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How Do I Choose the Best Home Office Table?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 12 October 2018
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Sometimes a desk is not enough surface space for storage of documents or other items in the home office. If this is the case, you might consider buying a home office table to increase storage or work space. The best home office table will suit your needs and fit well in the office space. It will also be priced within your budget and be made from durable and attractive materials. To start choosing the table that's best for you, take accurate measurements of the space in which you intend to place the desk. This will give you an idea of the best size for you.

Once you have an appropriate size in mind, think about any additional features you may need the home office table to include. You may want, for example, a drawer in which documents or other items can be stored. If you need your home office table to include features that will make the unit more versatile and usable for you, write down those features on the same piece of paper as your measurements so you can use that paper as a reference when shopping.

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Next, consider the materials you want the home office table to be made from. Wood, metal, glass, and even plastic are common materials used in construction of such tables, and the material can affect both the aesthetic of the unit and the price. Particle board, for example, will be the least expensive option, but it will also be the least attractive and least durable option. Glass is attractive, but it can chip or shatter if it is impacted. Wood is a great choice for a home office table, though you will have to choose from many different types of wood at different price points. Hardwoods will be more durable and almost always very attractive, but they will also be more expensive than softwoods that can be attractive but susceptible to damage such as splitting, chipping, or even rotting.

The shape of the table will also impact its usability. If you want a small table that will butt up against a wall, consider a rectangular table. If you want a larger table that people can sit around for meetings, a square, rectangular, or round table will be appropriate, depending on the size and layout of the room. A small, square end table can be placed next to a desk for extra storage space.

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