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Office furniture: corner desks

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers

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The functionality and ergonomics of corner desks are hard to overestimate.  Corner desks were invented in an era when the standard workplace had desks whose surfaces were like mountainous terrain. Located on the perimeter of every table or desk were stacks of books and folders with papers and stationary scattered everywhere. In the middle was a small typewriter, so, as you can see, space was hard to come by. To increase the amount of surface area on the desktop, another side was added at an angle of 45°, giving the desk a corner.

With the advent of personal computers and later laptops, the need to store information in printed form disappeared, and maintaining order on the desk has become much easier. Nevertheless, the need for angular tables has not diminished. Due to their design, these pieces of furniture are very compact. They do not take up much space, but they have a large capacity, so corner desks are often found in both offices and homes.

Expanding the office

Corner desks in offices visually expand the space. In this image, thanks to corner tables, it was possible to add a lot of workspaces. The idea of combining the employees’ tables is interesting not only from the point of view of space saving, but also in terms of improving the socio-psychological climate in the office. Employees often begin to communicate with each other and share tips.

A welcoming reception

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Large corner desks can often be found in the reception of large companies. They help to create an atmosphere of solidity and credibility for the company. As with clothes, a good first impression is important. This room should be bright, open, modern and a little strict. Coming to the front desk, customers must feel that they have entered a reliable company with good employees.

The ideal workspace

In this image, we can see the process of creating a modern corner table. Here, the designer is not thinking of the layout of an apartment or office space, but of the user's needs. Obviously, the size of desks will vary depending on the design of current models of stationary and mobile computers. The incredible popularity of Apple Mac Pro with 27-inch display has created a need for a corner desk, the shape of which is somewhat different from the classical one.

Extra space

Here is another example of the convenience of an angled table. As we can clearly see, the extra space included by having a corner allows the worker to be able to reach quite a large surface area without needing to get up and walk to another table. This is certainly a benefit for productivity!

Caring for employees

With fierce competition in almost all business niches, a 9 to 5 workday in a closed cube long ago became an anachronism. In companies that have achieved and retained statuses as leaders in their field, employees must think creatively and solve problems almost daily, and they need furniture that can answer to their changing needs. The height of the desk in this image can be adjusted, which is a huge advantage. In a one size fits all model, many employees will have to slouch.


Desks can be made of many different materials: solid wood, MDF (which is made from fine wood chips dry pressed,) chipboard (compressed sawdust glued together by a resin,) as well as glass and plastic. The production of the table here uses wood, plastic and, most likely, MDF. Its surface is a bit like a ping-pong table, and the plastic edging conceals drawers located on the perimeter of this unusual, eclectic table.

A sophisticated office

Today in offices, to make employees feel as comfortable as possible, business owners are increasingly using interior designers to make the standard open-office a creative and sophisticated space where it is interesting and pleasant to work, relax, socialize with colleagues and engage self-education. Thanks to their non-standard form, corner desks have became the ideal allies to aid the designer in creating exceptional interior design solutions for offices.

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