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Typical Desk Height

In an office, a study, or even a convenient corner of the living room, a great desk is essential – but what is standard desk height? While average desk height varies a bit, most desk heights range between 29" and 30" from the floor to the tabletop. Finding the right ergonomic fit for a desk will be different for each person, depending on the style of your desk and chair, but there is definitely a typical desk height that will meet your needs.

There are two measurements to look at when we talk about the standard height of a desk:

  1. the height of the desk from the floor to the tabletop
  2. the distance from the floor to the very top of the desk

Standard Desk Height to Tabletop

Our bodies come in all different sizes, so it’s no wonder there is no “one size fits all” typical desk height. The measurement from the floor to the tabletop is probably the most important for your overall comfort, and usually this measurement ranges from 29” to 30”. Bassett Furniture’s Storeroom Modular Desk and Bench*Made Crossbuck desk are examples 30” desk height, which is often the perfect height for working at a laptop.

The easiest way to see if the desk height is right for you is to sit as you would when working at the desk. Place your elbows at a ninety-degree angle. In this position, your hands should rest comfortably on the desktop of your prospective desk. For a writing desk, many people prefer a slightly higher surface, such as Bassett Furniture’s 31” high Bella Writing Desk.

Hutch plus Desk Height

The second desk height measurement is the distance from the floor to the very top of the desk, and there is no standard dimension here. If you buy a desk with a hutch—that is, an additional, sometimes separate bookshelf or case that goes on top of your desk—the height will be significantly greater.

Hutches can be very useful for extra storage in your office, but they do take up some real estate on your desk and they can block a view. If you tend to sprawl out as you work, you may prefer to keep that extra surface area for your papers. A corner desk can be a great option that fits both needs – it gives you plenty of storage as well as room to spread out.

Bassett Bench*Made Desk

Choosing What Desk Is Right for You

What’s more important than navigating average desk height? Choosing the desk that’s right for your comfort and your space. Think about the items you want to keep on your desk, as well as where you will be using it, and what you want to store. If you have an office with multiple computer monitors, standard desk height might work for you, but the average desktop area might not. Also, consider what you'd like to have at your disposal. You may want storage space for a printer, or a bookcase for frequently used books and supplies. The best way to choose a desk is to first think about how you will use it, and then actually sit down to it.

The design experts at your local Bassett store can help you decide which desk height and shape would best suit your space and work style. They'll help you determine if the standard height of a desk fits you, and how to make adjustments if it isn’t. Stop by today to try on a desk and find the one that works for you.

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