6 best computer desks for a productive home office space

Treat your laptop or desktop to the home it deserves with one of our top-pick computer desks for period or modern offices, and everything in between

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Move over, writing desks – for quite a while now, computers have been the new standard when it comes to jotting down our musings, burning the midnight oil, and doing much-needed life admin, so it makes sense that there’s a new breed of office furniture to go along with them. The concept of computer desks is pretty self-explanatory, really, but the best computer desks can actually be quite tricky to pin down.

For starters, it can be easy to get bogged down in the name, but you needn't be restricted to just using your new desk for computer-related tasks. If you don't have, or usually need, a dedicated home office space, but are desperate to set up camp somewhere other than the kitchen table, you can turn your attention to multi-functional bits of furniture. Why not look to a slimline desk that doubles as a console, perfect for multi-tasking as a telephone table or console in the hallway, or a petite corner desk with built-in shelving, to really make the most of your space?

If you're one of those lucky enough to have a room just for working, or a secluded spot in a larger bedroom where you can get your head down, you can afford to think a little bigger – literally. Some of our full-sized desks are highly functional, best-suited to those who work from home frequently or full-time, or even for gamers who need a more complicated setup. They offer built-in keyboard trays and processor stands to keep everything in check, as well as the odd cable management system for neat and tidy wires, but are incidentally good-looking too.

Some, we'll be honest, are just plain gorgeous, design features in their own right. If you have a traditional office space, especially if you're looking to minimise the impact of a high-tech setup on a refined period home, look to a writing-style desk with high-end design features to make you smile. If your tastes run decidedly more modern, there are trendy mid-century-style desks and even a hint of Art Deco luxe to soften the blow of all-hours working.

Traditional-style dark wood desk by Romina

1. Romina Cleopatra Desk

This solid wood desk offers dashing good looks and tons of storage

Specifications
Best for: Traditional offices
Dimensions: H61 x W156 x D99cm
Material: Beech wood
Colour: Brown
Reasons to buy
+Lovely design details+Period home-friendly features
Reasons to avoid
- By far the most expensive on our list 

Serious studies and traditional spaces need a grand desk at their centre, and on the high street they don’t come much grander on this. Granted, this Romina desk has a price tag to match its refined looks, but on top of a high-end solid wood construction, it boasts gorgeous design details you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, like dainty curved feet and turned wooden handles. We’re most taken with the slimline drawer hidden just under the desktop, an elegant storage solution that’s just right for housing those gorgeous notecards and your favourite pens. 

Solid oak desk with black industrial-style legs from John Lewis

2. John Lewis Calia Desk

A thoroughly modern desk with timeless construction

Specifications
Best for: Vintage design
Dimensions: H75 x W135 x D65cm
Material: Solid oak, veneered MDF
Colour: Oak, dark
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-cool industrial-style design+Beautifully made from solid wood
Reasons to avoid
-A bit hefty

It can sometimes feel a little odd having a pristine, high-tech new desktop computer perched on a period-style desk, so if your home, and more specifically your home office, is more of the contemporary persuasion, you may want to look to John Lewis for interior inspiration. This desk from their Calia range is beautifully and sturdily made from solid oak with distinctive industrial-style legs, a cool new take on the popular mid-century-style hairpin leg, and it packs four spacious drawers for storing extraneous electricals, CDs, and other computer-related accoutrements. 

Mid-century style dark wood desk with two drawers by Teknik

3. Teknik Home & Office Desk

A modern take on vintage bedroom furniture, without the showroom price tag

Specifications
Best for: Small spaces
Dimensions: H77 x W120 x D50cm
Material: Oak
Colour: Brown
Reasons to buy
+Elegant mid-century look+Slimline design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the sturdiest

If you liked the traditional good looks of our period home-friendly first choice, but can’t quite stretch to the admittedly hefty price or are looking for a lower-stakes option for a child’s room, why not take a look at this Teknik desk? It’s simple and sleek with its minimal drawer pulls and slim design, and perfectly suited to smaller spaces thanks to its tiny footprint. While the surface itself might not be suited to the biggest iMac, it’s a great multipurpose piece of furniture for making an impromptu office under the stairs or in the living room, perfectly ample for a laptop and lamp. 

Black gloss corner desk by Walker Edison

4. Walker Edison Corner Desk

Devilishly clever with just the right amount of industrial design

Specifications
Best for: Sturdy corner desk
Dimensions: H51 x W130 x D74cm
Material: Steel, glass
Colour: Black, white, silver, smoke
Reasons to buy
+Luxe-look black glass worktop+Dedicated keyboard desk and processor stand
Reasons to avoid
-Might be a bit too officey for some

It can be unreasonably difficult sometimes to find furniture that perfectly meets your needs but doesn’t look overly clinical, but this Soreno corner desk from Walker Edison seems to fit the bill admirably. The beveled safety glass, which could run the risk of looking corporate in a bulkier desk, manages to look modern and luxe in opaque reflective black, while the slim spindles and angled legs that keep the desk sturdy give it a slight industrial edge. The pull-out keyboard drawer also helps immeasurably to keep things looking neat by keeping unsightly wires off the desktop, while the dedicated processor stand keeps your tower off the floor. Every element has been carefully considered, making this a very practical and pleasant desk solution. 

Corner desk by Karbach in cream-painted wood with glass top

5. Karbach Corner Desk

A sweet, petite corner desk for shared spaces

Specifications
Best for: Shared spaces
Dimensions: H76 x W122 x D82cm
Material: Asian hardwood veneer, MDF
Colour: Espresso
Reasons to buy
+Practical corner design+Added shelf space
Reasons to avoid
-Not designed to store a tall processor unit

You don’t have the space to spare for a dedicated office, but you still need a desk: what to do, what to do… Well, if you go for a compact design like this Karback corner desk from Wayfair, you can make an office almost anywhere. Naturally, thanks to its small stature, it’s not the best bet for computer setups with a tall tower processor, as the integrated shelves are quite close to the floor, but for laptops and all-in-ones like the iMac, it’s ideal. It even creates shelf space in rooms where it’s lacking, making it a practical and handsome addition to a living room or bedroom. 

Desk with smoked glass and curved dark wood legs by Bell'O

6. Bell O Accord Computer Desk

A covetable 1920s look with modern functionality

Specifications
Best for: Cable management
Dimensions: H76 x W120 x D61cm
Material: Steel, wood, glass
Colour: Brown/black
Reasons to buy
+Art Deco-style curved legs+Cable management system
Reasons to avoid
-Glass isn't scratch-resistant

The ideal meeting between form and function, this Bell’O computer desk has a touch of the Art Deco about it thanks to gorgeous and unusual curved wood accents and elegant black spindles. The functionality, though, is purely contemporary. The central reinforcing bar boasts the simple but ever-so-clever solution of a hole for your cables, keeping everything corralled nicely so as not to detract from the look of the desk, and the tinted and tempered safety glass pull-out looks fantastic, while giving you space for your keyboard. 

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