This is a very common question amongst people who are buying office furniture, and you can understand why. Computer desks and office desks have been used interchangeably for years. In many cases, what someone may be calling a computer desk is actually just a plain office desk. To tell the difference, you have to look at the features of both. The first is size. Although there is no standard size, you will find that most office desks are larger in surface area than computer desks. This space, on a desk, comes in the form of partitions. The main surface, which is smaller than that of an office desk, holds just the computer monitor. The keyboard and the hard drive are held in shelves which are little compartments within the desk.
In other words, a computer desk is smaller and more compact because it utilizes the space within rather than the surface. Some desks are so small that they can fit into corners. If you are short of space in your office, Google corner desks and you will find that there are plenty of options available. The second difference is that computer desks have portholes. These are the little holes on a desk that you use to pass cables through. They are a safety feature - exposed cables can trip and cause a fall. They also have a higher chance of the casing wearing away, and the risk in this is that the exposed wires can spark and start a fire. Portholes are also a great way of keeping a desk tidy - they get cables directed to one place. If you cant tell whether you are looking at a computer desk or a plain office desk, look for portholes.
The desks come in many varieties. The L shaped computer desk is best suited to an office or home and is usually best positioned either in a corner or against a wall. It is often found in corporate cubicles. In addition to the standard considerations, this type of desk often comes with overhead shelf space and/or drawers, which can be used for supplies or files. The U shaped desk is often found in executive offices and can also come with a variety of amenities. The corner desk is often found in homes in kids rooms or in places where space may be limited. These desks tend to be more compact than the other two types, but often have all the standard amenities and sometimes have additional add-ons.
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