One of the most important aspects of a computer desk is table space. Before you go out to purchase one make sure you consider how much space you will actually need. Common computer desks come in two flavors - full size and compact.
A full size desk provides you with several square feet of table top space. For someone who expects to do a lot of work at their desk and will need to have various documents and books laid out before them a full size desk is probably the way to go. Compact desks are more suitable for people who will be using the desk as a computer station exclusively rather than an all around work space. Compact desks usually provide just enough space for a monitor, the key board and mouse with limited table top space.
If you have limited space to work with in your home or office consider getting an "L" shaped desk. This style of desk will fit the maximum amount of work space in a small area. An "L" desk combined with a good swiveling computer chair on wheels can make a highly productive work area. Another thing that makes "L" shaped computer desks nice is that they makes organizing your work area very easy and can be setup in a variety of ways. You can leave one area designated for the computer specifically, leaving the other area free for shelving, document storage, or even as a print station.
When purchasing a computer desk keep in mind the type of computer you will be using at it. A computer with a CRT monitor will require more space than one with an LCD monitor. If you plan to use a laptop or desktop replacement system at the desk your actual computer usage space will be much smaller than if you were going to use a full size desktop computer. For full size computers you may want a computer desk that has an integrated space for the computer itself, rather than putting the desktop literally on the desk or having it free floating somewhere next to or beneath the desk.
Obviously if you are using a laptop instead of a desktop those types of space considerations will be irrelevant to you. However, laptop users may want to consider a computer desk that can easily hold a docking station with enough space for multiple external hard drives.
When choosing a computer desk keep in mind not only your current requirements, but also try to anticipate your future needs in order to maximize the life of the desk.
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