Small Computer Desk Gotchas

If you are reading this site, chances are leaning toward purchasing a small computer desk.  Whether you are looking at a desk for your office or home, there are some limitations found on many desks that you should be aware of.  The last thing you want is to get your desk home and realize that you don't know what to do with your feet.  (actually, the last thing you want might be for the desk to stand up and slap you).  Here are a few things to consider before you buy.  Research now or pay later.

Foot space - once you are comfortably seated, where will your feet go?  Is there a bottom shelf obstructing your wiggling slippers?  Will you be constantly tangling yourself in cables?  Actually, that brings us to #3...

Cable management - when you look at the desk, visualize where your many cables will go.  Will they hide neatly?  Will you have outlet access?  It is something good to think about before making the leap.  A cluttered cable scene won't help you relax.

Dwight SchruteHideaway space - whether drawers or cabinets, you'll want an area to dump and hide away some of your clutter at the end of your day.  No drawers?  No cabinet?  You will have the Dwight Schrute desk stacked high with clutter and maybe a bobblehead.

Wrong height - you'll find most desks are built at a consistent surface height today, but some of the older ones are a bit smaller.  This one should go without saying, but don't buy a desk that was obviously too small.

Awkward posture - if you see a desk that would have you craning your neck down or to the side, you might want to set an appointment with your chiropractor for an initial adjustment.  My travel schedule gives me the option of working at dozens of desk styles.  Don't force yourself to crick that neck.  You'll feel it.