A computer desk may be considered as an ergonomic desk, since it is designed for comfort and functionality. A basic desks aesthetically combines different kinds of furniture pieces to make up a single working space, while keeping as much functionality in a limited space. Its primary purpose is to house or even conceal computers, keyboards, cables and other related equipment, therefore keeping the office or home space uncluttered.
A common form of computer desks contains a basic desktop space, wide enough to store the computer monitor and provide a free space for handwriting, and a keyboard tray that slides in and out. A typical home computer desk has an armoire desk, wide enough to hold the monitor, mouse, speakers and keyboard, while office desks often have cubicle desk designs that have shelves, trays, as well as cable holes, used for routing the different power sources. Other designs have built in drawers and cabinets for file storage, as well as extra shelves for storing other computer hardware.
It also come in different makes, shapes and sizes. A wood computer desk perfectly fits a home office because of it looks like regular house furniture, while fiberglass or plastic desks are common in most offices and industrial settings. More sophisticated designs use clear glass and metal frames for aesthetics and stability. There are different desk shapes and sizes. An L-shaped structure is common for a corner desk while a U-shaped structure is common for a shared workspace.
It usually comes with different additions to maximize its functionality. A computer chair is the most common add-on to the desk. These kinds of chairs are designed for mobility, so that the different components of the computer desk are within easy reach. Other forms may have additional adjustable trays, shelves and drawers.