The Modern Office Desk: What You Need To Look For

The Modern Office Desk: What You Need To Look For

 

There's no question that in many ways modern writing desks are quite a different piece of furniture compared to the old designs that came before them. There was a time where a desk was built as a sign of authority and sometimes of opulence. Fancy or intricate carvings and woodwork would have to be done by hand and was meant to show the wealth, social status, and stature of the owner to anyone who came in and saw it. Rolltop desks were favorites of aristocracy and eventually as mass production became popular they were popular for anyone who was literate or had any place of standing.

The Victorian era saw plain functional desks that were just the basics that workers would need in an office, and played into the industrial age rather well. In all these examples desks changed and adapted not only based on the technology available but also based on the actual needs of your average office or work space. The same can be said of modern office desks which have continued to change based on a wide variety of factors not the least of which is making the designs more useful for a modern work office area.

Read on to learn more about modern office desks, where they come from, and what you need to look for before jumping all in and making that purchase.

 

Introducing The Modern Office Desk

Modern work desks have a variety of looks and designs to offer, which should make sense considering just how many different materials and styles have been made available for mass production over the last few decades. With so many different types of office spaces out there, it makes sense that the best type of office desk for one situation wouldn't be the best fit for another.

There are a few things that most modern office desks have in common, however, in order to serve a modernized work force in a present day work environment. What are these common traits?

While there is no perfect list that applies to every single design, it's a fairly safe bet that any recently produced desk designed for office use includes:

  • Open work spaces
  • Easy set up for computers or laptops
  • Several drawers including one especially large one at the bottom
  • Plenty of leg room
  • As much open space as possible

As the needs of office workers change, so must the desks and the designs that follow these traits as a basic rule of thumb are simply going to sell better than those that don't because they are going to function better for the workers who use them.

 

Many Different Designs

One thing worth noting is that there are many different designs of modern office desks. Ultra modern ones are a fine example. They are fairly bare, with a flat surface, mostly leg room at the bottom with perhaps a place to hold the tower of a desktop computer system and a few drawers, however nothing that generally takes up too much space. This is more of a receptionist desk or one where the computer and phone is expected to be more than enough to meet most needs. 

On the complete other side of things are the L-shaped desks. These are designed to offer as many drawers and as much desk space as possible without cluttering things up. For people who tend to be a touch disorganized or need space to really spread out everything that needs doing, these are a great design. Especially the ones that have an extra shelving unit or hutch-type extension that provides even more shelves for storing papers, reports, and more.

Then there are the conventional "boss desks" which will often be made out of wood or a very good wood-like facsimile to result in a desk that can allow for easy computer setup, has plenty of surface area to work with, and plenty of room for putting files and papers away all the while exuding that level of authority that let's people know exactly who is in charge the moment they walk in through the door.

 

What Type Of Desks Do You Need?

With all these options and designs that are available it is easy to see how someone could get overwhelmed but the truth is that it really doesn't take that much to narrow down the list to a few good models that provide you with exactly what you need.

Don't be afraid to let aesthetics be part of the winnowing process here. There are not only a seemingly countless number of different desk designs for the modern office but every design you find is going to be available in the same (or similar form) in a different color or design that creates an entirely different visual look while providing the same level of function.

Taking the time to find desks created from high quality materials that meet the very specific needs you or your office has will be worth it when it comes time to make the actual purchase - and then having to live with the result.

Things to consider before purchasing your modern desk:

  • Materials
  • Cost
  • Design needs or functions
  • Whether you need them long term or short term
  • Do you have custom needs
  • Rankings of specific desks or brands you're looking at

If you follow this checklist then chances are you will find a modern desk that will meet all of your needs and will be able to last over the long term.

 

What Does The Future Hold?

While on one hand it is easy to think that the modern office desk has found its final form based on computer technology and the fact that most modern businesses simply can't function without one, however twenty years ago a computer was considered superfluous for most businesses or just expensive and underwhelming. Technology changes and times change, so who knows what the future holds - but modern desks are more than up to the task of providing for your business office needs today!