Throughout high school and college I did a fair bit of studying, but none of it happened at a desk. It took place on the couch, kitchen table, and an ancient armchair that is now stained from several coffee-related mishaps. I consider it a sacrifice to the gods of academia. It’s only very recently I have discovered the wonders of having a desk–as in, a space dedicated entirely to getting work done. It’s amazing how much easier it is to focus when your brain gets the message of “here is the place where we concentrate”. Don’t worry if you don’t have a whole room to dedicate to a home office–with all of the different sorts of desks out there, you can fit one into any lifestyle.
Desks are as versatile as the people who use them. Back in the nineties my mom did all the household accounting on a giant oaken roll-top desk stuffed with files and papers and junk mail. Nowadays a desk is often just a flat surface to put a laptop on. Also, a stable place for coffee cups so as to avoid disasters. That’s why it’s easier than ever to find a desk that suits your decor. This one would look great in a bedroom, and its small dimensions means it won’t take up too much floor space at all.
There are countless styles of desks, made of all sorts of materials. I like this weathered wooden look a lot, along with the exposed drawers. I am speaking entirely from anecdotal evidence here, but being surrounded by the natural world helps me to feel much more inspired than say, feeling like I’m in a cubicle would. I also like the double-desk idea here, perfect for people collaborating on a project, or just to work in companionable quiet.
On the other hand, not everyone has a zest for the vintage and slightly battered. A sleek, modern desk can also be a really cool look, fitting in well with a more contemporary decor. Zuo Modern‘s designs are really simple and clean, using basic shapes and materials well. A desk like this is no-frills, perfect for the worker who doesn’t want distractions. And glass-topped furniture in general is great for small spaces, since it creates the illusion of more space.
Finally, let me mention a desk idea that may seem a little counterintuitive at the outset: the standing desk. There has been a lot of talk recently about how awful sitting down all day is for you, and since so many modern jobs require people to do just that, having a space where you can get work done and also stay on your feet is really valuable to both your health and your sanity. My dad stacks his laptop onto a box and a pile of books in order to stand while he works, but you can circumvent this rather precarious set-up by simply buying a taller desk. Also, maybe invest in a taller chair or stool to go with it, just in case you want to take a rest or really get down to business.
With the workforce moving toward more people than ever working at least partially from home, it’s incredibly helpful to have a space that you can dedicate to organization and focus. Speaking from personal experience–all furniture-blogger bias aside–it’s definitely made a difference in the quality of my work experience.