Desktop Space for Monitor Stands
How much desktop space do I need for multi monitor mounts?
This is a question that we get asked quite often. Remember that when using a monitor mounts or stands, the monitors will be mounted on the arms of the STAND which actually takes up very little desktop space.
You only need enough room for the BASE.
Since the monitors are all suspended up off the desk and on the tree of the monitor stand, it does not take that much desk space for monitor mounts.
Does the sizes of my desk matter?
It does not really matter how wide your desk is, as long as it supports the weight of the number of monitors you are using. The monitors themselves could extend out past the width of the desk and it would not matter. It is all about the base.
For example. Take our K3320G 6-display monitor stand here. Note the mounting base circled in red. This mount only requires about 6” of desktop space to support 6 monitors.
This is a bolt down style base which requires a single bolt to be drilled through your desk. So you could really have a 6 monitor mount on a 1 ft square desk as long as it would support the weight. Even the smallest of desks can support more weight than you realize.
Freestanding Style Base
Compare this to a freestanding base like our KT661 shown here. It requires no drilling, it has a large heavy steel base to support the mount.
A freestanding base is about 18″ wide on this mount, so it would require a desk that is 18″ wide for 6 monitors as long as it supports the weight.
Keep in mind, the monitors themselves (not the mount) are much wider than the mount bases. So If you have room for the monitors, then you have enough room for a monitor mount. For example see the quad mount below. Note how 2 monitors wide are much wider than the base of the mount.
So when determining if you have enough room for multiple monitors, don’t worry about the mount. Measure one of your monitors (straight across , left to right). Now multiply that by the number of monitors across that you want to use. In the quad mount shown above, let’s say your monitors are 20″ wide. Two monitors wide is a total of 40″. That is the overall WIDTH of this setup.
What about height?
If you have height restrictions such as a cubical type desk, or a desk with a cubby, the same rules apply. But you would just measure the overall height of a single monitor (top to bottom edge) and multiply by the number of monitors high that you plan on using.
NOTE When using one of our monitor mounts they are vertically adjustable. Again in the example above you could drop the whole array DOWN where the bottom row of monitors nearly touches your desk if needed.
When setting up monitor mounts, desktop space is not that important so don’t overthink it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us we are happy to talk to you about this.
We have many styles of monitor stands and mounts to choose from including clamp to desk, bolt down, wall mount, large screen and more. Click below to see all of our desktop monitor mount offerings.