"Where Do I Start?"
What are your overall room
dimensions? Measure your available length and width. Always leave at least
3-4 feet around your desk, to allow room for maneuvering behind and around it,
and also to accommodate any meeting guests.
Make note of any
windows, doors (do they open in or out?), phones, electrical outlets, vents,
light switches, thermostats, other furniture, etc.
Is the office
intended for you or another co-worker/employee?
Do you (or the person
using the desk) need to be by a door, or is privacy required?
need a traditional office setup or a more open partition/panel workstation
How do you work? Do you frequently use a computer or printer? Do
you require lots of storage and filing?
Other Things to
Do you like to face toward or away from the open
Some people like to face away from the door to avoid
distractions. Others like to face toward the open door to quickly see visitors
and outside activities. Not all desk configurations work in both directions.
Check that angles of the return and connecting pieces match your desired setup.
Do you prefer natural sunlight or less glare?
handle mostly paperwork, meetings and phone calls, you may enjoy being closer
to natural sunlight from a nearby window. Think about how much light you want
and make sure your setup allows it. Spend long hours at a computer? You probably
want to keep your monitor away from any windows to avoid screen glare.
Do you prefer to have more filing/storage space or more work/meeting
collections: they mix and match to fit the way you work best. Choose pieces
that offer more closed filing and storage capacity. Or opt for a more open
look: roomier desk surfaces and more meeting space, with less closed
Want the ability to expand in the future?
systems start small, yet grow with your business. Begin with a basic desk
setup that is great for start-ups/small offices. Add more workspace or
reception areas as you need to. Everything stays looking coordinated and
Need to store lots of client files, projects or
files tend to hold more capacity than vertical designs. Pairing certain
pieces together, like a hutch on top of a credenza, can double storage space
without taking up more floor space.
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