Computer desks are a crucial piece of kit, whether you’re setting up a home office, commercial office or some other sort of workspace. Choosing the right ICT desks for your needs can make the difference between comfortable, happy workers and dissatisfied operators with bad backs. Here are our top tips for choosing ICT desks that will suit your needs both now and into the future.
Options for ICT desks
Before you start, know your options. ICT desks come in a range of formats and layouts, all of which come with their own pros and cons. You can choose from corner desks, L-shaped desks, curved desks and more, and your choice at this stage will have a bearing on everything else you do, so think about it wisely.
A lot of this decision will depend on the space you have to work with. If you’re setting up an office at home, this part should be easy as you already know the dimensions of the space you have to work with. If your space is small, opt for a corner or compact ICT desk, and consider building upwards to add more storage space.
For commercial office set up, things can be a bit trickier. Consider the number of workstations you need right now, but also have a mind to potentially fitting in more people in the future. Use drawn plans to compare how different types of desks will fit into your space.
Considerations for ICT desks
Once you know roughly what shape and size of desk you are looking for, you’ll need to consider a number of other factors to choose the right desk for your needs. These include:
- Desktop or laptop usage? If you’re using a desktop, you’ll need to think about storage space for the tower under the desk. Laptop users may need a separate monitor and riser on the desk to ensure they are sitting in an ergonomic position.
- Other peripherals: If your users have their own printers, phones or fax machines, you’ll need to ensure there is space for this on the desk. However, if they use a communal printer, you can opt for a smaller desk space, although do allow a landing area for paperwork too.
- Pre-assembled or self built? Pre-assembled desks do tend to have a higher level of craftsmanship, but are generally more expensive too. As they need to be delivered assembled, only a small number can be shipped at one time which can make things difficult if you’re setting up a large office area. Ready to assemble desks tend to be lower priced, and are generally relatively user friendly to put together. Some firms offer onsite assembly of desks for a small fee, which can be a good compromise between the two.
- Ergonomic considerations: Making sure your operators are sitting comfortably is your responsibility as an employer. Even in your home office, you should ensure you are not damaging your back. Monitors should be at eye level, which often means you need a stand or riser, and things like keyboard trays and wrist rests can reduce pressure on other joints too. Some ICT desks can be raised or lowered to suit the size of the person, which is an excellent option for very tall or small people.
Selecting good ICT desks requires some thought and a bit of homework on your part, but if you choose wisely, your investment will last for many years to come. Check out our range of ICT desks and get in touch if you need more help making your selection.