If you are not familiar with desks or returns, trying to decide on a desk configuration may seem like a complicated task.  This is especially true if you are the one entrusted with the responsibility of selecting your office's furniture.  To make this process less stressful, we have put together some helpful guidelines to help you select the desk configuration that will work best for you.

 A desk return is the part of the desk that attaches to the main desk, and extends outward to one side.  On a U Desk, this can often be referred to as the bridge.  There are three types of desk returns: left return, right return, and reversible.  To determine a left or right return, envision yourself sitting at your desk.  If the return is on your left side, it is considered a left return.  If the return is on your right side, it is considered a right return.  Finally, a reversible return means that the return is able to be configured on either side of the desk.

 A Guide to Desk Returns   A Guide to Desk Returns

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Determining what type of return would work best for you often depends on your preference.  In some cases, however, there are room restraints that may force you to only be able to go with a left or right return.  The type of return you select also tends to correspond with your dominant hand.  For example, if you are right handed, it may be best for you to select a right return for your desk.


Lastly, it is also important to keep in mind the overall dimension of the desk you are looking at.  The depth of the main desk plus the length of the return equals the overall dimension of the return.  For a U-Desk,  the total depth is equal to the length of the bridge plus the depth of the main desk, plus the depth of the credenza.

 Gavin Executive Desk

Gavin Executive Desk, EDESKCO


If you still have questions regarding your desk configuration, or you are unsure of what desk return would work best for you, please call our qualified staff at (800)-376-0652.