At some point, the kitchen table just won't do anymore. If you have a home-based business or do a lot of work from home, you need a real desk.
But there are so many to choose from. Ask yourself if it's comfortable, can it hold the equipment you need and match your home's look and feel. Price, of course, plays a part in your decision, but an inexpensive desk could prove to be not very sturdy.
Komando.com wants to help you in your hunt for the right desk. We've looked around and found these diverse desks that may cover all the bases for you.
Sometimes standing is better than sitting
Ergonomics is ingrained in our modern workplace. And it's not just about chairs, as we recently reported. The wrong desks can make people ache.
VIVO Black Height Adjustable 32 inch Standing Desk can be just what the doctor ordered. You can go from sitting to standing in one smooth motion. The desk operates with a simple touch height locking mechanism. To lift it back up there's a mechanism that allows the desk surface to elevate straight up.
What strikes me most about this desk is how much surface space it has. You can place two large screens on it. The lower deck easily has room for the keyboard and mouse.
A little something for a little space
This is the little desk that can do a lot. The Sauder 408726 Beginnings Computer Desk is great for a dorm room or a little area under your home's stairs. Yes, it's small, but it does the job. If you just use a laptop, you still have room to store things away.
But if you use a PC, the monitor goes on the surface of the main desk. Your keyboard and mouse go in the slide-out shelf underneath.
You can place a second monitor or printer on the small elevated shelf. There's even a place where you can store a vertical CPU tower. And behind the little door is a small storage place.
Make a decor statement with a modern look
This desk's shape, glass and steel really make a statement. The Techni Mobili RTA-00397B-GLS Contempo Glass Top Computer Desk is designed to use with a laptop or a PC. Its black sliding keyboard shelf adds a touch of contrast.
If you are really into mid-20th-century design this is it. Can't you just see Don Draper working away on it?
It may look delicate, but don't be deceived. The glass desktop is made from heavy-duty tempered safety glass. Those curved legs are scratch-resistant thanks to its powder-coated steel frame.
A desk for your inner executive
So you want to look like a big shot, a banker, a powerful executive? Hey, it's your money and if a more traditional desk suits your needs, go out and get it.
There's no denying that the Sauder 409042 Edge Water Executive Desk has room for a PC, a monitor, a desk lamp and whatever other office supplies you need. If your job involves a lot of paperwork, this is ideal.
There's a large pull-out drawer for your keyboard and mouse. When you slide it back in, there is a flip-down panel to cover it. The desk also includes two file drawers with extension slides that can hold letter-size hanging files.
The two small drawers slide out with metal runners. The makers also understand our digital age by including a grommet hole for electrical cord access.
The 'L' stands for long
Yes, this is another glass desk, but this Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk gives you more room and can be slipped into a corner.
In fact, the L-shaped desk's corner placement is a huge plus. You can put handy shelves on the walls or bulletin boards -- anything you need to improve your work productivity.
Again, just because it's made of glass doesn't mean it's fragile. It has a sturdy metal frame with reinforced plates on welding joints. All of the glass is tempered. Even the slide-out keyboard tray is glass.
And like any L-shaped desk, it offers plenty of room. It measures 60-inches wide, by 24-inches deep, by 37-inches high.
Something fun and functional
The OneSpace Regallo has a great retro feel and is more than meets the eye. In its most compact configuration, you have a small desk that has room for a laptop or PC, a printer or second monitor and a keyboard drawer.
But guess what? The middle desktop swings out to transform the desk into an L-shape. It really doesn't give you addition desk space, but it can make your workspace more open.
This desk is great for students and those who work from home. Also, it's awfully cute.