+ Flexible, fits in difficult room layouts.
+ Great for multi-purpose rooms like kitchens or living rooms.
- Little screen privacy.
- Lost space behind a corner monitor.
- Who wants to look at a corner?
+ More desktop than a corner desk.
+ Everything is closer than if you were sitting at a long desk of the same length.
+ "Divided" desk space.
- Also loses dead space behind a corner monitor.
+ Tons of desktop space.
+ "Divided" space.
+ Great orientation for anyone with two monitors or for two people sharing a desk.
- Takes up a big footprint in the room.
- A U-shaped desk designed for one room probably won't work in another.
Along-the-Wall, Straight Desk
+ Stable desk.
+ Will fit in many rooms and moves well from home to home.
+ The entire desk is usable, no dead space.
+ Can be recycled and put to use in other rooms of the house (i.e. as a dining table).
- No clear delineation to split computer/writing spaces.
- Who wants the wall as their view?
+ Lots of screen-prying privacy.
- Wire management is a pain.
- If your back is to a window, you'll be battling glare.
+ Best of both worlds, since it's technically two desks (a center desk and a straight wall desk, usually).
+ Tons of desktop space with two separate surfaces.
+ Looks awesome and executive-like.
+ Plenty of storage.
- Requires a lot of dedicated floor space.\
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(Images from: Matthew's Sculptural Home Office, Make a Polished and Modern Concrete Desk, NoizyLady.com, Chez Larrson's Custom Laptop Nautical Theme Desk, How To Make Desk Cords Go Invisible, Ambience Dore.)