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How to Find the Perfect Position for Your Home Office Desk

Updated on January 30, 2018
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Kristen Howe knows about finding the perfect spot for picking out a home office with a desk, computer, and chair, even for an apartment.

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Transform Any Room Into a Home Office

You need to find a perfect space for your office, whether you work at home, go to college, a job, or are an aspiring author. If you want more production in a quiet room, these helpful tips will work wonders for you and your family. We do tend to spend more time sitting at our desks in ergonomical chairs than we do in our beds.

Depending on how much money you want to spend on the type of desk you want, the size based on your preferences, or if it can fit you and your writing needs should all be taken into consideration.

If you can't afford sound-proofing inside noises like a pet or other family members, hang a "Do Not Disturb" on the wall beside your desk or on the closed door.

Where to Get the Best Deals

Buy a simple, sturdy, and inexpensive desk. You can find one at any department or furniture store like IKEA, or online like at Amazon.com. Free desks and good bargains can be frequently listed at Craigslist.com. Search the state and town nearest you. Comparison shop to find the right one.

A L-Shaped Desk can fit into any Niche

L-Shaped desks are perfect for bigger spaces.
L-Shaped desks are perfect for bigger spaces.

Find Your Perfect Desk

Your desk should have plenty of space for your laptop or desk computer, your printer, and your TV as a temporary TV stand. If you have a family pet like a dog or cat that climbs 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 on each side to fit your needs.

Most desks that 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.


U-Shaped Desks Provides Storage Space

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Two Long Desks for Big Spaces

There are three types of computer desks that are made out there: wood, metal, and even glass. An L-shaped corner desk frees up space in your office and fits neatly into a corner. For added storage space, these desks come with hutches or pedestal drawers. It also offers expansive desktops for computers, paperwork, and other daily uses.

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 will 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.

If you need to get your work done effectively, you should consider a U-shaped desk. It will provide you with extra workspace from your office desk. It can accommodate small meeting and paperwork right at your desk and offers a wraparound design that provides ample space for your computer. You'll be able to get it all done in one convenient space this way. U desks allow you to maximize storage space and can usually accomodate a hutch too.

For every office, U-shaped desks come in a wide variety of styles. You can find a computer desk that will work with your office decor, whether it's from large, traditional options to a sleek, minimalist style. It will provide you with plenty of space to help you work better and get the job done. You can achieve a coordinated look since there are many options comes in collections including matching bookshelves, files and more.





Small Desks are Perfect for Apartments and Lofts

Small Desks for Corner Walls

Whether you need a surface for writing or to accommodate your laptop, a corner computer desk may just be the ideal solution for you, if you're looking for a workstation that won't take up too much room. Available in a wide array of colors like black, white, and cherry, due to their compact designs, these workstations can be easily added to many small spaces. Many feature a glass top with wooden or chrome-bases for a distinctive look.

Corner desks are great choices for home offices as their small footprint doesn't take too much room. Whether with glass or wood construction, it can usually be tucked away in a previously unused space. These desks may double as writing surfaces, and most options come with additional storage. Corner computer desks can be found in many different looks from trusted brands.

If you're searching for a particular style for your home office, traditional corner desks offer high elegance and style that's sure to impress your house guests and inspire you as you work. If you're looking for more variety, discover office desks in every style, including contemporary and modern, and every color like black and cherry.

If you want a smaller desk to find into a niche of the wall, 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 on the bed. But the only disadvantage of that there's no drawers and spaces for your printer.


Where to Position It at Any Home

For starters, whatever the size of your home, you may have a spare room like a second bedroom, a den or a family room to transform. 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. You can transform any room into one.

For those in college, you can have a portable office wherever you are. Or, if you want to invest into more money, you can choose to transfer to a two-bedroom condo or apartment.

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 recently moved to a new apartment three years ago), you can find a small niche against the wall near the living room-dining room area.

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      Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey Audrey. Thanks for the follow and pinning my hub. I miss looking out of my window in my bedroom. I can see the trees from my living room window at times. You're welcome.

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      My office and small computer desk is located in my bedroom under my window. I enjoy being able to look outside at the trees and blue sky as I'm working on my hubs and book. Thanks for your great ideas. They are most helpful. Posting this to my pinterest board.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Londonlady for commenting and stopping by. Me too. But I have no longer have that option in my new apartment. But I do look through the window.

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      Laura Writes 2 years ago

      I love having mine right in a corner and next to a window so I can daydream when appropriate.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by twice, Breathing.

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      Sajib 2 years ago from Bangladesh

      Really a useful post for those who already have a home office or looking to give home offices in future. Yes, it is hard to imagine an office without any desk. That’s why the author described the different positions for home desks perfectly. Here I say that the positioning depends on the usage and needs of the office. If you have more workers and many guests visiting your office, you will need to have big rooms of your house as office with more desks for workers and guests. Also you should have sufficient chairs. But if you have a small range office where you and some other works then you can just adjust with a big or medium sized desk. All is dependent on the work type.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome.

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      Very useful tips here thanks!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Jill, thanks for stopping by and commenting, my friend. What a great idea to use that table for a desk. Oh no, don't do that! Really? Oh wow.

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      I use a coffee bar table with a marble top for my desk-- facing the wall. I think being in front of a window would distract me as I write. I'm so easily distracted now I'm considering putting a bag over my head! (I read about a writer who does that actually, to help himself let go.)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Eva. Good for you for straightening up your home office. That's true about feng sui. My desk is pretty much neat and tidy against the wall.

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      Eva Thomas 2 years ago from Georgia

      My home office is a wreck. I have it on my to-do list to clean it up and out. According to Feng Shui, it is important to keep your office neat and tidy... For whatever reason, I have the hardest time doing that. Great hub...

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Stephanie, thanks for stopping by to comment. I love my laptop over my former desktop computers. I miss looking out my window at my own apartment. Great desk positioning, too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      I like being able to look out a window, but I don't like sitting with my back to the room. To solve this problem, I placed my desk at right angles to the window and a few feet from the wall behind me. That way, I can look to my right to see out the window or look ahead to see the rest of the room and doorway. Behind me, I've placed shelves and a file cabinet to keep supplies handy. My "desk" is actually a rectangular table that serves multiple uses as a desk, crafting space and painting table. I like having my most used items within reach. Of course, my laptop computer is easily portable to the living room or other rooms in the house when I want to be where the action is!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Blond Logic. Me too at the dining room table! Now I've been at my corner desk for my home office and used it since then. I know what you mean about distractions. Thanks for the link, BL. I appreciate it!

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Good advice. My situation is far from ideal. I use to be at the dining room table which was a pain. Now I am in our front room at a table. What I need is a door to keep distractions out. I also think I need glue to keep my backside in the chair. lol.

      I will be placing a link to this hub on the most recent post. I think those two would work well together.

      Voted up..

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peg, that's pretty cool and awesome. I would have to check that book out someday. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Peg. Nice desk placement.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is an interesting commentary on desk placement. I was up late last night reading Stephen King's book, "On Writing" and he talks about desk size and placement! Funny that I should run across your hub today on the same subject. My desk is in a corner of our TV room where I can write and yet still be there while the hubby watches his car shows.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alun, thanks for commenting. I have my cats as a distraction and the radio on my computer. Go for it, my friend! Don't hurt yourself or your back, etiher.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      For me, I like to have everything close to access - printer, scanner, discs and files and desktop computer (I don't like lap tops let alone miniscule tablets). So the bigger the better.

      Trouble is, I can't discipline myself to work in silence when I'm writing hubs; I have to have the TV on as a distraction, and organising the room so I can see the computer screen, and then also see the TV screen with just a small flick of the head, has so far proved to be beyond my interior design skills. As I write this, the TV is on behind me, and if something good happens, I just have to twist round to watch - probably not doing my back very much good!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Susie, I'm so agree with you about winter being over and spring's here before summer arrives. I used to have my office in my bedroom before I moved last fall. Now it's just a corner space.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      It doesn't take much space to set up an office. I have my desk in the bedroom with a view of the east and the south and love all the light. My mini portable office is usually set up in the living room or kitchen where I can keep an eye on my elderly mom. I go outside several times a day and sit on the back porch and take a walk in the woods or in the yard. I'm so glad winter is over.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Sandy for stopping by to check out my home office desk hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good back to the basics with a home office.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Peach for stopping by. Me too!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like your desk ideas, the l shape

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good thoughts Paradigm. I prefer windows as well. How come there's two of you here?

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      paradigm search 2 years ago

      I, too, like my desk facing open space. Whenever we look into the distance, that is essentially resting our eyes.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by. I like my desk facing the window too. But in my new apartment, I don't have enough space for one. It's against the wall.

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      Prasanna Marlin 2 years ago from Sri lanka

      Grade ideea, i am also like my desk facing to a window.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good idea, Mary. I used to have my desk like that in my old place. Now it's up against the wall near my mini library and closets. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I also like my desk facing a window so I can look out once in a while but I want one where I can spread out papers when I'm working.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Dolores for stopping by. That's the perfect spot.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great advice. I like my desk in a spot where I can see out the window!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thank you Julie for stopping by and commenting. You're welcome. This also helped me out, too.

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Thank you for addressing this issue with practical and helpful advice. I use a long folding table as my desk, and this has worked out well for me.

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