Most people consider their desk to be the most significant piece of furniture in their workspace. Comfort and adequate personal space can make employees feel valued and important. If you are upgrading or remodeling your company offices, there are some things to look for when deciding on the best office desks in Philadelphia to accommodate your staff.
One office furniture company we have reviewed before that we can personally recommend is EthoSource – with several locations in Philadelphia including Morgantown, Reading and King of Prussia (near Philadelphia). EthoSource helps companies of all sizes create attractive and efficient office environments at affordable prices.
They are one of the nation’s premier providers of high-quality used, refurbished and new office furniture. EthoSource specialize in one of the industry’s most functional and high-performing cubicle systems, Herman Miller Ethospace, as well as office furnishings from all of the best manufacturers, including Steelcase, Haworth, Gunlocke, Compel, Teknion, Cherryman and others.
Depending on the amount of space you have available, the type of work you do and your corporate culture, you’ll first have to decide whether to invest in identical furniture for everyone or different designs for executives and senior management. Of course, you’ll also have to consider size, finish, configuration, storage capacity and other factors.
Executives often see their desks as perks, as signs of prestige, and may want to choose their own designs to suit their personalities. Some may prefer traditional styles while others would opt for contemporary designs. Still others may like the modern look of steel and glass. You may want to encourage creativity by giving managers and executives more latitude as long as they stay within your image goals.
While high-quality office desks are made from a variety of different materials, wood desks made from oak, cherry, mahogany, walnut, etc., have maintained their popularity both for looks and superior wearability. Many an oak desk has outlived its occupants! Other materials, like glass, metal and laminates will enhance your contemporary or modern décor.
EthoSource’s expert team can help you select materials that will suit your business goals and objectives.
It’s important for the surface of the desk to be big enough to fit everything you and your employees need to run your business. The size of the desktop will typically influence your choice in storage solutions. Small desks and workstations may suffice for call centers where the employees spend their day with a phone and computer and have few storage needs. But paperwork-heavy jobs will require desks with larger surfaces and more storage to enable them to work efficiently.
Rectangular desks generally make better use of space than round or oval desks. Corner desks eat up less floor space and can be designed with efficient storage solutions. U-shaped workstations provide employees with more surface area on which to work. L-shaped desks are ideal for offices with limited space and work well for employees who need to meet with customers or colleagues yet reserve part of the space for writing and administrative work. Freestanding or “floating” desks are the most flexible but offer less storage capacity. Without desk drawers, you will have to address basic storage issues.
Desks designed with ergonomics in mind have become more important as workers spend more time on computers. They can be adjusted to an individual’s height and provide better leg clearance. Computer screens can be elevated to eye level to eliminate neck pain, and adjustable keyboards can be installed to avoid hand and wrist discomfort. Ergonomic desk designs are just as important for employee comfort and health as ergonomic chairs.
All businesses, large and small, want to save money, which makes purchasing used and refurbished desks a great option. Choosing office desks in Philadelphia is a big decision. EthoSource Office Furniture can help you decide what will work best for your working environment and your budget.