Getting the right size desk for your office space is key to long-term business success, claims new research by Avanta Managed Offices, which also finds that unless your company takes space in a serviced office, buying office furniture is an often overlooked business investment.
There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the style, layout and size of your desk and it is important to get it right first time. The industry standard desk is 1600mm x 800mm, but this may well be too big, or small, for your requirements.
What kind of desk do you need?
Before considering the myriad of desk options you need to determine what kind of desk you need and how you will be using it. For instance, will you be working at your desk from 9am – 6pm every day and therefore require a more spacious option? Are you looking for a desk for a receptionist, or even two receptionists, who would need a larger desk for sorting post and displaying newspapers or company collateral?
Is your desk, or indeed your entire office space, just used as a touchdown or hotdesking facility and therefore just a small desk space for a lap top could suffice? All of these aspects will need to be taken into consideration.
What shape of desk do you require?
The traditional, rectangular desk, works for most people and industries, but there are plenty of alternative options available. An L shaped desk is a great option for someone who needs two separate areas of working; U shaped desks offer a lot more space for files and documents and wave shaped desks offer a useful circular end which could be used for small team meetings.
What will you have on your desk?
The size of your desk will largely depend on what you actually will be using your desk for. Many people in the finance industry require multiple monitors, which are generally displayed side by side and will therefore take up more space.
Graphic designers, for instance, will also require more desk space for larger monitors and graphics tablets and PAs may need additional space for paperwork and filling. Even the type and size of telephone you use can determine your desk size requirements.
In addition, the volume of paperwork produced by a business can mount up and take up valuable space. To get around this, the many options of vertical filing systems work well. These can also be fixed to the back panel of the desk ensuring that valuable space on the actual desk top is not wasted.
“There are clearly a number of different factors to take into account when choosing a desk,” comments David Kinnaird, Avanta’s group operations director. “Office furniture can be a significant expense for a small company, so it’s worth doing some homework before taking the plunge.
“According to the Office of National Statistics, the UK workforce spends, on average, 43.2 hours per week at work, so it’s important to make sure you get the right size desk from the outset.”
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