Things to consider when buying a desk

Things to consider when buying a desk

You may think there’s nothing more to buying a desk than whether it fits into the space you have available and matches your other furniture, but there are so many more things you need to consider before buying.

What kind of desks do you need?

What kind of desks do you need

The type of desks you need will depend on how many you need, how they’ll fit into your office design, and whether your staff have any particular requirements.

Bench desks

Bench desks by Quillls interiors

Bench desks give your office a beautiful, clean look at the same time as making the most of the space you have available. They’re great for open-plan offices where banks of desks can accommodate four, six or eight staff members, or they can be as small as a double desk. They come in a range of colours and finishes, enabling you to use your brand colours or cheer the office up. You can also add interest to the design by having curved or waved bench desks.

Sit-Stand desks

If you want to encourage your staff to move more during the day, sit-stand desks are ideal. It’s now well known that sitting down for long periods of time is not good for your health, but on the other hand, nor is standing up for long periods. Sit stand desks are a quick and easy way to encourage your staff to find the perfect balance between sitting and standing, which improves not only health and posture, but also motivation and productivity – all at the touch of a button! It doesn’t matter how tall or short people are, they can adjust the desk height to suit them.

Desk Accessories

Whether you choose bench desks, sit stand desks or individual desks, your list of things to consider when buying a desk doesn’t end there. There are a number of accessories that will improve the user’s working environment at the same time as enhancing the look of your office. Here’s what you need to think about:


Desk pedestals and storage cabinets are a neat and attractive way of storing all the bits and pieces that people like to have with them at work, and you can tuck them out of the way underneath the desk.

Cable trays

seeing a lot of wires in a big spaghetti-like heap under a desk can be a thing of the past. Cable trays have been designed to fit invisibly underneath desktops to keep the plug sockets and wiring tidy and hidden out of sight.

Built-in chargers

mobile phones, tablets and other devices are now part and parcel of office life, and sometimes it’s difficult to find a free socket to plug yours into. So desks with built-in chargers are going to make life a lot easier for everyone.

Division panels

to give your staff a bit more privacy and to stop people spreading out too much, add division panels between desks. Use them to add colour to the office. You can also attach monitor holder arms to the panels to help keep each desk looking neat at the same time as giving each person more desk space.

Modesty panels

Modesty Panels by Quills interiors

Essential in the mini-skirted 1960s, modesty panels are basically a panel that is fixed to the end of the desk, designed to hide the lower half of the body, i.e. provide the person sitting there with a degree of modesty. Essential for outward-facing desks. Modesty panels that reach the floor can also hide bags, bins and other items that people might want to store there.

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