Those who still think a desk is just a desk are in for a surprise from the world of computer armoires. Available in different styles and fitting different uses, computer armoires have become more than a workspace and camouflage for unsightly office equipment. With some bells and whistles, a humble computer desk becomes a hub of the home or small business brimming with clever features and a stylish, sleek appearance.
Even the most basic computer stations come with such simple yet very helpful features as a keyboard and/or mouse tray, a shelf for a CPU, and a hole to keep cords untangled and neat. Higher-end desks might include additional features, like book shelves, CD holders, or a printer shelf (and even those are sometimes considered basic these days.)
For those looking for a piece to suit an existing decor scheme, or for someone who has a very specific taste, special types of computer desks abound in the office furniture market. For example, if you work in a small space or from your home, a corner desk might be a good choice for you. Similarly, if space is a concern, a desk with built-in cabinets and drawers helps take full advantage of the otherwise unused corner. Desks built into armoires come in hundreds of sizes, colors and styles.
If you are a laptop computer user instead of a desktop user, you might consider a desk that isn't specifically made for a computer but that can still accommodate a smaller laptop machine. These desks are also good if your work involves writing with paper and pens, as you have more writing surface with less computer equipment stacked on the desk top.
A writing desk is usually used for just that: writing. Its surface is big enough for a laptop; for storage, it might have a few spots for placing things and maybe a drawer or a closeable top. Commonly, writing desks are made of wood and can add a lovely design element to any room.
A more storage-savvy version of a writing desk, a secretary desk has a few drawers below the top surface which can be closed down when not in use. It's similar to a computer armoire and is good for any room where a cluttered desk might be unsightly. A student desk, perfect for a dorm room, has drawers under one side of the surface and open space for a seat on the other side.