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How to Choose (or Build) the Perfect Desk for You

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find a variety of desks with hutches with diverse features. In this list, you’ll find budget desks with hutches that offer a wide array of functions and impressively last a long time. And you’ll also find comparatively expensive workstations with contemporary design and solid build quality. We will discuss each product in every possible detail including ease of assembly, design, build quality, durability, and customer service.

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Wooden desks, glass desks, treadmill desks, and more—desks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles. But how do you select or build the right one for you? Here’s a look at some of the main things to consider.


Even if you think all you need is a flat surface to prop your computer on, don’t ignore comfort and ergonomics when you’re selecting a desk or building one yourself. After all, you might be using it for hours at a time for several years.

Most desks are 30-inches high, which may be fine for the average person, but not everyone. If possible, try out your prospective desk in person, in a chair that’s similar to one you use. Make sure you have enough leg room and the desk is the right height.

For the latter, bend your arms at 90 degree angles and see if your hands rest comfortably on the desk, whether it’s a sitting or standing desk. Desks with adjustable leg heights are more versatile for this purpose. Also, you can use Ergotron’s Workspace Planning Tool to find the proper measurements for either a sitting or standing desk based on your measurements.

You’ll also want to make sure that your chair can fit under the desk so you’re not sitting awkwardly several feet away from your keyboard. Consider measuring your chair’s width and height (up to the armrests) so you can avoid any surprises.

Finally, consider monitor placement. The monitor should be about an arm’s length away, so make sure the desk isn’t too deep or you might have wasted space behind the monitor.

Desk Shape

There are pros and cons to every kind of desk layout, whether you’re choosing a corner desk, L-shaped desk, U-shaped one, or a traditional rectangular desk. Make sure you not only pick one that fits your workstyle and space, but may also be adaptable in case you want to move to a different room. Some desk layout considerations:

  • An armoire, for example, works well in the bedroom or open spaces because you can close up the desk as the end of the day. However, they don’t offer a ton of surface space.
  • U-shaped desks let you stretch out and create different work zones while keeping everything in reach, but they require lots of space.
  • L-shaped desks offer many of the benefits of U-shaped ones while requiring less space. However, depending on the desk, you might be stuck with just one placement in your room.
  • A corner desk is space saving and fits in different room layouts, but you’ll be stuck facing a corner, usually with your back to the door.
  • Straight desks are the most common and versatile for placement (against a wall or in the middle of the room). They don’t always offer the most surface space, however.

Whichever shape you prefer, make sure you know the measurements of your room and the desk’s measurements so you can be sure the desk will fit properly and won’t impede traffic flow, etc.

Storage and Working Surface

Some desks, frankly, are not very functional. They might be high in (minimalist) style, but low on storage and organization—or vice versa.

Consider what you like or dislike about your current desk. Wish there were more drawers for your supplies? More surface space to accommodate multiple monitors? Think about what you’re going to place on the desk and how much of a messy desk person or neatnik you are.

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