It wasn’t too long ago that your computer desk was a humongous piece that dominated the room. And it had to be that. A multi-purpose monster that could house bales of paper, bulky monitor, printers and big fat CPU.
Not any more. Today, everything’s leaner, skinnier and super-miniaturized.
Computer Desk Styles for Limited Spaces
Apart from that, there’s the whole issue of limited space – whether it’s at work or in your home, we’re all jostling for elbow room in 6 x 10′ cubicles or studio-apartments. And today we don’t have separate devices to serve different purposes.
So why shouldn’t your computer desk keep pace with this new wave too? The smart new computer desk styles trending today are slim, with a pleasing visual lightness and feel that’s totally in sync with your lifestyle.
Analyze your needs before you go out and grab the first one that catches your eye. Do you need storage? Lots of room to accommodate your seating and working posture/style? How many people use it? What are the different things they do on the computer – gaming, working, entertainment etc? Is budget a constraint? Do you want to take it with you when you leave the place? Does it have space for accessories, speakers, electrical devices, chargers, etc?
Let’s take a look at 4 great computer desk styles that are ideal for compact spaces when every square inch matters:
1. Float Like A Butterfly
And you don’t have to be Muhammad Ali! Get yourself one of those neat, sleek, floating desks that save space plus add visual interest and character to your room. Floating desks are very popular these days especially for smaller living/working spaces, since they save precious floor-room and move the action up on to unusable wall-spaces.
Select neutral colors to enhance the light, minimalistic feeling.
Some examples include:
- Wall-mounted with additional shelving above
- Additional cubby-holes below
- Ladder-type vertical frame with side inserts
- Foldable or pull-out, fold-out, fold-down work surface
- Convertible with folding hinges
2. Mobile Work-carts:
Workstations or mobile carts are another great space saver. Also known as portable computer stations, they’re a portable, ergonomic marvel. With a really tiny footprint, they take up minimum space. Plus they can be moved around to different locations in the room/house without much fuss.
They’re a great option when you want to set up a quick, impromptu work-station at an event, trade-fair or in your home/office.
Great options include:
- Enclosed type with lockable doors
- Shop-desks and tool cabinet add-ons
- With storage drawers
- Adjustable height/ Heavy load facility
- Modular type for multi-purpose use
A well-designed bespoke desk design that fits neatly into a corner is the perfect solution for those who work from home. Put some thought into designing it, and it can give you adequate leg-room, lots of storage and different levels for various tasks. The corner format allows you to move your chair about the space in front of the desk so you can place your filing cabinets/printer/phone/spare paper, etc without everything looking cluttered.
Corner desks also give you the illusion of privacy in a crowded work space.
You can choose from:
- Vertical format to accommodate camera, card-readers, external hard-drive, DVDs, office supplies etc.
- Longer-Arm L-shaped
- Extendable desk-top space
- Open shelving above/below
- Hutch-door for secure drawers
4. If You Can Stand It:
Your doctor can tell you that sitting around all day isn’t such a hot idea. Sure, you’re not sitting around doing nothing – you’re working, keeping yourself educated/informed/entertained etc. But it still takes a toll. Sedentary habits can up your risks of heart disease by nearly 70% and expose you to certain types of cancers. Apart from putting on the pounds, being seated at a desk all day can increase your chances of developing diabetes, circulation problems and heighten your stress-levels.
Remember you’re in good company when you select this option. Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Disraeli and Winston Churchill were some of the famous names who preferred this mode of working.
Based on your needs, pick from:
- Sit/Stand options
- Height-adjustable desks
- Customizable for accessories and add-ons
- Wheel and brake options for mobility
- Fixed height type
When you’re looking to save space without compromising on exactly what you want and need from a desk, take look at spiffy design ideas like these!