So the time has finally come to start shopping for a desk? But, with limited space, should you consider corner desks as an option? Choosing the best corner desk for your needs can be challenging so here are a few common pros and cons associated with them.
- Size – Desks of this style are very compact and are typically used in locations where space is limited. It’s important to point out that compact doesn’t necessarily equate to small. Corner desks are usually built for maximum efficiency so every bit of space is usable.
- Use of space – In many cases, corners of an office or home office seem to be destined for use as decoration or storage. While this isn’t really a waste of space, the space in question isn’t being used to its full capacity. The introduction of a corner desk creates a more valuable use for the space.
- Integrated storage – Most corner desks offer integrated storage in the form of shelves or counters either under or over the desk. While this may not seem like much, it’s convenient to have items you need within an arms reach.
- Lack of distractions – The nature of corner desks usually puts the user seated in a position where they are looking at the wall or the corner itself. While this may not seem like an advantage, it does reduce distractions that might otherwise come up if the person were seated out where they could see other co-workers or the comings and goings within the office. On a personal note, I’ve tried both seating arraignments including facing the corner or facing out into the office, and I find that I’m much more productive when facing the corner.
- Confined space – For people with a fear of confined or narrow spaces, working in the semi-confined space of a corner can pose a problem.
- Stigma – Much like the childhood punishment of sitting in a corner facing the corner, some employees and people will associate that same stigma if asked to face into a corner.
- Feelings of vulnerability – Some people are simply more comfortable having their back to a wall and may feel vulnerable or insecure if asked to sit at a corner desk with their back exposed.
- Lack of space – As desks of this type are compact, there is less space available for larger projects or situations where something (like a map) has to be spread out across the desk. This con is really a trade-off of the smaller footprint found in corner desks.
Is a corner desk right for your needs? Only you can decide that. However, as offices, businesses, and home offices, try to maximize their space and employee efficiency; the corner desk concept is becoming more and more mainstream.
Here are a few of our top selling corner desks:
|Lorell Cherry Corner Desk||Hon Mahogany Corner Desk||Bush Advantage Corner Desk|