Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
Best-rated home-office desk
With over 4,000 glowing reviews, this is one of the most unanimously beloved desks on Amazon. An overwhelming number call it “sleek” for its polished-glass surface and note that it’s easy to assemble. Gamers are especially fond of the large L-shaped top capable of holding two monitors at a time, which is why you might surface “battle station” or “command center” comments from people who turned this into their gaming hub. Some reviewers warn about the fragility of this desk — the tempered glass can shatter with heat or too much weight, some say — though they note that Amazon is quick to make up for any damage. But as one avid gamer writes, “All in all, I am very pleased with this desk! It’s the perfect height, has plenty of room to sit and to work, and is very, very sturdy.”
Best-rated (less expensive) home-office desk
Reviewers rave about the minimalist looks of this Zinus rectangular desk and its spacial capacity. “Huge work space so I can spread everything out, and my desk-chair arms fit underneath without getting stuck so I can roll around freely. The height is perfect,” says one happy shopper. A few people compare it to an Ikea piece, which is why one developer likes to furnish model spaces with it: “My results are back, and they say I have a severe Zinus infection. I’ve had to furnish four properties over the past year, on a tight budget. I’ve ordered six of these tables now and can’t stop recommending them to others.”
Beyond its looks, almost everyone admires how sturdy and easy to set up it is. “As someone who has moved seven times, I’ve become well acquainted with setting up flat-pack furniture,” says one, “and can confidently say that this was the easiest piece of flat pack I’ve ever set up.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of home-office desk you might be looking for.
Best L-shaped desk
Compared with the more architectural Walker Edison desk, reviewers seem to appreciate the simple, utilitarian design of this Tribesigns L-shaped desk, like this owner who sums it up briefly: “TLDR: The desk is sturdy, stylish, and can be put together by a single person. It is priced competitively to similar desks.” It’s also popular among gamers, and the common consensus is that it’s built to last a long time. Furniture delivery can be dicey, but reviewers seem pleased with the shipping process: “Full-on five stars for this. It arrived on time and was packaged in an absurd amount of Styrofoam to keep it perfect during shipping. It was pristine right out of the package.”
Best writing desks
Many reviewers came to this Tribesigns model after a long search for the perfect desk, and they were very pleased to have finally found one this sturdy and nice-looking. Per one reviewer, “I love everything about this product. Package was secure without any damage to the product. Very easy assembly. Took less then 20 minutes to put everything together. Very stable.” It doesn’t have built-in cabinets or storage, but shoppers like the extra leg space and the headache-free setup. “This desk checked every box. Quick and easy, effective. For me, a good computer desk with zero hassle,” says one gamer, who bought this to hold his PC. Another adds, “I was setting up a new workstation in my house and wanted a sleek desk that had room for dual monitors and room to write. I couldn’t ask for anything better at this price. Easy to assemble, solid construction.”
Per reviewers, this desk doesn’t look strictly “office-y,” so some use it as a vanity or entryway table. Many appreciate its no-frills design, like one reviewer who says, “Nothing real fancy, but looks nice, functional, sturdy and easily transported.” A big selling point for many reviewers is its low price point and easy setup — owners like to brag about its taking anywhere from five minutes to “literally 60 seconds” to set up. “For the price of around 60 bucks, this is an outstanding value. It is extremely easy to assemble; I was done in five minutes, and it required no tools or glue. The desk is surprisingly stable, and the top, while thin, does not feel flimsy,” says one.
Best trestle desk
Many reviewers of this Coavas desk are parents who bought this for their teenage daughters. One indicates that this was because of its size: “It might be too small for a business office but ideal size for high schoolers and small offices,” he writes. Others were surprised at the quality of the desk for the price, like one mom who describes it as “very Pottery Barn-ish!” She goes on to say, “I am really impressed, perfect size for my daughter. The top is thick, the finish looks amazing, and looks durable. In place, it doesn’t wobble whatsoever!” Another happy parent who bought this for her “rambunctious 12-year-old twins” describes it as “the epitome of perfect.”
Best desk with hutch
Many describe assembly for this hutch desk as an ordeal requiring two people and a few hours, but reviewers seem very pleased with the results, like one who sums it up thusly: “After tons of screaming and yelling because some parts were kind of tricky, we got it put together. It took a few hours and there are tons of parts, but it came out beautifully and solid.” Others also point out the weight on this desk — around 200 pounds — and its “yuuuuuuuuge” physical size, but so many reviewers describe being in love with the desk that they say once you have it set up, it’s worth any hassle.
Best desk with drawers
“Beautiful,” “gorgeous,” “sturdy,” and “good-looking,” are common compliments found among the reviews for this forge desk, all of which highlight its looks and framework. Many reviewers complain about the difficulty of the setup, which the assembly manual acknowledges: “The instructions even make jokes about how long it will take,” one shopper notes. Another reviewer jokes, “Dear lord, this is a desk that should be a requirement for all couples who are interested in getting married to put together. This item has so many pieces in that heavy box, like 100 clowns exiting a teeny car.” Along with many others, she came around once the desk was put together: “In the end the desk looks nice.”
Best small desk
Reviewers usually gravitate toward this desk for its compact size, which they find ideal for small spaces. One describes it as “the PERFECT desk and compact station” for the guest room, and another says, “So much efficiency in a small space.” Shoppers seem very taken with the cherrywood finish and were pleasantly surprised at how much space the desk offered, like one who raves, “The desk is lovely, fits exactly where I needed it, and it’s given me SO much more work space than my old desk. It’s incredibly sturdy as well, which some other build-it-yourself desks aren’t. This is a terrific purchase, and I am more than thrilled with it.”
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