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Narrow Desks for Small Spaces
The need for a home office computer has increased. However, the average UK home size has shrunk! This fact is regularly reported in the media.
Indeed, in April the Metro reported Britain has the smallest homes in Europe*. The Royal Institute of British Architects advised the average size of a new one-bedroom apartment is a mere 46 square metres. It can be difficult to find a small home office desk for such a compact home!
Many home office desks have an average depth of 60cm (600mm) or 23.6″. This may well be too deep for some small spaces.
*NOTE: This was originally posted September 2013. Updated regularly to reflect discontinued models and new additions.
10 Slim Desks (under 600mm deep)
1. Marymount Narrow White Desk
The deepest of the 10 narrow desks for small spaces. Still under 600mm. Marymount is a single pedestal white home office desk. This computer workstation is ideal for the compact home office or study. Desktop is 1100mm x 550mm. One of the largest desktops of the 10 narrow desks. Great value for the budget conscious. The desk benefits from a keyboard shelf. The single pedestal is situated on the left side and contains an open storage and 4 drawers. Image shown in lower selection shot, lower right.
2. Grange Home Office Computer Workstation
This computer workstation is from a range of home office furniture that is UK manufactured. There are 6 colour finishes to choose from including white, oak, beech, teak and walnut. The desktop is 850mm (33.5″) x 540mm (21.3″). A little narrower and 250mm shorter than the previous desk.
This desk features a slide-out keyboard shelf, adjustable slide-out printer and scanner shelves and space for CPU. Doors are optional (see image to the right with open doors).
3. Grange Home Office Desk
From the same office furniture collection as the previous computer workstation. Available in the same range of finishes. This neat home office furniture collection has a 40mm overhang to the back to ensure clearance of skirting boards and sockets. The desktop for this model is 600mm (23.7″) wide and the same depth as the previous desk (540mm). There are optional extras for this particular desk including a slide out keyboard shelf.
The furniture collection includes additional freestanding modular units which could be added where space permits. One of the narrowest units is a bookcase at 300mm (11.9″). Shelving units to fit above the desktop are also offered. Excellent storage alternative where there is limited floor space.
4. Home Office Laptop Desk with Stylish Tapered Leg
A stylish home office desk in three wood effect finishes - darker jamocha, oiled oak or soft white. This desk has stylish tapered legs and a neat hideaway drop down keyboard shelf that looks like a drawer. In fact this desk resembles a hallway console table where it may be ideally located for occasional use. A longer desktop width from our list of the 10 narrow desks for small spaces at 1200. However it is narrower than the first three desks with a depth of only 500mm. Image of oiled oak shown in selection shot, upper left.
5. Maja Vegas Laptop Computer Desk
Compact, minimalist German manufactured narrow desk. Offered in high gloss white. Pedestal on the right hand side, consists of a storage cupboard with a height adjustable shelf and a handy storage drawer above. The left pedestal is narrow open storage with two shelves.
Slightly shorter desktop than the previous desk at 1150mm wide and the same depth of 500mm (19.7″). See dimension image to the left.
6. Industrial Style Bench Desk
Past the half way point of the 10 narrow desks for small spaces is this modern industrial style bench desk. This desk has open shelves and is offered in two finishes - light charter oak or darker smoked oak (shown in main image above).
This desk is 1054mm wide with a depth of 470mm. This range includes a coordinating two or four shelf bookcase, if space permits.
7. Maja Putney Mobile Computer Workstation
The Putney is ideal if you seek a mobile option. On wheels this can easily be rolled into a cupboard or under the stairs when out of use. Also ideal for easy access to electrical power points. The Putney is white powder coated metal with toughened safety glass. See image centre of selection shot below.
Width of 800mm and a depth of 510mm.
Not one that might initially spring to mind (it looks larger than it is) but this contemporary Davenport hideaway is an ideal choice for a compact space in the modern home. Great to close down and hideaway all your paperwork at the end of the day or for the weekend. With a height of 1160 mm this has ample storage space. The top area drop downs to provide a desktop with a narrow storage or stationery shelf. The lower half is a cupboard for additional storage.
When closed up this unit has depth of a mere 393mm so our most narrow yet! The width of the unit is 800mm. Photo to right.
9. Compact Crystal Home Office Workstation
The Crystal is a stylish and compact glass desk with tempered glass desktop and printer shelf. Compact and budget conscious!
This computer desk has 760mm width and 540mm depth. Image in selection shot, upper right.
10. Cinnamon Cherry Home Office Corner Desk
This desk sneaks in just under the 600mm with a depth of 594mm. It is perfect for the corner of a small home office, study or bedroom. The width is 1167mm. It offers a flip down shelf ideal for a keyboard and two open storage shelves. The benefit to this unit is it can be neatly tucked into a corner. Image shown in selection shot, lower left.
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This post includes only a small selection of the narrower depth desks Saxen offers. If you would like help in finding compact and/or narrow desks for small spaces for your home, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Team for advice.
Home Office Chairs without Wheels!
(Written September 2013 and updated to reflect new/discontinued products).
Customers often prefer to choose home office chairs without wheels (i.e. castors).
There can be a whole range of reasons for this.
- floor covering
- safety concerns
- or personal preference
Thick carpets would certainly impede a rolling chair! A good reason for seeking home office chairs without wheels! There may also be concerns over marking new wooden or tiled flooring.
Elderly people or those with a disability could be concerned about mobility issues. They may be anxious in case the chair rolls before they are seated properly, particularly on hard flooring. Parents may worry the kids will see the office chair as a new toy. Potential home accidents!
The smaller home office user may feel there is no requirement for castors. They may only use the home office for limited periods. Design and colour to coordinate with existing fixtures and fittings in the room could lead the choice. Function being of less importance than personal preference and decor!
Choosing Home Office Chairs without Wheels – Styles to Consider
The image to the right shows four examples of cantilever framed chairs. A popular option for customers seeking home office chairs without wheels!
Chairs in this style are generally marketed as guest, visitor or sometimes boardroom or reception chairs. This design type of office seating is popular in reception areas and public areas where there is no requirement for the user to move, or roll, the chair. Some are also stackable so a popular choice in a boardroom or conference setting particularly where the room may have various uses.
These chairs are quite comfortable for short term use and, for the home office, ideal to colour coordinate. Frequently available in a wide array of colourful fabrics and materials. You can see some of these in the example image - mesh back, fabric back and seat and leather finishes.
An alternative to the cantilever chair is the stacking chair. Generally stacking chairs are thought of for school canteens or cafeterias.
Indeed, polypropylene examples are popular for eating places for ease of cleaning. However, there are fabric choices available in a range of colour fabrics.
Stacking chairs are often lighter and take up less space than cantilever chairs. They are easier to move around. Some even fold flat and so easily stored when not in use.
Office Chairs with Glides:
The third and final option are chairs with glides (image below and top image showing orange mesh Enjoy).
The main disadvantage to the models above (ie cantilever or stacking chairs) is their lack of function. They are not height adjustable. Often in a home office, for occasional use, this is not a particular disadvantage. However, if you work from home on a regular basis then function is important.
If you are interested in any of the chairs in the images or would like some help and advice in choosing home office chairs without wheels, please do not hesitate to call the team on 01560 322072.