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Tess, painting & decorating consultant, Brighton
Your desk should be chosen with a great deal of care, especially if it's going to serve as your day-to-day work space. It's important to be comfortable at your desk and have everything you need close at hand. If you want to find a model that properly suits your needs, you should consider the following important points:
You should start by thinking of the type of desk table top you need. This is the first thing to think about as the shape of the desk must match its use and the available space must be take into account.
There are several shapes of table tops and these must be chosen carefully as this will decide how the piece of furniture is used:
The size of the table top, and therefore the desk, depends on the size of the room and its use.
In terms of depth, the narrowest desks are suitable for flat screens, while the deepest ones are suitable for holding CRT screens and/or numerous storage units, such as trays, stands, etc.
Another essential factor to consider is how the desk will be used. The main uses are listed below.
To ensure that you are comfortable throughout your working day, it is important to choose a suitable desk. For professional use, choose a conference table which is spacious and the must-have work desk.
For conventional use, the computer desk has a special layout for desktop computers with central processing units. Alternatively, you can opt for a bookcase with a built-in desk , which is not very large but functional. It has storage space for books or décor.
Ideal for sharing with others, it is height-adjustable and allows you to adapt the table top to everyone's height. Some models can be raised to allow you to work standing up!
The secretary desk is perfect in a hallway or in a corner of your room. It saves a lot of space and remains very functional.
A desk on wheels is easy to move, is practical and can be used for other purposes, such as a side table. Mobile desks are also popular in smaller homes.
Combination desks are equipped with a lot of storage and save a lot of space. They are intended to be used mainly in small spaces. For this reason, they are widely used in children's and/or teenagers' rooms. There are two main versions:
It is necessary to choose the right material for your desk, both in terms of quality and maintenance. The following are the most common materials.
It is easy to maintain and dust is not very visible. On the other hand, you need to wax it regularly to keep it in good condition.
MDF, melamine and chipboard are the most common materials and offer the best value for money. The coating, which is often laminated, can be rather fragile.
Maintenance is very easy; regular dusting and the use of a slightly damp cloth is sufficient.
Another advantage is that a melamine or laminated desk can be painted to give it a second lease of life.
It is very strong and virtually unbreakable, but scratches quite easily. Metal desks can be characterised by their aesthetics and clean lines. In terms of maintenance, it requires frequent dusting on its surface.
Glass is a fragile material that requires special care and maintenance. Dusting must be done regularly and you should always have a spray bottle with glass cleaner and a cloth nearby to remove fingerprints! However, it does bring style and light to the room.
There are two main installation types for fitting your desk into your room:
Of course, it's essential to weigh up a range of technical features when picking a desk but it's also important to find a desk that works with the décor of your room.
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