Remote Work Desks Guide and Comparison.
Congratulations! You’re either thinking about or you have ditched the cubicle. Once you land a remote job, your next thought should be; where do you plan on doing the majority of your work? The first thing you need to do is set up your workstation. You can learn How To Setup Your Remote WorkStation In This Article.
The desk you choose and how you set it up will have a great impact on your productivity. As someone who has worked remotely and runs a remote company, I know that everybody is different. In this guide I hope to guide you to the right remote desk for you and compare some options.
Different types of remote desks.
Before we start you should know what your options are. Of course there are millions of desks available and endless options, but you will really find three types. The different types of remote desks are:
- Standing Desk
- Large Desk (Executive Desk)
- Minimalist Desk (Writing Desk or Computer Desk)
Each desk will fill different needs and be suitable for different personalities. Let’s take a look at who each type of desk might be good for.
Standing desks are desks that extend (usually electronically) up and allow you to work from a standing or sitting position.
Who are they for? Standing desks are great for people who are looking to burn calories or get their circulation pumping while working. Some people find that they are way more productive when they can work both standing up and sitting down. If you are someone who feels you need the option to work on your feet, this is a great choice for you.
Who are they not for? People who may find the option to work on their feet more of a distraction. In most cases if I need to move, I also need a short break from work and will go out of the office.
Large Desks or Executive Desks
Large Desks, also known as Executive Desks are normally much larger and include more drawers.
Who are they for? Large or Executive Desks are great for people like me who need a lot of space. I personally often will have multiple screens up and notebooks open. This requires extra space. If you are someone who needs the space and will use it then this is a great option for you.
Who are they not for? People who really do not need the extra space. If you don’t need the extra space and most of your work is digital, then you will most likely fill the space with distractions or create a mess.
Minimalist Desks (Writing Desk or Computer Desk)
Minimalist Desk can be called writing desks or computer desks and are very simple. Typically there is just enough space for a computer and a notebook.
Who are they for? Minimalist desks are great for people who do not need the space of a large desk. If you don’t need the extra space and may collect clutter or fill the space with distractions, then this desk is for you.
Who are they not for? People who need extra space for writing or using multiple devices.
Consider your needs and choose the desk that will allow you to be the most productive.
Setting up your remote work desk.
Once you have chosen the remote work desk that best suits you, it is time to set up your desk. The end goal of your remote workstation is to optimize for productivity. Here are some tips on optimizing your remote work desk for productivity.
- A comfortable chair for your back.
To accompany your desk, you will want a chair that also fits your needs. Spend some time walking around Staples trying out the different chairs and find out which one gives you the most support. Good posture not only is good for our health but is also known for giving us confidence.
- A fast reliable desktop computer.
It might be tempting to work completely from your laptop or even your tablet. While a laptop is great and portable, in most remote work positions you will want a desktop. A reliable and fast desktop is much easier to work from and will promote good posture and focus. Having a dedicated desktop also will provide more security than a laptop which you may travel with.
- Good lighting.
Lighting is going to be a very important factor in your productivity and your mood. Poor lighting can cause eye strain and lead to headaches. Natural lighting is the best, so if you can aim to have your desk in a room with windows. Room color will also affect the lighting of the room. Then you will want to find a good lamp for your desk to ease eye strain especially at night.
- A place for distractions.
It might be tempting to have your phone, tablet, or some other device next to you. It has been proven that even having our phone next us can take from our focus. I like to have my phone on the other side of the room. Another popular method is to have a box on your desk for distractions.
- A plant for your desk.
Plants bring us clean air, joy, and a silent partner. Having a plant on your desk and other plants in your work room can really boost your productivity. There are many plants that are easy to take care of for those who may not have a green thumb.