Top Home Office Desks - Updated October 2014

Our expert analysis of the best office desks for your home, and our pick for your best bet.

  • RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
    The RTA is an ideal investment for someone who wants a clean, practical work area without a lot of extra storage features.
  • Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core
    At 35.5 inches, the width of the Monarch Corner Desk's work surface is on the smaller end, but its superior vertical storage capacity compensates nicely for this.
  • Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation

    The Bestar Hampton earns our praise for its attractive design and sturdy construction.
  • BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
    Polished and beautiful, the Bush Cabot L'Desk's expertly crafted materials are engineered for durability and stability.
  • Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk
    The Coaster Executive Desk, constructed of gorgeous, dark brown solid wood, exudes elegance and fine craftsmanship from every angle.
Contenders
The top home office desks out of hundreds of models.
Considerations
When choosing a home office desk, you should first evaluate its durability, storage efficiency, work surface, and price.
Best of the Best
The desk that stands out from the rest.
Best Bang for Your Buck
The desk that offers the best value for your money.
There are plenty of desks to choose from, but here are top 5 models that made the cut:
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core
Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk
Durability
A durable desk stays strong and sturdy after years of use, whether it is made of particle board or genuine wood. Sturdy construction depends on a number of factors, including the design and craftsmanship of the particular model.
Storage Capacity
A desk's storage capacity refers to its ability to accommodate extra items, including office supplies, file folders, books, computers, and cords.
Work Surface
The amount of workspace you get, coupled with the physical quality of the desktop, are both important considerations when choosing an office desk.
Price
Office desks vary in price, from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Higher-end models have a better reputation for wood quality and aesthetics, but not necessarily functionality.
The Bush Cabot L-Desk is constructed primarily of particle board, but strategically placed pieces of heavier wood give it a strong foundation as a sturdy, functional piece of furniture.
L-Shaped Desk
The RTA L-Shape Desk is made of 5/8 inch-thick medium density fiber, or MDF. This man-made material is stronger than plywood and, in combination with RTA's powder-coated steel frame, yields a solid desk that most customers find to hold up up well over the course of time. The feet and legs are adjustable, which is particularly helpful for office spaces with uneven floors. The glued-on mahogany sheet finish looks beautiful, although we found that separation from the wood is possible, albeit very rare.
Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core Left Or Right Side Corner Desk
The well-built Monarch Corner Desk is a smaller model of veneered wood that snuggles nicely into an office corner. We give it high marks for its structural integrity and sturdiness. Because this 100-pound desk is on the smaller side, it is a perfect fit for children and adults who don't require a large amount of work space.
Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation In Sand Granite & Charcoal
The Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation is a sturdy L-shape desk made of engineered wood and durable laminate. It earns our praise for its attractive design and sturdy construction. Potential buyers should designate a corner of their home or office for this desk before purchase, as the unfinished back panel is intended to be hidden against a wall.
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk with Hutch/Bookcase/Lateral File, Harvest Cherry Finish
The Bush Cabot L-Desk is constructed primarily of particle board, but strategically placed pieces of heavier wood give it a strong foundation as a sturdy, functional piece of furniture. Most customers who choose this model are satisfied with the the stability of the particle board/laminate. Complete with all of its attachments, this desk weighs close to 400 pounds and is difficult to move after construction.
Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk with Computer Storage
The Coaster Executive Desk, constructed of gorgeous, dark brown solid wood, exudes elegance and fine craftsmanship from every angle. Drawers are lined with soft felt and the top work space features an inset panel of durable leather. The double pedestal adds to the desk's weight (nearly 500 pounds) and sturdiness. The desk comes in four modular pieces, making assembly a breeze. After construction, this boxy desk can be difficult to move.
The Bush Cabot offers storage options galore including a file cabinet, six cube-shaped bookshelves, and a hutch with extra cubby storage.
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
The RTA L-Shape comes with a keyboard tray and detachable rolling CPU cart. The 67-inch L-shaped work area is ideal for people who operate multiple monitors at one time; up to four monitors can been used at once. We found the elevated center shelf on this desk to be the perfect storage spot for small accessories. This desk is not equipped with the drawers, cubicles, or shelves that some of the other models on our shortlist offer, but its large size provides plenty of room for all of your desk essentials.
Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core
The Monarch Corner Desk grants a smaller work space than our other models, but it makes up for that fact with under-the-desk keyboard storage and abundant cubicle shelving for books, office equipment, and knickknacks. Six smaller shelves on top and four larger ones on bottom can all be adjusted and/or removed for added versatility. Be sure to double-check measurements before purchasing this model; many of the customers we surveyed were surprised as to how small the desk actually is in real life.
Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation
The Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation features a raised monitor shelf, a large keyboard/mouse tray, and a 70 inch work space with ample elbow room. The enclosed storage hutch is the ideal place for a computer. Unlike some other models, this desk offers no file drawers or book shelves, so be sure to account for this as you plan your office arrangement.
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
The Bush Cabot L-Desk offers storage options galore. Highlights include a file cabinet drawer to accommodate legal and letter-sized files, six cube-shaped bookshelves, and a hutch with extra cubby storage. Stylish fluted glass doors adorn two of the desk's cabinet drawers. We found the the under-the-desktop charging station to be an incredibly easy and convenient way to connect your electronic devices while working. This model uses both closed and open storage for a modern, functional look. Because the product is bulky and assembly is required, some customers find it useful to have extra help on hand while putting this desk together.
Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk
The Coaster Executive Desk is a large, double pedestal desk with several storage areas. One pedestal features a drawer for hanging files, while the other features a cabinet for a CPU. The top drawer is lined with felt for a regal-yet-professional appearance. Although the larger cabinet offers convenient computer storage space with four inward facing plugs, some owners we surveyed found these plugs difficult to access once their computer was in place. Note: Because the CPU cabinet can get warm, we found that many owners keep the door cracked for ventilation.
From the hutch, to the 6-cube bookcase, to the integrated USB hub that allows you to connect all of your electronic devices, the Bush Cabot L-desk was designed for the utility and ease of use.
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
The RTA L-Shape desk boasts 67 inches of divided workspace, making it a great computer workstation. The desk's surface can accommodate up to four monitors at once; a great asset for multi-taskers. The lowered keyboard shelf and raised accessory shelf free the work space of any excess clutter. Because the mahogany surface is an adhesive, we found that it could potentially peel away from the MDF, especially when exposed to moisture or heat.
Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core
At 35.5 inches, the width of the Monarch Corner Desk's work surface is on the smaller end, but its superior vertical storage capacity compensates nicely for this. The melamine, scratch-resistant work surface holds two 21.5 monitors or one larger monitor. An under-the-desk keyboard drawer saves a bit of space. Taller desk users may choose to use an adjustable-height chair for added leg room and comfort.
Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation
The Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation provides a comfortable 70 inches of table-top work space. The inch-thick, engineered wood is covered with creamy laminate for a smooth writing surface that is easy to keep clean. A shock-resistant PVC edge lines and protects the work surface of this beautiful corner desk, which comes in the buyer's choice of Sand Granite or Tuscany Brown.
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
The Bush Cabot L-Desk provides 60 inches of work space which can be extended further by placing the matching-height lateral file beside it. The stain and scratch-resistant finish exudes a polished, classic look and is backed by a one-year warranty. We found the desk's particle board materials to be very sturdy and secure, but the most impressive aspect was the plethora of features specifically designed to make your work experience more comfortable. From the hutch, to the 6-cube bookcase, to the integrated USB hub that allows you to connect all of your electronic devices, this desk was designed for the utility and ease of use.
Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk
The Coaster Executive Desk's large tabletop workspace is 72 inches wide. The work surface of this gorgeous piece of furniture is as durable and sturdy as the rest of its remarkable construction. The solid wood desktop, covered by an inset leather writing/work area, provides a luxuriously substantial place to work and compute. Quality is written all over this dependable piece of furniture.
The Bush Cabot is not just a desk, but a complete organizational system that ties a room together with elegance and class.
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
The RTA L-Shape is the most affordable desk on our shortlist. It goes for a reasonable price of $203. The desk's sturdy, powder-coated steel frame is complemented by its contemporary look, beautiful mahogany finish, and flexible workspace. It's an ideal investment for someone who wants a clean, practical work area without a lot of extra storage features.
Monarch Specialties Cappuccino Hollow-core
At a price of $9943, the Monarch Corner Desk is a unique and reasonably priced piece of furniture which provides attractive vertical storage and a diminutive work station. This desk works well in smaller rooms and would suit a young child or an adult who prefers a smaller-scale work area.
Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation
For a middle-of-the-road price of $319, the Bestar Hampton Corner Workstation gives you the choice of several neutral-yet-beautiful color schemes and provides a satisfying expanse of L-shaped work space. This model must go in a corner because of its unfinished back. Sturdy and spacious, this desk is a great place to spread out work but does not provide the shelving that some of the other models do.
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
For $943, the Bush Cabot L-Desk provides a large and versatile workspace, along with a terrific array of polished and professional-looking storage options. This piece is not just a desk, but a complete organizational system that ties a room together with elegance and class.
Coaster Fine Furniture 800800 Executive Desk
For a price of $1418, the Coaster Executive Desk is a regal-looking desk of heavy wood with classic trim, an inset leather top, and majestic style. This desk is definitely worth the price if you are going for a more professional, expensive look. However, if you're not looking to pay a premium for elegance, this may not be the desk for you.
Polished and beautiful, the Bush Cabot L'Desk's expertly crafted materials are engineered for durability and stability.
The Bush Cabot L-Desk stands out as the best of the best. With its spacious, L-shaped desktop, hanging file cabinet drawer, six bookshelf cubes, and hutch with extra spaces for storage, this desk provides a “place for everything, and everything in its place.” Owners have the option of extending the workspace even further by placing the matching-height lateral file at the end of the desk. This gorgeous organizational set exudes a functional-yet-chic style that helps professionals stay on top of their game while enjoying the convenience of extra storage amenities. Fluted glass cabinets, sleek design lines, and an under-the-desk charging station complement this desk's many luxurious features. Polished and beautiful, the Bush Cabot L'Desk's expertly crafted materials are engineered for durability and stability. Buyers can choose between the Harvest Cherry and Espresso Oak finish, and we had trouble deciding between the two. In either version, this desk is a true masterpiece and earns our highest recommendation.
Our Top Choice
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
BUSH FURNITURE Bush Furniture Cabot L-Desk
The RTA provides an astounding 67 inches of workspace which can accommodate up to four monitors.
At $203, the RTA L-Shape desk provides the same level of functionality and durability as its competitors, albeit without the extra drawers and cubicles for storage. It might not have the bells and whistles of some other desks, but it provides an astounding 67 inches of workspace which can accommodate up to four monitors. The hidden keyboard drawer and a raised area for cumbersome accessories help manage clutter, and the powder-coated steel frame ensures this desk's stability. The stick-on mahogany finish is beautiful and blends with just about any room's décor. Although there is a a small tendency for the desk’s finish to pull away and/or peel with heat and moisture, we found this to be a minor issue, especially if you take precautions to prevent it. All in all, this desk delivers extreme elegance and practicality, and we rate it as the best deal in the crowded field of hundreds of models.
Best Value
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
RTA Modern Office L-Shape Desk
$203
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