Choosing the perfect desk
Increasingly, many of us work from home and spend hours at our desks. Here are some tips for making the smart choice when buying a desk for your home or home office from contemporary furniture supplier Camerich UK.
Q. How do you determine the size of desk required for a home office?
A. To select the correct size of desk for your home office think about your work space. Not all of us have a huge space solely dedicated to home office; perhaps there is just a quiet corner in an open plan room. If this is the case, consider furniture that is dual purpose. Find a desk that meets your needs without overpowering the space. Remember the principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design, “Form follows function”. Think of the amount of desk top space you need, the computer system you use and the storage space you require. Bear in mind that nothing looks more stylish than a simple desk with complementary storage close at hand.
Q. What type of desk is practical when space is limited?
A. There are compact and space saving desks, such as Camerich‘s ‘Bend’ model, in sleek black walnut with beautiful curved details and a simple shallow drawer and there are larger desks, such as the ‘Vessel’, providing ample surface space and extensive concealed storage. Limited space does not mean you have to compromise on style. Consider details such as the concealed drawers of the Vessel desk to maximise storage whilst retaining a simple streamlined look – or a slim and elegant desk such as the ‘Betty’ with its narrow profile yet considerable storage space.
Q. Which components should one consider when buying a desk?
A. Once you have taken the basics of size and storage into consideration, style is of great importance. Consider a desk with timeless, sophisticated yet modernistic aesthetics. Style and beauty make a workspace far more inspiring.
Q. What types of finishes are available?
A. Finishes available at Camerich include a striking and distinctive grey oak or sophisticated black walnut, which interjects a modern silhouette into a contemporary home. They also have the ‘Verge’ desk in camel lacquer. This high shine gloss finish in a warm natural tone blends into any home office.
Q. How much storage space is normally required?
A. In recent times, home offices require less storage as technology has allowed us to store everything on laptops, tablets and clouds. There is not as much need for filing cabinets or drawers full of paper. Today we often need nothing more than a table for our computer, phone, document folder and desk lamp, allowing for a streamlined and serene home office. Eliminating clutter encourages maximum focus and efficiency in work and a far more pleasing space.
Q. Is there a standard height for a desk or does it depend on the chair that accompanies it?
A. Standard height for a desk is approximately 75 cm, but desk heights are subject to your personal needs and requirements and it is important to feel comfortable at your desk. Find the right desk chair to partner your desk to complete the package. Comfort is key and it is important to allow clearance space underneath when seated at your desk. Ensure the back rest, arm height and seat depth are comfortable. Consider coordinating the wood of the chair to the desk to create a cohesive look.
Q. Any other tips for storage or work space in a small home office?
A. A home office should be a calming, attractive and inviting space to encourage productivity. Conceal clutter and create clean living by choosing storage that complements the overall scheme. Consider using tall cupboards or cabinets for additional storage in the same finish as the desk. Continuity of theme will help to create a serene office space.
As well as desks, Camerich UK supplies a wide range of contemporary dining chairs, sofas and beds. Many of their items are available for free next-day delivery. They have eight London showrooms. Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7372 9887
And for more sources of contemporary, traditional and bespoke desks, don’t forget to browse The House Directory’s Desk category.