Having one of the best desks isn't a luxury, it's a necessity, especially if you are one the thousands of people who right now are working from home time. Making sure you've got a comfortable set up is vital – anyone who has sat at an uncomfortable desk all day will know the associated woes. A desk that’s too low or too high can cause you back problems; too much or too little space can hinder your organisation and distract your creative flow. So when it comes to buying a new desk, where do you start?
There are a few key factors to bear in mind when buying the best desk, and you’ll need to decide which are most important to you. Are you all about ergonomics? Do you want an adjustable desk so you can sit or stand as you work? Is cable management important to you? Overall design? Does the desk need to match your chair (see our best office chairs post for inspiration)? Are you solely basing your decision on price? Or do you just want something with a decent warranty in case something goes wrong? Whatever your requirements and budget, we’ve got an option for you right here.
With more and more people setting up home offices, the best desks are in short supply across the globe. With that in mind, our handy price comparison tool below has a variety of options available right now. Scroll further down for our in-depth round up of the best best desks of 2020, though note that stocks do sell out fast, so if a model you like is out of sale, bookmark the page and come back later to see if it's come back in stock.
The best desks for your office or studio
If you need one of the best desks for space saving, look no further than John Lewis’ Bow desk. It's a handsome solution for anyone looking to save space in their office or studio. There’s a drawer and lots of cubby holes on top for storing notebooks and stationery. The Bow Desk is available in oak and white, which is super-stylish. Matching cabinets are also available, and John Lewis has a generous two-year warranty period.
Note that this desk can be a bit tricky to put together due to its various cubby holes. And at 28kg, it’s also pretty heavy, so your best bet is to enlist some help when assembling it.
If you want to keep things simple, try Tribesigns' Modern Minimalist desk. The legs are made from heavy-duty power-coated steel, which might be more hardcore than is strictly necessary for most of your design studio or home office needs, but will certainly take anything you can throw at it (and the industrial look is pretty cool, too).
At 42-inches wide, this is the smallest desk in the range. But there's a number of handy storage shelves, including one on the top to help save space. The top shelf can also be removed, should you wish. What you see is very much what you get here, which, for this price, you can't really argue with.
Ergotron produces a whole range of ergonomically focused desk options, but our favourite is perhaps the Workfit-TL. This is a desk topper – it sits on your existing workstation. You can switch between standing and sitting by lifting the paddle on either side of the desk and raising or lowering it. The process is smooth and the tabletop remains well balanced throughout (you won't need to worry about your Macbook sliding off).
The lowest setting is just an inch or so above your existing desk, and the topper can be raised up to an extra 15 inches (a good level for even the tallest users). There are zip ties and cable management piping to keep your wires under control when adjusting your desk – one of the best desk options around.
If you've only go a small space but still want some storage, this Convenience Concepts Designs2Go Trestle Desk is a great choice. The two built-in shelves provide space for you to keep your things, so the worktop can stay clutter-free. It's available in a wide range of colours to suit your office decor. On the downside, you can't adjust the height, and a few of the reviews mention the worktop scratching, so you might need to invest in a coaster.
Another good option for small studios, the Ameriwood Home Haven Retro Desk with Riser is a stylish addition to any room. And it doesn’t scream ‘work desk’, either – which is great if you want it to blend into your bedroom, say. It has two levels, allowing you to have your laptop on the lower level and plants, design books or whatever else keeps you inspired on the top.
It doesn’t have any drawers, forcing you to keep things clutter-free, and the thin spindly legs mean you won't be in danger of constantly knocking your knees against them. Make sure you have a flat floor surface though, otherwise it has a tendency to wobble.
Overall this desk is quick to put together – it should take around 20 minutes, maximum – and is a solid option that should please anyone looking for an affordable and compact desk that doesn’t scrimp on style. It’s available in four colours – walnut, espresso, sugar pine or weathered oak.
This Germania Slide desk is our choice for best corner desk. The workstation houses four cupboards, making it ideal for hiding clutter. The flexible German design allows you to slide the doors from left to right, and the doors are reversible, so if you get bored of one colour or want to switch to either ‘home’ or ‘work’ mode, you can turn it round to see the other side.
The assembly is also ‘reversible’ – so you can have this desk in either left or right-hand configuration. The Germania Slide is available in black with reversible oak finish doors, and white, with either oak finish or lime green.