How to Buy A Productive Office Desk For your Home!
Letâ€™s face it â€“ with Bangaloreâ€™s increasing traffic woes, and the need to balance work and life, often times simultaneously, a Work From Home (WFH to those in the know) option seems feasible to a lot of people nowadays. In fact, itâ€™d make life so much simpler if you can do a work meeting while instructing the household help! Not having to wake up at the crack of dawn because thatâ€™s the only time your help has available in her fixed morning schedule â€“ life has its luxuries! For a city like Bangalore, with its large tech crowd, and startups that are high on individuality and productivity, a WFH option is actually a very big reality!
The flips side is the drop in productivity. The furniture we select for our home is primed for comfort, to slouch into the cushions with a good book â€“ and not necessarily the best choices when it comes to getting some serious work done! And though it feels more like summer than winter, the Bangalore weather usually is made for a hot chai/ coffee, a good book and a light snuggle! And when we can focus on work, we make do with the dining table, or even our beds as stand-in office desks. But if you are looking to work from home seriously, or simply want to make your home a productive workplace as well, the right desk can make all the difference! Just being at a designated workstation, in our opinion, helps your outlook towards work and aids in meeting deadlines in a comfortable and productive manner.
Now that we know the home office table is the mecca for us WFH personalities, consider the following points.
How will you use it?
If itâ€™s just computer work, go for a workstation specially designed for computer use. Be sure the desk offers a compartment for the CPU along with built-in wiring holes for cords and other wires, much like an office table might.
If youâ€™re going to using it for a lot of paperwork, go for something akin to an office desk, that comes with a lot of cabinets or drawers that helps you organize your files, books, etc.
If itâ€™s going to be a combination of both, choose an â€˜Lâ€™ or a â€˜Uâ€™ shaped desk, which lets you use a desktop or a laptop comfortably and at the same time leaves ample room for your files, books, etc.
Our choice: The Tuscany Study Table in walnut from Fabfurnish, Rs 73, 499
How long will you use it?
If youâ€™re going to use your desk for a brief period of time to check you mail or to attend a conference call, you can probably make do with a console desk. Minimal storage, and perhaps something that doubles up as a childrenâ€™s work table on off days as well. This kind of desk is easy to hide away. But if youâ€™re going to use it for long hours – when youâ€™re working from home, go for a more comfortable one, and one that fits all that official paraphernalia!
Our choice: Future DÃ©cor Max Invisitable cum Cabinet, Fabfurnish, Rs 36, 299
Choose your style.
Choose a desk that not only flows with the aesthetics of the room, but also feels comfortable. The wrong desk can destroy the entire look of the room.
Our choice: Collins Corner Work Table, Urban Ladder, Rs 8,999 (and yes, itâ€™s exactly like the reference! Donâ€™t you just love when things work out!)
Assess how much space you have.
Measure your space carefully and take into account the windows and balconies that will have to fit around your desk. Make sure your desk fits in perfectly without leaving too little room for you or for others to move around.
Some desks come with additional special cabinets that allow more space. These come in handy especially when you have a lot of things that youâ€™d like to store out of sight.
Our choice: The Valindor Work Table, Fabfurnish.com, Rs 21, 900
Now that you know what youâ€™re looking for, letâ€™s get cracking!