Choosing a computer desk for the home is a big deal for anyone who spends a lot time sitting at one, and that goes double for denizens of Cube City who already spend a third of their lives (eep!) sitting at a computer desk at work.</br></br>You want it to be comfortable, efficient and durable, but you also want it to look awesome and fit your budget. That’s a lot of moving parts for something as stationary as a <a title="Computer Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/" target="_blank">computer desk</a>, so we’re here to give you some tips on how to quickly and easily find what you need.</br></br><strong>Tip #1: Spot a bargain.</strong></br></br>Computer desk prices vary widely and sometimes it can be hard to know how to spot a deal. Of course, you want to compare prices across vendors and look at product reviews, but there are a couple extra tricks, too.</br></br>First, check the materials. If you’re looking for <a title="Metal Computer Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/material/metal/" target="_blank">metal</a>, is it rustproof? Look for powder-coated, galvanized or stainless steel if you’re interested in premium options. If you prefer premium wood, look for <a title="Hardwood Computer Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/material/wood/" target="_blank">hardwoods</a> over <a title="Veneer Computer Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/material/wood-veneer/" target="_blank">veneers</a> and <a title="Engineered Wood Computer Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/material/engineered-wood/" target="_blank">engineered wood</a>.</br></br><strong>Tip #2: Take measurements. </strong></br></br>There are three different things you should measure before buying a computer desk: the space where it will go, the desk and … yourself. This last bit is pretty easy if you live in Cube City, because you can base your measurements on what you already use.</br></br>If you don’t, sit in a regular chair and measure the distance from floor to knee. Add six to eight inches of clearance to that measurement and you’ll have a good approximation of your optimum desk height and how much legroom you need.</br></br><strong>Tip #3: Know your needs.</strong></br></br>A good computer desk is designed with consideration for how you need to use it. Storage, size and shape are all going to play a key role in how efficient your new desk will utilize the space you afford it.</br></br>Things to consider include the number of drawers, the shape (rectangular, <a title="L-Shape Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/type/l-shaped-desk/" target="_blank">L-shape</a>, <a title="Corner Desks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/type/corner-desk/" target="_blank">corner</a>, etc.) and whether a suite or set will give you more bang for your buck. Available combinations may include <a title="Desk-Bookcase Set" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/set-options/desk-and-bookcase/" target="_blank">desk/bookcase</a>, <a title="Desk-Chair Set" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/set-options/desk-and-chair/" target="_blank">desk/chair</a> or <a title="Desk-Credenza Set" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/desks/set-options/desk-and-credenza/" target="_blank">desk/credenza</a> combos.</br></br><strong>Tip #4: Consider looks last.</strong></br></br>Of course, it’s important that you enjoy the look of your desk, but you should avoid sacrificing functionality for style. For example, it takes a special kind of person to enjoy working on a glass desk regardless of how cool it might look.</br></br>Keep these four tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to the perfect computer desk find.