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Just how important is a desk for your education?

Studying at home can be difficult. Whether it’s a lack of motivation to get started or you struggle to keep your focus even when you are working, whichever way you look at it, it isn’t easy.

Attempting to do school or college work at home can be made even more difficult if there is no space in your house that is designated for you and your studies. Without a quiet, private space to study, the quality of your work may be affected as well as your end results.

A coffee table with a laptop and tablet on.

Investing in a study desk is a great way to get you studying at home and can ultimately ensure that you succeed in your coursework, assignments and even exams!

Here are our top reasons why a study desk is so important for your education:

Helps improve focus

We’ve all been guilty of spending a day sitting on our sofa, awkwardly balancing our laptop on our knees, attempting to complete whatever task is due next, only to be distracted by whatever day-time TV rerun is on.

Despite it seeming like an easy option, studying in a communal space, such as your kitchen or living room, can be having a negative impact on your studies and overall grades. This is due to these communal spaces often being noisy and full of distractions.

Studying from your own desk, in a quiet space, allows you to settle down and completely focus. Whether you set yourself study time restrictions or you power through until your work is complete, a desk encourages you to create a study area that is productive and will help you see results.

Keeps you organised

Students notoriously have a reputation for being lazy and unorganised, especially when it comes to studying and completing essays or assignments before the deadline. But you don’t have to fit into that stereotype!

A desk with a pile of books and a notepad and pen.
Having a desk to study at is a great way to ensure your books, notepads and stationery can all be kept neatly in one place. No longer will you have to waste time searching for that textbook that you misplaced but are convinced you left on the kitchen table - or was it next to the sofa?

Making sure your workspace is kept organised, and that everything you need is at your fingertips, means you can pick up with your studying right from where you left off. With a desk, you will benefit from increased productivity levels, as well as improved time management skills. This means getting your work submitted before the deadline - this doesn’t just happen in daydreams!

Can improve your sleep pattern

Without a desk, many students often choose to study from the comfort of their sofa or bed. However, working from these places, rather than a desk, are likely to be impacting your energy levels, as well as your sleep pattern - both of which are key to succeeding with your studies. 

It has been proven that studying in bed is likely to cause disrupted sleep amongst students, which can even lead to insomnia. The habit of studying in bed, and the stress and anxiety that comes with it, means that shutting off and trying to sleep can be nearly impossible! Using laptops or phones to study, can also have an effect due to the blue light produced from the screens.

To avoid this, and improve your sleep pattern, studying at a desk allows you to separate your work and sleep time. Often working at a desk can be more productive and can help ease the stress and anxiety felt when essay or assignment pressure is too much. With a desk, you can also ensure that your bed is left as a relaxing and peaceful space that will encourage you to sleep, as well as improve the quality of sleep you experience.  

Looks after your health and wellbeing

Opting to study away from a desk can also have a negative impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Whether you’re looking for a desk for your child to complete their homework at, or as a further education student yourself, investing in a desk for education is essential for staying happy and healthy.

Allocating space to study at in your home ensures that you can remain focused on your work so that you are able to set goals, stay organised and succeed in your studies.

As well as the work itself, it is also important to consider how you will relax and switch off from your study. Having a desk that you can literally step away from is crucial in being able to take an adequate amount of breaks. All of this can enable you to keep your stress levels in check and ensure you are looking after your overall wellbeing.

A desk with a computer, pen pot and yellow mug.

Find the right desk for you

Getting the right desk for you and how you like to study doesn’t need to be difficult. There are various desk shapes and sizes to suit every student. From rectangular to wave desk designs, each desk supports learning from English to art and design students. For more information on desk sizes, visit our helpful guide to help understand office furniture measurements.

Want help choosing the best desk for you? Get in contact with our friendly and helpful team on 0800 8044 760 or or email us at or start a live chat today. 

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