As the office furniture industry must evolve, so too must the furniture it produces. Arguably the most important furniture items in the world of the modern office worker are the office chair and the office desk (see last week’s blog post for a breakdown on modern office chairs). The most popular modern office desks at present are the innovative bench desks. Here we compare bench desks to their competitors and see just exactly why that is.
The classic office desk is what the design of modern bench desks has improved upon. Practical & reliable, it most commonly comes with a metal cantilever base or wood panelled legs, in a variety of styles and wood finishes. Its flaws include a long assembly time, especially if assembling more than one, and limited leg room due to its design, which is where the bench desk brings us to the next level of practicality.
The most popular modern style of desks are undoubtedly the bench desks. They keep the part of the classic office desks that worked, the desktop, and improve upon its weakness, the frame. They employ an innovative shared leg system (hence the name ‘bench’), which allows much faster and easier assembly, especially if assembling more than one, as well as a lot free leg and floor space beneath the desktop.
Height adjustable desks are also commonly known as sit-stand desks and ergonomic desks. You can adjust their height either manually or electronically, depending on the model, which makes for a more dynamic workspace. Proven to be more ergonomic, as they prevent their user from being confined to a seated position for long periods of time, they are, however, more of a niche product, and as such, are usually priced at the higher end of the spectrum.
The next natural step in the evolutionary process of the office desk is a combination of the bench desk and height adjustable desk designs. Ladies and gentleman, coming soon to an office furniture showroom near you, we present height adjustable bench desks! A very new design, these height adjustable bench desks are, as you probably guessed, height adjustable, but with the added bonus of bench style frames.
If you’re looking for modern, practical, & affordable office desks, you really cannot go wrong with bench desks. If you’re looking for something a little bit more upmarket, or you work in a more dynamic office environment, the height adjustable desks and height adjustable bench desks may be the way to go, and if you are shopping on a tight budget, there is always the classic office desk. It all depends on your specific requirements and preferences.