Whether you’re in school, commuting to an office every day, or working from home, there’s a good chance you need a desk. Having a desk in your home comes with several benefits, including creating a designated workspace, keeping your belongings organized, and providing a separation between work and relaxing time.
Communal work areas in the home, like the kitchen table, can be beneficial for young children who need help with homework, but as we get older, having our own dedicated space to keep essays, projects, files, and work organized and away from shared areas can help boost productivity and provide a sense of calm. If you’re sharing a workspace with your partner or kids, the likelihood of papers, chargers, and files getting lost, damaged or sticky is much higher.
What To Look For In A Desk
Know your space. A massive desk that provides ample workspace is great but only if you have the real estate. Smaller options may be better suited to your current setup. Don’t forget, eyeballs can’t be trusted, but tape measures can! Also, take note of a desk’s height since some are better equipped for taller or shorter users.
Think about how the desk will be used. If you only plan on using a laptop, a desk with a keyboard tray and extra space for a monitor are unnecessary. If you want an external monitor, some desks have built-in shelves for these purposes.
Who is putting the desk together? If you live alone and are on the less-handy side, look for desks that don’t require much assembly.
How We Chose The Best Desks
We’ve included our favorite office desks that all provide specific functions, whether you want a traditional writing desk, one that has extra storage, or one that is designed specifically for gamers. Something these affordable desks all have in common is that they’re designed to make your life easier by providing a smart and open workspace. We’ve included the best L-shape desks, writing desks, and standing desks.
1. Ameriwood Home Dakota L-Shaped Desk
Made with smart features like grommet holes to keep cords untangled and out of sight and a built-in bookshelf for extra storage, the Ameriwood Home Dakota L-Shaped Desk is a clean and traditional addition to any home office. The Ameriwood measures 28.25” H x 51.3125” W x 53.625” D, making it one of the biggest desks on our list. It has the ability to support up to 100 pounds, making it perfect for students or professionals who place heavy textbooks or documents on their workspace. The desk has a traditional dark espresso finish and is made from laminated particleboard, making it easy to wipe down and clean (coffee spillers, take note). The L-shaped desk is designed to fit against a wall or in a corner and we like that the Ameriwood comes with a bonus bookshelf for extra storage, keeping essential items like files and chargers nearby.
Pros: High weight limit, includes a bonus bookshelf, easy to clean.
Cons: The desk cannot be reversed, which may be a deal-breaker if you want the bookshelf on the left side of the desk.
2. CubiCubi Computer Desk
Carve out your own personal workspace even in a small area with the CubiCubi Computer Desk. Not only do users get ample room thanks to the 47-inch desktop, which can be used for laptops or full-sized PCs, but the desk also comes with three additional shelves that create a four-shelf unit for extra storage. The modern and industrial style desk is available in four colors and offers height options for the shelves, making it easy for users to get the perfect desk for their needs. Plus, the shelves can be installed on either side of the desk, providing ample setup options.
Pros: Includes shelving units, modern and industrial style, ample workspace.
Cons: The instructions are clear but assembly does require two people.
3. Coleshome 47 Inch Computer Desk
If you need a basic desk that looks great, won’t break the bank and is easy to assemble, we suggest the Coleshome 47 Inch Computer Desk. The Coleshome is available in four sizes (47 inches shown here) and nine modern and eye-catching color options. The modern and stable desk has a basic design that lends itself to artists and laptop and PC users. Plenty of legroom underneath the desk makes it easy for users to pull in their chair or use a footrest. The waterproof desktop is scratch-proof, helping it look new even after extensive use. The metal desk frame is finished with a powder coating for added durability and we like that the legs come with pads to help hold the desk in place.
Pros: Waterproof top, several color options available, easy to assemble.
Cons: The Coleshome is not as stable as some of the other sturdier desks on our list.
4. Atlantic Gaming Desk
With a designated space for smartphones, drinks, game storage, speaker stands and more, the Atlantic Gaming Desk is the smart desk that gamers will love. Designed specifically for gamers, the Atlantic features several intuitive additions that are ideal for people who spend long hours in front of the computer. The desk has a charging stand for tablets and smartphones, a drink holder, game storage, speaker stands, an under-desk basket, a controller stand, a headset hook, a rear power strip holder and more features that make it easy to stay organized while working, studying and gaming. The desk has a built-in monitor stand that can support a 27-inch monitor and can be removed to accommodate up to a 32-inch monitor. We like that the Atlantic also has a younger look, with a sleek charcoal-colored carbon fiber laminated top that won’t appear out of place in a bedroom, living room, or designated gaming room.
Pros: Smart storage options, built-in monitor stand, sleek and modern finish.
Cons: With so many add-ons, assembly can be difficult.
5. Walker Edison Soreno Modern 3-Piece Corner Desk
With a modern aesthetic thanks to its glass and steel materials, the Walker Edison Soreno Modern 3-Piece Corner Desk provides a sleek and sturdy workspace. Great for students or office workers who want a large workspace, the Walker measures 51″ W x 20″ D x 29” H and includes a keyboard tray and CPU stand. The steel frame has added durability thanks to a powder coat finish and the top of the desk is comprised of polished and tempered safety glass. We like that the two rectangular desk pieces are the same size and that the keyboard tray can be mounted on either side, making it easy to fit the Walker into any space. The Walker can also be disassembled and used as two separate desks, which is good news for couples or parents who need extra study/WFH areas.
Pros: Includes keyboard stand, durable powder coat finish, can be used as two separate desks.
Cons: Because of the desk’s open design, it is difficult to hide wires.
6. Flexispot Standing Desk
If you’ve seen the reports that state sitting is the new smoking, you may want to invest in a standing desk. Thankfully, the increase in demand for standing desks has brought the price down in recent years and motorized desks are now more affordable than ever. The Flexispot Standing Desk is available in four sizes and six colors, making it possible to find the desk that is best suited to your needs. We like the 48 inch by 30-inch model that is large enough for users who want to use a laptop and external monitor and keyboard, while still having enough room for files, a planner and a pen cup or two. The smooth and quiet motorized mechanism allows users to continually adjust the height of the desk between 28 to 47.6 inches. The industrial steel frame supports the solid desktop, which can handle 154 pounds of weight or as many textbooks as you need to get through the semester.
Pros: Standing and sitting options, multiple size and color options, heigh weight support limit.
Cons: This model of Flexispot does not offer preset height options like other motorized desks.
7. 4NM 31.5″ Small Desk Folding Computer Desk
If space is tight, you can still get your laptop off your lap thanks to the 4NM 31.5″ Small Desk Folding Computer Desk. Built for areas that are short on space, the practical design of this desk makes it a great option for temporary workspaces or homes with limited real estate. Available in nine color options, the 4NM desk provides a 31.5-inch workspace, which is large enough for writing, laptops and even external monitors and keyboards. When the desk is not in use, users can easily fold it flat and even store it under a couch or bed. No assembly is required and the strong iron frame and antirust metal hinges make this a desk that will last.
Pros: Ideal for small spaces, can be folded when not in use, large enough for full-sized monitor and keyboard.
Cons: The desk can be wall-mounted but customers must buy a mounting screw separately.