Having the wrong desk for a job can cause frustration, inefficiency, and can even cause long-term physical problems. To avoid this, you need to keep a few things in mind when selecting desks for your office or workplace. Here are the top three factors that make a difference in whether a desk will be a helpful tool or a source of aggravation:
- Purpose. The desks used by most companies are typically used to do just one job rather than as all-purpose surfaces. This allows them to be tailored to meet the needs of that particular job, but it also means that a mis-purposed one won’t be very good at the “off” task. When choosing new desks, think of what their users will need when using them. This will ensure that employees have the surface space, drawers, and desk height that they require.
- Construction. Even when choosing among desks of the same basic material, there are many differences between them. A cubicle desk will often be made of wood or laminate, but one used on a factory floor is better if it’s made of durable materials like painted metal. Up in the executive suite, wood is king, and the finish is notably better than that of a task-oriented desk. The reason task desks aren’t finished the same way is that they need to be more durable. An executive desk would soon show wear if used heavily on a daily basis.
- Mobility. In most situations, a desk will be left where it is first put until it’s time to replace it. This, however, isn’t always the case. Companies that need to move desks around to suit the needs of various projects will find that it’s a good idea to choose desks that have casters so that changing their office layout is as simple as giving the furniture a push. When choosing castered desks, make sure to pick ones with lockable wheels. This will allow them to stay put when they are in use.
These are the three main points to consider when looking for desks for your office, executive suite, or production floor. Styling is another important consideration, but it should not take precedence over the functional aspects of the desk. Fortunately, there are a plethora of good desks in many styles. To learn more about your options for office furniture, just contact us. We’ll be happy to help you get exactly what you need.