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Back to basics: Perfect positions for home office desks
Transform any room into a home office
Whether you work at home, go to college or work, or an aspiring author like me, you would need to find the perfect space for your office. If you want more production in a quiet room for your work--or homework---these helpful tips would work wonders for you and your family.
For starters, if you live in an any-sized home, you may find yourself with a spare room to transform, like a second bedroom, a den or a family room. If you live in a dorm or on-campus/off-campus housing, a condo or an apartment, finding the perfect niche is key in any small space. Or, if you prefer to spend some more money, you can choose to transfer to a two-bedroom condo or apartment. Otherwise, you can transform any room into one. For those in college, due to limited space, you can have a portable office wherever you are.
The key is to position your desk against the wall and under your bedroom window. If that's not an option, (like for me when I moved recently to a new apartment), you can find a small niche against the wall near the living room-dining room area. Depending on how much money you want to spend on the type of desk you want, the size or length depends on your preferences, or to fit you and your writing needs.
If you can't afford sound-proofing from inside noises like a pet or other family members, you can close the door on them. A handy sign saying something "Do No Disturb" and place it on the wall.
A desk can fit into any niches
An ideal perfect desk to fit your needs
You should keep it simple, sturdy, and nothing fancy and too exorbitant. They can be find at any department or furniture store, like IKEA, or online like at Amazon.com. Feel free to do some comparison shopping to find the right one for you. Your desk should have plenty of room for your laptop or desk computer, your printer, and TV as a temporary TV stand. If you have a family pet like a dog or cat that likes to climb on top of your desk to keep you company while you work, there should be room for your pet as well.
The perfect desk should have, at least, two to four drawers--with an optional middle desk, since you'll need space for leg room for you and your chair. With those drawers, you should have plenty of space to store your homework or research papers, writing utensils, printer papers, envelopes, mailing labels, etc. You name it! It should have at least one drawer at each side, minimal, to fit your needs. Most desks would come with a slot for putting your cords through it, so they won't get in the way. They should also have a slot for your printer paper to shoot through. If you prefer not to have that option, that's okay. Another option is to buy a desk with a keyboard tray as well instead of buying it separately.
Office desk placement poll
Where do you prefer your office desk to be?
You can transform your own working space into a dream office to fit your writing needs
For corner niches against a wall, a small desk can be handy to fit in any tight space in apartments or lofts
Long desks are perfect for big spaces in any room
There's three types of computer desks that's out there: wood, metal and even glass. If you have plenty of room to slide a desk under the window, go big and long with plenty of storage space for your accessories. It would take up most of the wall. You would also have plenty of leg room for you and your chair to move around in from place to place.
Small desks and laptop trays are perfect for the corner wall
If you want smaller to find into a niche of the wall, (like I'm doing in downgrading my desk size soon, when I get my new desk), you can go with the standard desk. You can position it against any corner to fit your desk and chair in. This would be a perfect choice for apartments and college dorms
If you wanted to save money and space, another perfect option for you would be is an inexpensive laptop tray. You can do your computer work right in the bed. But the only disadvantage of that, is no drawers and spaces for your printer.
What's your perfect space for a home office and computer desk?