The best office desks

From uber modern to beautifully traditional, we've rounded up our favourite desks to suit any home office

The best desk for a home office
(Image credit: John Lewis)

Whether you work from a designated home office, a garden room or maybe you’re just looking to upgrade from a spot at the kitchen table, choosing the right desk is key to creating a productive work space. But with so many options out there (corner desks, ladder desks, fold away desks) where do you start? We suggest here, with our guide to the best office desks. 

1. John Lewis Calia Desk

This industrial-look desk takes first place for its great build and even better design

Best for: All-round quality
Size: 75 x 135 x 65 cm
Colour: Oak/black
Material: Solid oak, veneered MDF
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding build quality +Perfect for industrial schemes 
Reasons to avoid
-Grained surface isn’t the smoothest to write on 

Sturdily built and beautiful, this solid oak desk from John Lewis takes our top spot for best desk. Its rustic distressed wire-brushed wood and welded iron legs are totally on-trend, but the high-quality construction and heft mean it's built to last.

2. John Lewis Colosseum Ladder Desk

Make use of vertical space with this Nordic chic ladder desk

Best for: Design
Size: 202 x 70 x 50 cm
Colour: Oak
Material: Solid oak, oak veneer, chipboard
RRP: £199.00
Reasons to buy
+Space-efficient desk solution +Looks lovely 
Reasons to avoid
-Top needs to be fixed to wall; not great for rentals 

For minimalists and fans of that stripped-back Scandi aesthetic, this is the one. A clean-looking, oak-effect desk that leans against the wall for a tiny footprint, it’s great for a small home office. It also boasts a couple of shelves to boost storage and keep essentials within easy reach. 

3. Connie 2 Tier Compact Desk

A great value little desk with designer looks

Best for: Space saving
Size: 94 x 100 x 40 cm
Colour: White, pine
Material: Pine
RRP: £99.00
Reasons to buy
+Compact freestanding desk +Cool minimal design 
Reasons to avoid
-Not much storage 

Unlike the John Lewis Colosseum, this compact desk is completely free-standing, so it’s a good alternative buy if you’re after a space-saving workstation but don’t want to screw anything to the wall. It’s simple, clean, and bang on-trend, so it’s perfect for any teen’s room or light, bright home office. The storage isn’t huge, as you’d expect, but it’s just right for storing a laptop and a few supplies when not in use. 

4. John Lewis Estelle Corner Desk

A high-end looking corner unit to fit in any classic office

Best for: Corner desk
Size: 74.5 x 159 x 155 cm
Colour: Light oak
Material: Oak-effect melamine
Reasons to buy
+Lots of surface space and storage +Lovely, sturdy wooden design 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite difficult to assemble 

A great buy for strange-shaped spaces, this wooden corner desk unit from John Lewis looks smart and is sturdily built to last for ages. There are more adjustable desks out there, but the classic wood and curved lines of this desk look less corporate and more cosy, especially if your office adheres to a warmer, more traditional scheme. It offers a great amount of storage and a roomy surface that’s great for artists and designers who need space for a computer, huge sheets of paper, and all sorts of other bits and bobs. 

5. John Lewis Gravity Desk

An Art Deco-esque wooden desk for on-trend offices

Best for: Design buffs
Size: 84.3 x 123.6 x 50.8 cm
Colour: Ash
Material: Plywood with ash veneer
Reasons to buy
+ Gorgeous design + Unusual shape 
Reasons to avoid
- Needs a bit of elbow grease to set up 

We all want our home office desk to be functional, but does that mean it can’t also be beautiful? Absolutely not. This stunning ash-effect desk from John Lewis needs no decorative flourishes to set it off — it’s a statement piece in its own right, with a distinctive V-shaped back and sleek curves that give it a real Art Deco feel. If you fell in love with the standout design of our first pick, the John Lewis Calia desk, but would prefer something a little more streamlined, this lightweight and affordable desk is an equally eye-catching alternative 

6. Life Fitness InMovement Treadmill Desk

Work and work out all at once with this office-meets-gym marvel

Best for: Fitness
Size: 180 x 101 x 124 cm
Colour: Silver / black
Material: Metal, wood
Reasons to buy
+ Helps make exercise more accessible for busy workers + Lowers health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle 
Reasons to avoid
- Hugely expensive 

The beauty of working from home is often that you can get other things done in your downtime, but what if we told you you could keep up your productivity and squeeze in a workout while you’re at it? This adjustable treadmill desk from Life Fitness eliminates the risks of sitting still for 8 hours a day, and will power most devices with its built-in connectivity panel and cable management system. 

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