Whether you’re outfitting a home office or simply need somewhere to stick your laptop, desks are a popular addition to any household. Depending on your needs, a wide variety of designs are available to accommodate your individual lifestyle. If a new workstation is in your future, consider the following:

What kind of computer desk should I buy?

Before doing any shopping, determine exactly how you plan to use your desk. A home office will need something highly functional that’s equipped with storage essentials, not to mention a comfortable design. A little extra space for additional papers or a laptop plus monitor won’t hurt, either. If you’re a more casual computer user, a more decorative style or even a folding desk will work perfectly. Are you a gamer who needs extra room for dual monitors, controllers and maybe a drink or two? A specialized gaming desk should do the trick. Laptop users have a little more leeway: They can opt for a full-size model or a smaller laptop table or lap desk.

A standing desk is another recently popular choice that allows you to work at your computer without sitting down. Many people cite several health incentives for using one, and if you prefer standing over sitting, this might be a great option for you.

What kind of shape should my workstation be?

Consider both the size of your office as well as your needs. A bow-front executive desk or an L-shaped desk provides ample workspace, room for your computer monitor (and tower, if you choose), plus plenty of storage. If you don’t have the luxury of space, consider a corner desk, which saves floor space without sacrificing function and storage.

Is there a way I can further maximize my office desk space?

If your storage options and workspace aren’t quite cutting it, look for a unit that also offers a hutch in the same style. With a hutch you can take advantage of vertical space; just make sure your monitor isn’t too big to fit before you buy. Another option is to add a shelf, either to the wall or on top of your workspace. You can store accessories there and tuck a power strip underneath, or it could be a way to give your monitor a vertical boost. You also always have the option to add additional filing cabinets — most desks have cabinets that match their style, design and material.