If your client’s office is having a complete redesign, as well as choosing the décor for their new space, you may be called upon to pick out new office furniture.
With a huge range of different types of office desks available, it’s vital that you choose the right type of desk to meet your client’s needs and suit their way of working.
So today I’m looking at 6 different types of office desks, to help you make the best choices for your clients.
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6 Different Types of Office Desks
The safe option
This is the ‘normal’ office desk, the sort that most of your clients probably had in their office before the redesign. If you want to play it safe, this is the desk for you.
However, choosing different types of office desks will have a bigger impact on your client’s new workspace, offering improved collaboration opportunities, health and wellness benefits, or improved workplace comfort, depending on what you choose.
Just as bad as sitting all day
Choosing standing desks will require a dramatic change in your client’s way of working. Instead of their employees sitting all day, they will stand to work instead. The often-quoted research which claims sitting down all day is as bad for you as smoking, leads people to jump to the conclusion that instead of sitting, they should stand all day instead. However, this can be just as bad for you. If your body is used to sitting all day, then suddenly transitioning to standing all the time instead will be painful and difficult.
Adjustable height desk
Offers health and productivity benefits
The sit-to-stand desk is the happy medium between seated and standing working. It allows workers to transition between sitting and standing at various points throughout the day. The transition is what’s important here: a whole day standing is just as bad for you as a whole day sitting, because your activity levels remain the same. An adjustable height desk for sit-to-stand working adds movement into your day, bringing significant health and wellness benefits. Additionally, varying your posture throughout the day can provide an unexpected productivity boost.
Learn more: 5 Surprising Benefits of Sit-to-Stand Working
Healthy but probably too many trade-offs
The treadmill desk is another way that office furniture manufacturers are trying to capitalize on the anti-sitting trend of thought. And while it will help to get your clients’ employees to be more active, there are several trade-offs to consider.
A treadmill will greatly increase the amount of space required for each desk, and will also be much louder than other types of desk. The constant movement required could be a distraction to other employees in their workspace. And it might also negatively impact the productivity levels of the user, because half their attention will be on walking instead of their work.
Offers flexibility and improved collaboration
If your client is keen for everyone to have their own desk, but also wants to improve employee collaboration, then moveable desks might be the solution. Equipping your client’s office with desks on wheels (like the Steelcase Akira table) will make it easy for clients to change up their workspace to work individually or in teams, throughout the week.
Good for collaboration, bad for personal space
An alternative way to improve collaboration and communication is for your clients to move away from having individual desks, and instead use shared benches for hot desking. This is great for improved space utilization as you can accommodate more employees in a smaller office footprint.
However, this can damage workers’ sense of privacy and personal space at work, which can be detrimental to employee satisfaction and productivity.