A desk can be used for so much, not just working from home. It can be a place where schoolwork is done or crafts are made as well. Before you buy that desk, you need to consider a few things so you make the right choice for your home.
What Room? - Is the desk going to be in it's own room or will it be a part of a room? If it's in a corner of a room, you will want something that maybe fits small and can pull out when you need it, or even have it fit in a nook area. The desk will also need to fit into the style of the room it is in, or maybe even disappear in the room. Something more inconspicuous may do the trick. If it is going to be in a home office, a large desk will be the focal point and usually everything else will be decorated around it. Knowing where the desk will be determines a large amount of what size and style to get for sure!
Who Is It For? - Is the desk going to be used for an every day working from home situation, for kids to do homework or a catch all type of desk for multiple uses? Knowing who will be mainly using the desk, will help determine what type of storage (if any) you need on the desk itself. It will also determine what the desk may be made of. For instance, you wouldn't buy a luxurious, hard wood desk that is easily scratched for the kids to do their crafts on. While you are shopping for that desk, keep in mind who is going to be using it the most.
What Issues? - Think about what kind of needs you have for the desk. If it is a place where you will be working a lot, you need to have a functional and comfortable chair with it and plenty of room for several monitors possibly. Also, consider a spot to work that will be mostly quiet while you will be working. Think about height. If your little ones will be using the desk to do school work or projects, it needs to be a good height for them. Kids fidget anyway, and if they aren't comfortable, it will cause more distraction than necessary for them. Other issues are to consider are making sure the desk is close to outlets for electricity and good wi-fi. When I am working, I like most of my supplies close at hand so I don't have to get up and down a lot when I am working. Someone else might like a desk that you can lift up and work at so they aren't sitting all the time. Consider what issues mean the most to you.
What Direction? - Before you buy that desk, make sure you figure out which direction it will face and measure the area to be sure that the desk will work in that space. You don't want to purchase a desk thinking it will work one way, only to find out that it won't look right facing out into the room and it would look better facing a wall. Also, if you have it in a center of a space, you need to be sure that all your equipment will work that way. You can do a tape layout on the floor and measure areas to outlets you may need before you get that desk.
What Will It Hold? - Do you need drawers so that your desk can hold a lot of supplies, or is a large, flat open desk more of what you need? Will it hold large papers or books, or do you need minimal space for your laptop? Be real with yourself. If you work best with things all over your desk, but, you need room to work too, then make sure the surface of your desk will be enough. If you only need a space to sit every so often to pay the bills, then maybe just a small table will work as a desk in a room out of the way.
Whenever you are considering purchasing a desk, a little bit of thought and research can make a big difference in the future. I know that for me, it took not only a good desk, but, two of them and a few other pieces to make my office right. A desk will be used for a long time if it is the right one, in the right spot with the right features, so take your time when you are looking for yours!--Jen Lush