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OfficeSupermarket Desk Guide

When buying furniture the most important thing to do is measure the size of the space that you are going to be putting the furniture in. This includes giving enough clearance to move around the desk, open cupboard doors and put things on shelves.

Our office furniture comes in a variety of different sizes, clearly indicated in the listings, and so you should be able to create your ideal work space successfully and with ease.

Our handy guide below aims to explain the different types of desks and their benfits, as well as illustrating some of the features that all serve to increase your space usage, productivity and satisfaction with your office.

Types of Office Chairs

Glass Desks

Glass desks normally have a metal frame and give a very modern look to an office. They tend to be simpler and without cupboards or shelves.

Wooden Desks

A wooden desk gives a more traditional look to an office. They generally have more extras, like shelves and drawers than glass desks would and so are good value option.

Computer Desks

A computer desk comes with features such as a keyboard/mouse shelf, monitor stand and cable management systems, making it easier to use your computer.


Hideaways fold shut to resemble a cupboard when not in use, so your computer and files are shut away from prying eyes, keeping them safe.

Corner Desks

A corner desk is one that is specifically shaped to maximise area usage in the corner of a room, which is ideal for a smaller space.

Wave Desks

Wave desks give you more desktop space than a normal rectangular desk without having to dramatically increase the dimensions of the desk.

Ergonomic Desks

Ergonomic desks create a work space that although not a lot larger than a regular desk, can accommodate more equipment, eg printers and larger monitors more comfortably – useful in a restricted space.

Desk features

Cable management

Cable mangagement is useful to keep a tidy workspace as it channels wires through a hole in the desk.

CD Storage

CD storage can be plastic or metal racks, or be CD-sized shelves incorporated into the frame of the desk.

CPU Storage

This is space for the ‘box’ part of your computer. It helps keep the CPU off the ground so that chair casters dont hit it, and also keeps it easily accessible for use.

Integrated Drawers

These provide added value for money and convenience, as it means a separate pedestal does not need to be purchased and gives a neat storage solution.

Keyboard Shelf

These are normally sliding so that when not in use the keyboard is kept under the desk. They are great for increasing work space on the desk top.

Monitor Shelf

These shelves give you more workspace on the desktop and also bring the monitor up to a more ergonomically-suitable viewing position.

Printer/Fax Storage

Desks sometimes come with additional strong shelves to house larger pieces of equipment such as printers and scanners, keeping all your office needs close to hand.

Stationery Shelf

To make sure all those little bits and pieces are easily accessible but neat at the same time, stationery trays provide the ideal solution.

Tambour Doors

These are ‘roll-down’ doors that provide a protective covering, and are especially useful where there isn’t enough room to open normal cupboard doors.