Whether your working from home is permanent or temporary, having a proper space that is set up for maximum functionality has to be your key objective. And it doesn’t mean you need to have a dedicated room with four walls and a door. A corner of your living room, a nook in your bedroom or kitchen, even a small space you’ve carved out in a hallway can all be outfitted to meet your ergonomic needs and encourage maximum productivity as you learn to work from home.
Now, you may feel that working from the kitchen or dining room table is a cost-effective, space-saving solution to purchasing a proper desk, but you’d be making a mistake. Neck and shoulder fatigue from poor ergonomics will shut you down faster than your kids wanting to help out. And those painful knots and stiff joints will linger for days, making it impossible to work for long stretches. So, productivity goes out the window and you’ll find that those stress-related injuries don’t get better over time, they get worse.
So why not take the time to outfit yourself with a proper desk that fits your ergonomic needs, work style, space configurations, and budget. Better still, before you even begin to shop around let’s take a look at some of the options you need to consider before you clear some space:
a. Placement – If you’ve identified your ideal work location – and it’s not a dedicated room in your home – measure up the actual floor space you can devote to a desk and chair. Life happens and you’ll want to ensure that your set up still allows for the room to function as it was originally intended and permit any necessary traffic flow.
b. Ergonomics – This is not the sole responsibility of your new office chair. Having a desk that is the right height – or can convert to a standing desk if you prefer – is all part of ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the day. No aches and pains mean no down-time and greater productivity.
c. Functionality – If you love to have everything at your fingertips, you’ll want a work surface that is large enough to allow for a laptop, working notes, stationery and more. If space constraints make it prohibitive, then you should look at a desk with shelves and drawers.
d. Affordability – As with any new addition to your home or office, a desk needs to meet your needs without blowing the budget. Today’s desk can be multi-functional, streamlined and adaptable to any décor so decide on what’s important for you and then shop around for the best possible deals.
Ready to explore? Let’s take a look at what we consider to be 10 of the best home office desks on the market:
DWR Nelson Swag Desk
For when only the best will do, this beautifully constructed home office desk provides a stunning yet functional addition to any room. Solid walnut panels with laminate writing surface provide a clean, streamlined workspace. Machine-formed steel legs include leveling floor glides to ensure constant stability while two slim-line drawers with organizer trays hold your most important stationery items. For those who can’t work amongst clutter, a series of individual cubbies help to hold all your key essentials with the center unit large enough to stow a laptop. The work surface measures 39-inches wide by 28-inches deep and the desktop height lands at a comfortable 29.5-inches making it an ergonomic fit for most users. Of course, quality comes at a price and this desk is no exception with a $2,795.00 price tag (with free shipping). Definitely an investment in your home office set up.
Artifox Desk 02
When space is an issue and functionality is key, this home office desk ticks all your boxes. The dark-stained walnut desktop with steel accents delivers a modern, edgy touch that works well with any décor. But there’s more because, in spite of its minimalist look, this work desk is like a Swiss Army Knife when it comes to features. Such as the rear notch for monitor mounting and a cable grid to help keep plugs and wires neat, tidy and off your work surface. Adjustable feet make it quick and easy to customize to your preferred height or adapt to uneven floors. A built-in dock keeps all your devices charged and handy while front pegs mean essentials don’t take up floor space. A generous work surface of 52-inches long by 26-inches deep plus 30-inch high desk top makes it ergonomically ideal for most users. While a little steep at $1,500.00, you’ll never want another desk.
DWR Celine Desk
Beautiful in its simplicity, the clean lines of this mid-century inspired work desk settle seamlessly into any home office. The 43.5-inch wide by 21.75-inch deep desk top offers ample surface space to hold your laptop, monitor and working papers as you prepare to take on the day. The single, slim desk drawer is roomy enough to store all your stationery essentials while a handy under-mount, peek-a-boo cubby just beside the drawer is an ideal hiding spot for working notes, folders, and even your laptop when you wrap up your busy day. At 29.75-inches, this work desk is the perfect height for almost any user and allows sufficient clearance space for most ergonomically designed office chairs. At $1,295.00 plus free shipping, it’s a beautifully functional addition to your home office or, to virtually any other space in your home.
If you love clean lines but just have to have loads of storage, this office desk is the one for you. Blending the old with the new, it features a solid ash frame beautifully stained in dark walnut along with an easy-care, lacquered MDF desktop. Three generously sized drawers hold everything from folders to stationery items to your laptop computer and all those plugs and cords your devices may bring. And those who love to spread out while they work will appreciate the expansive, 51.2-inch wide by 23.6-inch deep work surface that can easily accommodate a laptop, dual monitors, working papers and even your morning coffee. It sits at 29.9-inches in height, so, is a great option for practically any individual. And when we’re talking just $678.00, plus free delivery and a 100-day guarantee for this ultra-functional desk, why would you settle for anything less?
Bludot Swish Office Desk / Console
When space constraints mean your new desk has to do double duty, you’re going to want to incorporate this slim-line console into your plan. Although its just 17-inches deep and perfect for slipping into a hall, behind a sofa or into the smallest of bedrooms, it’s the full, 49-inch long workspace that keeps it super functional. Big enough to hold your laptop, monitor and all those stationery necessities, its versatile enough to convert back to a console, buffet, or sofa table at the end of a busy workday. It features a handy sliding top for quick and easy concealment of messy paperwork, a convenient drawer for stashing office essentials as well as a cord management slot to keep things neat and orderly. The whitewashed ash (or walnut) veneer delivers a sophisticated residential feed to any space and at just $640.00 (delivery extra) it’s a great desk for small spaces.
Tribesigns Computer Desk
If you prefer the clean lines and modern aesthetic of a minimalistic desk but your budget is holding you back, look no further. This well-designed office desk features heavy-duty, powder-coated steel legs with adjustable pads for seamless stability regardless of how uneven the floor. A laminated, waterproof and scratch-resistant MDF table surface is a snap to keep clean and will look great in your office for years to come. For those who love to have everything at their fingertips, this computer desk features a large, 47.2-inch wide by 23.6-inch deep work surface that is large enough to hold a laptop, monitor, printer and other equipment weighing up to 900 pounds. At 29.2-inches in height it’s well-suited for users of almost any height and with loads of legroom, you have plenty of space for added storage. At the great, low price of just $128.00 with 18-months quality assurance, your minimalistic dreams may just have come true.
Prepac Computer Desk
Tiny apartment? No problem because this little desk means you’ll never have to work from the kitchen table again. This wall-mounted office desk is perfect for super-tight spaces where carving out a workable niche is quite the challenge. Its floating design is just 19.8-inches deep and 42.2-inches tall for a clean aesthetic that doesn’t compromise valuable floor space. The actual work surface is surprisingly spacious and is perfect for holding a laptop and up to 100 pounds of equipment. Extra storage is just an added little bonus with small shelves on either side that are ideal for stationery items. And when your day at work is done, you just fold it up, neat and tidy. Because this desk can be mounted at any height, it can be customized to meet the height requirements of any user. And when we’re talking just $125.00 with a 5-year manufacturer’s limited warranty, this has to be one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in your home.
Walker Edison Corner Computer Desk
When your office desk is fighting with your sofa for floor space, it may be time to look at that under-used corner of your living room. And that’s where this sleek little L-shaped computer desk is just the ticket. Measuring a full 51-inches in length and 20-inches deep, it delivers a generous tabletop space for easy pivoting as you work. It’s perfect for those who need multiple monitors and makes an ideal gaming desk for when your workday is done. Tempered safety glass atop a sturdy steel base delivers a modern edge to this highly versatile desk – which can be easily disconnected to form two separate work stations. The handy sliding keyboard tray can be mounted to either side of the desk for a customized set-up and it’s 29-inch height makes this computer desk ideal for almost any sized user. At just $111.00 you get sleek design and maximum work surface.
Snow White Sabine Adjustable Sitting / Standing Desk
If you’ve been toying with the idea of a standing desk, but aren’t sure you’re ready to commit, you’ll love this versatile option. Clean, modern lines and a generous work surface measuring 48-inches wide by 24-inches deep make this beautifully practical office desk a great addition to any room in your home. The clean, modern-looking tabletop uses a dual power motor and programmable controller for ultra-smooth raising and lowering of up to 225 pounds of equipment. So, it’s quick and easy for any user to move from a seated desk position of 28-inches to a standing height of 48-inches. For those who love to stay organized, the single drawer is large enough to hold all your stationery essentials and uses metal ball-bearings for a seamless glide. The built-in USB port ensures all your devices remain charged and close-at-hand while a cable management system keeps loose cords from cluttering your work environment. At just $360.00, this quality-built desk is an absolute steal.
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Adjustable Sitting / Standing Desk
For those who love the look of natural materials, you’ll want to check out this stunning genuine bamboo adjustable desk. Not only does it feature a sustainable bamboo desktop, but a heavy-duty, award-winning frame. This frame is capable of lifting up to 350-pounds of work equipment from a position as low as floor-level all the way to 50-inches for when the tallest of users works from a standing position.The simple up-down toggle handset uses your natural arm motion as you adjust the desk height while an OLED touch programmable handset allows customization to meet your ergonomic needs. This beautifully designed, versatile desk is available in a range of table widths and lengths. Pricing starts at just $450.00 and includes free shipping and a 30-day return option.