Most people don’t usually work from home, but since the spread of COVID-19, millions have been forced to self-quarantine, leaving little to no option but to work from home. So, here’s a challenge: how do you stay productive during the whole lockdown? What is the best workstation out there that could help? We've compiled some of the best home office desks in the market to cover your job demands. Here are the 11 best home office desks for work from home, in no particular order.
Tribesigns Modern L-shaped Corner Computer Desk
This is the one to choose if you’re looking for a desk that fits nicely into a corner. This L-shaped desk from Tribesigns is suitable for desktop real-estate and is still budget-friendly. Not only is it sturdily built, it also comes with extra trimmings so you’ll find it easy to sit your PC tower on, should you use one. The working surface is also large, so it will certainly fit many big stuffs like multiple large monitors. Overall, this is a good value office desk for your money.
ApexDesk Vortex Series Height Adjustable Table
This office desk isn’t exactly cheap, but there’s more to it than any other desks. It changes from sitting desk to standing desk with only a tap of a button (yes, this is an electric desk), giving you the flexibility to work with different postures. You could adjust the height from about 70 cm to 116 cm. The 2.5 cm-thick top is 152.4 cm wide by 76.2 deep and is made of scratch-proof laminate. It can hold up to 77 kg, so there’s that. It doesn’t come with drawers or storage, but it does have two grommets for wire management.
Zinus Jennifer Modern Studio Collection Soho Rectangular Desk
If minimalism is your thing, then this office desk from Zinus is the perfect one. Simple and clean-looking, this rectangular desk has a large work surface so it will fit everything. The height is also perfect, fitting most desk-chair arms effortlessly without making it stuck. You’ll also love it for its sturdiness and ease to set up.
Ladder Shelf Desk
This one is suitable for those who only work with laptops and don’t have much available space in their home. Doubling as a bookshelf, this desk leans against the wall with a cubby to store stationery and double shelves for your books. When no longer needed, you can use it to place your tchotchkes as decoration tricks.
Herman Miller Airia Desk
This office desk by Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton is everyone’s favourite. Comes with rounded edges and cork-lined drawers, this is a good desk that will keep you fascinated by the absolutely sleek design. It is made with solid walnut desktop frame and powder-coated aluminium legs, so there’s no doubt it will hold much weight. Don’t think twice to get this Good Design Award-winning desk.
Sauder 417586 Harbor View Corner Computer Desk A2
Designed for the conservative ones, this corner computer desk is spacious, providing room for all your work necessity. It comes with two drawers with full extension slides that hold letter-size hanging files and double lower shelves for extra storage. Soft white finished on all sides with a touch of lintel oak accent, this clean and elegant office desk will look great in your home office.
Furinno Computer Desk
Another nice simple desk for your computer from Furinno. This is a compact desk that will save you a lot of space, with right-hand side shelf to slot your desktop tower plus a slide-out tray for keyboard and mouse. There’s an extra drawer as well to store your work essentials. With all these features, it is worth noting that this desk is at the bargain basement end of the market, so this is great for those who either short on budget or just want a temporary yet compact desk for working from home during self-quarantine.
Prepac Wall Mounted Floating Desk
This wall-mounted floating desk from Prepac is a great option if you’re short on space. Its work surface is limited to modest size (106 x 48 x 99 cm), but it sure is more than enough to put a laptop on. This desk also has multiple storage cubbies on both sides a top shelf to squeeze out a few extra storage spaces in your small working space. Way to go to maximize your limited space—just make sure you mount it well to your wall.
Stir Kinetic Desk M1
Here's another motorized standing desk for those who love flexibility. Not only does this office desk from Stir looks smart with its modern curved lines, it's also a smart home device. The secret lies in the cloud-connected controls in the five-inch built-in touch screen on the corner of the table.
It syncs with Bluetooth devices like Fitbit to recognize your preference. For instance, you can always set the desk to stand for a certain time (i.e. 60% of the time or one-thirds of your day) and control how often you want it to switch between positions (i.e. every 45 minutes or every three hours).
When it's time to switch positions, the desk will gently remind you with a "whisperbreath" feature whereby it slowly rises a couple centimetres and then lowers itself again. Then, you can either double-tap the screen to proceed changing positions or simply ignore it. The desk will learn from your preference and adjust how often it prompts you based on your reaction to its nudge reminder.
Coavas Happer Industrial Folding Desk
If you need an office desk that can also be used for other purposes, this writing computer desk from Coavas is the one. It’s far from office-y look and doesn’t have any additional storage, but it comes at low pricing point and is very easy to assemble. Some reviewers said they only need “literally 60 seconds” to set it up without tools or glue. This is nothing fancy, but it does look nice and is stable and functional, plus you can always use it as an entryway table or even a vanity once you’re done using it for work.
For a sustainable option, this Eave Desk from Dims. is a piece of super cool furniture for your work area. Designed to be a desk/table hybrid, it can fit into any room, especially if your interior is decorated in a minimalist style. This office desk is made from sustainably-harvested wood and takes about five minutes to put together.