Work It: 11 of Our Favorite Desks for Every Budget

Work It: 11 of Our Favorite Desks for Every Budget

Tess Wilson
Sep 18, 2015
(Image credit: Arlyn Hernandez)

Even if your back-to-school days are far behind you, there's a good chance that you find yourself at a desk most days. These 11 desks are beautiful, practical, adaptable, and will do their best to turn paperwork into a glamorous endeavor.


$98.99, on sale

This solid wood desk comes in a variety of colors (including bright teal!), has a drawer/drop-down keyboard tray, and has received 112 reviews to date with an average of 4.1 stars. Available in grey, white, black, espresso, and teal.

Dimensions: 20.5"W x 34.13"D x 29.88"H

Let's have class outside today! Go wherever your business takes you with this rolling, powder-coated steel desk. It's received 409 reviews to date with an impressive average of 4.8 stars, and I'd like one for my office and one for my kitchen, please. Available in steel, white and carbon.

Dimensions: 47.75"W x 23.75"D x 29.5"H

If you don't need tons of storage for papers, and are looking for a solid, classic desk, consider this sawhorse desk. It has a nice rich wood finish, and even comes with a keyboard tray (not a quality you typically find in such a simple silhouette!)

Dimensions: 60"W x 24"D x 30"H

Made of acacia wood with visible dovetail joints and a classic X-base, this is a more organic take on the campaign style of furniture. A pull out tray on each side gives you flexible storage for when you need just a little more surface area to work.

Dimensions: 60.1"W x 24"D x 30.3"H

Secretary desks are great choices for small spaces, and for anyone who wants to clothes "the door" on work, but doesn't have a spare room. The Hemnes secretary, which fits a screen up to 17", is made of solid pine (unlike most IKEA desks), has adjustable feet and plenty of storage, and features "built-in cable management." While you're at IKEA, pick up some sassier knobs, such as these, these or perhaps even these. Available in black-brown, white, and pine.

Dimensions: 35"W x 16 7/8"D x 42 1/8"H

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With a nearly perfect 5-star rating from 49 reviews, it's safe to say the solid wood Spotlight desk is a wise purchase. It's super sleek, but also hides a large fold-down drawer with built-in organizer, and plenty of space for your keyboard.

Dimensions: 48"W x 24"D x 30"H

This white and brass campaign-style desk could go just about anywhere in your house and it'd be a showstopper. Four drawers mean you have storage for odds and ends to keep your desktop free and clear of clutter.

Dimensions: 42"W x 20"D x 30.25"H

When you don't have a ton of space to work with, but need plenty of storage, think vertically! And if glossy white isn't for you, it also comes in a beautiful wood finish.

Dimensions: 49"W x 23"D x 84"H


Apt 2B's Brooklyn desk reminds me of Herman Miller's coveted Airia desk, but for half the price. A pull-out drawer with 3 separate compartments, cable management and two tiers, this one's a winner.

Dimensions: 71"W x 31.5"D x 30.3"H

This drop-dead gorgeous desk has so many great qualities: solid American hardwood, leather writing surface, removable desk tray, no assembly required, and USA construction. Available in walnut/black and oak/chocolate.

Dimensions: 42"W x 22"D x 29"H

In terms of looks, I actually prefer the regular Catalina Desk, but wanted to include at least one other desk with actual storage space. This one is made in the USA of solid walnut and has a pullout keyboard tray and a file drawer. If you don't need a large monitor to work, this smaller laptop desk is sure to do (stylishly!)

Edited from a post that originally appeared 9.18.15-AH
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