How to Position your Desk for Maximum Productivity

By | 2018-05-10T03:24:20+00:00 March 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 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?

solo work station, Qivi, Steelcase

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?

Qivi, steelcase, home office

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. This option 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?

open office, Bivi, Cobi, Steelcase, turnstone

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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