Due to our increased use of home computers, the desk has become a standard piece in our home furnishing designs. Because we spend so much time at them, it’s difficult to keep our desks organized without the proper storage solutions. Messy desks can wreak havoc on our lives and careers.
Just imagine you have a Zoom meeting in an hour and need a report you printed out yesterday. You’ve since deleted the email the report was attached to, and you’re having a hard time finding it in the piles of paper on your desk. You spend forty-five minutes searching before you finally locate the report. However, you didn’t give yourself enough time to look over the information and jump on the call completely unprepared.
Or, let’s say you’re disputing a bill you received for a home repair you already paid. You know you have the receipt somewhere, but you’re unable to get your hands on it while you have the repair company on the phone. They’re threatening to send the bill to collections because they don’t show the payment in their records.
These hypothetical situations are pretty common. Having an organized space is essential to working efficiently and enables you to locate the paperwork you need quickly. When your desk just doesn’t offer enough storage, add a hutch.
A hutch makes use of the vertical space directly above the desk so you can maximize storage in your work area. There is a wide range of styles for you to organize all of the supplies and tools you use during the day.
Some hutches have open shelves, paper slots, drawers, or cabinets with hidden shelves. They may come with small compartments and wire cut-outs in the back to keep cords out of sight.
Not only does the hutch increase storage, but because it uses vertical space, it leaves floor space open for you to move around the space easily. You won’t need a bulky file cabinet, bookshelves, or other pieces of furniture to store your files, books, binders, and other materials you need to complete work tasks.
Computer desk hutches with paper slots will give those loose documents a home. The shelves are perfect for printers and scanners. Cubby holes are just the right size for sticky notes, paper clips, pushpins, and other supplies. An open design makes it simple to reach up and grab whatever you need. If you need a bit more privacy for sensitive documents, drawers or cabinets with locks will do the trick.
If you record videos for social media at your desk, a hutch can prove to be very useful. Use the cubby compartments for additional cameras to catch different angles for editing. If you do make-up tutorials, you can store the eye shadows, lipsticks, make-up brushes, and more in the hutch.
The same is true for those who enjoy making hairstyling tutorials. Combs, brushes, hairpins, gels, mousses, and other products can all be kept organized with the hutch.
Gamers will also find this piece of furniture beneficial. Store your gaming systems on the shelves and leave your desktop free to hold two monitors. Your headset and other gaming tools will always be within arm’s reach.
There are a few things to keep in mind as you search for the perfect hutch. Make sure to measure the desk, so you know the hutch fits. Know your ceiling height, so the hutch you choose isn’t scraping the ceiling. You also may want to mount the hutch to the wall for added security, especially if children use the space. It will prevent the hutch from tipping over and causing an accident.
Place the desk in a spot where the hutch doors can be fully opened. You don’t want to place the huge piece of furniture in front of a window and block the natural light from entering the room.
Speaking of light, if you don’t want to clutter the desktop with a desk lamp, find a hutch with built-in lighting. Be sure to position the desk near an outlet so you can plug it in to power up the hutch. It’s a great piece of furniture that instantly turns your desk into an organized work area.