You've heard of homesick, but what about officesick? We're missing our office more and more each day, and working on our desks is part of the reason. If you're working from home and feel the strains of not having a decent home office setup, then you might need one of these desks. These aren't the cheapest options (though we do have a story on that) but these will make you feel good about the workspace you dedicate your nine-to-five grind to.
Fully Jarvis Standing Desk
Wirecutter called it “Sturdier, better looking, and covered with a longer warranty than many desks costing more than $1,500.” Fully’s lineup of office products is practical, forward-thinking and centered entirely around products that adapt to your setting and mood. Its Jarvis desk lifts up or down with ease, and packs an impressive 350-pound weight capacity. This is a desk that understands you want the option of standing while working, but not be required to do so.
Branch Office Desk
Branch makes "office furniture for the 21st century." It's basically a direct-to-consumer retailer for office spaces looking to create a well-designed office layout. But this translates incredibly well to the home, too. Its office desk is fairly simple with just a wooden tabletop and flared legs, which doesn't intrude on the rest of your home design. Our favorite configuration of the desk? Woodgrain top with those enviable mirror legs.
Akron St. Reader Desk
It’s a rare thing for any solid white oak furniture to be affordable, but this desk manages it while striking a classic look as well. Akron Street’s Reader desk sets up a bit like a larger version of the old schoolhouse desks your grandparents used in grade school. At under 40 inches in width and for a reasonable $795, it’s compact, sturdy and cheap enough to be your work HQ for more than a few moves.
The Floyd Desk
This is a big, wide desk that comes in flurry of color options and reeks minimalism. Floyd’s wares are sturdy — the desk is birchwood, linoleum and cold-rolled steel. They also delivery lightning fast (same-day in some cities), come with a 10-year warranty and assemble in minutes and without the need for tools. Push this desk up against a wall and get to work.
Blu Dot Stash Desk
Blu Dot is about as fairly priced as you’ll find original, modern designs that are made well. Its best-selling Stash Desk comes in a variety of veneer finishes and with sturdy, solid ash legs.
CB2 Drommen Desk
A blend of the architect and drawing desks (they’re pretty close anyway) and an upright piano, the Drommen by CB2 is storage-forward and sturdy as can be. Its V-legs, extra-wide desktop space (58 inches), three drawers and three cubbies are all made out of a hardwearing, sustainable acacia wood. Throw a bright-colored task lamp on it and some sketch pads and you’re halfway to being a sketch artist.
Article Madera Oak Desk
This is a lot of desk for well under $1,000. Article’s Madera Smoke desk sports an industrial style with its exposed bolts and rustic wood finish. The internet-only brand has no storefront and isn’t taking up real estate in stuffy department stores, so the prices you’re getting are far closer to the true value of the product.
Blue Lounge StudioDesk
Cable clutter is a quietly maddening visual. Bluelounge’s StudioDesk has what amounts to a trapdoor for up to four devices built into the center of the desk, obscuring unsightly wires and cords and making you seem more put together. It comes in two sizes and with some pretty stellar birchwood detailing.
Normann Copenhagen Journal Desk
When your desk looks this good, you'll be more likely to get work done. The Journal desk has a laminated tabletop complemented by powder coated steel legs. There's a very tiny drawer for tucking away a few papers, which — like the desk itself — promotes a minimalist work environment.
West Elm Mid-Century Wall Desk
Wall desks are the compromise between folks with small living spaces, but high demand for storage. West Elm’s narrow mid-century wall desk is only 38 inches wide, but features a seat-level drawer a standing height cabinet with space inside and to stack stuff on top. The side-to-side-sliding cabinet doors and the and light-colored wood look is clean and simple mid-century. Pair it with its matching bookshelf and you’ve got an ideal mini-office.
Room & Board Parsons Leg Desk
Room & Board is the Mike Rowe of furniture companies. Its products are hardwearing, timeless and undeniably American. The Parsons Leg Desk is a simple design made by hand in Minnesota. It’s an investment desk that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Case Celine Desk
This spread-leg desk is the product of Good Design and Design Plus Award-winning furniture designer from Iran, Nazanin Kamali. Beyond an open cubby and large drawer, it’s characterized by its blend of mid-century shape, conical legs and compact size.
Artifox Desk 02
Tech meets tradition. Artifox’s Desk 02 (which also comes in walnut and a lighter oak) is made black with ink and given a sattin finish. The desk features a cable management system, a headphone hook and a clever felt cable grip keeps cords in place. The desk arrives in separate parts and can be assembled in short order.
Moooi Wood Desk
Moooi is an eclectic design studio, but its wood desk doesn’t stray too far for the ordinary. It combines Shaker influence, high-end technology and premium materials into a desk that looks usual, but stands out.
Eames Desk Unit
This mixed media desk, with its playful color scheme, is the space you want to work at if you're trying to be the next Eames of your industry. The integrated file cabinet is a clever way to keep your most important documents at arm's reach.
Herman Miller Airia Desk
Recommending the Airia desk by Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton is a bit of a cliché now, but it’s impossible to ignore. Rounded edges, loads of clever storage (cork-lined drawers, people), a solid walnut desktop frame, powder-coated aluminum legs and an absolutely timeless design (though designed less than a decade ago) make for the ultimate home workspace. Oh, and it won a Good Design Award the year it was released.