A small computer desk is just the beginning.
The pivotal lifestyle change of working from home has created a strong demand for a dedicated work space or a home office. Most of the people around you are probably living the work from home life, even if you are not.
A home office, at minimum, should have a computer (or laptop), a modest storage area and perhaps a printer. Given that some of us do not have an extra room dedicated for a home office, we turn to finding the perfect work nook.
There will be an option out there, even if you stay in a tiny apartment. This is the moment to use that unused corner that you never knew you had. With a great range of computer desks in the market, it’s best if we know which one that best fits our homes and most importantly, one that would allow us to do productive work.
THE IDEAL DESK HEIGHT
Posture, posture, posture. The right investment in an office desk (and chair) should do your body posture good. We’re sitting for at least 6 hours each day, or more, so the least we should do is set a correct and comfortable sitting position while we work on our computers and laptops.
The height of your ideal work desk depends on your height. With your seat correctly adjusted, you should be able to bend your arms comfortably, at 90 degrees, or set to your forearm height. The same goes for standing desks.
Maintenance of good posture is vital. With a comfortable forearm support, there will be less strain on your shoulders and neck (and provided you sit right and not slouch).
WALL MOUNTED COMPUTER DESKS
Wall mounted desks, or floating desks, are easy, flexible and can come in multiple styles and width. It is also a space-saving option that appeals to those who are handy and like installing things themselves.
The common height to mount is 28 to 30 inches from the floor. However, it is always good to measure one that fits your height well. Also choose a table that is wide enough, from the wall, so you have a decent amount of leg space.
We would want our wall mounted desk to be as stable as possible. Check that you do have smooth walls to steadily mount the brackets and screws.
Personally, I would go for a wall mounted desk if all I need for work is a laptop and just enough space to write. There are wall mounted desks that can be folded when not in use, perfect for really small spaces. A simple desk.
WALL MOUNTED FOLD DOWN TABLE
Length: 23.6’’ | Width: 15.7’’ | Height: 9.8’’ | Material: Pine | Colour: Brown (Wood)
Another variation of wall mounted desk will be one with shelvings that come along above your table. Shelvings always do good for storing your files, notebooks and maybe a small indoor plant to complete the whole ‘this is my workspace’ corner. Compact in size, simple and sleek. It’s a steal.
TWO SHELVES INDUSTRIAL WALL MOUNT DESK
Length: 30’’ | Width: 20’’ | Height: 73’’ | Material: Wood and Metal, Brass Finishings | Colour: White/Gold
Combining both storage spaces and foldable functionality, is the wall mounted, cabinet desk. It’s like having a relatively large briefcase stuck to your wall. All else can stay inside, except for your laptop. Fold up when not in use. Easy, right?
WALL MOUNTED TABLE WITH SHELVES AND DRAWER
Length: 23.5’’ | Width: 20.5’’ | Height: 20’’ | Material: Medium Density Fibreboard, Metal | Colour: White or Black
This next desk is not one that is mounted, but it does require the wall to be a useful piece. For something more sturdy (maybe), we have a ladder that you can easily place against any wall of yours. A smooth wall and flooring would be recommended for this mini office desk of yours to hold up.
LADDER DESK WITH ONE DRAWER
Length: 18’’ | Width: 29.5’’ | Height: 72’’ | Material: Woodl | Colour: Cappuccino
ACCENT DESKS WITH STORAGE
Looks matter. One way to spice up your work office without actually having a room to create the professional ambience, is to have the desk looking aesthetically pleasing all on its own. Have this accent desk of yours sit beside a window, at best.
Plus point would be a nice looking table that comes with drawers or storage spaces to keep away the small stationeries and files, making sure that your work surface remains neat and tidy.
When we say accent, it means it’s the kind of table that actually stands out. An example would be this rustic, industrial table that comes with built-in drawers. They usually work well with most home interior designs.
LOCKER COLLECTION DESK
Length: 17’’ | Width: 41.5’’ | Height: 31.5’’ | Material: Industrial Metal, Wood. | Colour: Brown and Black
This other table is a mix of clean structure, sturdiness and distressed finishings – a design and colour that will definitely suit any home colours. As compared to a drawer, the shelves at the bottom left provides you more flexibility as to how you’d like to store or decorate your items.
DISTRESS WOODEN DESK WITH TWO DISPLAY SHELVES
Length: 23.88’’ | Width: 42’’ | Height: 29.88’’ | Material: Wood | Colour: Teal
Here’s one for occasional work, the C-table. The reason I say this is because, perhaps:
- You’ve used up all the wall spaces around your humble home, or,
- You already have a work table, you just want another one to switch around whenever you want.
With no assembly required, the C-table can slide in near your sofa when not in use. Actually, maybe the C-table should instead be called a sofa table extension.
Surface top of a compact-sized C-table, at most, must be able to fit a laptop, your cup of caffeine and maybe a bowl of snacks. Not something I would choose for a permanent work table. An extra alternative, yes.
C SHAPE METAL FRAME ACCENT TABLE WITH MARBLE TOP
Corner desks are not exactly the most compact desks out there, length wise. Still, should you have an empty corner that you can make use of as your workspace, this desk is one to have.
Measuring at 51 inches for length on both sides, the corner desk provides ample surface workspace you need separately – one side for just the computer, the other for writing, drawing, etc.
This table also comes with a neat monitor shelf that would be good for that eye-level to monitor posture.
L SHAPED CORNER DESK WITH MONITOR STAND
Length: (50.8+50.8) ’’ | Width: 18.2’’ | Height: 29.5’’ | Material: Medium Density Fibreboard, Metal | Colour: White, Black, Brown
BEST RECOMMENDATION: HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE STANDING DESK
It looks like a regular table. It feels like one too. And people are willing to pay hundreds for this particular kind of table because of its ability to adjust its height.
Minus off commuting time means lesser daily steps clocked in. In the many new findings during the pandemic, one of the statistics have shown how much fewer people around the world are clocking in their necessary physical activity minutes – while still consuming the same amount of food.
The height adjustable tables have been around for a while and are the hottest item (still) for working adults working remotely now. This functionality has allowed them to clock in their work time while standing up at some point. Ideally a 1:2 ratio, where one is recommended to stand for about an hour to every 2 hours of sitting down.
It does sound like an expensive method to get people to be healthy, when in fact you can just take a pause to have a run or do yoga or even get some housework done. That aside, the convenience of a height adjustable table is simply refreshing because one does not have to shift anything or anywhere. Simply press some buttons – all in the same square feet of your home.
VICI QUICK ASSEMBLING STANDING DESK
Length: 48’’ | Width: 24’’ | Height: 28.7 – 48.4’’ | Material: Chipboard | Colour:Black, White
CAN I PUT MY WORK DESK IN THE BEDROOM?
The primary reason why we even rack our brains for a work desk for our homes is because we want to instill a healthy routine for us to live and work under the same roof.
There is certainly no harm in bringing your work desk into your bedroom. However, over the course of time, your brain and body might associate your bedroom with productivity – which eventually makes it harder for you to establish a clear line between rest and work.
By that, it could be harder for you to have a good sleep when it’s time to sleep and for you not to doze off when you are supposed to get some work done.
Those of us who live in one bedroom apartments could find this rather impossible to do – the work desk has got to be in the same space. Here, we try our very best to establish boundaries and draw imaginary partitions.
Believe it or not, a simple thing like making your bed before you start work could set off a signal to your brain, to communicate that it’s time to switch on to work mode. It also helps to place your work desk at a position where the bed is behind you.
GETTING IN THE RIGHT MIND
There are a lot of home desk choices to choose from, even for a small home. Before you become bombarded with so many options, measure how much space you can afford. Sneak in shelvings below or above the table for more storage if you have to. It’s all about getting creative, right?
Besides the desk, you will still need to choose a good chair to pair it with. A chair that will last you through long hours of sitting down. And maybe a small indoor plant, picture frame or accessory to liven up the desk.
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Spending the amount of time and effort choosing and designing your home office but not being able to effectively switch to your work mode headspace is a waste.
Here’s a tip: Put on your work clothes at home to set you in the right mind and mentality.
It’s easy to dismiss this as silly, however, wearing real clothes instead of pajamas for work is a good start to draw that transition from relaxation to work at high levels of productivity each day.
When you are done for the day, turn off the computer and change your clothes to something more relaxing. The goal is to have the mind control to know when to be relaxed and when to hustle it through.
Find that desk, adopt a healthy ritual for yourself and make your small home workspace work out better for you. Good luck!
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