Posted by Christian Vigil on 04/26/23
Choosing the Right Monitor Size for Your Desk: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit
Monitors have become an essential part of our daily lives, whether we use them for work, gaming, or entertainment. With the increasing reliance on screens, it's important to find the right monitor size for your desk to ensure optimal comfort and productivity. But with so many options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which size is right for you based on the type of desk you’re working with. In this article, we will guide you through the factors to consider when choosing the right monitor size based on the type of desk you own.
1. Desk Space and Layout
The size of your desk is the first and most crucial factor to consider when choosing a monitor size. Owning something such as the Aero desk will have more than enough workspace and flexibility for various monitor setups. On the flip side, owning a regular-sized office desk such as our drawer desks will most likely mean that one monitor and minimal clutter is ideal for your layout. Make sure to measure the available space on your desk and consider the layout of your workstation. Will the monitor be the only screen on your desk, or will you be using multiple monitors side by side? Do you need space for other peripherals like a keyboard, mouse, or speakers? Take into account the overall ergonomics of the desk setup you need and ensure that the monitor size you choose allows for comfortable viewing without cranking your neck or straining your eyes.
2. Viewing Distance
As a general rule of thumb, the larger the monitor size, the farther away you should sit from the screen. For example, a comfortable viewing distance for a 24-inch monitor would be around 2-3 feet, while a 32-inch monitor is 3-4 feet. Viewing distance is a crucial factor that doesn’t get mentioned enough when choosing a monitor size. The wrong distance between your eyes and the screen can strain your eyes and make it difficult to focus on the task at hand. Another quick tip, consider the available space in your room or office and how far you typically sit from your desk. Being in a more spacious environment gives better flexibility in determining the monitor size. However, a more compact space will bring you closer to your screen, especially if there is another workstation behind you.
3. Resolution and Content
An important consideration when choosing the right size is the resolution of the monitor. Higher resolution monitors allow for sharper images and text, but also require more screen real estate to display content. For example, a video editor will need to keep multiple programs open on his screen such as his editing software, his folders for immediate access to his video files and more likely than not, a browser open. That type of work setting will require his monitor to be of the highest resolution which typically results in a larger monitor and as mentioned in the previous point, a larger monitor will require a larger distance from the screen. The same can be said for other professions or hobbyists such as gamers or coders who demand high-resolution graphics which means a larger monitor size with a higher resolution such as 4K or even ultrawide is their preference. On the other end of the spectrum, if you mainly use your monitor for basic tasks like browsing the web, word processing, or watching videos, a smaller monitor with a lower resolution should be enough. People doing administrative work from home or owning their own business will need just a basic monitor setup with minimal hardware. For that purpose, monitors ranging from 17 to 23 inches may suffice which is ideal for people that have a smaller desk to work with.
An obvious but important factor is how much you’re willing to invest into the monitor. Ergonomic-based furniture is important for overall body health but investing into a good monitor can make or break the work experience. Monitor prices can vary significantly depending on the size, resolution, refresh rate, and other features. Set a budget that you're comfortable with and prioritize the features that are most important to you. It's also worth considering the long-term investment of a monitor, as a high-quality monitor can last you for several years while help getting the most out of your desk.
5. Personal Preference
Ultimately, personal preference plays a significant role in choosing the right monitor size for your desk. Some people may prefer a larger screen for immersive gaming or multimedia experiences, while others may prioritize a smaller screen for a clutter-free workspace. Take into account your own visual preferences, the tasks you perform most frequently and the overall purpose of why you bought your desk and the setup you have envisioned in your mind.