These Desks Will Boost Productivity Without Cramping Your Style

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Whether you’ve upgraded to a home with office space or you’ve simply decided that you absolutely need a dedicated spot to work from home in, a desk is a savvy investment. While they’re an ideal spot for your laptop or desktop, desks also function as an extra surface in a room and provide extra storage for books, plants, and other decor pieces.

There are many types of desks out there, so it's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to pick one. But on the bright side, the range of styles, sizes, and price points means there's certainly one out there that'll check all your boxes.

Here, the best desks that are as stylish as they functional.

Castlery Otto Office Desk

Otto Office Desk

If you're looking for something that's both streamlined and spacious, look no further than Castlery's Otto Desk. Featuring a slim walnut desktop and gunmetal legs, it has a pretty small profile—but the built-in storage section includes a deep filing cabinet, spacious drawer, and even an open niche for books or notes. The result is a piece that'll work in just about any space without adding extra clutter, visual or otherwise.

West Elm Zane Mini Desk

West Elm Zane Mini Desk

At just 30 inches wide and 17.9 inches deep, West Elm's Zane Mini Desk can practically fit anywhere in your home, all the while providing enough surface space for a smaller monitor or a laptop. While there aren’t any drawers or shelves here (it’s a very straightforward piece), the white lacquer surface and brass-finished legs make for a very Insta-friendly look. Plus, when you’re ready to size up to a bigger desk, you can easily repurpose the Zane Mini as a console, an end table, or even a little vanity.

Floyd Standing Desk

Floyd Standing Desk

Sustainable furniture brand Floyd partnered with ergonomic office company Fully on this standing desk. Combining the motorized steel frame from Fully’s Jarvis standing desk with Floyd’s plywood and linoleum table surface, this collaboration not only looks good, but is also good for your body.

The desk can be lowered to 24.5 inches and raised to 50 inches with ease, allowing you to stand up and get the blood flowing throughout the workday. The desk comes in six color combinations—birch, walnut, or gray surfaces with black or white frames—and can hold up to 350 pounds.

Tribesigns Computer Desk with Hutch and Bookshelf

Tribesigns Computer Desk with Hutch and Bookshelf

This simple but efficient computer desk by Tribesigns is all about extra storage. It has three major components: a large work surface, a lower bookshelf tucked away beneath the workspace, and a hutch with shelving space. So despite having a relatively small footprint—just 47.2 inches by 23.6 inches—there’s plenty of room for all of your office equipment and decor.

You can choose from an all-black finish, a light walnut desk with a white frame, or a white desk with a brass frame to suit the decor in your home. Just be warned that it takes a little bit of elbow grease to assemble!

Branch Office Desk

Branch Office Desk

In case you've never heard of Branch, they're a brand that sells office furniture for the home and professional spaces at surprisingly affordable prices. One of their best products is the Office Desk, which features a beveled tabletop, supportive steel frame, and brushed cable port, as well as the option to add on in-desk power and a monitor arm.

The best part is that it's guaranteed to last for years, thank to the quality of the materials and Branch's 10-year warranty. It's also pretty easy to assemble and is ready to ship in just 2-4 days. If you're someone who works from home permanently, this just might be the ideal desk for you.

CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic Desk

CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic Desk

Desks are usually pretty large pieces of furniture, but they don’t have to feel like they’re taking up all the space in your home. Take, for instance, the CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic Desk, which practically has the power of invisibility thanks to its clear plastic material.

It all hinges on the incredibly simple silhouette: It’s just a single piece of thick-cut acrylic, folded on each end to create a table-like form. Both modern and minimalist, this desk is a bold statement—despite its disappearing act. If you have floor-to-ceiling windows, this is an ideal option to place in front of them so as not to obscure the view.

Bon Augure L-Shaped Computer Desk

Bon Augure L-Shaped Computer Desk

If you have the space for an L-shaped desk, go for it. Not only will you have plenty of space for your computer, but you’ll also have extra room for a printer, books, speakers, and office supplies.

While many L-shaped models are pretty clunky, this sleeker option pairs a rustic oak surface with powdered metal for a modern farmhouse vibe. It offers plenty of surface area, plus ample storage space, without taking up too much square footage. Even better? This desk is adjustable, so you can switch the storage shelf from the right side of the desk to the left depending on your setup.

Joss & Main Hardwicke Secretary Desk with Hutch

Joss & Main Hardwicke Secretary Desk with Hutch

Small space? No problem. Joss and Main’s Hardwicke Secretary Desk is a compact piece of furniture that you can easily squeeze into a corner of a bedroom or living room.

The great thing about secretary desks in general is how much they don’t look like a desk. This one, for example, recalls more of a vanity than a traditional desk, with subtle woodworking, plenty of drawers to hide your knickknacks, and the perfect surface size for a laptop. There are also some open shelves if you have something lovely to display (like a plant, perhaps!).

AllModern Barry Floating Desk

Allmodern Barry Floating Desk

Talk about a desk that doesn’t look like a desk! The Barry Floating Desk from AllModern is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture—it could easily function as a sideboard, a media console, or even a bookshelf. But it does work perfectly as a wall-mounted desk, especially since it’s able to hold up to 77 pounds, which is more than enough for a computer, a printer, and any other office accessories you might need.

This desk comes in a variety of finishes to match the style of your home. Despite its modern silhouette, you can opt for a rustic wood finish for a farmhouse style, or a retro wood-and-yellow finish if you’re going mid-century modern.

Urban Outfitters Cory Folding Desk

Cory White Folding Desk

If you have a really small space or don't want to invest in a full-size desk, consider a folding option like this one from Urban Outfitters. It has an x-base that allows it to be folded and stored away when not in use—talk about putting your work away when the day's over! It also includes a shelf for display and a pull-out drawer, and is available in both a modern white finish and a more traditional light wood. Pro tip: You can also utilize it as a vanity as well as a workspace.

Article Culla Desk

Article Culla Desk

Speaking of mid-century style, Article’s Culla Desk certainly fits the bill, particularly if you choose the walnut finish. (The lighter oak finish is a bit more Scandi.) This long and lean piece, which measures just 55 inches wide and just 20 inches deep, is supported by slender, tapered legs. Beneath the work surface you'll find two drawers and a shelf space ideal for stashing a keyboard. 

The Culla Desk is simple, streamlined, and timeless, making it a very practical investment. Pair it with an upholstered office chair for a classic look, or pair it with something more contemporary to mix styles.

Apt2B Lockwood One Drawer Desk

Lockwood One Drawer Desk

Simple yet stylish, the Lockwood Desk from Apt2B works with just about any decor style thanks to the mid-century silhouette and solid rubber wood frame. This one has just one drawer, but Apt2B also sells the same desk with two drawers for about $80 more, and both come with a hidden cord management system. And good news for those who are on the fence: This desk ships ASAP, plus comes with free delivery and a 100-day trial period.

Design Within Reach Risom Desk

Risom Desk

It's expensive, but if you want some really high quality office furniture you should check out DWR. The Risom Desk (designed by Jens Risom in the '60s) is made for small spaces, but it's big on style, featuring a solid walnut or oak frame with a sophisticated leather top in one of six colors. Instead of including a few bulky drawers, it has just one drawer with a removable wood tray for accessories—perfect for WFH life. Take note that it'll arrive fully assembled, but will take about eight weeks to ship.

Serena & Lily Balboa Desk

Balboa Rattan Desk

If you’re going for a boho or coastal look, check out Serena & Lily’s Balboa Desk, which is wrapped in rattan (by hand!) for a beautifully textured finish. It's definitely a splurge pick, but it's a statement piece that will elevate whatever room it's in. There’s a removable glass top to protect the surface and make it smoother, but that might not be so necessary if you exclusively use a laptop.

The coolest detail, however, is the shape of the desk’s surface: The slight recession in the front edge provides some extra visual interest. And how cute are those two side drawers?

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