Whilst not all work stations are classified as desks, the concept of the work table is omnipresent in business establishments across the globe. The office desk can come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and materials and be designed specifically for one purpose or be multi-functional.
We thought we’d go through your options for materials for desks, or work stations, as there are several that you can chose from depending upon design, function and budget.
5 Options For Office Desk Materials
Hardwood: The traditional high-end status symbol desk was made from hardwood such as mahogany or oak. These types of wood are naturally enhanced with durability and strength. But they’re not just strong; they can be crafted into the most beautiful items of furniture and because of the natural patterns no two hardwoods will be the same, providing you with a unique desk. The downside? Hardwoods are expensive – but you do get what you pay for. A desk made from oak, mahogany or mango will be able to withstand the odd scratch and last for years to come.
Softwood: We’re talking woods such as pine here. These are easier to work with and faster to process which will suit a business wanting to furnish a large office area with multiple desks on a budget. They also come in more reliable sizes and qualities than hardwoods, are easy to cut and shape and, especially in the cases of redwood and cedar, weather-resistant. Softwood desks can be painted or stained to match your colour schemes and depending upon the type of softwood can be more budget friendly than hardwood.
Bamboo: With a tensile strength that is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel, bamboo is surprisingly strong and when laminated bamboo’s strength is enhanced, providing another layer against the wear and tear of use. It also is a genuinely renewable resource as bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and is the quickest absorbers of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Glass: Moving away from the wood options, glass desks possess a lightweight, more contemporary look to them. In contrast to the sometimes-cumbersome wooden desks, glass top desks make areas appear larger than they actually are. Elegant, classy, refined, glass desks can make an office look fresh, modern and light. Perhaps the biggest drawback with glass desks is that they can be delicately fragile and chips and dents show up easily.
Metal: The workhorse of the desk world, metal is renowned to be more durable than other materials and it can last a lifetime if looked after correctly. Durable and flame-resistant, metal desks and work stations are commonly used in schools, institutions, busy kitchens and cafeterias. Metal also has the advantage of being more weather resistant and can be kept and used outside.
Which desk is best?
Which office desk material is best for you? Ultimately, the choice will be yours but the three main deciding factors when choosing come down to your budget, the design you like and the work that will carried out at the desk.
20sixltd can provide you with any type of office desk as well as other types of office furniture so please do get in touch with us for further help and advice.