The furniture industry is something that is always growing and changing because people are always looking for things that will make their life easier and things that accommodate the changing technology and gadgets we find ourselves putting in our homes. One of these pieces of home furniture that came about because of a change in technology needs in the home is a computer desk.
As more and more people started having a personal computer in their home, it became apparent to furniture designers that they would need to make some changes to the typical desk to accommodate desktop computers. Computers come with many parts, accessories, and wires that need to be handled in a way that is aesthetically pleasing as well as safe.
One of the innovations that make a computer desk different than any other desk is the tower storage area. Most computer desks have either a shelf or a cabinet where you are supposed to store your computer tower. There are several advantages to this. The most important advantage is that you do not have to give up room in your knee well for the tower and the tower does not have to be on top of or outside the desk where others can see it. In addition, the raised cabinet or shelf allows air flow on all sides of your computer tower which allows it to stay cool and operate more efficiently.
Another computer desk innovation is the pull out keyboard tray. Keyboards and mice on top of the desk can be unsightly so it is common for there to be a tray that slides in and out for these accessories. The tray not only keeps things out of sight when they are not in use, but it also improves the ergonomics of your home computer station.
My favorite features that makes a computer desk truly great is the holes in the desktop or back of the desk that allow you to run cables directly from your monitor, keyboard, or mouse to the tower unit without having to run them across your desktop or along the floor. You eliminate tripping hazards and the unsightly mess of tangled cords. If you have a hole in your desktop that goes directly to the tower cabinet then you will never have cords problems again. If your desk has a hutch, then there can be a hole in the back of the hutch and a hole in the back of the tower cabinet so that the cords only have to be outside for a short distance that is manageable. Of course the latter example would be a desk that sits against a wall rather than in the middle of a room.