How to Position your Desk for Maximum Productivity

2018-11-08T15:25:45+00:00March 10th, 2015|Workplace Design|

Selecting the right desk for your office is difficult enough—but have you thought about which way you to place it? Each direction, whether toward the door, the window or the wall has its own pros and cons. Though some say otherwise, there’s no universal right answer for everyone. Sometimes space constraints dictate where your office desk goes, but if you’re afforded the small luxury of desk placement options, you should definitely take advantage of them! Consider your work habits, distractions, and how you envision yourself working most effectively. Take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each desk direction, and then select the best fit for you to optimize productivity!

Here are some things to consider:

Are distractions your biggest issue?

Woman working at a Campfire Slim Table facing a wall and whiteboardCampfire Slim Table can be placed against a wall to create an informal space where team members can get away from distractions and focus. Pictured with two Campfire Ottomans.

For some, having their desk face the wall is their preferred direction as it limits distractions the most by helping you avoid gazing out the window or watching people pass your door. That said, it can give the feeling of being closed off from the rest of the room. Depending on the size of your office, facing toward the wall could confine you to a small, claustrophobia-inducing corner. One way to get around this issue, if space allows, is to place your desk in the center of the room but still facing the wall.


Do you easily feel constricted?

Modern office desk by a window with one office chair and two guest chairs.Bivi Desk for One in the middle of an office, with Shortcut X-Base Chairs and Bindu Conference Chair by Coalesse.

If you can’t stand the idea of looking at the same scenery almost every hour of the workday, you may like putting your desk facing a window. The constantly changing view, as well as the influx of sunlight, can do wonders for your mood as well as serve as a great source of inspiration. If distraction can be a slight problem for you (after all, there is a lot to look at outside), face your desk toward the wall but with the window on one side of it. Positioning a desk in front of or by a window is often the perfect middle ground and a popular option for most people.


Do you have lots of people coming in and out of your office?

Red desk benching system in the middle of the room surrounded by four red chairs.Red Bivi Standing Height Benching System customized with Media Support System and Transaction Top and surrounded by Shortcut 5-Star Stools and Campfire Footrest. In the background, Clipper Freestanding Screens provides mobile privacy options.

If you’re not easily distracted and have a lot of in-person connections happening in your office, or if you’re responsible for overseeing the entire office, you may want to consider positioning your desk so it faces the door or entrance to your office. This placement allows your co-workers to instantly gauge how busy you are so they can easily pop in and out without worrying about interrupting a phone call.

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