1. Choose a piece to fit the space. Begin by measuring the space you have envisioned for your furniture. Be sure to figure in space for people to walk around the furniture.
2. Choose a piece to fit your current style. You might think a sleek contemporary desk is cool-looking, but if it's too different from your existing office furniture, it will jangle the nerves to look at the mismatched combination.
3. Select a surface that matches the type of activity. You wouldn't want a fine wood veneer desk in the factory, and a metal computer desk isn't going to impress anyone in the executive suite.
4. Look for features that fit the need. For example, if you need easy access to stacks of paper, opt for a desk that offers a row of cubbyholes.
5. Be ready for jealous friends. A Bush desk is a coup - don't brag too loudly.