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FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING (DESIGNING) A NEW LIVE EDGE OFFICE DESK

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Selecting a live edge office desk can be an exciting process as it involves choosing a unique piece that combines natural beauty with functionality. Here are important factors to consider when choosing a live edge desk for your office:

  1. Size and Space: Measure your office space to ensure the desk fits comfortably. Live edge desks can vary significantly in size due to their natural shapes. Make sure there’s enough room around the desk for easy movement.
  2. Wood Type and Source: The type of wood will affect both the appearance and durability of your desk. Popular options include redwood and oak. Consider where the wood is sourced from, especially if sustainability is a priority for you.
  3. Finish and Maintenance: Choose a finish that not only enhances the look of the wood but also provides protection. Consider how much maintenance you are willing to perform to keep the desk looking its best, as some finishes may require more care than others.
  4. Desk Stability: Due to their irregular edges, live edge desks must be properly supported and balanced. Check the stability of the desk, especially if it will be used for tasks that require a steady surface.
  5. Ergonomics: Although live edge desks are primarily chosen for their aesthetics, they should also be comfortable to use. Ensure the desk height is appropriate for your seating, and consider the placement of any functional features like drawers or shelves.
  6. Design Aesthetics: Each live edge desk is unique, with natural variations in color and grain. Choose a desk that fits the aesthetic of your office and matches other decor elements. The natural, organic shape should be a focal point yet harmonize with your workspace.
  7. Technology Integration: If your work involves technology, consider how your devices will be used on the desk. Look for options with built-in solutions for cable management or enough space to install aftermarket organizers.
  8. Customization Options: Many live edge desks are customizable. You might have options for the base design, size adjustments, and additional features like inlays or type of legs (metal or matching wood).
  9. Budget: Live edge furniture can be an investment. Prices vary widely based on wood type, size, and craftsmanship. Determine your budget beforehand and consider this purchase an investment in quality and style.
  10. Environmental Impact: If sustainability is important to you, inquire about the origin of the wood and the environmental practices of the manufacturer. Opt for locally sourced timber and eco-friendly finishes to minimize your environmental footprint.

By considering these factors, you can select a live edge desk that not only looks stunning but also fits well in your office environment, supports your work needs, and aligns with your values.

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