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A better way to utilize your computer desk space.

Basically, you either use a desk to put your desktop PC or your laptop on and starting with the basics, the student desk, one tier, no hutch and a side shelf on the lower right.

The place you would expect to see the monitor is directly in front of the office chair. Then the keyboard directly in front of the monitor. Many make the mistake of using the rest of the desk space for the CPU. Now you have no space to write, read or do correspondence.


Just put the CPU behind the monitor, sideways so the ports and DVD drive are to the right. By doing it this way you automatically free up desk space to put your document holder or paper tray.

The reason I do not recommend placing the CPU on the floor under the desk is that dust will accumulate there much faster and you might not notice the build up over time.

The other thing is, If you have a student desk, this is not the best thing for a home office or place to write articles online. What you really need is an L-shaped desk with hutch. The extra space will give you the room to work with the placement of necessary items to make the home office more easy to work with.

I have always used a student desk and for that reason I am telling you from personal experience, do not buy a student desk. Mostly you will need room for the CPU down below the desk but not on the floor. you will have room for stackable paper trays, a printer and all that. I had to use a separate utility cart to place my all-in-one printer and a yet another end table to place my paper trays. This looks like a very messy area and I still can't place my document holder anywhere so I end up reading from a paper that is balanced against one of my computer stereo speakers just so I can copy from it. This is not working for me and likely will not work for you.

The cost of a very well made office desk to accommodate printer, CPU, monitor, keyboard and paper trays and such will cost you a very pretty sum but ball park is about 500.00 and if you buy a desk make sure you hire someone to assemble it for you. It isn't worth the headache. If you can get a desk already assembled and hire someone to deliver it to your home all the better.

If you want to make your own desk from scratch and are good with wood and a saw and hammer, then I recommend the following book:

Image Credit » desk pic by A.P. Davis

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MegL wrote on March 12, 2016, 3:28 AM

I have a very old desk for my computer. It was never made for a computer and is too narrow to put the tower behind the screen but that is a good idea.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 12, 2016, 10:24 AM

You may want to consider buying a new desk. I am still using my old student desk I had bought 25 years ago which looks similar to the pic in my article. Made of particle board and glued on fake wood printed paper.

Last Edited: March 12, 2016, 10:26 AM

MegL wrote on March 12, 2016, 1:32 PM

You have actually prompted a thought about that. I might just get a new desk in the L or J shape.