Productivity is key when working from home. Countless employees across the world spend their days hunched over a 15″ monitor attached to their laptop, fingers glued to a tiny 3″ square to navigator their cursor from window to window. Eventually, many realize how much more efficient their work could be if expanding to a larger display – or multiple displays.
Decide on an Ideal Monitor Setup
First, determine if your laptop or desktop can support multiple monitors. You will also need to know how they connect – whether through HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C – or other types of connections.
The three types of connections listed above are the most common for modern computers. However, if you have an older computer, you might see a DVI or a VGA port, though you will have a hard time finding a new monitor supporting either of these. You can easily convert DVI to HDMI, but it might be best to avoid messing with VGA because the display quality will not be as good and having different screen resolutions can cause undue strain on your eyes.
On average, most people can work comfortably with a total of two or three monitors for a multi-monitor setup.
Determine Your Budget
Monitors come in a wide range of makes, models, widths, and price points. Ultra-widescreen curved monitors are all the rage and make for the cleanest setups, but unless you have $1,500 sitting around – most models will be out of reach. (NOTE: That will likely change over the next few years as prices drop.)
Ideally, you should select monitor(s) that allow for identical resolutions, and usually you’ll want screens of the same size. However, having a laptop sitting next to a larger stand-alone monitor isn’t the end of the world. Plus, there are ways to arrange the screens on your operating system to allow for easy flow between displays.
Once you decide how many displays your computer can accommodate, determine how much you want to spend on more screen real estate.
Last, it is important to have a desk large enough to accommodate your new monitor(s) plus the space for your work that may not be on the computer. Unless you are planning on mounting all of your monitors, a larger desk is usually in order.
With all of these variables mapped out, you can calculate how much a new setup might cost you using the formula below:
Total Budget = (Price/Monitor x Number of Monitors) + Cost of Desk
Pick a Desk Location
Most people don’t have infinite space. So you’ll need to take measurements to determine how much desk space you need for your monitors as well as where your new desk will go. In some cases, it’s possible to fit your new desk where your old desk is with only a little bit of rearranging.
Select Your Desk for Multiple Displays
With price, layout, and size in mind, select your desk. Below are a few of our favorite home office desks for multiple monitors.
1. Modern Glass and Metal L Shaped Desk by Manor Park (Link)
This desk from Walmart has room for two or three monitors, as well as a keyboard tray and a place to store a tower computer underneath. It saves space by fitting neatly into a corner and the keyboard tray can be mounted on either side of the desk.
Its frame is durable steel and the tempered glass is strong enough to hold all of your office needs.
2. Tribesigns’ L-Shaped Desk for Home Office and Gamers (Link)
L-shaped desks are honestly ideal for multiple monitors. But Tribesigns also gives you room to put your paper notes and coffee while your monitors sit on a separate shelf above to give you even more space. The raised platform for the monitors also limits the amount of slouching you’ll do.
Easily fit up to four smaller monitors on this desk with room to spare. Or you could go big with giant monitors if that’s more your fancy. This desk is versatile. It even has a headphone hook for easy storage of your headphones.
3. Create Your Own Desk at StandDesk (Link)
StandDesk allows you to go big when customizing your desk options. The desks have various heights that adjust to easily so you don’t have to slouch, or even sit, anymore.
Their biggest desks measure 72”x30” which is easily enough room for two or three monitors depending on the monitor size, but even their 60”x26” inch desks boasts the ability to hold multiple monitors with ease.
They are a bit on the pricier side, but they are definitely worth it from an ergonomics standpoint. The desks adjust in height at the touch of a button, so that’s no extra work from you. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
So while the price is steep, the StandDesk will be the last desk you need to purchase.
Getting multiple monitors and a desk big enough to accommodate them are both important steps for your productivity and long-term health. We spend so much time at our desks these days that it is imperative that we get a desk that supports our posture, and accommodates our work – and play – needs.
What other desks have you purchased? What features have you found most useful?