Desk? Looxury!! When I were porrywiggle, used ta have use floor.
Now I use every available flat surface, until the MOTH gets home from work.
It will seem an obvious point, but keep in mind if you're left or right-handed. Thus you'll want 'elbow-room' when handling tongs, and if you're going to work with a catalogue open beside you, think which way you want to look at it from, thus leave space clear for the book on that side.
An old (laminate-top) kitchen table, with shelving above, has done my Mum for over 30 years. Being a molly-dooka (left-handed), it means that she can set it up to suit herself where-ever she goes.
Interesting TV show you were watching in the 3rd picture down Glen.
Does Glen KNOW he has a TV
I had to look twice to find it in the photo...reminds me of those "Where's Wally" books the kids used to have
Seriously though, the above comments about natural lighting are important; particularly if you do have the daylight hours to work on your collections. This is by far the healthiest option for you (your eyes), but any artificial lighting should be as close to daylight as possible.
The other thing you might like to consider is whether you have the need for a black light (some-one else will tell you their real name
I have a dining table over 3 feet wide and it's 6 feet long. I use recipe-cookbook stands (I have 3) for my catalogues and/or other reference books [they're perfect for this], and the chairs make great side-tables - easels (for maps, etc) - or whatever.
As a couple of members here can testify (camera's on the blink...gotta get a new one
), my computer desk holds some of my reference material - the day-to-day stuff - and the rest is housed in an old-fashioned "gentleman's wardrobe".