The 5 Desk Personality Types

April 30th, 2017 Blog

Everyone has their own way of organizing their desk, but did you know that the way you do says a lot of about the type of personality you have, as well as how you work? It doesn’t mean you should try to hide who you are at work or in your home office – quite the opposite, different personality types will work better when their environment is better suited to their preferences. Below are five of the most common “desk personality types,” along with their preferences and how they work well. Find out which one you are and stop fighting your desk habits.


This one should be self-explanatory, but clutter seems to be the way that extroverts operate. The Telegraph describes clutterers as office socialites, always ready to stop and chat with their colleagues. Clutter can speak to a creative way of problem-solving; sometimes the answer lies in distraction, or a long-forgotten thought buried under that pile of papers.


Creatives, artists, whatever you call them, they like harmonious workspaces, lots of light, and big desks where they can get to work without having to worry about finding out where to put everything. Lots of drawer space and even secondary work surfaces can help you expand comfortably if you’re a creative.

The Executive

Whether the job title matches the behaviour or not, executives love big, bold, powerful desks and enjoy it when their work spaces becoming meeting hubs. Powerful colours like ebony will give you a sense of authority and purpose at your desk and solid wood is a great material to create a sense of confidence.


If you were the child who took apart the clock to figure out how it worked, you may be a mechanic, and that means that you like your work space to be dynamic. Multiple work stations and a workspace less bound by typical rules create a movement and variety that allows the mechanic to thrive. In an office setting, combining shared and private space works well, while at home, a desk for everyday tasks can be offset by a drafting table for focused work.


Cleanliness and organization is crucial for the minimalist and they may prefer something like our X-base desk, long and spacious with little ornamentation, plenty of room underneath and minimal drawer space. Drawers are just a temptation to clutter, hiding disorganized papers away. While they may be out of sight, for the true minimalist, it’s never out of mind.

If you’re thinking about remaking your home office, take a look at Woodcraft’s solid wood desks and office collections. It doesn’t matter how you like to organize your workspace, a solid wood desk built to fit your office, made out of the material and colours you want will go a long way toward improving your productivity. In addition to a variety of executive-style desks, we also offer designs like our country student desk or the New Yorker, which you can see at any Woodcraft showroom. They’re smaller and easier to move, but all solidly made at our workshop in Markham. At Woodcraft, we also make gorgeous bookcases out of oak, pine, maple, and even vintage cherry for your office or library, perfect for professionals and book lovers alike. Stop by or check out our collection of desks for ideas for your office.