The differences between wave, radial and bench desks

Office desks demystified – The differences between wave, radial and bench desks

When choosing a new desk for your workplace or home office, the number of options available can sometimes be overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re not used to the terminology used to describe different desk types… Bench desks, back-to-back desks, wave desks, radial desks, right-hand, left-hand – there’s such much to choose from.

The good news is we have produced this helpful guide to aid in understanding different terms, such as bench, wave, and radial desking. This should assist you in making your office desk purchasing experience simpler and far more enjoyable.

It is worth keeping in mind that, while these terms are pretty much standard across the office furniture sector, we cannot ensure other office furniture providers will use these terms and recommend caution when purchasing your office desks from other places.

What is a rectangular or straight desk?

Rectangular desks, as you might have thought, are desks that have a rectangle-shaped top (also referred to as ‘Straight‘ desks. These are one of the most typical kind of desk are ideal for the majority of scenarios. When choosing the right rectangular desk for your office, consider if you want it to be standalone or against a wall. Standalone desks are often referred to as ‘single desks‘ and can be placed in the middle of a room. Due to their rounded off edges, their design is elegant but can prevent you from putting a number of desks together.

What is a wave desk?

Wave desks are desks that have a curved front so that the desktop is deeper on one end than the other. This allows for larger equipment to fit on the wider end of the desk. They can also provide extra support for your favoured hand while using a mouse. Wave desks come in left or right-handed configurations, which relates to which side of the desk is deeper. A left-handed desk, for example, is deeper on the left side than the right side.

Wave desks have a curved rounded front and is deeper on one end than the other. This permits bigger equipment (such as a monitor screen or mini drawers to fit on the broader end of the desk. They can additionally give added support for your dominant arm when using your computer mouse or allowing extra room for your paper notepad. Wave desks are available in left or right-handed arrangements depending on which side of the desk you want deeper. For example, a left-handed is deeper on the left side than right side.

What is a radial desk?

Radial desks are also referred to as ‘ergonomic‘ or ‘workstation’ desks. These desks increase the desktop area without increasing the overall width, can also cater for larger equipment as it has a return to extend the desktop to either the right or left-hand side.

Radial desks come in left or right-handed set ups, which corresponds to which side the return part of the desk is on. A left-handed radial desk, for instance, has the larger return portion of the desk on the left side.

What is a bench desk?

A bench desk is usually a rectangular desk for creating longer runs of desks. Bench desking is ideal for open plan offices where teams can work closely together or in a call centre. Many bench desk configurations are made up of a number of single desks laid out next to one another or back to back.

What is a back to back desk?

Back to back desks provide two desks in a single unit and the desktop is normally double in depth. For example, a 2 person back to back will contain two desks accommodating two users that face each other, a 4 person back to back allows 4 users (2 each side). Usually used in open plan offices and call centres, back to back desks have the option for desk screens between the two desks. This provides privacy, decreases noise from other users and gives individual allocated work spaces.

What is a sit stand desk?

A sit stand desk is an adjustable desk and allows users to either sit or stand at their desk and can easily be switched between the two.

The sit stand desk is beneficial for anyone who wants the ability to raise or lower their desk top, and by varying their body position avoids users staying in one particular physical posture for long periods of time.

Our sit stand desks contain an electric motor to enable quick and easy adjustment at a press of a button and also come with optional wireless controllers.