Most clients I visit have their desktop tower positioned on the floor, mainly because the computer desk is not large enough to accommodate the tower on top. Placing the tower on the floor is not ideal but will suffice under certain circumstances.
Types Of Floor
If the floor is a hard floor, as opposed to carpet, that is preferable to placing the tower on a carpeted floor. Either way, because of the low position, the tower is far more susceptible to gathering dust than if placed in a higher position. Dust will penetrate a tower no matter where it is positioned but it will suck in more dust when placed on the floor and require more regular cleaning inside and out. Placing a tower on a carpeted floor also adds the potential for carpet fibers to enter the tower causing even more damage. And, if the tower comes with vents underneath, placing it on a high pile or shag pile carpet should definitely be avoided.
Types of Desks
I cringe inwardly whenever I see a desktop tower positioned inside an enclosure at the bottom of a computer desk, as per the following image:
As far as I am concerned, this is an absolute no-no. It is a very poor design that restricts airflow causing the potential for overheating issues. Plus, it turns accessing the rear connections into quite the ordeal. Fortunately, this type of desk is now quite rare as desk manufacturers have become aware of the potential issues caused by the design. More modern computer desks have remedied this situation with a much more practical design:
Note how the tower is up off the floor but in an open space not restricting airflow and with much easier access to rear connections.
I wouldn’t generally recommend placing the tower on the floor if there are other options. However, if you have no other choice, you should avoid carpets and ensure the tower is cleaned on a regular basis.
I have a large L-shaped computer desk with both my towers sitting on top and, as far as I am concerned, this is the ideal location. Less dust, great airflow, and easy access — both to rear connections and inside the tower.
Of course, everyone’s situation is different and the position of the desktop tower will be largely dictated by circumstances. However, I hope there are some ideas in this article that help you decide the best place to position your desktop tower. Bearing in mind that ease of access and airflow, in particular, are important considerations.
Where is your tower positioned? Let us know in the comments.