If you’re shopping for an L- or U-shaped desk online, then you’ll want to know exactly what type of return you’ll need for your office before you make a purchase. A “desk return” refers to the portion of one of these desks that attaches to the main computer desk and extends outward to one side. On a U-desk, the return is often referred to as a bridge, which attaches the main desk to the credenza. Purchasing a desk with a return online can be tricky, so be sure to take these tips into consideration before making your final decision.
L-shaped and U-shaped desks will come with one of three different types of returns: left-sided, right-sided or reversible. A right or left return is determined by where the return is positioned in relation to your body while you are seated at the main desk. In other words, when you are seated at the main desk, a left return will be at your left side and a right return will be at your right. A reversible return is a return that can be positioned to either the left or right side of the main desk, whichever you prefer. On many desk models, however, the return can only be attached to one side or the other, so be sure to read the product description carefully before making a selection. Measure your office and visualize where in the room your desk will be placed in order to determine whether you will want a left- or right-handed return.
Selecting a certain type of return is largely about your own personal preference; however, your home or office may have space constraints that will force you to choose one type over the other. Be sure to keep in mind the overall dimensions of the desk. Remember, the total width of an L-shaped desk or U-shaped desk is equal to the width of the main desk. The total depth of an L-shaped desk is equal to the length of the return plus the depth of the main desk, and the total depth of a U-shaped desk is equal to the length of the return plus the depth of the main desk, plus the depth of the credenza.
Another factor to take into consideration is the functionality that the desk return will have in your day-to-day work life. Typically, users are more comfortable using a return that correlates with his or her dominate hand. You may also need to facilitate other functions of your workspace such as a computer area or space for guests.
Still unsure whether you should select a desk with a right, left or reversible return? Contact our furniture experts today by calling (800) 558-1010 or by using our virtual showroom to see our L-shaped and U-shaped desks live in action.