Creating Custom Home Office Furniture: Designing Your Desk
If you are working from a home office, either in your occupation or on personal projects, your desk is probably the piece of furniture you use the most. Why not create a desk that conforms to your needs? A custom desk can serve as your primary workspace, organize your activities, offer storage space, and help you work more efficiently. If you are in the market for custom home office furniture, consider the following four questions when you discuss your custom desk ideas with a CustomMade craftsperson: What are your space requirements for your desk? What type of work will you be doing at your desk? What are your work habits? What special requirements do you have for your desk?
Workspace for Any Place
Do you have the run of an entire room for your home office or just a corner in a multi-purpose room? Perhaps you don’t have a room at all? Whatever your situation, a CustomMade artisan can create a custom desk that will fit your space and style. For example, Mike Willis Woodworking created a beautiful combination walnut kitchen and office by converting a pass-through nook into a complete home office. The desk surface looks like a continuation of the kitchen countertop but is placed at the right height for use as a computer workstation. The desk drawers also match the kitchen cabinets.
If your office space needs to be mobile and discreet, Distinctive Woodwork can build a hideaway home office in a custom cabinet, complete with room for a computer, a sliding keyboard shelf, and multiple storage areas. The cabinet can be wheeled from room to room.
The Right Desk for the Job
Many jobs and projects require a desk, but what is the best desk for your job or project? If you can imagine any feature for your desk that will make your work easier, chances are an expert craftsperson can incorporate it into your custom desk. Mark Love Furniture was asked to create this mahogany and maple watchmaker’s desk with special features that included a tall work surface to bring the watches closer to the eyes, a lip around the edge of the desk to keep small objects from rolling off, and small drawers sized for the right tools.
Eidos Design Studio custom built this Australian lacewood piano desk for a customer that needed a desk that could support an electric piano and its accessories. Put your job or project first when you design a custom desk. Build your desk around the requirements of your job. Don’t work around your desk to do your job.
Turn Your Habits into Necessities
Do you find yourself at your desk turning frequently to find some additional workspace? Do you like to have all the documents you are using visible on your desk at once instead of placed in a stack? Follow your personal idiosyncrasies and let your craftsperson know how your dream desk will best fit the way you work. This unusual, comet-shaped “PP Desk” was custom made by Michael Singer Fine Woodworking to accommodate a client’s work habits. Made from wenge, ebony, and mappa burl, with mother-of-pearl accents, the desk’s long work surface and large pivoting circular drawer are all accessible from a central location.
One size desk does not fit all. Don’t forget that you have unique dimensions, too. When you belly up to your custom desk, it should fit you like a glove. This “Lady’s Desk” was custom built by Floating Stone Woodworks for the home office of a small lady. Her height, and the height and width of her chair, were central to the design of this beautiful custom stained curly cherry desk with ribbon maple handles, ebony accent plugs, and anigre veneered side panels.
A custom desk can be the centerpiece of a suite of custom home office furniture or can work as a microcosm of an office all by itself. Take a moment to reflect on the type of desk that is right for you. Whatever your requirements, a CustomMade artisan can create that desk.