We’ll Help You Choose the Ideal Surface For Your Home Office Standing Desk
May 15, 2020
There is something about a home office that has a nice and well-thought-out interior. Now you are thinking about how to make your standing desk blend in with the rest of your workstation’s overall design. We have good news: There are standing desks in the market that allows you to customize the desktop surface.
Whether you buy from the same manufacturer or another supplier, separately purchasing the desk frame and desktop gives you the flexibility to personalize your desk’s appearance and functionality.
Allow us to help you in selecting a desktop surface. From the get-go, we advise that you consider these three factors when you start desktop surface hunting: material, thickness, and dimensions. Read along to find the pros and cons of each material, plus get insights for choosing the dimension and thickness.
The Making of Your Desk
Take Your Pick From Available Materials
Bamboo: Going green or installing plants in your home office can alleviate stress and increase productivity. If you want this kind of home office vibe, a bamboo surface can give off a semblance of nature. Bamboo desktops have an attractive natural grain appearance that makes them look like a light hardwood such as white oak or maple. But for all its smoothness and appeal, a bamboo desktop is on the lighter side, making it vulnerable to scratches or dents.
Laminate: There is something elegant about having a woodsy feel in your home office. But genuine wood furniture can be highly expensive; laminate is a good enough alternative for it. Laminate, a synthetic material that simulates hardwood, is durable and resists most scratches or dents. As for pricing, laminate is usually on the same price range as with bamboo. It can have a shiny finish but since it is not a natural material, it can be a little rough to the touch.
Fiberboard: This is another option if you are on a budget but want to bring wood in your home office.
Fiberboard is an engineered wood material constructed out of wood fibers. It is available in three different classifications: low-density fiberboard (also known as particleboard), medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and hardboard. It can be given a layer of veneer to take the look of hardwood. While it is cost-effective, it would not guarantee durability or having a high-quality surface.
Hardwood: Now, here is the real thing. The handsome solid hardwood is a classic interior piece that livens up any workstation. Not only is it sophisticated, but it is also durable. Another good thing about wood is that it is easy to refinish and restain if it was scratched or blemished. A sustainable material, a hardwood desktop is an investment piece that you can count on for years. Wood furniture is also among the heaviest options.
Glass: If you want a sleek and modern feel to your office, having a glass desktop surface is the way to go. But if you are into office feng shui, you might want to think again as this material is not cast in a favorable light. On one hand, if you are not into that, a glass desktop is your best bet if you want a light material that you can easily assemble and move around. Take note, though, that glass is more expensive but it is more vulnerable to cracks and prone to smudges.
First, check the length of your desk frame’s screws. The desktop surface that you should buy must be thicker than the length of the screws.
Second, know the weight capacity of the frame. It should be able to hold the weight of the surface as well as the devices that you will put on top of it. Ask an expert to help you out if you want to have wood or glass as your desktop materials.
Take your measuring tools and make sure that you have the exact specs of the space dedicated to your desktop. Now onto the frame itself. Make sure that the surface is at least as wide and deep as the dimensions of the standing desk frame. There must be half-inch overhang on all sides of the frame so that there will be fewer chances of splitting the desktop surface material.
The size of the desktop surface should also matter because it should fit your laptop or computer and other accessories. It must also allow for ergonomics: There should be enough space where to place your wrist while typing to avoid strains on your hands.
Standing and Sitting Are the Latest Working Norms
A standing desk is a game changer when it comes to the home office experience. It offers a lot of health benefits such as better posture (coupled with mindfulness) and can help you transition to a more physically active lifestyle. Get your ergonomic workstation fixtures at FlexiSpot, and redefine how you work.