How to Position your Desk for Maximum Productivity

2020-02-06T17:38:02+00:00March 10th, 2015|Workplace Design|

Where to Place Your Desk in Your Office

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 when figuring out desk placement in an office. 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:

Face Your Desk Away From Visual Distractions

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.

There’s a few solutions to try, depending on what you need from your desk and office:

  • Facing your desk towards the back or side wall helps you limit distractions (by preventing ‘window gazing’ or people-watching), but may cause you to feel a little claustrophobic by not being able to see out of the office.

Facing your desk away from the wall can promote a feeling of open-ness and encourage conversation and collaboration, but the constant hustle and bustle of the outside office could prove distracting.

Enjoy the View – and Feel Less 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 placing your desk to face a window. 

  • The changing view outside the window can prove inspirational, or at least help your brain take a break between tasks.
  • The influx of sunlight can help you maintain a positive mood, even in the cloudier months.

If you worry about further distractions, 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.

Avoid Your Back to the Door/Entrance

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.

Place Your Desk To Work Best For You

When it comes to the perfect desk placement, you have a lot of options to pick from. Find one that works best for your specific needs – and your specific office – and see just how much more productive you can be when your desk is where it needs to be.

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