Setting up your home office with a desk for the first time is not an easy task. Whether you are about to embark on the work-from-home lifestyle permanently, or simply need a place where you can take care of your extra assignments in peace, equipping your home office is the kind of project that requires smart investments and even cleverer choices.
This could be the first time where you get the chance to set up things exactly the way you want them – without having to ask for your superior’s stamp of approval or adjusting to the needs of your roommate or spouse. However, you won’t be able to pass the bill onto anybody else, either, so you will have to go the extra mile to find quality pieces that bring value back on every dollar spent. Also, space in your place is limited, but so is your tolerance for things that don’t look right.
To compile this list, we have scouted the top-rated brands and best values in order to select the best piece de resistance for your new home offices. We have tried to strike the perfect balance between practical budgets, pleasant design, and long-lasting materials – and we’ve made sure anything you choose can be delivered straight to you.
The Leick Corner desk offers a comfortable arrangement for your desktop computer, a laptop, or even for old-school handwriting. Furthermore, it achieves this with a console-type design that won’t clash against any typical living room furniture, hiding away any bulky CPUs or rough drawers from prying eyes. This is a great option for those who need to share their home office with a living room, or who live in an open-plan loft but still need privacy in order to concentrate. It’s available in five color schemes: black, chocolate oak, burnished oak, dark oak iron, and mission oak.
Designed a bit over ten years ago, the Airia desk was created to provide timeless lines for those who need space to spread out their work activities. It is thin and light with discrete but plentiful storage space and superb leg room. Neutral colors and sleek, wide legs make it a good fit for almost any surrounding décor style.
This is a sturdy, solid wood option with enough space for any laptop and creative scratches or manual note-taking. It is easy to assemble and has floor protectors as well as resilient drawer handles. Thanks to its size, it is a great, stylish option for students who need their own study space.
Modeled after an apothecary desk, this model offers enough space for a large CPU, four large drawers, and a well-integrated flip-down panel for a keyboard or mouse so that they won’t take any space away from your reading materials. It’s available in cherry, milled cherry, and auburn cherry finishes.
If you only need to fit a laptop rather than a whole desktop, the Willingham home office desk offers a warm and efficient way to fold up a table, finish your pending tasks, and be on your merry way. Available in both dark brown and white, this desk includes a drawer, a corkboard, a paper organizer, and four compartments in addition to the foldable table.
This is a light model that won’t add too many hidden shipping fees to your final bill. However, thanks to its metal X-shaped frame structure, it will remain stable even if you are an aggressive typist or if a client ever makes you want to slam your fist against the table.
The basic layout for this desk appears simple enough – a worktable, three drawers, a letter paper organizer, and ample leg room. However, a closer inspection reveals numerous ways in which this desk will adapt itself to your needs and your work style.
The worktable is discreetly divided into two independent sides, each one providing the opportunity to be adjusted or inclined for extra comfort. Ergonomic but elegant handles make the drawers appear functional but keep everything within reach. These extra features make assembly a bit more complicated than the standard 15-minute-long solo tasks that most brands advertise nowadays. You will need someone else to help you the first time, but, afterward, you’ll be set for years to come.
As a productivity solution for those who are just starting out with their home business, this offers two advantages. First, you will save space, but you will also save valuable time if you don’t have to go to your garage to look for whatever you are storing there. Also, this desk’s sleek black wood gives the whole set up an artsy vibe. And after work is done, you can easily arrange your sketchbooks on it.
The Crea Desk is, first and foremost, a creative space. Beyond the expected sturdiness of the structure, the surfaces are all scratch resistant. Colors are kept simple and clean to avoid interfering with your craft. However, its most noteworthy feature is the presence of interchangeable modules, which will allow you to store materials of varying sizes in the way that is most convenient to you (rather than to some obscure furniture designer).
As a bonus, this office desk is constructed solely from eco-friendly, non-toxic materials. A recycled particleboard means that using this desk as your crafting area will not only help preserve the environment but will also keep all your creations child-friendly and lead-free.
This writing desk merges the industrial-era worktable with Jane Austen’s writing desk. An unpolished, soft, nutmeg finish covers an ample space with spacious legroom, three separate drawers, and a stable layout. This model is ideal for graphic designers or architects who may need to spread over their work over a large table.
This desk has made the list as one of the best computer desks due to it featuring a very high-quality construction made completely from high-grade hardwood. This is how, despite its airy and leggy construction, the desk will remain stable and sturdy. The unfinished polish offers you an opportunity to customize the design for a fraction of what a hardwood desk usually costs.
This desk is wide, soft, and comes with a built-in cable management system. You can mix in the black base with any of its four available finishes – green, blue, red, or white. This is not a desk meant to blend in with your pre-existing furniture. Keep the rest of your décor open to meet this desk halfway. It’s a powerful workhorse for anyone who works with computers. It’s perfect for anyone from programmers to accountants.
Rivet tackles both nostalgia and functionality with their mid-century inspired reader desk. Modeled after vintage school desks with some Mad-Men era tweaks, this hardwood piece of art provides a lot of writing and storage space for a relatively low price. It keeps many of the quiet perks of school desks (the chance to quickly hide a love note beneath the table, for example) and adds a walnut veneer finish.
The L-Shaped layout means you can keep clearly separate areas for your desktop computer, including a sliding tray for your keyboard and mouse, and a workspace for writing or drawing. A tempered glass surface and polished aluminum keep the final product modern and chic.
This is where the Contempo offers a truly unique approach to the adult workspace or the futuristic secondary school. Thanks to its heavy duty tempered glass cover and its resistant keyboard tray, this desk combines a silver finish, round and soft lines, and a very efficient set up for those who need to keep things clean. Add an extended warranty and easy-to-follow assembly instructions, and you have a great way to kick-start your new work-from-home business in less than a weekend.
However, this doesn’t mean you should settle for taking over your dining room table. The Ameriwood Parsons desk provides a very inexpensive but resilient workspace complete with a spacious drawer and 16 different color combinations. Choose whichever mixes best with your existing furniture or add a splash of daring décor to keep you motivated.
With a desk converter, you can easily switch back and forth from the conventional chair-based desk to a standing one. This model, in particular, offers two air-lift height adjustment levers that allow you to move your screen and keyboard up and down smoothly and silently. Also, its sturdy material will support a dual-screen setup for extra productivity.
Its high-grade aluminum frame is light and easy to adjust as it includes an electric system with memory for four height slots. The motorized system is silent and reliable to ensure your display won’t shake a bit too much while adjusting the height. The bamboo desktop has a scratch-resistant coating that keeps things looking clean and luminous.