Now that you know what your desk will be made of, picking a shape is the next logical step. Shape largely determines how your desk will interact with your office and surrounding décor. Here's our expert take on the common desk shapes available.
The standard office desk offers exactly what you'd expect when it comes to both style and space optimization. Standard desk shapes work best when centered in your office as they are designed for display on all sides.
Standard desk shapes can be limited when it comes to leg room and working space, given their design and they don't offer much variety for creative placement. Putting a standard shaped desk into a corner can create a cramped feeling that doesn't necessarily lend itself to long periods of productivity.
L-shaped desks offer the best balance of space optimization, style and working surface area. Office corners tend to be very underutilized parts of the room and as we briefly covered in the previous section on standard desk shapes, placing a desk in the corner of your office can feel cramped and thus unproductive. L-shaped desks solve both problems by maximizing the value of office corners and by doubling your working surface area and legroom.
L-shaped desks have the added benefit of offering two options when it comes to working background and thus focus. For instance, if your office features a window, the optimal position for your desk is probably the corner that sits flush against the window. Once your desk is positioned here, your desktop monitor or laptop can be placed against the wall, to facilitate focus, while you can shift to your window view for handling lighter work.
L-shaped desks also work well as central office pieces and don't necessarily need to be relegated to a corner. Corner positioned L-shaped desks often necessitate a coffee table or separate set up for having in-office meetings, which can bring additional expenses.
U-Shaped desks offer an incredible amount of working space and can offer just as much legroom. They are normally secondto none with regard to space but can become cramped if you choose a poorly proportioned model.
U-shaped desks do not offer as many placement options as L-shaped desks and almost always require central office placement to maximize their utility and comfort. On the other hand, U-shaped desks offer a multitude of configuration options for monitor placement, file storage and in-office meeting space, so you're unlikely to need auxiliary meeting space as in the case of L-shaped desks.
T-shaped desks are designed like very minimalist, standard shaped desks. Instead of filled outsides and 1 or 2 drawers, T-shaped desks instead simply have two legs and a working desk area. At most, you can expect one very shallow drawer for storing miscellaneous objects.
T -shaped desks are designed for focused work and don't lend themselves to having a workspace with much variety. On the other hand, they are fantastic for space-saving and work well in offices that are adjoined to other rooms, like a kitchen or bedroom. They also work well in offices that are exceedingly small.
Most desks that can shift between standing and sitting modes are T-shaped, and there can be some health benefits to investing in a standing, T-shaped desk.
C-bow desks are also remarkably similar to standard office desks but have a bow or curve on the opposite side of the desk, which makes a pleasant surface area for short office meetings. The bow lends itself well to creating an inviting atmosphere when the need for a 1 to 1 meeting arises and eliminates the need for a coffee table or separate meeting space in an office.
If you do choose to have a more relaxed meeting space in addition to your desk, the C-bow design so resembles the standard that it does not lose value as an aesthetic centerpiece.