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For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. From cooking to entertaining and relaxing, it is the center of daily life. Think about how much time you spend in your kitchen on a daily basis and what you enjoy about your current kitchen. Now, think about what things you would like to change. This is a good starting point for making your dream kitchen a reality. It may seem overwhelming to look through all of the kitchen options out there, but all you need to keep in mind is what is important to you. Simply put, your new kitchen is all about you.

Let’s get the mundane tasks out of the way. Keep in mind, even a small to average remodel can result in a 69 to 75% return on your investment.Budget, Measurements & Timing

Budget: Set a dollar amount for what you anticipate spending. There are many choices available to meet your taste, budget, and needs on any budget level.

Measurements: Basic wall measurements will be required to properly lay out your new kitchen cabinets. Measurements will need to include windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and the locations of your appliances. If you are planning on having your cabinetry professionally installed, the measurements you use should be provided by your contractor to ensure accuracy. Sketching your kitchen can help you visualize your measurements and the space you’re working with. You can check out our Kitchen Cabinet Planning Guide for tips on measuring your space and a free design grid to make your sketching easy.

Timing: How soon do you want your new kitchen? Menards® offers both in-stock cabinetry options, which can be taken home immediately, and personalized special order options, which can be ready in four weeks or less.
With all the colors, styles, and options available, choosing kitchen cabinets is really all about you! Let’s break down the important considerations to help make your dream a reality.

With all the colors, styles, and options available, choosing kitchen cabinets is really all about you!

Let’s break down the important considerations to help make your dream a reality.

A couple looking at cabinet samples.

Color, Wood Species & Panels

Color: Typically, color is what you will be drawn to when replacing your kitchen cabinets. There are many stain and paint colors to choose from, and this decision can be very important when remodeling a kitchen. Take a deep breath, relax, and take your time; this decision is yours and should be enjoyable to make.

Wood Species: Kitchen cabinets are available in alder, birch, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and many other species. Each type of wood features unique characteristics and colors that will vary based on the wood you select. But rest assured, you can inspect samples of each wood species at your local Menards® store to ensure that you choose the right tone.

Panels: The style of panel you choose can help set the tone for your entire kitchen. From recessed to cathedral to shaker and more, Menards® carries a wide range of the most popular styles in the color and species of your choice. Visit the cabinets and appliances department of your local Menards® store to see the full collection of colors, wood species, and styles available for your remodel or browse our exciting offerings online.
Kitchen Layout

Laying out your kitchen starts with the space you have to work with. There are four basic kitchen “shapes” to choose from, and which one you pick often depends on the room you already have. The basic kitchen shapes are:

• Straight or I-shaped: All of the work area is located along one wall
• Galley: Divides the work space onto opposite walls, making it ideal for a home that often has two cooks in the kitchen
• L-shaped: Puts the work space on two adjoining walls, saving space and keeping your essential appliances close at hand
• U-shaped: Gives you the most counter and cabinet space by spreading the workspace over three adjoining walls

You may also choose to incorporate an island in your new layout. Islands can provide additional work and storage space, but they are not ideal for smaller spaces as they may cause the kitchen to feel crowded.

Menards® has several ways to help you determine which layout will work best for your home. A Menards® Team Member is always willing to help with any questions you may have along the way. We’ve put together a simple planning guide to help you keep track of what features you want in your new kitchen. You can sketch out your ideal layout on the included design grid and bring it in to your local Menards® store for a free virtual 3D rendering of your design. You can also design your layout in the comfort of your own home using the Ū CRËATË Cabinetry Planner tool. This is a great way for you to be the designer, incorporating all of the features that are important to you. When you’re finished with your design, you can easily complete your cabinet purchase online.

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Cabinet Accessories

It’s easy to simply place cabinets to fill your wall, but it’s what’s inside that requires some additional thought. Do you constantly get frustrated when you have to pull out five different pans to find the one you need? Adding a pot and pan organizer inside the cabinet will turn that frustration into jubilation. Pantry storage, cooking equipment organization, trash and recycling, a place for charging phones or tablets, and even entertaining – there are cabinet accessory options available tailored to fit your exact needs.
Ordering Your Cabinets

That’s it! These simple but important decisions will provide the Menards® kitchen designer with all the aspects that are important to you for your new kitchen. We’ll provide you with free kitchen design, floor plans, and 3D renderings along the way to ensure that everything is just right. Your new kitchen will look, feel, and perform exactly as you envisioned.

Thank you for allowing Menards® to be part of your kitchen project. When you’re ready to order your cabinets, there are numerous options available to you. You can shop in-stock options to see what’s ready to take home today or see our ready-to-ship options for custom cabinets that are ready in four weeks or less. Check out all of the options available to you at your local Menards® store.

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Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or building a new home, new knobs and pulls can be an affordable way to update your cabinets with a new look. With the use of just a simple screwdriver, anyone can easily install new cabinet hardware. You may not realize it, but you will use your cabinet hardware dozens of times each day, so it can have a big impact on the look and functionality of your kitchen. Updating these small details can have a tremendous impact, instantly transforming and complementing your evolving style.Before You Choose Your HardwareBefore selecting your new cabinet hardware, keep these helpful hints in mind:

• Count how many knobs or pulls you currently have or how many you will have. We suggest ordering a few more than you need in case any need to be replaced in the future.

• If you are replacing a cabinet pull, you’ll want to replace it in the same size. Measure the distance between each screw hole to find the center-to-center measurement. The standard center-to-center measurement is 3 inches, but there are many different sizes available. Feel free to bring your old hardware to your nearest Menards® so you can compare the replacement to the original to ensure that it lines up correctly.

• When choosing hardware, be sure to check that a knob or pull’s projection will not interfere with the function of other cabinets or drawers. Projection is the measurement of how far the hardware stands out from the drawer or cabinet. You may need to choose a knob or pull with a shorter projection height to ensure that your cabinets and drawers open properly in tight corners.

Measuring a cabinet pull handle with a tape measure.
Knobs

Knobs are projecting pieces in various shapes that typically attach with one screw.

Pulls

Pulls (or handles) are projecting pieces in various shapes, widths, and lengths that attach with two or more screws.

Backplates

Backplates are decorative panels mounted behind the knob or pull that are great for covering up existing screw holes in your cabinets.Your Cabinet Hardware Style OptionsMost designers classify hardware in four different style categories. Choose a style that complements your cabinets and personal taste.

Casual Style Cabinet Hardware

Casual styles include rustic, urban, and whimsical. Cabinet hardware in these styles is easy to coordinate with many themes.

Shop casual: Knobs | Pulls | Backplates

Contemporary Style Cabinet Hardware

Contemporary is the best of Euro-modern or cosmopolitan styles. These styles often feature sleek lines, sharp angles, and modern finishes.

Shop contemporary: Knobs | Pulls | Backplates

Traditional Style Cabinet Hardware

Traditional is often known as “Old World” style. Traditional-style cabinet hardware consists of classic designs that are often inspired by historical architecture and unique details that give it character.

Shop traditional: Knobs | Pulls | Backplates

Transitional Style Cabinet Hardware

Transitional combines the elements of contemporary and traditional hardware for a modern yet simple appearance. This style of hardware is ideal if you are seeking a balance between old fashioned and contemporary styles.

Shop transitional: Knobs | Pulls | Backplates
Understanding Your Hinge OptionsWhen choosing hinges for your cabinets, you’ll want to know the following:

• What type of cabinet do you have?
• Does your cabinet have a face frame or frameless construction?
• How big are your cabinet doors?
• What type of hinge is needed to fit your door, and how would you like it to function?

Here is a guide to help you choose the best hinges for your cabinets:

Chart to determine the number of hinges.

Step 1: Determine How Many Hinges are Needed

• 2 hinges are required for door heights up to 35″ or 3′, 20 lb capacity
• 3 hinges are required for door heights up to 63″ or 5′, 20-40 lb capacity
• 4 hinges are required for door heights up to 78″ or 7′, 40-60 lb capacity
• 5 hinges are required for door heights up to 94″ or 8′, 60-80 lb capacity

Framed cabinet door and frameless cabinet door.

Step 2: Determine if the Cabinet has a Face Frame or Frameless Construction

• Face Frame: The cabinet face is constructed of vertical stiles and horizontal rails that reinforce the cabinet structure and provide mounting support for doors and drawers.
• Frameless: The cabinet is constructed without any face framing. The door and drawers are mounted to the sides of the cabinet. Fully concealed hinges are used for the doors.

Inset cabinet doors and overlaid cabinet doors.

Step 3: Decide the Type of Cabinet Door You Have

• Flush or Full Inset Door: Sit completely within the cabinet opening, have no edges to grab onto, and need hardware to pull open. Ideally used with face frame cabinets.
• Partial Inset Door: Sit partially in the cabinet opening and partially across the face of the cabinet.
• Partial Overlay: Must be attached to framed cabinetry. Cabinet doors sit slightly apart from one another, revealing a piece of the face frame.
• Full Overlay: Sit fully across the face of the cabinet with no reveal.

Overlay styles for framed and frameless cabinet doors.

Step 4: Measure Overlay for Face Frame and Frameless Cabinet Styles

1. Close the cabinet door

2. Use a pencil and make a small mark on the cabinet frame directly against the hinged side of the door

3. Open the cabinet door (or remove the door) and measure the pencil mark to the opening of the cabinet
Step 5: Choose your Cabinet Hinges

Before deciding on cabinet hinges, it’s important to determine what purpose you want the hinges to serve. Menards® carries a variety of options for all types of hinges.

Surface: The hinge is visible and is mounted on the outside of the cabinet for primarily decorative purposes.
Concealed: The hinge is hidden and is mounted on the inside of the cabinet for maximum function.
Semi-Concealed: A part of the hinge is showing, the cabinet wing is exposed, and the door wing is concealed or vice versa. Semi-concealed hinges serve both functional and decorative purposes.

Soft-Closing: Door self-closes softly during the last few inches, preventing the door from slamming
Self-Closing: Door self-closes during the last few inches

Full Wrap Overlay: Wraps around three sides of the cabinet body
Partial Wrap Overlay: Wraps around two sides of the cabinet body
Overlay Hinge: Partial hinge (wraps around two sides of the frame) and lets the door overlap onto the frame

Flush: For frameless cabinets, both wings are mounted internally so that they are concealed with the knuckle and pine exposed.
Inset: For face frame cabinets, the semi-concealed hinge with its cabinet wing is visible, and the door wing is concealed.

Demountable hinges are also available for those who want to remove a cabinet door frequently without having to unscrew and re-screw the hinges.

Single Demountable: Allows the door to be removed, leaving the hinges attached to the cabinet. Hinges are mounted with frame screws to the face of the cabinet and special incisions into the door.
Double Demountable: Allows the door and hinges to be removed. Hinges are mounted without screws using incisions into both the door and cabinet face frame.Drawer Slide TypesDrawer slides allow drawers to open and close smoothly. They are used to support a drawer and permit easy operation through the use of guides or rollers. You will want to choose the correct drawer slide for your application and clearance. Drawer slides come in a variety of lengths ranging from 12 to 36 inches. There are many varieties to choose from along with weight capacities, extension variations, and uses. When selecting a drawer slide, it is important to select one that will work for your project’s weight and extension needs.

Example of a Drawer Slide

Drawer Slide Mounting TypesCenter mount drawer slides mount to the drawer’s bottom face and along the center. They are concealed when the drawer is extended and are ideal for small, lightweight drawers. Center mount drawer slides are best for use on face-frame cabinets.Side mount drawer slides attach to the side of the drawer and the side of the inner cabinet. They are visible when the drawer is extended and tend to support more weight. Side mount drawer slides are best for use on frameless cabinets.Bottom mount drawer slides mount to the bottom or bottom edges of the drawer and to the sides of the drawer. Bottom mount drawer slides are a good option if you are looking for something with more weight capacity.Types of Roller Drawer SlidesBall-bearing rollers offer a smooth glide for your drawer. The bearings are hardened spherical balls that greatly reduce the friction between moving parts.Nylon rollers operate in the same way as ball-bearing rollers, but the area of contact is a line instead of a ball and distributes the load weight over a large area.Choosing Catches

Cabinet Catches

Catches (or latches) are used to keep a cabinet closed and for a smooth door release. Whether you want a magnetic catch or a more secure latch that can help prevent small children from opening cupboards, there are a wide range of products to consider.Selecting Your FinishWhen choosing a finish for your new cabinet hardware, take a sample of your cabinet finish to your nearest Menards® if possible. This will help you match your cabinet finish with the hardware to determine the best color combination. There are a variety of finish options to choose from, including satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, and chrome. Select a finish that will complement your kitchen faucet, light fixtures, or other accents. When making your choice, the most important decision is selecting a finish that you enjoy and that will work with your current décor or theme.

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Finish

Hardware does not have to match the other metal finishes in a space. Instead, consider how knobs and pulls will look against the cabinetry. Choose a tone close to the cabinet color for a traditional look, or go contemporary with high contrast.

Popular Finishes

| Bronze | Nickel | Chrome | Brass |

Popular Finishes

Popular Knob Shapes

| Mushroom | Round | Square | Bar |

Popular Knob Shapes

Popular Pull Shapes

| Bar | Cup | Arch | Handle |

Popular Pull Shapes

Popular Styles

Whether your design style is classic or trendy, you’ll find hardware to complement it. With more than 10,000 knobs and pulls to choose from, Build.com has your match. Here are some of our most popular styles.

Contemporary

Clean lines and smooth surfaces with very little ornamentation.

Contemporary

Traditional

Classic shapes and finishes.

Traditional

Rustic

Patinaed, dark, or matte finishes with hammered or textured surfaces

Rustic

Figural

These knobs are tiny sculptures in the shape of – or influenced by – familiar objects. – Animals/Wildlife – Oceanic/Nautical – Plant Life/Nature – Novelty shapes for kids’ rooms

Figural

Choose the Correct Size

If you’re replacing pulls, measure the existing holes from center to center and choose new hardware to match. For new pulls, the standard ratio is ⅓ the width of the drawer front. For a more contemporary look, choose pulls that are ½ to ¾ the width of a drawer front or the height of a door.

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Precise Placement

When adding knobs to drawers, find the center of the drawer for single knobs, or divide the measurement into thirds if you’re using two knobs. For perfect placement every time, use a premade template, or learn how to build your own with our DIY Video.

Precise Placement

Backplates

Backplates protect the cabinet finish from dirt and oil on hands, cover up holes when switching from pulls to knobs, and add style and interest.Shop Backplates

Closures, Slides & Hinges

– Catches secure the cabinet door using magnets or rollers. – Latches clip or swing into place and are great for homes with children or curious pets. – Drawer Slides make closing and opening drawers easier and self-closing models prevent damage caused by slamming. – Hinges are available in styles and finishes to match cabinet knobs and pulls. Make sure to match the installation type when replacing existing hinges.

Upgrade Every Space

Cabinet hardware isn’t only for the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t forget these important details when remodeling or redecorating other spaces. Built-in cabinetry can be found in dining rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms. Dressers and other furniture with doors and drawers can also benefit from a hardware update.

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  • Plastic dowel and dowel screw for European hinge push-in type installations.
  • Typically used on manufactured wood products where wood screws do not hold well.
  • The dowel measures 21/64″ (8mm) diameter by 27/64″ (11mm) long.
  • Dowel screw size is a #6 flat head screw and is 1/2″ in length.
  • The drill bit size for the plastic dowel is 8mm or 5/16″ (drill bit is not included).
  • The dowels and screws are sold separately or can be purchased together in a pack of 50 (50 screws and 50 dowels).
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Shower Wall Panel Review – A Helpful In-depth Guide

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What’s in this article?

Everybody wants a fresh, new beginning to their day, but where does that start? Just like sleep, a shower is an essential part of your natural desire to relax and refresh yourself ready for what the day has in store. Because of this, we in the UK are investing more and more into creating our own, personal oasis so that we can start our busy days as happy and hassle-free as possible.

When you think about building and renovating your bathroom, ceramic tiles might be the first thing to pop into your head. Tiles are suitable, but after a few years the grout gets dirty, mildew starts to spread, and it’s hard to feel completely clean in a grimy shower. Leaving you to wonder if you should regrout or just retile.

Which is why more and more people are looking into shower wall panels. The thought of retiling and maintaining them (for anyone that’s done it before) is enough to make people ask if there’s a better way to waterproof a wet room.

Shower wall panels are ideal for DIY-ers to create their new stylish ideas cost-effectively and in a fraction of the time. So, we’re going to look into what shower wall panels are and why it’s such a practical choice to renovate your home.

Shower wall panels have four common types:

  1. PVC or Plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride PanelsThese panels are synthetic thermoplastic materials widely used to emulate original products. Due to the absence of mass in the core, it is the lightest and cheapest wall panel commonly used for both residential and commercial establishments. It is a waterproof and versatile material.
  2. Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) PanelsIt is a rigid and less volatile panel material. These panels have no harmful effects associated with conventional plastic products because it has no plasticizers such as phthalates and BPA or Bisphenol A. These wall panels are friendly to the environment as well as to your health and negate most of the disadvantages of ordinary PVC products.
  3. Acrylic Wall PanelsAcrylic panels are in a slim design with up to 5 mm of thickness but are usually heavier than PVC panels because of its solid core. It has the same effect as glass panels, and it comes in a variety of colour. They are durable and hygienic as PVC but more expensive to buy and deliver.
  4. Laminated Wall PanelsLaminated panels commonly known as MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) material are the thickest and heaviest wall panels with moisture-resistant core and high-pressure laminate backing designed for a watertight finish.

The most popular option is uPVC as its less expensive than the last two and offers better mould resistance than PVC.

6 Reasons Shower Wall Panels Are Great

  1. Budget-friendly CostShower wall panels are incredibly cost-effective. The cost depends on the brand, quality and design of the walls. At easypanels.co.uk, the price ranges from £47.80- £59.90 with wide ranges of option that would fit your budget and offers extensive coverage with a width of 1,000 mm (1 meter) and a length of 2,400 mm (2.4 meters) and the thickness of 10 mm. It would enable you to cover shower walls with only a few pieces depending on your cubicle or shower’s size. In a shower cubicle with a scale of 1 m by 2.4 m, you would only spend two panels for approximately £119.8 These panels are either sold per piece or by set which includes different accessories such as adhesives, sealants or wall panel trims for a subtle and excellent finish.
  2. Prolonged LongevityThese uPVC boards will not rot because of its impermeable structure. It would save you time and money for the fitting and grouting, but most importantly, it can protect your bathroom from moulds and decolourization for an extended period. With proper bathroom maintenance routines, it can last longer than any other popular bathroom cladding options, including tiles.
  3. Panel functionality and versatilityThis cladding can also be utilized in different parts of your room as you can see fit. You can explore different functions to add aesthetic and a touch of colour to different parts of your including your kitchen, laundry room or any other wet rooms. It is a stylish DIY to try if you want fewer joints and thicker panels for your walls.
  4. Durable quality you can trustuPVC panels are 100% waterproof. These panels are hygienic and easy to clean as it prevents the growth of moulds and mildews that usually occurs in the grout of tiles. It requires less effort on maintenance as a simple wipe can wash the dirt off and leave a refined finish.
  5. Diverse designs to choose fromThere are various designs that any people could choose from to decorate your walls. Whether you are a fan of a classic look or a medieval style or a lover of sparkling designs, you can select an effect that suits your taste. You can set the right tone for your shower walls from these style choices you could choose from:

Tile Effect Panels

It is a collection of traditional mosaics, classic stone tiles and marble-effect tiles. If you’re searching for a uPVC panel with a touch of Mediterranean inspiration or a simple tile effect to bring modern simplicity, the tile effect panel collection has something for you.

Sparkle Effect Wall Panels

If you’re engulfed with sophistication, then, sparkle panel collections would best fit you. These panels emanate elegance with perfectly polished diamond effect finish.

Brick Effect Panels

Whether you’re after something rustic or just softer modern feel, these panels can give you the freedom to transform your home into an urban-chic Manhattan style of a wet room interior.

Wood Effect Panels

If you prefer a natural wood finish your bathroom, then these boards would match with your taste with several choices from light oak, to white wood and even timber mosaic.

With the limitless options of wall panel designs, you can get a stunning bathroom that is just as good-looking but much cheaper and hassle-free than tiles.

6. Quick and easy installation

It is entirely hassle-free because the installation process of shower panels is said to be six (6) times faster than tiles without requiring a tiler specialist. It does not require cement or grout, and you won’t need to remove your old tiles, you can just fit it above your existing wall coverings. But how can you fix these boards into the walls?

All you need for wall panel installations are sealant and some tools such as panel trims, sanding pads and a roll of foam tape.
Tenon saw can help to achieve the straight cut and neat finish, but if this tool is not available in your toolbox, a Stanley knife could be an alternative. With a little measuring and cutting and a sealant, your panel would be good-to-go.

But here’s a tip to make your shower wall more professional and sophisticated:

Choose the right panel trim for your bathroom!

Panel trims come in different sizes from 5mm, 8 mm to 10mm. There are different types of trims which serves a specific purpose, but here are two of the most in-demand trims:

End cap panel trim

This panel trim is designed to protect the top of the PVC wall panel and creates a stylish finish. It provides a clean edge with this slot on top of the bathroom wall and leaves your wall impermeable and stunning.

Internal corner trim

Designed for two walls which meet at a right angle, this trim would best fit to shower enclosures or vanity encounters. With the correct choice of trim for inner edges, you can meet your standard for a durable finish. It will make your panel easy to clean and leaves no room for moulds to grow.

These panel trims are specially designed for bathroom moulding and cladding to give you watertight finish. There are more trim options including external angle trim, external corner trim, coving trim, h-joint and quadrant trim. You can explore and use the trim that best suits your wall.

Given the fact that uPVC shower panels are cost-effective, it’s no surprise that many people are adopting shower wall panels. The quality and the convenience it can give reveal the reason why. Here are some reviews of satisfied customers who had experienced the benefits of shower wall panels:

Peter (2017), who had his wall panel installation, appreciated the beauty of his shower walls and never looked back since then. It added a clean, crisp look to his bathroom and made it easy to maintain. He realized that with the right choice of colours, it could become a centrepiece. Another customer, named David D. (2018) observed that the products are of top quality and an excellent choice, making his bathroom stunning.

“They add such a clean, crisp look, are so easy to clean and maintain, and if you pick the right colours, can really become a centrepiece.”

Peter A (2017)

Andra J. (2017) was also pleased with such great stuff, and their bathroom looked brilliant and easy to clean. Regarding the installation, she observed that fitting was not an issue. Most of the problem she had were due to the small size of the room. Loszie (2013), who purchased a sparkling effect shower wall panel, has good reviews with the design and installation because it looked great and easy to cut. Her husband even completed it in half of a day, which means that it is quick to install. The sparkle effect also looks great with the light through the window.

“Great stuff, our bathroom looks brilliant now and much easier to keep clean. Fitting was not an issue, most of the problems we had were due to the small size of the bathroom.”

Andra J (2017)

For some, it might seem to be an expensive product at first. However, it is of excellent quality and has extensive coverage with just one or two panels; the panels are easy to cut and trim and fit together very neatly and securely. Many people were generally surprised with how fabulous the product is and was pleased with their break from dirty tiles/grout.

It is indeed a highly cost-effective solution and a good alternative in decorating your bathroom. However, along with its benefits are some limitation of a uPVC product. The choice between juxtaposing wall panels and ceramic tiles depends on a person’s preference after all. But, beyond the hitches, are cost-effective quality and functionality at a price you won’t regret. So, you must’ve made up your mind by now but remember to be sure to think about every detail of your bathroom plan because your shower is your stunning masterpiece and a haven place of comfort to start and end your day.

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Office desks include styles and features suited to a professional, office environment. Learn more about office desk construction, types, features, and care.

There are several factors to consider when selecting an office desk that will best complement how you work and your work space. The following guide walks you through the different types and features of office desks to help you stay organized and is beneficial to your work performance.

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Office Desk Shape

L-Shape Desk Plan

An L-shape desk offers plenty of surface area for equipment and multitasking. Well-suited for corners and large areas, an L-shape desk is connected by aperpendicular wing, referred to as a “bridge” or “return”, which determines the perspective while sitting at a desk. Determine the appropriate configuration according to choose your comfort when selecting a “right return” or “left return”.

U-Shape Desk Plan

A U-shape desk carries a similar format to the L-shape desk. In this case, a bridge connects two desks forming a “U”-shape. The layout of the space will determine the configuration a U-shape desk. If sitting at the main desk and the bridge is at your left, it is a “left bridge” U-shape desk; if the bridge is at your right, it is a “right bridge” U-shape desk. A U-shape desk is well-suited for large areas and offers ample space for supplies and equipment.

Open Desk Plan

An open desk plan offers countless ways to configure your space, from adjacent to a wall, to the center of a room. Unlike L-shape and U-shape desks, open desk plans typically comprise only one principal desk and no accompanying furniture pieces. Ranging in various sizes, open desks can refer to computer desks, executive desks, credenza desks, secretary desks, laptop stands, and conference tables. (See “Office Desk Types” to learn more on these styles.)

Office Desk Materials

Wood

Wood office desks offer an attractive, natural look that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Genuine wood desks are typically more expensive, and are more prone to signs of wear from rigorous daily use.

Metal

Metal constructed office desks offer solid construction that is ideal for desks that will be subjected to long-term heavy use of high-traffic areas. Metal desks offer sleek appearance.

Plastic

A plastic finish offers many benefits including affordability and durability. While plastic constructed office desks may not offer the same aesthetic value of wood or metal, plastic office frames come in a wide variety of colors to complement any aesthetic. Be sure to seek a quality plastic, or thick, high pressure laminate to ensure your office desks will withstand daily use.

Office Desk Sizes

Finding the appropriate desk that will suit both your functional needs, and the size of your space can prove daunting. Your office desk needs to fit the work area while allowing enough leftover space to comfortably maneuver around. The following guidelines can help:

  • Measure the width and depth of your office space.
  • Allow 2-3 feet of walking space on either side of the desk (if not adjacent to a wall) for enough clearance to maneuver around.
  • Standard desk heights typically stand 30 inches high, which accommodates for most users’ leg lengths.
  • Credenza office desks are typically 24 inches deep.
  • The ideal height at which a computer screen sits on a desk should be about 3 inches higher than eye-level.
  • Pay special attention to the height at which a keyboard will reach your arms for appropriate ergonomic comfort. Your elbows should bend at a 90-degree angle.

Office Desk Types

The type of office desk you select will depend on the style and function you set for your office space. There are many different types of office desks to select from which offer unique benefits:

Computer Desk

computer office desk is designed to improve the efficiency of an office, offering room and workspace to hold computers, various hardware, and file storage. A computer desk is the standard option in selecting an office desk, and comes in many styles, colors, and sizes.

Executive Desk

Executive desks convey a professional image that is appropriate to upper management. A larger scale means executive desks are designed to hold even more supplies and equipment than standard sized computer desks.

Conference Desks

conference desk helps to gather a group of people to hold meetings and assemble a group of people for a conference. Much like an executive desk, conference desks are large in scale with a stately appearance. Conference desks are occasional tables, and are rarely used for everyday use.

Secretary Desk

Also known as a writing desk, bureau, or secretaire, secretary desks are petite-sized desks that typically come in two heights: low and high. Because of their smaller profile, traditionally secretary desks have been placed at corners of rooms (but can be placed just about anywhere). Most models entail lower drawers, a pull-out writing surface, and storage overhead to contain various supplies.

Credenza Desk

credenza desk is traditionally designated to be paired with a primary or L-shape desk as a secondary work surface. They serve as the perfect side table and often contain a stack of shelves, small drawers, or other nooks to contain storage.

Laptop Stands

Laptop stands, or vertical risers, are the smallest version of office desks that are specifically used to hold a laptop. Best used in casual environments, laptop stands are modified end tables that can be used by the sides of seating for a convenient surface area to work.

Office Desk Features

File Cabinets

File cabinets are an enclosure of drawers that helps organize extra paperwork. The two most common types of file cabinets are vertical files and lateral files. File cabinets will frequently fit under desks to keep files close at hand.

Roll Top

A feature common to secretary desks, a roll top refers to a cylindrical covering that can be pulled over a tabletop surface to help cover shelves, nooks, and other compartments on a desk.

Desk Hutches

Add extra storage on top of desks and credenzas.

Pull-Out Surface

A pull-out panel gives you an extra work surface for an added area that can be conveniently used for extra tasks.

Cord Accommodations

Specially designed holes installed at the back of desks allow you to organize and conceal cable wires to keep getting wires tangled across workspaces for effective wire management.

Office Desk Care

Wood Desks
Prevent water rings and spills by using coasters. Wipe away any spilled liquid as soon as possible with a dry soft cloth. Maintaining a consistent humidity level (ideally 50%) will prevent wood from warping.

Desks with Glass Tops
Avoid scratches by not dragging rough or sharp objects along its surface.

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When buying a desk for a home office or study room, it’s important to think about form, function, and style. Before you buy, we’ll walk you through the desk shopping basics, from types of desks, to desk dimensions, to how tall a desk should be.

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Types of Desks

You can find a desk in wood, glass, metal, and even marble in a wide variety of designs and styles. Here’s a quick look at the different desk designs available.

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Writing: Writing desks feature simple, clean legs and a flat top and typically have minimal storage options.Shop Writing Desks

Executive: Often heavy and decorative, these desks are typically made of solid wood and feature a front panel that hides the legs of the person sitting behind them. They tend to have significant storage space.Shop Executive Desks

Shell: Shell desks are made of flat panels around a large, hollow alcove that is good for leg room or chair storage.Shop Shell Desks

Drafting Table: The tabletop on these otherwise simple desks can be positioned at an angle. Drafting tables are optimal for visual artists.Shop Drafting Tables

Floating: This wall-mounted desk design can be folded into itself for efficient space usage.Shop Floating Desks

Secretary: Classic in design, small yet hefty secretary desks have a smaller set of storage units on a desktop that often folds in to save space.Shop Secretary Desks

Leaning & Ladder: These minimal, contemporary desk designs lean against the wall and are equipped with a lot of shelf space.Shop Leaning & Ladder Desks

Desk Dimensions

The average desk is between 28” and 30” tall. To find out how tall a desk should be to best suit your height and improve your posture, divide your height by 2.5. If you want to be able to adjust the height of your desk or if you prefer standing while you work, check out our selection of height-adjustable and fixed standing desks.Shop Height-Adjustable Standing DesksShop Fixed-Height Standing DesksShop Standing Desk Converters

You can also choose a desk based on the width of its tabletop to either fit your room or your workspace needs.

Small: If you’re choosing a desk for a smaller space or a children’s study room, you might want to browse smaller desks that are under 40” wide. Though they have a smaller tabletop area than other options, they keep your room feeling open and spacious.Shop Small Desks

Medium: At between 40” and 60” in width, these are standard-sized desks that will suit almost any size and style of room.Shop Medium Desks

Large: Large desks have a tabletop width of over 60” and are optimal for large spaces and busy tabletops. Large desks also tend to have more storage features like hutches, drawers, and cabinets than other sizes.Shop Large Desks

Tip!

Be sure to leave between 2’ and 3’ of free space behind your desk for your desk chair.Shop Desk Chairs

Desk Shapes

Rectangular: Standard desks have rectangular tabletops and are well-suited to almost any room design.Shop Rectangular Desks

L-Shaped: If you need a lot of tabletop space or you want to put a large desk in a corner, the L-shape is the desk shape for you.Shop L-Shaped Desks

Corner: If an L-shaped desk is too large for the corner where you want to put a desk, go with a compact triangular corner style that nestles snugly where two walls meet.Shop Corner Desks

U-Shaped: These cove-shaped styles take up the most space but offer the most storage options. They’re excellent for a more professional setup.Shop U-Shaped Desks

Oval: For a more organic look for your workspace, go with an oval-shaped desk.Shop Oval Desks

Desk Storage & Other Features

Drawers, Shelves & Cabinets: If you work with a lot of different files and other materials, look for a desk with a lot of storage space so you can stay organized.Shop Desks with DrawersShop Desks with ShelvesShop Desks with Cabinets

Hutch: If you need a lot of storage space and your room can accommodate it, a hutch desk has vertical storage options and will fill up an emptier room.Shop Hutch Desks

Cable Management & Keyboard Tray: Worried about electronics cluttering up your space? Check out desks that come with built-in cable organization holes and a slide-out tray for keyboard storage.Shop Computer DesksShop Desks with Cable ManagementShop Desks with Keyboard Trays

Tip!
If you have a rolling chair, you might want to try out a chair mat. These mats can reduce back stress from rolling, protect your floor from scuffs and spills, and reduce static electricity that can damage electrical equipment. Even if your floor is protected by a carpet, you may still want a chair mat – carpets make it difficult to roll your chair, increasing your chance of back pain from the strain of rolling. A chair mat will make it far easier to roll and subsequently reduces back pain.Shop Chair Mats

Budget

Though some large, multi-piece, ornate executive desks can cost between $1,000 and $10,000, a more standard home desk typically costs between $150 and $700, with a wide variety of options on the lower side of that range. If you’re looking for a piece that won’t break the bank, there are certainly lower-cost options in the style you want.

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For more desk ideas, check out our 11 Home Desk Ideas to Create a Productive Working Space and How to Create the Ultimate Home Office guides.