These days, it seems like there are as many different kinds of desks as there are people in the world (okay, maybe not that many, but there are a lot). From an ergonomic perspective, that’s a good thing. Whether you prefer sitting, standing, walking on a treadmill or working behind any other kind of desk, more desk types mean greater opportunities for creating a customized fit for every individual’s body and behavior. Still, the number of choices can be overwhelming.
So what should you really look for in your perfect desk?
- Desk shape. Curved, L, corner, or just plain rectangular, choose a desk shape that allows you ample room for navigating both your computer and the desk itself, with plenty of room leftover for stacking all of those papers and books you’re not actually going to read.
- Construction and Look: Are you okay going with Ikea cork board, or is it game over unless you’ve got solid mahogany? Will the desk match or complement your current decor? These are important decisions if you plan on keeping your desk for awhile, as its style will affect the mood and tone of your workspace.
- Height: Essential to maintaining the ergonomics of your workspace is finding a desk that can be adjusted to a comfortable height. If you plan on sitting, you should be able to do so with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle, while floating your hands naturally over your keyboard (no straining up or down). Your screen should also be at such a height that your neck remains in a neutral position. The same goes for working at a standing desk, except of course your knees should no longer be at 45-degree angle.
For more great tips to take with you on your hunt for the perfect desk, we highly recommend this article, How to Choose (or Build) the Perfect Desk for You. Happy searching!