Picking the right desk for your home office might seem like it doesn’t require much thought, doesn’t it?
Sure it doesn’t, up until the point where you find yourself needing something more or even something less.
Today I want to share with you some of the ideas that helped me on picking the perfect desk for my home office, after the fact that I bought my first desk that didn’t quite do the job.
So before you purchase something so simple as a desk, you need to ask yourself a few questions as well as think about things before you make a home office mistake like most people end up doing.
What Are You Using This Desk For?
Depending on the work will help decide on what type of desk you will get for your home office.
If you’re like me and you do simple blogging, but requires more than one monitor, of course, you want something that can fit exactly that.
For you graphic designers and whatnot, you too need the same amount of space or even bigger.
Think about what you will be doing on that desk and keep that thought when doing some desk shopping.
How Much Space do You Have?
This is really the deal breaker and can make the deciding factor that much faster.
Is the room you will be putting this desk in, big enough for a decent-sized desk?
With my first “home office” I was using my kid’s room, which allowed me almost no space at all, which of course needed a much smaller desk.
The desk I had did the job, but that’s about it.
I did work with what I had though and that is how I went about choosing my very first office desk.
What Are Your Needs?
Do you plan on storing a lot of stuff?
Whether you do or not, I’m sure a couple of drawers and shelves won’t hurt.
You also need to consider a desk lamp, a pen holder, a mail sorter, and all that good stuff or you’ll find yourself in a bunch of clutter.
Then, of course, you will be that much less productive.
What you might not have now will probably come at a later time, so think about things before you purchase your next desk.
Don’t get carried away with these drawers like me though and start putting in all kinds of stuff that aren’t work-related.
In my drawers, you’ll find the occasional toy and clutter so I always remember to do some office cleaning at least twice a month.
What’s Your Budget?
Not everyone can afford something like the UpLift standup desk, but there is always a desk for every budget out there.
There are desks for under $50 that will do the job, so you can even consider having a temporary desk that could possibly be sold on craigslist.com at a later date when you do have more money to spend.
If you do have the money, consider getting something you will actually like because you will be spending a lot of time together in the many years to come.
How’s Your Health?
Maybe it’s more like, “how’s your back?”.
As a work-from-home father of four, I find myself working in many parts of the house.
One minute I’m on my desk, then you’ll find me on the couch watching golf.
I tend to have a comfort problem when I’m working and it causes me to move around a lot.
Sometimes it’s my butt, while other times, it’s my back.
If you have these types of problems, you might want to consider getting a standing desk or one that suits your health.
Then again, standup desks might not even be good for your back.
Whatever the case may be, I’m sure you’ll pick a desk that works for YOU.
Thinking about things before purchasing a desk is actually really important when you think about it.
Don’t be like me thinking that I only needed a small desk because it didn’t go well with the design my room had.
This only led to me buying another one, due to its lack of functionality.
In the end, it’s always going to be functionality over design in my opinion, so please do shop accordingly.
I hope this post has helped you somewhat in your home office adventure, so please do like and share so others can benefit from it too.
Thanks for reading!
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