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Choosing the right computer desk has positive long-term impacts on your body. When sitting for long periods of time, good ergonomics can prevent serious physical issues like eye strain, carpal tunnel and forward neck syndrome. More
 

Selecting a Computer Desk

The goal is to find furniture that helps you sit properly rather than causing you to strain or slouch. Some common computer desk mistakes include:

  • Picking a desk that limits free movement
  • Placing the computer below or above eye-level, causing neck and shoulder strain
  • Selecting a desk that is too wide, which results in unnatural sitting positions
  • Choosing a desk that is too shallow, requiring you to sit too close to your computer screen

Avoid these pitfalls by checking height, width, depth, and design. The ideal computer desk allows you to keep an arm's length distance between your eyes and the screen. The desk should also make it easy to reach the keyboard while sitting with your shoulders relaxed and elbows bent at a 90-degree angle.

Family Room or Home Office Computer Desks

Function and purpose are important aspects when considering how to choose a computer desk. If you need space for personal filing systems, printers, phones or other devices, pick a model with plenty of surface area or an attached hutch. People with less storage needs might be able to get away with a more compact model. Browse our collection to find computer desks under $200 and $100

Style and appearance may also factor into your decision. Computer desks in family rooms or other highly visible locations should match the room's decor. A computer armoire that closes to conceal screens and personal papers may work best in this case. Find colorful desks to brighten the room such as:


Desk Materials

People often overlook the surface of a computer desk while shopping, but it can make a big difference over time. Each type of material comes with its own benefits and drawbacks:

Laminate - A very popular choice, laminate is plastic finish applied to a wood core. It's affordable, durable and comes in a variety of styles, stains and wood grain patterns. Thick, high-pressure laminates are the highest quality.

Metal or Steel - While not traditionally professional, metal is definitely the most durable option for a computer desk. These modern pieces are great for high-traffic areas and long-term, heavy use.

Wood - Wood is solid, stylish and comes in a broad variety of stains and finishes. However, these surfaces can show nicks and scratches over time.

Glass - Sleek and modern, glass top computer desks also require a fair amount of upkeep. They smudge easily and can create glare when placed near a light source.

Orientation

Most computer desks are rectangular and designed to fit against a wall. There are several other options available, including:

  • L-shaped – great for providing extra room to spread out books and papers while still having room for your computer
  • Corner – makes the most of limited space by tucking away into any corner, but you may sacrifice desk top surface area
  • U-shaped – practical for people who need a lot of storage within arm's reach

To choose computer desks that fit your lifestyle, consider correct height and width, appearance, materials, and shape. Sitting for long periods of time at a computer desk is often necessary, so do your body a favor and pay close attention to factors that increase your comfort and wellbeing.