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How Do I Choose the Best Executive Desk?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

The piece of furniture most commonly known as an executive desk is actually more accurately known as a pedestal desk. The design features a large flat work surface supported by two pedestals, one on either side of where the user will sit; these pedestals usually feature drawers in which various items can be stored. The executive desk will also have a drawer in between the two pedestals, just above where the user will sit. Choosing the best desk of this design starts with identifying the defining characteristics and choosing the appropriate size for your needs.

Most executive desk models are fairly large, though if you are working with a smaller space, you can find a smaller desk that fits the executive desk design. Take careful measurements of your office to ensure you choose the right size desk for your needs. Once you have determined the appropriate size, think carefully about the features you want included with the desk, the materials you want the desk to be made from, and the overall aesthetic you would like to see. Most quality executive desks are made from hardwoods such as oak or mahogany because these woods are both durable and beautiful. They are also exceptionally heavy, so be prepared for a desk that will not be moved easily, especially if it is quite large.

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The aesthetics of an executive desk can vary significantly. Some can be quite plain, relying on the grain and tone of the wood to create the visual appeal, while others may feature ornate carvings, plinths, or other decorative aspects that add visual appeal. It helps to research various designs to find the one that suits you best. Remember that more ornate desks with hand-carved features can get quite expensive, so it is a good idea to think about your budget before you purchase. Hardwoods also tend to be more expensive than softwoods, which are more prone to damage such as cracking, chipping, warping, or even molding.

Modern executive desk models sometimes feature slide-out keyboard trays, which are very useful if you will be using a computer at your desk. This slide-out tray will help you maintain an ergonomic position while sitting in your chair, and when coupled with an ergonomic chair, the set-up will ensure your comfort throughout the day. You also may want to consider a desk that features a special cabinet to house a computer's CPU.

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