Desk due diligence: how to select the proper worksurface

Your desk is likely the nerve centre of your business dealings. It’s where you answer your emails, return important phone calls, and meet with potential clients. Don’t you think it’s about time you invested in a desk that makes your job easier? Desk designs have improved immensely over the past decade, providing consumers with modern designs, exceptional storage, and sophisticated style. Whether you’re searching for a deal on office furniture or looking for a beautiful new workstation, the experts at atWork can help you find a desk design that meets your unique needs.

What to look for in a desk


Desks come in a wide variety of sizes. Before you start your search at a new or second hand office furniture store, make sure you know your exact room dimensions. Carefully measure the room (or cubicle) where the desk will sit. Remember to take into account the fact that people will need to be able to walk around your desk and move any desk chairs in and out. If you’re tight on space, you may want to consider an L-shaped unit from the atWork’s business office furniture department. These desks provide tons of space to work on, but can easily be tucked into a corner in order to optimize floor space.

2) Style and Colour

Desks come in a wide variety of styles ranging from traditional designs to ultra-modern innovations. There’s no right or wrong desk style; the look you choose depends entirely on your personal taste and organizational needs. If you’re leaning towards a more traditional look, the office furniture experts at atWork recommend looking for desks that have a cherry finish and classic hardware. Check out our office furniture section for great prices on traditional desks and furnishings. Tempered glass desks make a very modern statement, as do workstations that feature a rich, dark wood finish.

3) Material

Most desks for office are made from either solid wood, commercial melamine or metal. Not sure which material would work best in your office? Consider the following:

  • Solid wood desks are extremely well made, however can show their age in a busy office. Solid wood desks can also be more expensive.
  • Laminate desks boast a wood-base core but are finished with a plastic coating in order to resist scratches, stains, and burns.
  • Metal desks are often extremely durable and a good choice if putting them into long-term or public areas. Desks that are made of metal can sometimes look less modern and more institutional.

If you’re still having trouble deciding what type of desk to purchase for your office, don’t fret! You’ll find dozens of great new desks and office furnishings inside the atWork office furniture showrooms.