10 best desks
Get down to work with a sturdy, stylish and functional piece of furniture
Grand desks with plenty of storage help you keep tidy and organised. If you are one of the growing number of people who work from home, you might be looking for a desk that reflects your personal style, as well as being practical and robust.
On the other hand, small lightweight workstations prove handy as a place the whole family can use more flexibly in open-plan spaces. If you are using your desk with a computer, look out for practical touches like a sliding keyboard drawer, and cutouts for managing cables.
Berkshire Reclaimed Wood Desk: £499, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk
Reclaimed wood gives the Berkshire desk a vintage preloved look, but it actually has a number of features that make it useful for the modern worker.
There’s a vinyl top that is comfortable to write on, a slideout keyboard tray (and another for coffee), and a side door that lets you access the back of a PC without having to move the whole desk.
Jensen Desk: £399, westelm.co.uk
Fans of midcentury style will like the dramatic A-frame base of the Jensen table. The glass top lets you appreciate the angled legs and walnut stained solid wood in all its beauty.
Although it looks good, this desk doesn’t have any storage. And at 142cm wide, it is a little small for use as an everyday desk. The glass wipes down easily, but may attract dust if left unused for too long.
Westcote Blue Double Pedestal Desk: £499, cotswoldco.com
This desk has a good level of quality, with a protective lacquer finish to the oak top, and drawers painted in a heritage blue.
It’s especially good on storage, with a long drawer, two large ones, a filing compartment, and a small cupboard for your computer.
A back board hides unsightly cables, and the 150cm width means there’s still plenty of legroom.
Versailles Desk: £655.50, maisonsdumonde.com
The curves and details on this antique-style desk are attractive without being too fussy. It is made of Indian mango wood, which feels solid but doesn’t come with the price tag of oak or ash.
There’s a waxed finish to the natural top, and the legs are painted matte black. The three drawers with brass pulls are shallow, but a good place to store a laptop, papers or letters.
Journal Desk: £545, utilitydesign.co.uk
The sleek and streamlined journal desk has a powder coated steel frame and comes in a choice of four colours: black, white, grey and light blue.
The oak top is has a laminate upper surface that’s easy to clean and care for; the real wood edges add a touch of contrast.
The single steel drawer and a width of 130cm make this desk more suited to occasional use.
Harto Victor Desk: £650, reallywellmade.co.uk
Most desks tend to be boxy and bulky, making this unusual French design a welcome change.
The metal backboard curves around the edges of the desktop, contrasting with the oak veneer finish – it comes in either cherry red, petrol blue, grey or white.
At just 100cm wide, this desk is compact and more like a modern bureau. The two solid oak drawers slide out smoothly.
Abacus Small Desk: £99, johnlewis.com
John Lewis’ simple Abacus desk isn’t much in the way of looks, but its price, size and practicality have made it a hit with buyers.
With a width of 80cm it holds a computer (but not much more) and makes a good workstation in a multi-purpose living space.
The oak veneer is good quality and helps lift the appearance of this budget piece. A separate keyboard tray (£49) is available.
Den Desk: £645, loaf.com
Loaf’s Den desk has a strong metal frame, and a top and drawers in reclaimed fir. The timber has a bleached finish that keeps the whole piece looking light and modern.
Two open shelves leave room for accessorising with your own organisers, and one closed drawer is roomy enough for things you need to keep at hand. The top has a generous working area of 140 x 65cm.
Gala Desk: £300, habitat.co.uk
Gala is a minimal curved glass desk that is visually light. Its design is ideal for spaces that need a desk but would look cluttered with too much bulky furniture.
There’s no fussy fixings or assembly to deal with – it comes as one elegant (albeit heavy) piece. The tempered glass is strong, safe and takes little to look after. The minimal style of this one would suit a tidy owner.
Mallani Office Desk: £679, myakka.co.uk
Fairtrade furniture specialist Myakka imports this desk straight from India where it is made in sheesham wood and hand finished with wax.
The cupboard is sized to house a computer, or divide into two with a removable shelf. There are also two drawers and a filing compartment, making this solid piece good on storage.
The Verdict: Best desks
The Berkshire desk by Barker and Stonehouse is our top pick. It has a lived in feel thanks to the reclaimed wood you won’t have to worry about leaving the odd mark on it over time. It has a good variety of storage, and feels solid too.
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