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Left Return or Right Return? Left Bridge or Right Bridge? What do They Mean?

You’ve decided to add a new L-shaped or U-shaped desk for your office, but you’re not sure what kind to order -- right or left return, or reversible. There are many confusing furniture terms and you don’t want to order an expensive piece of furniture and have it not fit into your office space. Modern Office Furniture can help you decide what kind of desk you need for your office. We’ll make sure we accommodate your workflow and workspace perfectly. Continue reading to learn about the different types of desk returns and how to choose the right type of desk for you.

Different Types of Desk Returns
There are three types of desk returns essentially—left, right, and reversible. The “return” is the wing portion of an L-shaped desk, named so because of the connection to manual typewriters (carriage return). Left and right sides are determined by the perspective of the person sitting at the main desk at both a L- or U-shaped desk. If the desk is reversible, you can change the return to left or right depending on your office configuration. When ordering a desk with a fixed configuration, it’s important that you’re sure that it will fit in your space, because it can’t be changed.

Which Desk Return Do You Need?
Choosing a right or left desk return is partially personal preference and partially your office layout. Many people prefer the return to be on the same side as their dominant hand, but this may not work with the space constraints. Carefully measure your space and determine your office layout before ordering an L-shaped or U-shaped desk. Modern Office will help you determine what kind of desk to order that will best fit in your space.

Think about whether you want a U-shaped or L-shaped desk. While they both offer the same width, a U-shaped can offer additional depth in some cases, but may take up more space.

Returns are a great space for you and your co-workers to get together for small meetings, so you may want the return to have space for chairs across from it. Your space may require the return to be pushed up against a wall or a corner. It’s important to map out your space and discuss your options to maximize your office space.

Why Modern Office Furniture?
When you choose to order an L-shaped or U-shaped desk from Modern Office, you’ll get to choose from hundreds of different office furniture styles. We can help you choose what you need at various price points. Whether you just need one desk or need to furnish a large corporate space, Modern Office can work with you to help you achieve your office furniture needs. Get started on your desk return order by giving us a call at 1-800-443-5117 or filling out our contact form. We offer free shipping on every order across the United States.

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