Whether you’re buying a desk for home or for an office, it’s never an easy decision. There’s many questions on your mind. What should be considered? What’s the best office table dimension for me? What office table materials should I be looking for? How do I choose the best option from the wide assortment available on the market? The Viking Desking Buying Guide is a priority checklist that can help you to make the right decision based on your specific needs.
Desk Buying Guide
The checklist may be composed of the following questions:
The size of the working space and the type of working environment can greatly influence the size of a desk you need to consider. If you work with a computer, keep in mind the amount of desk space that it requires. You can check our FAQs for some useful tips.
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Ergonomics help in understanding how functional desk design reduces fatigue and discomfort as well as enhances productivity. In general, desks would be divided into the following ergonomic categories. Check out our FAQs to learn more about the correct standing and seating desk posture.
Height adjustable desks are ideal for shared use and are perfect for flexible workplaces. They allow the individual user to adjust the height of the desktop to suit them. They’re even suitable for wheelchair users and those with disabilities. There are two types: hand-cranked and electric fully-automatic desk. Both of them work great! The hand-cranked version is more budget-friendly. The electric version allows for setting ‘standard’ levels customized for a specific user, than can be adjusted with a push of a button.
Sit-stand desks are at the top of the list when it comes to ergonomic designs. They work the same way as the height adjustable desks but in addition they allow a user to not only sit but also stand and move while working.
The most common and traditional type of desk on the market is the fixed-height desk. In order to choose the correct height of the desk, there’s an easy to use formula: person`s height *0,4. These desks can also be ergonomic due to a wide range of options when it comes to features such as built-in drawers, a keyboard shelf, or monitor arms, even curved edges for easy reach or wire management.
If you work with a lot of paper, built-in drawers or hanging files are a must. The same can be said for wire management being essential for everyone who requires electronics on the desk such as monitors, wired phones, printers etc. A wire management feature makes the desktop neat and most importantly – safe to use. You can always upgrade it to become even more ergonomic by adding pedestals and monitor arms.
Dams International Straight Desk with Beech Coloured MFC Top and Graphite H-Frame Legs and 2 Lockable Drawer Pedestal Contract 25 1200 x 800 x 725mm
£244.80 incl. VAT
Elev8² Sit Stand Single Desk with Walnut Melamine Top and Silver Frame 2 Legs Mono 1200 x 800 x 675 - 1175 mm
£784.80 incl. VAT
Rectangular Straight Desk with White MFC Top and Silver Frame Cantilever Legs Momento 1200 x 800 x 725 mm
£196.80 incl. VAT
What desk width do you need?
Consider having the optimal desk for work and study with both laptop and reading or writing areas, as well as some space for keeping papers or placing some personal items. This would round up to 120 cm as an optimal width. The more monitors or objects you would need on a desk – the wider desk you would need to look for.
How will a laptop or PC influence your desk choice?
Whether you use a laptop or a PC, you would need to consider needing extra space on a top of your desk. A keyboard shelf, enclosed cabinet to store a PC tower, wire management, or a drawer to store your headphones and ergonomics – will keep your desk uncluttered and allow productivity.
What desk depth do you need?
The optimum depth is around 80 cm. The deeper desks would allow you for more display or storage areas.
What is the correct posture when using a sit-stand desk?
Arms at a 90 degree angle. Wrists in neutral position. Computer monitor at eye level and directly in front of you. Monitor 50-70 cm from your eyes. Screen tilted at 20 degrees. Knees slightly bent. Shift your weight occasionally from leg to leg. Wear good shoes, and consider using an anti-fatigue mat.
What is the correct sitting posture at a desk?
Sit at the end of a chair with your pelvis in a neutral position and your buttocks against the chairs back. Hips are in the bend of the chair. Align your ears, shoulders, and hips to maintain the natural curve of your spine. Adjust your seat height for legs posture parallel to the ground, knees even with the hips bending at 90 degrees, and feet resting on the floor. Arms are in a L-shaped bend with elbows by your side. The monitor directly in front of your eyes with an arm`s length away. Use the monitor or laptop stands to adjust the height of the screen.
Use ergonomic chairs that are designed to support your body while sitting. To reduce the lower back tension, choose the chair with lumbar support, or use an ergonomic pillow.
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How to maintain your desk, and which desk material to choose?
When choosing a desk material, a customer is offered many different options such wood, fake wood, and metal. The material of the desktop not only influences the look and feel of the desk, but also can say a lot about the desks construction quality and weight capacity. The material also influences ways to maintain the desk clean.
Wood desks are long lasting due to their high quality and easy to care surface. Dust does not show up easily and wax can be used for polishing. Fake wood such as MFC, MDF, melamine and chipboard offers great value for money. The material has laminate finish therefore is easily maintained and cleaned by regular dusting. Regular dusting is also needed with metal desks. These are strong and durable, however their surface can be scratched easily. The most fragile of all the materials is glass, therefore it is usually pared with other materials as wood or metal. Glass is an elegant option that makes a working space look and feel light and clean.