Power outlet tables are an excellent choice for computer workstations, especially if one has a lot of equipment that needs to be plugged into power at all times. Here are some tips to help ensure that they choose the best possible table for their space.
- Do not buy a cheap flat surface just because it looks nice
There are many floating glass desks on the market today, many of which look sleek and modern. Unfortunately, these desks do not have any power outlets built-in, so one will need to purchase a power strip to connect everything via one cord. If anything about this setup makes them uneasy – the notion of one computer cable strung across their desk like an obstacle course or the thought of having to step over it – they should consider buying a power outlet table instead.
- Consider the electrical equipment that they have to use
If they only use their computer for word processing or internet usage, they can get away without purchasing an expensive power outlet desk. However, if they do any audio/visual work on their computer – recording music, editing video, etc. – this will significantly increase the amount of electricity that their machine uses up during its use, requiring more outlets and perhaps even a dedicated circuit box to ensure that everything works properly while avoiding overloading issues.
- Make sure the space behind the desk is usable
It might look nice not to have one’s legs visible under a floating glass desk, but if they have a bank of electrical equipment behind there, then the designer might want to rethink that approach. It is much more physically comfortable to work when their legs can swing freely without having anything obstructing them from underneath.
- Ensure that the table’s surface plate can hold any equipment placed on it
Some desks will include a private power outlet for each person using it, while others will only offer one shared outlet in the center. Suppose they purchase the latter option and have multiple machines plugged into an extension cord instead of using their own separate outlets. In that case, things could quickly become a fire hazard during surge periods or times when too many are working simultaneously. One should also consider the power draw of each unit that will be plugged into this central location. If one machine is out-drawing the other, it might become necessary to purchase a power strip not to overload the system.
- Make sure they have enough room for their feet
The whole idea behind a floating glass desk is that nothing gets in their way – not even their own legs. This might seem great at first glance, but if they have large feet or long legs, then they may find themselves kicking the underside of their workstation from time to time during regular use. While some people can adjust their behavior and avoid this situation, doing so is better left as a last resort because it interrupts workflow, and practice should always make optimal ergonomic choices.
These were some tips to choose the right electrical outlet table for one’s workplace.