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5 key factors for choosing the best executive desk for your office
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Like it or not, desks are a fact of office life. It's where the computer and the phone are situated, where work schedules are created, where documents and stationery are kept - and where the bulk of the work gets done. Even if you work from home, chances are you'll be sitting at a desk in your study.
Unless you are in a space-limited environment, treat yourself to a large executive desk with enough space to spread yourself comfortably around your immediate workspace. It will improve your efficiency, your productivity and your job satisfaction.
Recent exciting advances in office furniture design have resulted in a vast choice of desk choices now being available. To help you choose the best executive desk for your needs, here are some key points to consider

1. How do you work?
Perhaps the most important question to ask yourself when you're thinking of purchasing an executive desk is how you actually carry out your work. Do you work alone or as part of a team? How much privacy do you need? How often do you have breakout meetings or impromptu meetings at your desk? Look at the wide range of desk options available in the marketplace and make a short list based on your needs for physical space, privacy and team working

2. What are your workspace needs?
Having gained a clear understanding of the way you work, now take a look at different desk shapes that may be appropriate for your office. A regular, rectangular desk may be the best choice for privacy and space
However, if you work in a collaborative environment, irregular shapes such as L-shaped desks, P-shaped desks and U-shaped desks may be more suited to facilitating communication

3. What is your office layout?
Obviously, the desk you ultimately select needs to fit within the overall size and space configuration of your office premises. A big, wide office desk may be no good if you work in a historic cottage or a tiny modern office, or if you're sharing the space with several co-workers. You don't want to work in a cramped environment, with not enough circulation space between your office furniture.
Again, it is worth considering irregular shaped desks that can fit more easily with quirky corners or restricted interior spaces while still giving you maximum desk usage. An L-shaped executive desk, for instance, can easily wrap around a corner, giving you ample workspace as well as room for other desks.

4. What is your budget?
There are many pressures on your office budget. When it comes to buying office furniture, it's never a good idea to get carried away with fancy styles and materials if the budget just won't allow it. Instead, set a realistic budget and buy the best quality executive desk your business can afford. Once you are clear about how much money you are prepared to spend on executive desks, choose from the myriad of attractive choices available.
For instance, laminate and wood veneer can offer stylish, modern and cost-effective solutions. Glass and solid wood, on the other hand, are sophisticated high-end executive desk choices for offices that need to impress.

5. What are your storage needs?
Are you a messy worker or a minimalist? If you typically have a large number of items on your desk – piles of papers, working files, stationery etc. – it may be worth investing in an executive desk with storage facilities. Stashing everything neatly away can help keep your desktop clean and give you plenty or workspace, while having all your important documents properly organised in a storage unit or drawer nearby. Look out for L-shaped and P-shaped executive desks that often come with optional filing cabinets or overhead bins.

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