I learned a long time ago that if you use a desk for anything remotely work related it needs to function to the best of it’s ability. Now that means different things for everyone… a student might need a large space to layout a textbook while an office manager might need lots of file space. As a planner and a blogger I need space for my computers and all of my planners.
Staying organized is very important when you run your own business… trust me if it doesn’t get written down it doesn’t get done! Which is why it’s so important to maximize the space on a small desk. Maximizing space on a large desk makes life easier but maximizing your space on a small desk can mean the difference between a productive day and an afternoon of frustration.
- Laptop Computer Stand
- Desktop Computer Stand
- Extra Large Desk Mat
- Desk Chair
- Laptop Cover
- Tall Lamp
- Marble Lazy Susan
Desktop Computer Stand
The very first rule in small spaces is if you run out of room to use horizontally go vertical. So when your desktop computer, keyboard and mouse take up the entire center of your desk it’s time to look at storage.
A monitor stand can elevate your monitor and give you more space… something sleek and simple like this rose gold stand will let you slide your keyboard and mouse underneath when you’re not using them.
Of course, if you are looking for a bit more storage there are other options. Like the wooden monitor stand we used in the hubby’s office makeover.
Laptop Computer Stand
In order to keep your laptop out of the way when you’re not using it a laptop stand is the perfect solution. It keeps your laptop safe and gives you the space to work on the surface of your desk.
Plus this particular stand folds flat for storage when you’re not using it… and when the little kickstand is open you have plenty of ventilation for your laptop. Score!
Mouse Pad or Desk Mat
The first thing I’ve learned about using a computer alllllll day long is that it pays to have a good mouse pad. And if you are running multiple computers (say a desktop and a laptop) a large desk mat is the perfect way to brighten up your space while making every inch of surface space a usable portion.
It’s extra large and really spans the entire desk which makes it easy to use your mouse even when your laptop is pulled out. It’s nice to be able to not worry about where the mouse pad is when you’re a restless worker. I typically don’t stay in one position long so having the freedom to just work is wonderful.
Plus when I ordered mine I was able to customize it with my logo so I’m definitely in love.
Maybe the most important part of utilizing a small desk is deciding on a desk chair. It may not technically be part part of the desk but after an hour or two working in an uncomfortable chair you’ll realize it’s suuuuper important.
Make sure to find a chair with good support that’s comfortable and the right height for your desk. I learned the hard way that a desk chair that is too low or too high makes working very difficult. It also causes problems with your wrists and back that may not be immediately evident. Which is no good… you won’t be able to work long term when you’re uncomfortable.
If you’re starting the search I’ve put together a list of comfortable desk chairs that won’t break the bank.
A laptop cover may not seem like a way to maximize desk space but using a laptop on a desk can be problematic if your laptop is prone to overheat. A cover with proper ventilation on the bottom will help keep keep air circulating underneath your laptop even as it sits on the surface.
The most practical part of a laptop is that it’s portable but portable also means drop-able. Making sure you have a case that will protect your laptop is very important if you’re just as clumsy as I am… although I would imagine it’s hard to be as clumsy as I am *wink wink*.
The best part of this particular laptop cover is the option to add your name… or your business name. Which is another chance to represent your business when you’re out working away from home. The lighting doesn’t even do it justice since the script lighting is in rose gold foil.
Stand for Your Planner or Book
Laying a large book or planner open on a small desk can be a huge waste of space… it really takes up a huge portion of the available desktop. Which is a huge problem if you need anything else on your desk to work.
In order to keep your planner or book up and out of the way there are a couple of tricks I like to use. A picture display stand will keep your book vertical so that you have as much desk space as possible. If you need to write on your planner then a horizontal stand (like this little laptop stand) will elevate your planner to give you more space while keeping it vertical enough to write on. It’s the best of both worlds really.
Which gives me a throwback to Hannah Montana so we’re clearly on the right track here.
Think About Lighting
A good desk light can make the difference between a functional work space and a dimly lit desktop. If you have the option to add a ceiling pendent light that would be the best way to maximize your desktop… since the light would be completely off the surface!
If you don’t have the option to add a hanging light try a tall position-able light with a small base. This tall copper lamp has a small circular base and the top is movable so you can direct the light wherever you want it. Which in my case is often the sweet little Betta tank on the left side of my desk.
That’s it! A few of my favorite tips and tricks for maximizing your desk so you can get your work started, finished and move on to the fun stuff!
A Lazy Susan to Keep Things at Arms Reach
If you have several supplies (or one big item that you need to see multiple sides of) a lazy susan makes things so much easier to reach. They’re perfect to place office supplies on so you have easy access to everything you might need.
In my craft room an organizer placed on a lazy susan holds paint brushes, markers, hole punches and other craft supplies. In my hubby’s office a lazy susan let’s him organize white out, pens, highlighters, staplers, a candle lighter and puzzle glue… because he loves to do puzzles. I went a little off book on this particular desk and placed my Betta’s tank on a marble lazy susan so that I can see him from all angles.
On a different topic I highly recommend a Betta fish for your desk since they do great in a 2.5 gallon tank (this is a simple glass container that is actually intended for food so it’s a great price and has thick glass!) and they’re so relaxing to watch while you’re working.
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