Is a deeper desk better?

As an ergonomic furniture expert from Desky, striving to ensure your work environment is efficient and comfortable is our foremost priority.

One common question that arises in this quest is, "Is a deeper desk better?" The quick answer is that it depends on a variety of factors, with your unique work needs being central. Read on to understand more about this topic.

Higher Versus Lower Desks

Your choice of desk height should ideally correspond with your type of work tasks. Handwriters show a tendency to benefit from elevated surfaces, while keyboard users find a lower desk more comfortable.

Moreover, jobs that involve more physical tasks necessitate a desk located beneath your elbows. In contrast, tasks demanding precision should have desks above the elbows. Follow these ergonomic considerations to aid in productivity and maintain your health.

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Optimal Desk Depth

Contemplating, "how deep should my desk be?" Here's the answer. A typical desk has 31.4 inches depth from front to back—enough space for your keyboard and mouse. Nonetheless, the confines of a home environment could warrant a slightly lesser depth, but we recommend 23.6 inches as the bare minimum to maintain comfort.

Depth for a Built-In Desk

If you are considering a desk, start with a minimum of 30” wide seating space. For the desk depth, consider a minimum of 24”, but if you're using it frequently, a range of 30-36" proves more comfortable. Naturally, a deeper desk needs corresponding shelves.

Recommended Study Desk Depth

When you're crafting a new Home Office Setup, ensure your desk height falls around 28.7-29.5 inches for a comfortable working height. As for the ideal depth, we advocate for at least 23.6 inches, but a range between 27.5 inches to 31.4 inches is more suitable, distancing you satisfactorily from a large desktop computer screen.

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Bullet Points for Choosing Ergonomic Desks:

  • Desk height depends on your tasks; choose higher surfaces for handwriting, lower ones for typing and keyboard related tasks.
  • Under desk clearance should give you enough space for your knees, thighs, and feet.
  • Your monitor should be at a comfortable viewing height. Check to ensure your eyeline is level with the address bar of your browser.
  • Consider desk depth - minimum 23.6 inches for home desks, 31.4 inches for standard office desks, and a range from 27.5 inches to 31.4 inches for study desks.
  • Built-in desks need spacious seating (minimum 30” width) and adequate depth (optimally between 30-36").


Choosing an ergonomic desk is not so much about whether a deeper desk is better, but more about finding the desk best suited to your physical needs and work tasks. The height and depth of your desk should facilitate comfort and boost your productivity, whether it be for handwriting, typing, or other physical tasks.

Consider your unique work needs and frequent tasks when choosing the right desk. After all, your desk is more than just furniture; it's the hub where creativity takes flight and work gets accomplished.

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