What should I look for in a desk?
If you’re asking yourself, “What kind of desk do I need to work from home?” the answer is simple: Think about the type of work you do and the equipment and supplies you use daily. If you have one or more monitors, you’ll likely need a desk with ample workspace, such as a computer desk or executive desk. Alternatively, if you work from a laptop, a compact desk can suffice—and works well in small spaces.
Also consider where your home office is located and how it’s laid out. Do you have a dedicated office space? Have you siphoned off a corner of your living room for your setup? Does your workstation consist of a converted closet? Ultimately, choose a desk that will best suit the size and style of your workspace.
Types of Desks
Ideal for a dedicated home office space, executive desks offer a spacious surface with plenty of room for multiple monitors, files, books, and more.
- Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames 2500 Series Executive Desk combines an expansive desktop with sleek storage.
- Available in three sizes—all of which feature a locking drawer for files or office supplies—the versatile Edel Table can pivot from computer desk to dining table with ease.
This desk type is ideal for those who work with an abundance of office supplies. Keep your workstation clear of clutter with built-in storage compartments.
- The clean-lined Mode Desk offers ample surface space and optional storage drawers in six colors. The drawers can be installed on the left or right side of the desk to best suit your needs.
- The Line Desk goes one step further with cable management. It features three drawers, a cubby, and space for a router. Beautiful from every angle, it can float within a room.
Tight on space? Choose a wall-mounted desk or ladder desk—a perfect desk for small office spaces or areas that pull double duty. This type of desk can easily be incorporated into a bedroom or used as a living room desk.
- Compact and space-efficient, the Folk Ladder Desk offers a petite surface ideal for laptop work, plus two shelves for storage.
Traditionally, writing desks once served as a place for penning letters—now, they’re equipped for modern work with drawers and multiple storage compartments.
- A beautiful, mid-century modern take on a writing desk, the Nelson Swag Leg Desk features a wide work surface, plus cubbies for mail or small office supplies and two low-profile drawers for additional storage.
Height Adjustable Standing Desks
Adjustable standing desks allow you move from sitting to standing—and back again—throughout your workday. This helps increase blood flow to improve your comfort and focus.
- The Mini Motia Sit-to-Stand Desk comes in three sizes (the smallest measures 24" x 36") and is ideal for small spaces.
- If you’re looking for an executive standing desk, try Renew. It’s one-touch motorized lever provides a quiet, smooth lift, while rounded corners soften the look of this roomy desk.
- The Leatherwrap Desk transforms the notion of a sit-to-stand desk, featuring four wood veneer-wrapped legs that extend in unison to raise the desktop. It’s crafted of oak or walnut inset with premium leather.
Benefits of Adjustable Standing Desks
If you’re wondering, “Is a height adjustable standing desk worth the investment?” The answer is: Absolutely. Changing your posture from sitting to standing can help improve your focus, productivity, and overall well-being. Standing can also help alleviate back and neck pain associated with long periods of sitting.
Sit-to-stand desks are among the best home office desks and can greatly enhance your office ergonomics. There are two different types from which to choose: electric standing desks and manual standing desks. Electric versions can be raised and lowered at the press of a button, while manual ones are usually operated by a crank mechanism.
The ideal adjustment for a sit-to-stand desk will vary from person to person, based on an individual’s height. Many of Herman Miller’s designs range in height from 27" to 46". As you adjust the height of your desk, make sure you can comfortably reach your keyboard—and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle as you type.
Desk Materials & Shapes
Choose a desk in a material and shape—such as an L-shaped desk or U-shaped desk—that works well with your office surroundings and existing furniture.
Solid Wood & Wood Veneer add warmth to a room. Both solid wood and veneer are durable and easy to clean. Herman Miller’s wood veneer meets strict testing standards for durability and resistance to wear, light, and stains. Still, take precautions and use coasters for glasses and mugs.
To clean: Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth; then wipe dry with a soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain.
Laminate is a durable, hardwearing surface that resists stains and is virtually maintenance-free.
To clean: Wash with a soft cloth and solution of mild detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly; and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Leather is soft, supple, and durable. It ages beautifully and develops a patina over time and use. Herman Miller’s leather features natural markings that are indicative of unique beauty and character.
To clean: Dust with a clean, dry cloth.
- The Risom Desk combines a solid walnut, oak, or ebonized oak frame with a stain-resistant leather top.
- The Eames Desk Unit features a zinc-coated steel frame with a durable, modern plywood tabletop.
- The Airia Desk offers material contrast in solid wood with an inset laminate writing surface.
- The Line Storage Desk combines a solid wood frame with wood veneer top.
5 Tips on How to Arrange Your Desk
- Measure your space.
- Account for three feet in front of the desk for an office chair, as well as two to three feet around the desk for other office furniture.
- Remember to account for doors—all entry doors and closet doors should be able to open fully.
- Position your desk near an outlet so that it’s easy to power your devices.
- Finally, arrange your desk near a window for natural light—but avoid glare on your computer screen.
Complete the Room
From mobile storage to desk attachments, complete your setup with versatile office furniture. Whether you have a spacious home office or work from a ladder desk and laptop in your living room, it’s important to design a space where you can be efficient and productive.
- Enhance your storage with the smooth-moving OE1 Trolley or make use of vertical space with the Story Bookcase.
- Streamline your desktop with a monitor support and organizational trays.
- Finally, add plants, decorative objects, and elements that spark inspiration.
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