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Mobile Computer Desks

Hide away papers and make your room look neat with a roll top desk. Staples has a broad selection of these and other styles for your home or office.

Choosing a Roll Top Desk
A roll top computer desk has a flexible sliding cover that pulls down over the work area. The cover, which has curved grooves, conceals the things you have on your desk's surface. A variation of the kneehole desk and secretary tambour desk, the roll top has been a popular choice since the 19th century.

Roll Top Desk Materials
Most of these desks have solid wooden builds with wooden shutters. The shutters, known as tambours, have wooden slats lined together that then roll back into the desk when it's in use. Some styles are made from pressed wood, also known as pressed particle board. It's unusual to see metal roll top desks.

What are the Benefits of Roll Top Desks?
Roll top desks close when they're not in use, so laptops, paperwork and other items stay out of sight. They tend to be smaller in width but deeper, so they support smaller laptops and have storage space for a number of items. Some options have casters on the legs, so they roll to new locations easily when you want to rearrange. With cubicles inside to hold pens, drawers for extra notepads and slots for notebooks or other materials, these desks make a good storage option without showing clutter, and steel bearings help roll the tambour back in place when you finish working. While some models still retain a small size, many today can be found in deeper, taller, wider or thinner shapes to suit apartments, small homes and larger offices.

What Height Should a Computer Desk Be?
The right desk for you might be a different height than the right desk for someone else. You should get the right computer chair first, then choose a desk that has a keyboard tray at elbow height or a higher desk for writing at mid-chest height. Most work surfaces stand 28 to 30 inches tall, which suits the average heights of most users.

What's the Difference Between a Writing Desk and Computer Desk?
Writing desks typically have hutches for storage and simple flat surfaces for writing. There isn't usually a designated space built in for a desktop computer. There may not be a keyboard tray that pulls out. Computer desks have designated areas for a desktop as well as holes in the desk for cord storage. They typically have several levels, so the monitor may be higher than the main desk, which is above the roll-out keyboard tray. Writing desks like roll top desks may not have enough space to hold a monitor since they may be too tall or wide for the tambours to pass over or to fit under a hutch. Computer desks tend to have no overhead storage since anything above it may impact the monitor. Desks designed for laptops usually support all the technology on one level.
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Furinno® Bamboo Bed Lapdesk wood Tray
Item : 1381459
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  • Dimension: 8.7"H x 24.4"W x 11.8"D
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Features: Super Lightweight & is Suitable for Serving Hot Meals as Bamboo has a Cooling in Nature
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Altra Mason Ridge Mobile Desk with Metal Frame, Cherry/Black
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  • Roll your office space anywhere within your home with the Altra Mason Ridge Mobile Desk with Metal Frame
  • Desk top holds your laptop, lamp and decorative items
  • Drawer is the perfect size for notebooks, files and other office essentials
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