Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Selecting the Right Executive Desk

Executive DeskAn executive office desk is a home away from home for many working managers and/or corporate level executives. Manufacturers produce executive desks in a wide variety of materials with varying degrees of luxury and refinement. Many view these desks as a status symbol and demand only the most high-end units. However, others see the executive desk as a utilitarian tool that must be sturdy and generally aesthetically appealing but requires no added embellishment. Although, in most cases, a desk is commonly chosen to fit the personality of the executive and the décor of the office in which it will be located.

Desk Materials

Wood Executive DeskWood executive desks make up the bulk of these pieces of office furniture. Manufacturers use solid wood on higher end desks while lower end units are typically built with plywood or particleboard covered with a wood veneer. Other materials used for desks include metal and glass as well. Executive desks constructed with glass offer easy cleaning and a smooth work surface. Metal desks on the other hand often have a more industrial appearance and are used in areas in which other surfaces would be difficult to clean and maintain.

Size Matters

The best desk size is often determined by the size of the office. A desk that’s too large can dominate a small office space leaving little room for guest chairs or other executive office furniture. However, the desk surface should provide enough space for a work computer and other related office supplies. Although, modern flat-screen computer monitors have actually reduced the necessary size of most executive desks.


Executive Office DeskMost executive desks include a variety of drawers and additional storage compartments. A pencil and pen drawer is a commonly found feature above the seating area with filing cabinets located to either side. It’s important to look for a desk that offers drawers appropriate in size for the type of materials you need to store. If you file legal sized papers, for example, the drawers should have sufficient depth to accommodate these longer documents. Some desks also include spaces for computer towers too. This area should be well ventilated in order to prevent computer overheating and provide access for computer peripheral cables as well.

Style & Design

Desk manufacturers produce desks ranging from the ultra modern to the very traditional. The choice may fall to the executive or the HR department regarding executive furniture selections. However, additional office furniture, such as credenzas, bookshelves and display pieces are usually selected to match the desk and are frequently sold together as an executive office set. An executive office chair may be selected as well to match the desk and office décor too.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Choosing a Drafting Table

wood drafting tableDrafting tables also known as an architect’s or drawing table is a type of multipurpose desk used for drawing, writing or sketching. In essence, a drafting table is simply a large work table with an adjustable top. A drafting table will also typically allow a person to adjust the height of the work surface in relation to how they’re sitting or standing.

Although drafting tables can be used for a wide variety of tasks, they’re most commonly used by designers, architects and engineers when drafting technical illustrations. Today, you will find a number of different types of drafting tables and they’re a common sight at architectural and engineering firms as well as home offices.

Where will you be working?

economy drafting tableOne of the first decisions you need to make when purchasing a drafting table is where you will be working. If space is a premium, you may want to consider a smaller economy drafting table. These smaller work tables are generally constructed with a metal frame and feature a light laminate work surface to reduce weight and size. If space isn’t a concern then you may want to consider a large drafting table, because these tables not only provide a larger work surface, but usually include additional features such as storage compartments or lockable drawers.

Will you be moving?

portable drafting tableIt’s also important to determine if you will need to move your drafting table on a regular basis. If you plan on working in multiple locations, you may want to consider a portable drafting table. These smaller drafting tables sometimes referred to as craft stations typically feature a folding design and light weight materials for easy mobility. Some portable drafting tables also feature heavy duty casters for easy mobility, but these typically work best when used on hard flooring.

What is your Budget?

electric drafting tableAnother important factor to consider when purchasing a drafting table is your budget. Drafting tables can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the included features and materials used. For example, Mayline’s Futur-Matic drafting table, while more expensive that some other models, features electric height adjustment allowing you to effortlessly adjust the height of your table at anytime. More expensive drafting tables that feature a glass working surface may also serve as a light table. Light tables are generally used by draftsmen and artist when working with translucent documents or when photo-referencing.

What’s next?

Despite the growing popularity of computer aided drafting and design, many architects, draftsmen and artist alike still prefer working with drafting tables. Although, many modern drafting tables are designed to accommodate computers and other modern technologies, there is something to be said about the appeal of a classic wood drafting table. If you would like to learn more about drafting tables or office furniture in general, come visit us at With our extensive selection of Studio Designs and Mayline drafting tables¸ we’re sure you will find exactly what you’re looking for.