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Solid Wood Desks – Furniture Care Tips and Advice

April 30th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh


If you have a solid wood desk, check to see that your laptop isn't overheating the wood. Although unlikely, laptops with no ventillation have been known to expose desks to heat so intense that over time it cracks the wooden desk top.

I recently learned of a case where the top of a solid wood desk cracked under prolonged, intense exposure to heat from a laptop computer.  I've never heard of this before, but I guess it can happen.

Do you use a laptop as your desktop computer?  I do.  I like the flexibility it offers me and at work.  I connect it to a big 40" flat screen TV so I can still have a large workspace.

If you do the same, and your desk is made of wood, be careful to move your laptop around and check the bottom of it for heat now and then.  Many people use a laptop cooling pad as well, especially for Macs which reportedly run hotter than PCs.

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2 Responses to “Solid Wood Desks – Furniture Care Tips and Advice”

  1. Furniture Fix says:

    Thanks for the furniture care tips and advice. It seems like you need to be careful before just placing a laptop directly onto a desk.

  2. 0845 numbers says:

    You’re right! Others used laptop cooling pads to take away heat from their laptops. You’re desk looks good especially when your laptop is on the top. But just like what you said better check the bottom of your laptop as it heats up as well as your furniture when it is made of wood.

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