The list in brief ↴
1. Best standing: Brödan Electric
2. Best sitting: TBFit L
3. Best gaming: Casaottima L Desk
4. Best storage: Sauder Northcott L
5. Versatile: Teraves Reversible
6. Traditional: Sauder Palladia
1. Best standing: Brödan Electric
2. Best sitting: SHW Vista Corner Desk
3. Best heavy: Office Hippo
4. Alt standing: FEZIBO Triple
How to choose
How we test
The best L-shaped computer desks give you more room to work and store things in your studio or home office. They can handily fit into a corner, making efficient use of space, and some also have storage in the form of drawers, cupboards or shelves. To find you the best L-shaped computer desks, we've tested several ourselves and compared reviews of others.
We've evaluated these desk for build quality and finish, versatility, storage options, useful features and value. We've included a range of options, including an L-shaped standing desk. If you don't have the space for an L-shaped desk, see our picks of the best desks in general. Or if you want other ways to help your posture, see our pick of the best standing desk converters and the best office chairs for back pain.
Not all of these desks are available on both sides of the Atlantic, so to make things easier we've divided our list into the best L-shaped computer desks in the USA and the best L-shaped computer desks in the UK.
The quick list
An electric standing L-shaped computer desk has the benefit that you can adjust the height as needed, allowing you to stand rather than sit at the desk for periods, which can benefit your posture. It's fairly expensive, but we found this desk to have a premium build and ergonomics with a quiet, efficient motor and desktop power ports to make things that little bit easier.
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Best for sitting
Our choice as the best L-shaped computer desk for sitting balances price and versatility. It comes in two parts, offering flexibility in its arrangement, and has plenty of storage space. t also has an in-built power strip with four plugs and two USB ports, perfect for a multiple-monitor setup, and there are three colour options.
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Best for gaming
Best for gaming
This L-Shaped computer desk is billed as a gaming desk but it could serve as a working desk too. It has a monitor shelf that can be fitted to either side (also handy for laptops). It's simple and minimalist but looks durable and is rated as scratch and waterproof. Best of all, it's also very economical at under $100 with regular discounts.
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Best L-shaped computer desk for standing
The vast majority of L-shaped computer desks on the market are of the tradition fixed, sit down variety, but there are a few standing L-shaped desks available. Standing desks are becoming increasingly popular because of concerns about the negative effects of too much sitting. A fixed standing L-shaped desk may not be practical since you probably won't want to stand all day, but the Brödan Electric Standing L Desk is a fairly rare example of an L-shaped desk that offers the best of both worlds: you can both sit and stand because the height can be adjusted.
When we reviewed it, we found the desk was big and bulky, and it's fairly expensive too, but after using it for a month, our reviewer was convinced by its premium build and ergonomics. We found the motor to be efficient and quiet for adjusting between the three preset heights and there are some nice details like desktop power ports to make life just a little bit easier.
See our full Brödan Electric Standing L Desk review for more details.
Best L-shaped computer desk for sitting
If you're going to be sitting not standing, we rate this as the best L-shaped computer desk overall when balancing price, size, versatility and features. Not all L desks come with storage space, but this desk has built-in shelves for stowing things that you need to keep at hand's reach. It also has an in-built power strip with four plugs and two USB ports, so it's perfect for a multiple-monitor setup.
There are three colours to choose from, so you can choose the best design for your office space. With its minimalistic design, it should fit into a range of different environments. And since it comes in two parts, if you ever get bored of the L-shape, you can readjust your desk and transform it into one long desk (if you have the space).
Best L-shaped desk for gaming
Need to accommodate lots of monitors? This Casaottima L-Shaped Gaming Desk should happily hold three or even four of them. It also comes with a monitor shelf that can be fitted to either side; perfect for putting a laptop at eye-level without the need for a laptop stand. The Casaottima's X-shaped frame provides plenty of stable support and looks great, while the desktop is waterproof, scratch and heat-resistant and designed for durability.
It does require assembly and quite a number of parts that need to be put together – you'll want to check they're all present before you start since a couple of people have mentioned missing pieces, but the company was quick to send out a replacement in these cases. Perhaps best of all, this is also one of the cheapest L-shaped computer desks in our list. The recommended retail price is under $130, and we've seen some decent discounts.
The best L desk for storage
We've mentioned that a lot of L-shaped computer desks don't come with storage options. This is a fine balance to get right, and it often involves a trade off. No storage under the desk itself means more leg room throughout the whole desk, so that you can sit under any part of it. However, one big benefit of an L desk is making the most of space, and drawers or other storage options can really help with that.
We think this Sauder Northcott L-Shaped Computer Desk strikes a good balance. It's smaller than some L-shaped computer desks, making it ideal for most homes, and we found the built-in drawers with differing sizes useful for keeping documents and accessories at hand. The lower drawer is designed to be big enough to accommodate legal-size hanging files.
The desk is finished on all sides, including behind the drawers, so you can choose either side as your primary desk space or even put the desk in the centre of a room. The one drawback is that there are only two colour options: white or black.
The most versatile L-shaped desk
The Teraves Reversible L-Shaped Desk is wonderfully versatile. Its reversible design means that you can set it up to match the layout of your studio, and it comes with a pair of open shelves that you can use for storage. As a handy extra it also comes with a floor stand for your computer; ideal if you prefer to work with a tower PC rather than an iMac or laptop.
The desk can hold up to 110lbs, which should be more than enough for all your kit, and it's available in either black oak or dark teak.
The best traditional L desk
Treat your studio to a bit of luxury with this solid and imposing Sauder Palladia L-Shaped Desk. Made from environmentally-friendly engineered wood, it's loaded with features including a storage area for a tower PC, a slide-out shelf for your keyboard, plus extra drawers including a full-size file drawer for stashing important documents.
It's available in three finishes: vintage oak, wind oak and cherry, and while it's one of the most expensive options here, it's definitely worth it if you want to give your work area a touch of class.
The best L-shaped desks in the UK
Best L-shaped desk for standing
If you’ve got a decent bag of money to spend and you’re looking to pimp out your home office, or even perhaps move into a larger creative studio, the Brodan L-shaped standing desk is a great option that should stand the best of time. When we reviewed it, we found the desk was heavy, bulky and you’ll need help constructing it, and it's fairly expensive too. but after using it for a month, our reviewer was convinced by its premium build and ergonomics. Overall, it’s one of the most pleasing standing desks we’ve used, combining appealing design and ergonomics with little details like desktop power ports to make everyday working life a lot easier. See our full Brödan Electric Standing L Desk review for more details.
Best L-shaped desk for sitting
The SHW Vista Corner Desk might look like a regular L-shaped desk, but it actually divides into three sections so it can be assembled in a small space. If you work in an apartment and don't like the thought of heaving a huge piece of furniture up the stairs, this is the L-shaped desk for you.
Its smoked tempered glass top is a thing of beauty, and there's even a foot rest bar to help you sit more comfortably. You'll need to dedicate some time to screwing the sections together, but the results are worth the effort. A great-looking desk for designers with limited space.
The best L-shaped desk for heavy loads
If your everyday design work involves some heavy equipment (a Mac Pro and multiple monitors, for example), you might not feel entirely comfortable trusting a glass desk with the tools of your trade. The Office Hippo Ideal Corner Desk is built for exactly that kind of weightlifting, and is rated to support loads up to 80kg. It comes with an impressive five-year warranty as well, and the top is heat- and stain-resistant (ideal for coffee addicts). Not the most stylish, perhaps, but it won't let you down.
Another great standing desk
As we mentioned, there aren't many standing L-shaped computer desks on the market, but this FEZIBO desk is another good option. Again, It's quite pricey, but the triple electric motor system makes adjusting from sitting to standing positions very smooth. There are three buttons to quickly choose preset heights between 70cm and 120cm, so you don't have to use it only for standing.
It doesn't offer as much space as some L-shaped desks, but what extra space it does offer against a standard desk can be invaluable if you work with two screens or a laptop and a monitor. And while there are no cupboards or shelves, there are hooks that you can use to hang headphones and bags, for example. There's also a cable management tray, and casters make it easy to move the desk around without scratching the floor.
How big are the best L-shaped desks?
L-shaped desks are generally designed to fit into a 90-degree corner, but their size can vary a lot. The best L-shaped desks in our selection range from around 80cm to 140cm in length, so it's important to check the measurements for the space where you want to place your desk to make sure you get the dimensions.
And don't only consider the length and depth. One thing that is often overlooked is the height of the desk and leg clearance. If you don't have an adjustable chair, then it might be a good idea to measure the height of your legs in your chair to make sure that it will fit comfortably under the desk.
How should I measure for an L-shaped computer desk?
Because of the unusual shape of an L-shaped desk, it can be tricky to take measurements to check if it'll fit in your space. We recommend clearing plenty of space in the area where you are hoping to put your desk. Once the area is clear, simply use the dimensions we've provided for you to see if the desk of your choice will fit. Remember to also measure the height, especially if you plan to put your desk below a windowsill or shelves.
It's also important to make sure you know which side of the desk you will be predominantly working on. It's no good buying a desk with plenty of storage options, only to realise that they're in the way of where you're hoping to put your legs!
How to choose the best L-shaped computer desk
The first thing to do to choose the best L-shaped desk for you is to decide what you need it do. Some people want an L-shaped desk that can support several monitors, while others will use it for gaming. This difference might influence the size and the look of the ideal option for you. You also need to think about how much additional gear you have to store. Cupboards and shelves can be useful for storing accessories, cables, books and more.
How we test computer desks
To choose the best L-desks, we've had our reviewers test some of these desks themselves over several weeks of use for their daily work, using a laptop, monitor and other peripherals. In other cases, we have compared the desk's specs, verified online reviews and recommendations from users. To learn more about our process, read our article on How we test and review on Creative Bloq.