different sized desks. Those with admin and paper-heavy jobs need larger desks, whilst occasional computer users and those who primarily do field work can get by with much smaller spaces.
As a rule, it’s better to slightly overestimate the amount of space your employees need – this will help to provide additional flexibility and capacity for if things change. Having said that, office IT equipment is getting more space efficient, with slimmer monitors, smaller computer towers and wireless technology reducing the need for space.
The size and layout of your office will have a big impact on the kind of office desks that are right for your business.
Ultimately, it’s about striking the right balance. You need to ensure that everyone has enough desk and storage space to work effectively, whilst minimising wasted space.
This may mean splitting up the office space and investing in several different types and size of desk, to cater for all your different employee roles. Mixing desktop sizes and shapes, but using the same legs and colours is not uncommon in larger offices.
The feel of your business
Office desks have a big impact on the overall working environment, and you can use them to define the feel of your business.
For traditional, professional businesses with multiple departments and individual offices or cubicles, having larger, separate wave desks, pedestal desks, corner desks and self-contained workstations will help to define each room.
In more contemporary, creative and open plan offices, modular bench desk systems can be perfect. They work particularly well for businesses looking to create occasional spaces for flexible group working, hot-desking and for collaborative spaces.
Brand, style, colour and aesthetics
Reflect your brand in your office
Your office furniture is a direct reflection on your business. When choosing office desks, it’s important to pick designs that suit your business in terms of colour, style and brand. With modern styles and materials available for furniture and accessories in an office, it is easier than ever to make a first impression to visitors and improve employee satisfaction.
For example, a contemporary design agency will probably want to achieve a different look and feel to a more traditional accountancy or law firm. With that in mind, these are the 2 main considerations when it comes to aesthetics in the office:
Materials and finishes
Office desks come in a selection of different materials and finishes, in colours and styles to suit every business. These include everything high-end solid wood finishes, through to the more cost-effective MFC printed/coloured wood tones, contemporary whites, or even vibrant statement colours.
Picking quality, matching furniture that fits in with the style and feel of your business will help to create the right working environment, and create the right impression with clients.
Whilst it’s important to choose furniture that fits in with your brand, there’s a lot of evidence that injecting some bright colours into your workspace can provide a significant boost to workplace harmony and productivity.
At Bluespot, our Kaleidoscope office furniture range features a selection of high-quality, affordable office desks, finished in a range of vibrant colours to suit your business.
The important details
Practical thoughts for your office future
Whilst cloud storage and the shift towards digital technology has slightly reduced the need for office storage – the paperless office is still a pipe-dream for most businesses.
Providing each employee with enough space for all their files, papers and office stationery will provide real benefits in terms of productivity and office organisation.
Choosing desks with built-in pedestal drawer storage can be is a great, space-efficient solution for businesses wanting to free up space in the office.
When purchasing office desks, you’ll want to have a firm eye on the future of your business.
As your business grows and you employ more staff members, you’ll need more desks for them to work at. Planning for this when you buy your office furniture can help to reduce costs in the long run.
Choosing a flexible, modular system, like one using bench desks will make it much easier to extend and expand your office as your business grows.
Budget, price and value
Keeping a keen eye on costs is essential for any business, but it’s important to think office desks in terms of their long-term, lifetime value. Think about the function of a desk and the impact it will have on productivity, and make sure you invest in the right, high-quality pieces, the first time around.
Whilst it’s tempting to skimp on office furniture and buy the cheapest desks you can find, this is likely to be a false economy. When it comes to office desks, you get what you pay for, and buying higher-quality pieces can pay dividends in terms of the lifespan, durability and appearance.
Quality furniture from Bluespot Furniture
Prices for office desks vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For high-quality office desks from Bluespot Furniture, you can expect to pay from under £100, right up to around £500, depending on the specification and storage features of the model you choose.
With thousands of different office desks available in an unrivalled range of sizes, styles, colours and finishes you’re sure to find something to suit your business office at Bluespot Furniture.