Why is it so hard to find a decent desk for your home office? Why does every option either seem prohibitively expensive or super low-quality? With so many people working from home inside small homes and apartments, 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 many of us are working from home, we’ve transformed from never seeing the need to own a desk to, well, needing a desk. Nobody likes working from the couch. Working from the couch is a slippery slope to napping on the couch.
With this in mind, we here at SPY have rounded up some 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, space and style. The only thing that’s left is to decide which one works for you. Below, our selects.
1. 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.
2. Wade Logan Callendale Glass Desk
SPY’s managing editor Tim Werth swears by this home office desk, which he’s used for the last three years. The Callendale writing desk features a sleek mid-century-style design with a glass top, an open cubby for storage and hairpin metal legs. The glass and wood writing desk will look great in your home office or living room, and it’s compact, lightweight and easy to assemble. If you prefer a more minimalist aesthetic, you won’t regret adding this glass desk to your work-from-home setup.
3. Coaster Home Furnishings Barritt 4 Drawer Home Office Writing Desk
BEST LARGE 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.
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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 space, 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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Cubiker Computer Desk
BEST BASIC DESK
If you need a simple desk, this option from Cubiker is a stylish and affordable option. It has black metal legs, and the tabletop comes in a few different colors like black, rustic brown, natural and white. And, depending on the size of your computer and the amount of space you have, you can choose between several tables that are as small as 31″ or as wide as 63″. The price shown is for the 47″ desk. While there are no drawers, the desk does come with a small fabric box for storing books and papers, which attaches to the edge of the desk to keep your working area clear.
16. Teraves Reversible L Shaped Desk with Shelves
BEST MODULAR DESK
If you have the space for it, L-shaped desks can give you that corner office feeling while you work, and they can be great if you have larger monitors and a lot of documents. And if you don’t have a corner office, you can literally put the desk in a corner to save space. It has two exposed shelves for documents and whatever else you need. The feature that sets this desk apart is that the L-shape is reversible, meaning you can fit this desk into more spaces.
17. Nathan James Theo Industrial Wall Mount Ladder Desk
BEST BOOKSHELF DESK
If space is very limited, consider this compact yet practical ladder-style desk. It features two metal posts that drill into the wall to stay in place, and there’s a writing surface with two upper shelves for storing books or displaying decor. The working surface is 20″ deep, which, while not very big, is large enough to comfortably place a laptop. You can choose between the industrial brown and black option, the classic oak and white metal option, or the charming white and gold option.
18. GreenForest Folding Desk
This is a great desk for anyone looking for a temporary desk setup or something that they can move around. It features X-frame legs that allow the table to be folded in to be completely flat, making storage a breeze. In addition to the main writing surface, there’s a small ledge that can be used for storing books or as a riser for your laptop or monitor.
19. FLEXISPOT Stand Up Desk Converter
If you already have a desk but you’re looking to upgrade it, this tabletop desk from Flexispot fits on top of your existing desk or table and manually extends up and down. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of a stand-up desk in an affordable way. The desk has a two-tiered working surface. You can place your keyboard on the lower level and your laptop or desktop on the upper level.
20. World Market Walnut and Gold Metal Zola Desk
BEST MID-CENTURY DESK
This simple desk from World Market is made more interesting with subtle but statement-making features like gold-colored tips on the ends of the table legs and a matching handle for the pull out drawer. The walnut color gives this desk a vintage but versatile look that suits a variety of tastes. The wide drawer is perfect for storing papers, laptops and other stuff you want to keep closeby but out of sight.
21. Allmodern Mitzi Desk
This stylish and simple desk is a large piece of glass with curved edges. The design is incredibly simple and the material is transparent, meaning this desk can literally blend into any environment. The tabletop is 50″ wide, giving you plenty of room for monitors and magazine files. The glass is tempered, meaning it won’t easily break.
22. Langley Street Tess Desk
BEST TWO-TIERED DESK
This desk has thin hairpin legs and an espresso wood finish, giving it a sleek yet industrial look. The desk has two tiers, allowing you to maximize working space without taking up too much floor space. The desk is 44″ wide, making it compact but large enough to comfortably work from. You can use the upper tier for decorative items or as a riser for your monitor.
23. Andover Mills Suri Corner Desk
BEST FOR BEDROOMS
This desk has a diamond-shaped tabletop that makes it perfect for placing in the corner, making it a great option for bedrooms or other small rooms. It has a lower support shelf that can be used for storing books, and there’s one pull out drawer for documents and other desk essentials. Best of all, this desk comes in a range of colors to suit different styles. Option include gray, mint and eye-catching red.