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If you're going to get the full benefits of a computer desk, it has to be something that's well made and properly balanced. It is possible to buy a computer desk for under fifty dollars, but none of those have made it into our top five ratings because of concerns about stability and durability. That doesn't mean we've only chosen high-end desks or workstations. As you'll discover, some are very affordable.
With hundreds of computer desks available on the consumer market, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff. That's where we come in!
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At the top of this page, you'll find our five favorite computer desks on the market. These highly rated products all qualify for our top-contender list.
Computer desks tend to be relatively lightweight pieces of furniture, but you still need something that's robust enough to give you years of service.
Your computer and keyboard may have a relatively small footprint, but it's important to also account for space for peripherals like printers and other accessories that can take a surprisingly large amount of real estate.
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Once your screen, keyboard, and tower are taken care of, is there space left to store paperwork, pencils, or all of those other bits and pieces you need to keep handy?
Office furniture can be surprisingly expensive at times, but it doesn't have to be. We've assembled a great range of computer desks to suit every budget.
We are surprised that the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk includes the word "juvenile," because to us that suggests something for kids. This desk is not only perfectly suitable for adults (one owner we know of is 6 feet two), but it's obvious that a good deal of thought has gone into making grown-up components. The metal frame is powder coated, which gives a good level of protection from knocks and scrapes. The work surfaces are made of engineered board with a laminate finish (almost all computer desks are made this way), and the cover material is moisture-resistant PVC - which is both durable and easy to keep clean. Like most computer desks, some assembly is required, but the owners we surveyed found the instructions straightforward and the overall setup to be quite simple.
Like the Techni Mobili, the Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk has a grey, powder-coated frame that should last for years. Its working surfaces are a black plasticized laminate over a composite core and are thus extremely easy to clean. Assembly is perhaps a little more complex than the Technic, but it's not beyond anyone with a bit of patience. You will find that with most computer desks there are occasional complaints about the final assembled quality, but a couple of things should be kept in mind. First, it's the purchaser who puts it together, and some owners take less care than others in setting it up. Second, there has to be a trade-off between the product price and the materials used. Solid wood is great, but such a desk would end up costing thousands of dollars. In the case of the Comfort Products Regallo, it's rated to support 154 pounds - so not exactly what we'd call flimsy!
If workspace is your main concern, look for a full desk. If you just need a place to use your computer intermittently, a wall-mounted option is your best bet.
The Canadian-made Prepac White Floating Computer Desk is a clever, wall-mounted solution and is an absolute work of art. Construction is of modern, CARB-compliant engineered wood with laminate surfaces, and it has a metal rail system that enables it to attach securely to the wall. It's also available in a number of finishes to suit your decor. Owners frequently comment about its ease of assembly and its solidity once completed - something that's reflected in a five year limited warranty.
The Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk has much more of a traditional look about it, which should appeal to those who need something that blends in with classic furniture. It may look like oak, but like the other desks here, it's actually a composite board with a laminated surface. Sauder are keen to point out their green credentials, though, and in addition to using wood material that might otherwise be wasted, they also generate their own electricity from residual sawdust. Once again, owners reported that it was easy to assemble, though care was needed in attaching the hutch so as not to split it with the screws. It's also worth pointing out that any composite furniture must be lifted if you want to move it. Dragging (which we're all inclined to do from time to time), will almost certainly cause damage.
We love the "sale oak" finish of the Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk and the stylish look it gives in combination with the powder-coated frame. Once assembled (which isn't a quick job because of the product's complexity), it is a very sturdy combination. One owner we surveyed did point out that while the clever construction gives the appearance of solid panels, it is actually mostly an open, box-like construction. It's an example of what can be done with stain-resistant laminated composites and clever visual design.
If you get a wall-mounted computer desk, it will be installed in one place permanently. If you are renting or moving, this may not be the best choice.
Although the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk is intended to be a relatively compact, space-saving unit, it has a considerable amount of working space. The sliding keyboard shelf leaves plenty of additional room in front of the screen, and there are accessory shelves for a computer tower and a printer or other peripheral - each of which is rated for up to a 30 pound load.
The swooping, curved upper surfaces of the Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk give quite a lot of space, but the clever extra here is the swing-out section that virtually doubles your working area when you want it - and tucks neatly away when you don't. It's perfect for people who have the occasional need to consult paper documentation or large plans. A computer and other additional items are catered for by the full width lower shelf, giving a surprising amount of surface area considering its overall dimensions.
Take your time when putting your computer desk together. A sloppy job could cost you time, and maybe a broken computer, down the line.
The trade-off you get with a unit like the Prepac White Floating Computer Desk is that although it frees up floor space, it does mean that working area is limited. There is adequate room for an average monitor (plus a keyboard), and certainly for a laptop, but not a great deal more. Fortunately there are many wireless printers and other devices available today which may be the solution if you need additional equipment.
The Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk is another desk that doesn't have a huge working area, although the desktop space is freed up by the nicely concealed keyboard shelf. Some owners did raise concerns about the monitor height, so you might want to take measure (it's 19 inches from the top of the desk surface to the underside of the hutch shelf).
In comparison with the other desks we've reviewed, only the Comfort Products Regallo, when opened out, comes anywhere near the Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk when it comes to working area. The drawer is actually a drawer and not the usual concealed keyboard shelf. That said, there's still plenty of area for whatever you want, and the offset hutch means there are absolutely no height restrictions.
Take into consideration what you will be using on your desk. If you are a laptop user, you won’t need a desk with a shelf for the computer tower.
While computer desks like these aren't overflowing with storage or features, it's worth pointing out anything that adds to the usefulness or that makes your life a bit easier. With the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk, we've already mentioned the various shelves, but it's important to reiterate how much space the sliding keyboard unit can save. Little touches like the safety bar that prevents the computer from being knocked off accidentally can also be difference makers for some customers. It's also possible to mount both it and the peripheral shelf on the other side. The whole thing only weighs 37 pounds (before you add your computer, etc.), so it really is very easy to move around.
The main feature of the Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk is, of course, the swing-out section. We should also point out that it's wheeled, making it really easy to open and shut. Many owners commented on just how useful this was, although some also said that the lower shelf wasn't deep enough to fully support their computer when it was placed back to front.
Be sure to choose a desk that fits with the aesthetic of the room, whether it’s modern, eclectic or classic.
Although the Prepac White Floating Computer Desk doesn't give a whole lot in terms of work space, it does have a cable management system to keep things neat, as well as side compartments that have removable shelves. Add the top shelf and you actually have quite a bit of useable storage in what remains a very compact unit.
The Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk comes with the previously mentioned hutch, giving it extremely valuable extra storage. The side cupboard can also be used (and contains a dividing shelf), but if you want to place a computer tower inside, it will halve the useable area. A unit like this is a combination of function with pleasing form, and to an extent the former has to be slightly compromised for the latter.
The Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk comes with a very useful central drawer, two shelves in the left hand side pedestal, an elevated hutch divided into three cubicles, and, because the hutch is relatively low, a useful shelf area on top. The rear of the unit is completely finished, so there's no need to push it up against a wall unless you want to. However, the hutch is not reversible and can only be assembled on the right hand side of the desk.
An at-home computer desk can be a great aid for working from home or for spending time on crafting projects, and more.
At the moment you should be able to get the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk for $73 - which is remarkably little for any piece of office furniture. It's not an industrial construction, but many satisfied owners have said that as long as it's not subject to unreasonable treatment, it's a very useful unit. Comments like "best desk for the price," and "great quality little desk," are common among the users that we surveyed.
The Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk is normally a very reasonable $146, but right now it can be found for as little as $105. That's good value for what is widely recognized to be a very versatile desk. Some owners weren't entirely happy with overall rigidity of this desk, but care and patience when assembling is key to a stable finished product.
If you get a standalone computer desk, be sure to place furniture sliders under the pieces that will touch the floor in order to avoid scratching.
The Prepac White Floating Computer Desk is down from $220 to $150 right now, which is a considerable savings. It's more expensive than the Techni or Regallo and doesn't have the useable space offered by either - but that's not the point. What you get for the money is a clever solution to a common problem, and the majority of those who have bought one are delighted with it - some were even quick to point out that they could never see themselves going back to a normal stand-alone workstation again.
It's difficult to imagine how the Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk could be more different to the Prepac, yet at $114 (reduced from $240) it's offered at very similar price. This is just a testament to how much people's needs and tastes vary, as well as the complexity of the computer desk market. A number of owners found the Sauder a bit time-consuming to put together, though none actually found the instructions difficult to follow. In general, they were very happy with the combination of appearance and usefulness that this desk has to offer.
If you like the look of the Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk (and many do), you'll be pleased to hear that you can save $175 on the purchase price. That still leaves a $492 price - considerably more than any other computer desk here - but then you do get quite a lot more desk with your investment. Several owners mentioned the amount of space and time you need to put it together, but most seem to think it was worth the effort.
Owners have claimed the Prepac Wall Mounted Floating Desk to be an ingenious solution to a problem that is faced by many, many people.
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