An L-shaped computer desk can dramatically expand your workspace without taking up much more room than your old desk. Put an L-shaped desk in the corner and you'll find yourself with more room to work as well as plenty of space for your all your design gear.
An L-shaped computer desk can also help you keep your workspace tidy; the best models include cupboards, drawers and shelves so that your desktop isn't constantly littered with notepads, pens and other bits and bobs. You can even get extras such as storage for a tower PC and keyboard trays that slide under the desktop when you're not working.
There are loads of options to choose from, but to make life easier we've already picked out the best L-shaped computer desks available now in both the US and the UK. For more desks that aren't L-shaped, see our guide to the best desk for designers, and don't forget to check out the best office chairs too. Once you have your new L-shaped desk set up, you'll want to know how to adjust your monitor for optimal comfort and productivity.
The best L-shaped computer desks: US
Looking for a simple L-shaped computer desk? This Flash Furniture Glass L-Shape Desk should be just the ticket. It's a beautifully minimal design, with a tempered glass top supported by a steel frame, and plenty of room for all your studio equipment.
It'll hold up to 110lbs of kit so can happily accommodate a couple of monitors and more besides, and its self-levelling floor glides ensure that the whole thing stays steady. The lack of drawers or shelves might be an issue for some, but there's plenty of room underneath for you to put a storage cabinet.
For a versatile and compact L-shaped computer desk that helps you keep things tidy, look no further than the Ikea MICKE. It's designed to provide maximum function in minimal space, and that means a set of shelves that you can adjust to to provide the best storage options for you.
There's also a built-in cable outlet so that you can keep cables and sockets tidy but close at hand. One of the smaller desk options here, it's nevertheless perfectly formed.
Need to accommodate lots of monitors? This Casaottima L-Shaped Gaming Desk will happily hold them all. It's designed to hold three or four monitors, and it even 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.
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.
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 computer desks: UK
An adjustable desk can be a real asset when you're working long hours, making it easy to shift between sitting and standing, and bringing your work to the most comfortable height for you. This IKEA Bekant Sit/Stand L-Shaped Computer Desk features an electric motor to make changing height effortless (there are no noisy cranks to worry about; just a pair of simple buttons). There's also plenty of space to spread out your work.
This IKEA desk is available with either a wood veneer or melamine top and a variety of frame colours, so you can choose a finish that suits your working space.
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.
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.
The Walker Edison Tempered Glass Computer Desk could have been made specifically with Mac Pro users in mind, with a perfectly sized central CPU stand to keep your computer tower safely off the ground and within easy reach, whichever side of the desk you're using. It's a shame there's nothing to help with cable management; being able to clip wires to the back of the desk's legs would help keep them tidy and avoid a clearly visible tangle. It's an excellent L-shaped desk though, and will serve you well for years to come if you're willing to invest in some cable ties to neaten things up.