Are you working from home? More and more people are, and they need the right furniture to do so comfortably and effectively. Perhaps the most important item is a computer desk.

A computer desk needs to look good as well as providing perfect functionality. It needs to be chosen to match your style and your ergonomic needs, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury. Your computer desk says a lot about who you are, about how hard you work, and should seamlessly merge form and function. This blog will explore how to choose the right computer desk for you.

What Is Your Computer Desk For?

At the practical level, an office computer desk is a workstation that incorporates a desktop or laptop computer. Most people now opt for a laptop computer and a “dock” that includes a larger monitor and better input devices, allowing the laptop to serve as both a fixed and mobile workstation. Computer desks may also provide storage for books, papers, and files that you want to keep close at hand and a working surface for handwriting or drawing.

Your exact needs depend on the work you do. Artists, for example, may want more of an open surface. People who handle a lot of data may want shelves for books and papers built into the desk. Some people like to have a standing desk, so they are not spending all day sitting. Others want a U-shaped desk to provide extra surface area and storage.

It also depends on what else you have in your room and how much space you have.

Aesthetics Beyond the Basics

You need your computer desk to fit in with the rest of your room. If you prefer minimalist clean lines, you may want to choose a table desk. If you want the desk to dominate the room, U-shaped desks are great. They can also be used to “set off” your work area, so that when you leave your desk you feel as if you are somewhere else, even if in the same room, which can help support work-life balance. L shaped desks, meanwhile, give a similar effect while taking up less of your valuable space.

Bush Home desks come in a variety of styles and colors, with items available in neutral colors that will fit in any room. You can also choose to add other items of furniture to your desk so that you have a unified appearance for your home office. For example, you might want to pair your desk with a matching storage cabinet.

Excellence in Ergonomics

Ergonomics are vital. A poorly designed work area can result in everything from carpal tunnel to chronic tension headaches. It can make you dread going to work. Many people now go as far as to consult with an ergonomist to establish what’s best for them.

Sitting for long periods of time can lead to health problems, so standing desks are a common option. However, standing still all day is not good for your body either. Don’t forget to pair your height adjustable desk with a comfortable chair or ergonomic stool. The key is to incorporate movement into your workday. Another option is an L-shaped desk that has a height-adjustable desktop on one side and a fixed surface on the other side. With a laptop you can switch between the two, or you can have your computer on one side and perform other tasks on the other.

Make sure to match your desk and chair such that you can be at the right height while still having your feet on a surface (short people often benefit from a footstool). If you prefer a larger monitor, then a desk with a monitor stand attachment or monitor arm can be really useful. You can slide your laptop under the monitor stand and then use a separate keyboard. The top of your monitor should be at or close to eye level for best effect.

Optimizing Your Space

Some people are fortunate enough to have a large spare bedroom they can use as an office. Many, however, have to think outside the box. For people whose home office is the corner of a room used for multiple purposes, or who have furniture other than the computer desk, a small desk can be helpful. Bush Home sells narrow desk shells that will still easily hold a laptop while being less than two feet deep, perfect for smaller rooms.

If you need more desk space in less floor space, then an L-shaped desk that can be tucked into a corner is often the answer. Bush Home offers small L-shaped desks for those tight corners.

Storage under the desk can be achieved with pedestals or by sliding mobile cabinets under the desk, while still leaving plenty of space for your feet.

Quality Materials and Construction

Your desk has to stand up to what you ask of it, and not collapse with your expensive computer gear, develop aesthetic changes, or fail to adjust. You need quality materials so your desk will last a long time and continue to look good.

Wooden desks are still, with the right finish, one of the best options, although they need a little bit more care. Many people are now resorting to metal desks or desks that are part metal. Metal lasts a long time and looks good. Glass has a place for transparent doors on storage areas. What is most important, though, is knowing your desk was made with high-quality materials to ensure longevity, and with good craftsmanship to make sure it has structural integrity and will look good for years.

Bush Home offers computer desks in a wide variety of styles, finishes, sizes, and formats. All their desks have durable work surfaces and are rigorously tested to meet or exceed industry standards. To make your office look even better, they offer coordinating items to create a cohesive space.

If you need a computer desk, you need something that lasts, offers great ergonomics, looks good, and takes up no more room than you need. Bush Home computer desks meet all of these criteria and provide the best workspace for your needs.