Minimum Desk Width

We have presented a simple guide on the requirements of the minimum desk size when planning an office furniture interior. It covers all areas from touch done desks to directors and administration. Please note this is a guide and office desk planning should be carried out with care.


  • Touch down desks & contract workers

  • 100 to 120 cm
    For workers who are only in the office for a few hours a day, only a small desk of 100 cm to 120 cm wide is necessary. As an alternative, this type of worker should be using other less-used spaces like breakout and meeting rooms.


  • Salesperson desks

  • 140 to 160 cm
    We would suggest a minimum of 140 cm to 160 cm. The average salesperson does not necessarily need much space but sales are probably the most important part of your company so treat them well.


  • Accounts & administration desks

  • 160 cm + return
    The advisable desk width for this type of office worker is 140 cm to 160 cm wide. This will give the user adequate room to easily access file storage or paperwork. Even though we deal mainly with digital files these days there should be adequate room. If 160 cm is too wide try using a desk return with added storage and worktop space.


  • Design & Architecture

  • 160 to 180 cm
    If possible a minimum 160 cm to 180 cm width desk should be used for designers and Architects. This will allow for space for drawings, samples and other design materials. When specifying 180 cm extra long desks two users can discuss a project with plenty of room.


  • Executive management & directors desks

  • 200 to 240 cm
    A minimum of 160 cm in width and up to 240 cm for a senior director. Basically, a director or executive manager office is usually larger so you need a bigger desk. This size of executive desks usually come in a quality range of wood veneers and finishes which are suitable for this type of office area.


Talent folding desk with wheels Talent adjustable small desk Folding desk you can write on the top


Key factors when planning your office

Alongside these measurements, we would suggest a number of key factors when planning your office interior.

  • Where office furniture space is a premium consider designing meeting rooms and reception areas as places people can work. These are the two main areas in an office that are rarely fully utilised. Use a high backed sofa in your reception to provide privacy and sound reduction.
  • Remember to leave at least 100 cm from the desk edge to the wall behind. If users are back to back left 200 cm. See our Space between the desk guide for more information.
  • When considering the desk depth always allow 80 cm when using a large monitor and 70cm for a laptop or small monitor. For executive desks use 90 cm or 100 cm depth.
  • Where space is a premium use a folding desk on wheels. The desk can be stacked and wheeled away when not in use. The table can also be flipped vertically to use a whiteboard, see below.




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