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. While we’ve covered the best standing desks, laptop workstations, and lap desks, here we’re zeroing in on the best writing desks on Amazon, according to the people. See also our roundup of the best ergonomic office chairs, as recommended by a chiropractor and orthopedic surgeon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“First off, this is a totally awesome desk. It’s the perfect size for me. I wanted room to work on my computer and write by hand at the same time alongside my massive text books. The drawer is shallow but that is fine. What surprised me the most was what a solid piece of furniture this is. It is NOT rickety and it does NOT shake or move once it is put together. It was EASY to assemble. I attached the legs in under 20 minutes. I will keep this desk for the rest of my life; it is perfect just the way it is. The wood is really smooth. Wonderful value. I have been looking for a sturdy piece of furniture like this for a couple of years but until now, I could not find anything in my price range.”
“This product is simply amazing. It came packed very well, and despite the packaging having taken a beating in the mail, the desk itself doesn’t have a single scratch on it. It took me only a few minutes to assemble, thanks to the easy-to-use tools and hardware and the easy-to-understand instructions. The quality of the desk is so good, you would think that this should be worth $300. It isn’t too heavy and it is easy to move around. This should last me a very long time, and I might even consider buying another at some point. I am a mechanical engineer, and from my own perspective, I believe that a lot of thought went into the design of this desk, and I am very impressed with how easy it is to assemble. I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone looking for a high-quality, low-price desk!”
“This is a beautiful desk! It is even better-looking in person than in the pictures. The white finish looks fantastic with the brown legs. This desk is on the smaller side, so it’s perfect for the compact space I needed it for, but it also gives you a good-sized work area for all your needs. I work from home, so I needed something very functional that would take up hardly any space. This desk met my criteria of functionality, had pretty looking wood (that would stay sturdy over time), and a great design, all rolled into one. So happy I found this. It was really easy to assemble. I think it took the boyfriend and I 40 minutes to complete. This desk is heavy due to the glass top, so when the box was delivered there were holes everywhere, but it was packaged so well in styrofoam that there wasn’t even a scratch on it. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing a desk for their home office or just because it looks good.”
“This is the perfect desk for any aspiring or current writer. Every author I’ve ever met or read about says the same thing. Your writing area needs to have NO DISTRACTIONS! You need a desk that is for nothing but creating your art, and this product is it! Because it’s so small, you can’t cover it with a bunch of junk. Best of all, you can fit it anywhere, which is always important for writers. Stephen King tells young writers repeatedly that your desk should face a wall to avoid all distractions. Face a window and you’ll spend all your time staring out of it. This desk also looks fantastic. It has an incredibly classy look and feel to it. There’s a reason this is listed as a writing desk. This product was designed for those of you who have always dreamed of writing a novel. If you buy a large desk, it will end up covered with a million distractions to keep you from creating. This product was created for the aspiring novelist. If that’s not you, it can still be useful. If you’re in college, and need a small desk for a small space, it will work great. It’s also light and easy to move, and incredibly simple to put together.”
“Wow, I didn’t expect much for the price, actually. I am really impressed. It’s the perfect size for my daughter. The top is a compressed variety of wood; however, it’s thick, the finish looks amazing, and it seems durable. In place, it is very sturdy and doesn’t wobble whatsoever! I almost always use wood glue when I have to assemble a wood-based product, and this desk was no exception. I think the desk will last a long time. It looks far better in person and in its location, in fact, very Pottery Barn-ish! You won’t be disappointed if you are considering buying this desk.”
“This desk, once assembled, is very beautiful, sturdy, modern, and expensive looking. I assembled it by myself in about an hour. It is very, very heavy, and I recommend two people for the job, since one side needs to be held up while the other gets screwed in, but if you’re flexible and strong, it can be done by one person. I did it all with a regular screwdriver. Highly recommend! I use it for when I work from home and I’ve loved it every time.”
“This desk is WONDERFUL! It is much larger than I expected and has plenty of room for my things and computer and books! It was SUPER SIMPLE to put together and took less than 15 minutes. I bought new knobs from Hobby Lobby to spruce the look up and it’s a very classic piece. For the price, you cannot beat this desk. It is sturdy, elegant and simple. 100 percent recommended!”
“Ordered two of these beautiful desks after searching through hundreds of pictures online. I couldn’t be more pleased with the simple, timeless beauty and substance of this desk. Bought one as a writing desk for a bedroom and the other as a sturdy printer table for the common living area. They are so pretty and each complements its area. The desks were well packed and sustained no damage during shipping. One desk had a few nail-head sized divots in the top surface, but nothing too bad. I wrote the company to let them know how pleased I was with the desks and to see about swapping just the top piece of the one. They immediately shipped a complete desk to me and told me over and over that my complete satisfaction was of paramount importance to them. The replacement desk is perfect and I would buy from this company again without hesitation. You’ve got my business!!”
“I really like this small desk. I needed a place for my all-in-one computer, but also needed to be able to stash the keyboard and mouse when they were not in use so my wife wouldn’t feel like I’d created an office in the family room. This desk has a generous, pull-out keyboard drawer with a hinged front that you can flap down for use. The desktop is a faux surface, giving the appearance of aged wood while being totally smooth. Certainly not an heirloom piece, but very nice. Easily assembled in about 45 minutes.”
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