Scrolling through Pinterest, we are flooded with images of minimalist workspaces with traditional desk and desk pairings. But most are just the standard desk and chair – where are the active minimalist workspaces? So, we scrolled through several pages of Google images of minimalist setups to dissect and pinpoint what it takes to replicate that same minimalist aesthetic but suit an active workspace. The minimalist look is not only trendy, but it does also help promote productivity as we are not distracted by things and we can just focus on the tasks at hand. Here are the 5 ways to get a desk that has the minimalist look whilst also being active:
Plenty of Exposed Desk Space
All the images showcased lots of exposed desk space, regardless of how big or small the physical space was. Even on a small workspace, you can create the illusion of ample workspace by keeping your worktop clutter-free; akin to how white space works in merchandising and graphics: the more whitespace around the objects the more emphasis placed on them. Thus, try to reduce the appearance of clutter by minimizing the footprint of the things that reside on top of your desk.
We suggest considering a full-on height adjustable table like the Luxor Conference Table and the Safco Electric Base and Top, or even the fixed standing height of the Safco Mood or Elevate Standing Tables. If your set up includes several monitors, consider monitor arms that can free up any desk space as it usually latches on the edge of a table, ESI Edge series have options that suit heavy monitors and multiple mounting options.
Marketed as a conference table however you can spread out wide and take up the entire thing. Shown: Luxor Electric Adjustable Conference Table
Rarely did we see a tower, printer or fax machine on top of the desk; not saying you need to get rid of them but consider concealing it away behind a cabinet or on a caster unit that can be tucked underneath your desk. Whatever is displayed on top of a desk, always looked like it was thoughtfully and intentionally placed there.
Most minimalist setups stayed within the neutral or natural wood colour palettes – however, we decipher it is mainly because those tones are most pervasive and versatile on the market. If your laptop or computer monitor is dark, look at matching that tone in the hardware of your chair or desk legs; same if you have a light theme. We also saw a sharp contrast minimalist setups, where most of the finishes were coherent and then punctuated with one contrasting tone or colour for a striking overall look. Look to our Safco Mood, Elevate, or Electric Standing Tables for different finishes to match your space.
The Safco Elevate Standing Height Desk comes in Cream or Black to suit your interior
Hide your cables (or opt for wireless)
Nothing takes away from a minimalist aesthetic like the visibility of seeing a tangle of wires and cables. So keep the wires out of sight with this easy cable management DIY or check out our cable management offerings from iMovr or Aidata. In addition, you can opt for wireless accessories, such as Bluetooth wireless mice, headphones, keyboards, or speakers; all existing on your workspace without being tethered to the wall outlet.
We said to try to keep as many things off your desk, however, it does not mean you need to forgo storage for things you’ll need. Install floating shelves for books, plants, and knickknacks above your desk or a sleek drawer system that sits on top of your worktop or even a drawer/filing unit on casters that stores office supplies, papers, or even snacks.
Modern seating options
Bold and clean lines of Varier Thatit Balans is functional as it is beautiful
Not only are traditional office chairs the antagonist in our office, we found them to not always go well with the sleek, minimalist look. Our top pick for an active seating option for either perching at a standing desk or sitting in the Varier Move, which comes in many colours and has a bold yet functional design which works in a gamut of workspaces. If you are looking to swap out your current office chair for an active one, the Safco Zenergy is a great alternative to exercise ball chairs or the Safco Swivel Keg that allows for the twisting movement which is great for making micro-movements all day. If you like a back to a chair, consider the Varier Thatis balans, it is a rocking kneeling chair which has the back for conventional sitting and swapping to kneeling, which takes pressure off your back and hips to promote better posture.
Don’t throw out your minimalist dream if you also want an active office. The key tip to a minimalist active desk to make appropriate style and functional choices that can lend you movement throughout the day. Minimalism is not a one-time endeavour; you will need to adopt a frequent routine of vetting the contents of your desk frequently to keep clutter at bay and keeping only the necessities within reach.
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