Working from home can be tough. With so many people stuck inside small spaces, having a dedicated desk space can often come at a premium. And even if you do have space, choosing the best desk for your home workspace can be difficult given how many options there are out there, from compact writing desks to treadmill desks.
Now that a majority of us are working from home indefinitely, we’ve transformed from never seeing the need to own a desk to, well, needing a desk. Nobody likes working from the couch. Talk about uncomfy.
With this in mind, we here at SPY have rounded up 15 of the best desks to help you accomplish any task from home. With a variety of different models across a variety of different price points, there is quite literally something for everyone’s budget and space. The only thing that’s left is to decide which one works for you. Below, our selects.
1. Bestar I3 Plus L Desk with Two Drawers
BEST STANDARD DESK
Those looking for a standard-style computer desk should look no further than this option from Bestar. While the L-shape might not be standard for some, people who’ve worked from home the majority of their life will absolutely know how all of this real estate really comes in handy. Done in a traditional, old-school style with a grey finish, this desk has plenty of storage space for a standard computer tower (or for extra storage if you have a laptop) while also providing two drawers (one large and one small) for office equipment and file storage. Additionally, there are five different cubbies to maximize storage efforts, making the possibility to keep just about anything at your desk, well, possible.
2. Coaster Home Furnishings Barritt 4 Drawer Home Office Writing Desk
Those looking for a more vintage-inspired computer desk should look no further than this option from Coaster Home Furnishings. Done with an antique nutmeg finish, this desk has plenty of storage space for a standard computer tower (or for extra storage if you have a laptop) while also providing three side drawers for office equipment and file storage. There’s tons of room on top to spread out any and all papers, blueprints, gadgets and desk toys. Best of all? It’s currently on sale.
3. CubiCubi Computer Home Office Desk
This is the writing desk used by SPY’s e-commerce editor, Tyler Schoeber, who completely swears by it. He snagged this thing right at the beginning of the pandemic when he moved into his new apartment and man, he doesn’t regret the purchase in the slightest. It’s a handsome desk with a black-on-brown wooden facade that’s both eye-catching and large enough to keep two laptops (Tyler listens and watches YouTube videos all day on one of the laptops to keep him sane), a globe, a lamp, numerous candles, around three glasses of water and a coffee mug at all times. The double cubbies on the right side are great for just about any additional work-related items you might need. Tyler keeps his books and folders on one and a massive film scanner on the other for when he practices film photography on his days off. It’s an excellent desk for young professionals living in small spaces that are working out of their bedrooms.
4. FURINNO Simplistic Study Table
BEST VALUE DESK
For those in need of something to work on besides an ironing board, this simple desk from FURINNO is a great value option. Ideal for small spaces, the retro-inspired Haven desk has a minimal amount of surface room, so we don’t necessarily suggest this for anyone using a desktop. Spread out your laptop, mug, a few papers and pens evenly throughout and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for the best desk under $50, this is a great choice. It’s also an Amazon’s Choice product with nearly 6,000 reviews for an overall four-star rating.
5. VIVO Manual 43” x 24” Stand Up Desk
BEST MANUAL STANDING DESK
Standing desks are all the rage now — for good reason. Medically proven to be very beneficial for you, spending at least part of your day standing while working can be hugely beneficial for your body. However, a fully electronic standing desk can be a little expensive, which makes a manual version like this desk from VIVO an attractive alternative. If you’re willing to put in a little manual work and use the hand crank to raise and lower the desk, you’ll save a considerable amount. This is also an excellent selection for people with thin desktop computers because of the extra height from the standing glass platform.
6. ApexDesk Vortex Electric Standing Desk
BEST ELECTRIC STANDING DESK
On the other hand, if you’re willing to drop the cash for it, an electric standing desk makes things so much easier. With a simple press of a button, the desk automatically begins to lift up to the maximum height. Additionally, ApexDesk ensured that, even at its maximum height, the desk doesn’t wobble around; this means you can comfortably work without being worried the whole thing may just tip over mid Zoom conference.
7. Besign Portable Desk
BEST PORTABLE DESK
For those who are really tight on space, this portable desk from Besign is an excellent option. Easily turn any surface into a desk just by placing this on top of it. That means, yes, even your bed can have a bit more sturdy support than it might otherwise have. The possibilities are endless, really. And when you’re done, you can just tuck it away until the next time you need it.
8. YIJIN Computer Desk Gaming Table
BEST DESK FOR GAMING
Focus on beating that boss with an impeccable desk made solely for gamers. With features like a dedicated cup holder, a headset hook and game storage space, this gaming desk from YIJIN is perfect for the person who likes to spend hours tied to their desk while making sure they’re getting in round after round of their favorite game. It’s ergonomic for extended use and can support a 32-inch monitor with ease. It has that classic, stable Z-shape you see with most gaming computers some definitely need for that gamer rage.
9. Trent Austin Design Micaela Desk
BEST GLASS-TOP DESK
Never underestimate the sophisticated and stylish qualities brought by a glass-top desk. The Ashford desk exclusively at Urban Outfitters has a minimalistic yet rustic look to it, featuring a mango wooden structure and glass top that really brings a light, airy quality to your at-home workspace. It’s large enough to fit a full desktop computer as well as a lamp, a few books, some desk trinkets and whatever else you prefer having on your desktop. Though this structure is totally gorgeous, one thing to keep in mind here is the lack of storage options. If you’re the type that loves to shove things away in various drawers or cubbies, we suggest you look elsewhere.
10. CubiCubi L-Shaped Desk
BEST BUDGET L-SHAPE DESK
L-shaped desks are great for those who want plenty of space to spread out their things — whether it be multiple monitors or several different documents. Regardless of how you use it, this desk from CubiCubi has a lot of room. And when we say a lot, we mean it. Featuring enough room to place two desktop computer screens, a laptop, a lamp, books and having an additional level to place knick-knacks and various files, you will never run out of room with this L-shaped desk. It’s extremely durable and comes with a free 24-month warranty to ensure you really are getting a bang for your buck. And at just $200? We’re wondering why you haven’t clicked the buy button yet.
11. Joybird Somer Desk
BEST MINIMALIST DESK
Sometimes, you don’t really need a lot, so this minimalist desk from Joybird fits the bill. Made from wood with a concrete top, it works just as well as a desk as it does a workbench. Plenty wide enough, there’s more than enough room for all of your projects — whether personal or professional. Sturdy and built for the long-haul, it’s a piece that’s absolutely worth the investment.
12. Haotian FWT18-W White Drop-Leaf Table Desk
BEST FLOATING DESK
A desk doesn’t always have to fall into the typical conventions of a desk, which is why this floating desk from Haotian is such a great choice. By wall mounting this, you’ll save on floor space and can even mount it at a height that makes it a standing desk if you want. This desk is excellent for small spaces, but keep in mind, it won’t really fit your full desktop computer the way some others on this list will. Though, there are numerous cubbies for storage and spaces to keep handy (and unhandy) tools like pens and knick-knacks. Altogether, it’s a decidedly different look — but one that could be a welcome change from your standard home office experience.
13. Marisol Rattan Desk
For those looking for a desk on the more unique side of design, look no further than the Marisol Rattan desk from Urban Outfitters. This desk is giving us Little Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket vibes by bringing a fully basket-woven structure into the modern WFH lifestyle. Like our other choice from Urban, this desk seems as if it is mainly for aesthetic purposes. There are only two thin drawers that don’t have much space for storage aside from some papers and folders, and realistically speaking, it doesn’t look like it can hold the heaviest of desktop computers. If you’re someone who works primarily on a laptop, this is the desk for you.
14. Writing Desk for Home Office
BEST INDUSTRIAL DESK
If you’re a lover of the industrial aesthetic, boy, do we have the desk for you. This desk is giving us a makeshift-looking, warehouse-esque vibe that we’re completely here for. It has the ability to easily hold any desktop computer or laptop with an additional ample amount of room for keeping books and/or desktop items like plants and other tchotchkes. There’s no storage in the slightest from this desk, so if you can’t do without, we suggest looking elsewhere. But, if you’re cool with the lack of storage space, this is right up your alley.
15. Anthropologie Optical Inlay Desk
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you have to make it boring. Add some fun to your home office with a desk we can’t stop looking at from Anthropologie. This gorgeous, intricately patterned work station is a functional yet eyecatching home staple that will really spice up your office space with the pop it needs. There are two large drawers on each side of the desk that will fit anything you need and enough real estate up top to fit an entire desktop computer.