When creating a home office or upgrading an existing one, a good desk is essential. Not only can it add storage space, improve aesthetics, hide unsightly wires and provide you the worktop you need for your computer or laptop, it can even make a room look bigger. To save you the trouble, License to Quill has scoured the ‘interwebs’ to find the best desks around for a variety of budgets.
George Nelson Swag Desk
In 1958 designer George Nelson wanted to design a desk that was easy to assemble and had a sculptured leg. The result is the Swag Desk, a stylish piece of furniture that gets its name from the process of using intense pressure to taper and curve a metal tube known as ‘swagging’. Today’s version is identical except for a grommet on the right side to route your cables.
Best for: Those who love the style and mainly work on a laptop.
Dimensions: 87.6cm height x 99cm width x 72.3cm depth
Price: US$1,949, Living Space
The Airia desk designed by Observatory (formerly Kaiju Studios) has a draw for hiding away your laptop, iPad and stationery, a shelf at the back for whatever you want and, best of all, multiple elegant openings for feeding unsightly cables into a hidden area. This practical desk and the accompanying media cabinet is worthy of any decent home office – if you can track one down. Sadly, the Airia Desk is currently unavailable at Herman Miller.
Best for: Those who love things that can do both form and function equally well.
Dimensions: 77cm height x 142 cm width x 76cm depth
Price: US$2,200 (currently unavailable), Herman Miller
Ikea Linmon table top
For an ultra-tight budget, you can do no wrong with the Ikea Linmon table top. It comes in two sizes – the latter of which is more than capable of housing two or more monitors – and there’s a choice of colours to match your home office. The legs can be as cheap or expensive as you like. The square chrome legs are our favourite if you can afford, but the height-adjustable bog-standard round offerings are just as tough. Pro-tip: An extra leg in the middle of the desk will greatly increase the supported weight.
Best for: Anyone who just wants a medium or large desk at a cheap price.
Dimensions: 70cm height x 150cm width x 75cm depth
Price: From £13, Ikea
Mash Studios Wall Mounted Desk
To make an office look bigger, a wall-mounted desk can do just the trick. The Mash Studios interpretation has three cubby holes for storing things, one of which is kept hidden by an aluminium front. A stylish walnut finish completes the design. Floating desks are not only good for small offices, being able to see the floor below can trick the eye into thinking a room is larger than it actually is.
Best for: A small home office or one where you want to maximise the space.
Dimensions: 30.5cm height x 147.5cm width x 51cm depth
Price: US$720, Design Public
Dark wood desks may not be to everyone’s tastes, but there’s no denying the Trestle Desk from Blue Sun Tree packs one stylish punch, thanks to the white drawers and simplistic styling. Speaking of drawers, having three of them helps keep your desk from becoming a cluttered mess of bits and bobs. Sadly there’s no cable management but there are other ways to hide your wires if need be.
Best for: Those who appreciate the look and want a bit of drawer space.
Dimensions: 76cm height x 150cm width x 70cm depth
Price: £249, Blue Sun Tree
Yet another variation on the practical three drawer theme, only this time the Fonteyn desk designed by British designer Steuart Padwick ditches square edges for smooth round ones, giving it a slightly softer aesthetic. It comes in either an oak and walnut finish or walnut with red lacquer drawers. Just be careful where you rest your cup of tea.
Best for: Those who like curves and drawers.
Dimensions: 75cm height x 140cm width x 45cm depth
Price: From £349, Made.com
Another good option for small home offices or for those who like to keep things svelte. The OneLessDesk allows you to wheel away the lower desk under the main desk, giving you more space out of hours. It comes in a variety of eye-catching colours and includes a shelf at the back for hiding plugs, wires and even a router/modem if it’s small enough.
Best for: Those who want to claim some space back in their home office.
Dimensions: Upper desk – 77.5cm height x 83.4cm width x 20cm depth
Price: From US$749, Heckler Design
For hiding away wires, the StudioDesk is one of the best. A sliding desktop surface reveals a large area to stow away your extension lead, USB cables and anything else you would rather hide out of sight, with a thin opening all the way along the desk for feeding wires onto the surface. Available in two sizes so all but the smallest office should be catered for.
Best for: Those who want to vanquish wires.
Dimensions: Regular desk – 75cm height x 120cm width x 70cm depth
Price: From €690, Bluelounge
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