How To Choose A Desk


Setting up an office can be at once exciting and stressful. So many selections in layout, furnishings, and décor must be made, and the options are practically endless. Your desk will be the central piece in your room, whether at home or at the office. So, you may be asking yourself, “how do I choose desks for my home or office?”

With that goal in mind, we’ve created this handy desk guide to answer all your questions. You’ll find out about the types, shapes, styles, and costs of desks on the market.

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What is the perfect type of desk for me?

First, you’ll want to determine just how you will be using your desk and where. There are five general ways most people use their desks. Defining this one element to begin will give you a great start to your desk search.

Dark White Chocolate Melamine Manufactured Wood U Shape Executive Desk With Hutch
Black Ash Solid Wood Corner Desk
Charter Oak Manufactured Wood Black Metal Rectangular Writing Desk
Black Manufactured Wood Metal Iron Multi Functional Drafting Table
Dark Walnut Laminated Manufactured Wood RectangularComputer Desk
Split Oak Manufactured Wood L Shape Computer Desk
White Clear Glass Metal Height Adjustable Standing Desk
Clear Tempered Glass Rectangular Desk Shell
White High Gloss Glass Manufactured Wood MDFL Shape Writing Desk
Glass Espresso Metal Wood L Shape Computer Desk

What is the right height for a desk?

Most fixed desks average between 28 inches and 30 inches tall and accommodate height wise most adjustable office chairs. For those who are taller, you may want to find an adjustable desk as well. Alternately for those who are more comfortable standing and working, standing desk styles are available.

How much room do I need for my desk?

When seated at your desk, you’ll need at least 3 ½ feet between your desk and the back of your chair. And, 3 feet between your desk and another piece of furniture. This allows for moving around your space comfortably and sitting down and getting up from your chair.

What chair do I pair with my desk?

Choose an office chair that fits with your shape and style of the desk. Make sure the arms don’t hit the desk where you can’t pull your chair to it properly. Your feet should rest flat on the floor when seated, and your knees should easily slide under the desk when you pull your chair up to it.

What types of materials are desks made from?

Desks come in a vast range of materials and finishes to suit your purpose, place, and taste. You’ll find:

How do I pick a desk style to match my office or home?

You can select your desk style based on the design, shape, material, and finish. Below we’ve outlined the most popular styles.

Transitional desks: Choose a desk with straightforward design and subtle detailing in wood or painted wood.

Washed Gray Manufactured Wood Transitional Writing Desk
Weathered Gray Manufactured Wood Melamine Paper Rectangular Transitional Writing Desk
Smoked Oak Black Solid Manufactured Wood Transitional Writing Desk
Antique Storm Manufactured Wood Rectangular Transitional Writing Desk
Cottage White Poplar Manufactured Solid Wood Writing Desk
Black Solid Manufactured Wood Transitional Writing Desk

Traditional desks: Select a more ornate desk in fine-grained cherry or mahogany with claw feet or Queen Anne legs.

Brown Cherry Solid Wood Traditional Executive Desk
Walnut Mahogany Solid Wood Traditional Executive Desk And Chair Set
Grayish Brown Solid Manufactured Wood Writing Desk
Antique White Manufactured Wood Traditional L Shape Computer Desk
Oak Elm Manufactured Solid Wood Secretary Desk With Hutch
Chalked Chestnut Manufactured Wood Traditional Executive Desk

Contemporary desks: Find a rectangular or curved desk with simple design in MDF or light wood with medium grain.

Pure White Manufactured Wood Rectangular Contemporary Writing Desk
White Manufactured Wood Contemporary Writing Desk
White Solid Manufactured Wood Contemporary L Shape Executive Desk
Natural Solid American Oak Wood Contemporary Writing Desk
White Natural Maple Pine Solid Wood Contemporary Freestanding L Shaped Ladder Desk
White Manufactured Laminated Composite Wood Contemporary Floating Desk

Modern desks: Look for designs from the mid-20th century from iconic makers of the period in wood or metal.

Manufactured Wood Metal Modern Desk
White MDF Manufactured Wood Metal Steel Modern Writing Desk
Sonoma Oak Manufactured Wood Black Metal Modern Desk
White Sonoma Oak Manufactured Wood MDF Black Metal Modern Writing Desk
Gold Metal Iron Navy Blue Manufactured Wood Modern Two Drawer Writing Desk
Metal Steel Glass Modern Computer Desk

Rustic desks: Search for large to medium-grain woods in pine, oak, or reclaimed wood with a natural finish.

Brown Oak Solid Wood Metal Rustic Writing Desk
Peppercorn Pine Solid Manufactured Wood Rustic Desk
Weathered Charcoal Pine Solid Manufactured Wood Rustic Executive Desk
Weathered Charcoal Pine Solid Wood Rustic Credenza Desk With Hutch
Brown Pine Solid Wood Metal Cast Iron Rustic Computer Desk
Curado Cherry Manufactured Wood Rustic Writing Desk

Quick Tips for Choosing Your Best Desk

Below you’ll find quick tips for selecting the best desk for your purpose and style: