What Should I Consider When Buying a Desk Hutch?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Desk hutches are not just considered office furniture any longer. Today, the desk hutch is also a popular option for home offices or a way to organize a work station for the kids. When purchasing this type of desk and hutch combination, it is important to keep a few basic factors in mind: size, function, and price.

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Woman shopping

When it comes to size, there is a desk hutch that is right for even the smallest of spaces. An efficiency apartment has limited wall space, but by purchasing a corner desk hutch, it is possible to still create an efficient work space without taking up a lot of room. The corner unit may be ideal for a child’s room, or if the idea is to set up the computer in one corner of the den.

If there is more room available, there are hutches that will cover the same amount of wall space as a standard kitchen hutch or a bookcase. Some are the ideal size to slide into a double closet, making it possible to create a home office with ease, but have the option of closing the double doors to the office space at the end of the day.

Function is also an important consideration. Will the desk hutch serve as the place for a computer tower, monitor, and ancillary devices such as a printer? Perhaps this will be a fully functional desk, requiring the presence of a file drawer along with other drawers for storing basic office supplies, and a keyboard tray. The hutch may need to include shelving that make it possible to keep reference books within easy reach. Knowing how many different purposes the desk hutch must serve will make it a lot easier to select the right hutch for your needs.

A final consideration with any desk hutch purchase is price. Fortunately, there are inexpensive hutches that are ideal for students or for the creation of a simple computer station in the home. From these inexpensive and basic models, it is possible to move on to hutches made with hard woods, glass doors, and a wide range of other amenities. Hutches of this type can be quite expensive. Knowing what you can afford to spend and balancing that with what you really need in the way of desktop space, shelving, and storage space will make it possible to buy what you need without spending more than you can afford.

There are a number of different retail outlets that sell different types of desk hutches. Discount retail stores often sell basic models made primarily with pressboard or fiberboard components that are assembled when you get the unit home. Office supply stores will carry desk hutch options that are a little more solid in construction and are likely to include a few amenities such as a full sized file drawer. Furniture stores that carry lines of office furniture are likely to feature the larger and most expensive types of hutches that provide desktop space, room for a computer and printer, and also plenty of storage space below the desktop as well as decorative shelving above the main work space.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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