Ten best desks designed for the ultimate work from home experience

I spend a substantial amount of my day on my desk, typing away to glory. Most of the time I also end up eating my meals on it! And binge-watching on some Netflix as well. And I’m sure that’s the case with most of us, since work from home became the new norm, and our home offices became our new hang-out spots. But having a great desk is really important! Simply a ‘good’ desk won’t do either. A great desk helps us work comfortably and effectively. It puts us in the right mindset, helping us achieve our daily productihevity goals and checkmark all the tasks on our to-do list! Not only should our desks be clean, but they should also sport an ergonomic and functional design! And good looks are an added bonus. And finding a desk that does all of the above can be a Herculean task. But worry not! We’ve curated a collection of innovative, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing desk designs, that will end your hunt for a great desk once and for all! From a beautiful wooden desk with subtle details to organize your things to a motorized standing desk that creatively hides your cables  – there’s a perfect desk in here for everyone.

1. The Pessoa Table

Minimalist desks are great at sneaking organizational features into hidden nooks and crannies, but this striking work table has those compartments and spaces hiding in plain sight.

Why is it noteworthy?

Given the desk’s simple yet beautiful appearance, it might come as a surprise to learn that its form is actually inspired by three very different people with very different personalities. Or, to be more precise, the desk is named after the famed Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, whose different “heteronyms” (he doesn’t want to call them pseudonyms) have different and sometimes extremely conflicting ideologies. But almost like a metaphor for that situation, the Pessoa table still retains a unified appearance and beauty, just as all of Pessoa’s seventy-five heteronyms spring from the same man.

What we like

  • Minimal + vintage looks
  • Features two containers that float in the back panel

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. The Axis Concept

With this more mechanical standing desk concept, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier working lifestyle without breaking your back or your bank.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Axis concept uses a simple axis mechanism, hence the name, to move the larger desk surface up or down as needed. As a bonus, part of the desk actually remains in position and is a good place to put items you’re less likely to move, like supplies or desk organizers. It can even be a temporary bookshelf that stays in the back of your desk when sitting or beneath the table when standing.

What we like

  • The simplicity of this system means that manufacturers can keep the number of parts and materials down to a minimum
  • Sustainable materials can be used since it has no need for electronics or even plastics
  • Replacement parts could be easier to purchase, too, presuming owners themselves can’t make those out of standardized design

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

3. The Diag Desk

The Diag Desk is a minimalist, modern desk built to optimize desk space while incorporating storage elements like removable leather compartments. When it comes to desks, the simpler the better. Desks that are rooted in simplicity, either through a minimalist approach or by embracing Scandinavian aesthetics, typically offer a lot of practicality while maintaining a stripped-down design.

Why is it noteworthy?

Considering its minimalist build, more space can be devoted to the desk’s tabletop, where most of the desk’s purpose is reserved. The Diag Desk from Polish designer Marek Błażucki is one kind of minimalist design that integrates storage systems into its build, ensuring that users have ample desk space while still keeping their necessary stationery within arm’s reach.

What we like

  • Integrates ample storage systems into its build
  • Ensures stationery doesn’t fall off

What we dislike

  • There are a lot of visually similar desks on the market

4. The Nook Desk

The Nook desk right from its appearance and thereafter has a story of material molding, matte finish, and a simple idea that’s still more than an ordinary desk. The Nook desk surface, and nifty selves at the edges, hold key to the table’s idea of maximizing productivity with minimalistic use of material.

Why is it noteworthy?

New desks surfacing on our computer screens day in and day out are generally drenched heavily in the wave of maximizing gadgetry on the tabletop courtesy of cable organizers, built-in wireless chargers et al. Atkay keeps it simple and undistracting. His idea of a desk will therefore not revibrate with most hybrid/work-from-home taskforce. However, if you’re someone like me who loves the desk clear of clutter and only wants a book or two in close proximity; this is where the search can end.

What we like

  • Nook desk’s personalized design aesthetics shall help you have most of your reading/writing material well within your reach
  • The personalized design is achieved by separating multiple layers of plywood at the edges of the table, creating storage layers on the bottom of the tabletop

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Eleven Desk

Eleven Desk Details

Concept Eleven Desk

Eleven isn’t just a number or that fictional character from a TV series. Eleven can soon be known as a special desk designed to make working from home more fun and productive.

Why is it noteworthy?

The desk looks sturdy with the table top’s thickness and the legs. It has enough areas for everything you need for work. The table surface can accommodate your laptop, keyboard, monitor, and mouse. In addition, there is ample area for your books, documents, pens, and a mug. Underneath, there are hooks where you can hang your bag and headphones, plus another level for more stuff.

What we like

  • The desk is ideal for those who have a lot of stuff and needs some organizing to help them finish tasks on time
  • The table is buildable, which means you can quickly assemble this thing

What we dislike

  • The Eleven Desk is still a prototype

6. Spiky Desk

This Spiky Desk Concept for a work table and also a display table may not be as storage-friendly as some of the ones that we previously covered but it does serve as more than just a place where you put things on top. It doesn’t really have spikes as the name might suggest but the storage space underneath does have some uniquely shaped structures. They’re more triangles than spikes and they serve as a textured place to place some of your office supplies.

Why is it noteworthy?

The place under the main surface area is not that huge but can be used to store things like pens, rulers, scissors, and other office supplies, at least in the parts with the triangular-shaped spaces. These spaces are on the left and right sides of the table. In the middle is a flat surface where you can place things like your books, notebooks, documents, or even your laptop when you need to take a break and stop using it.

What we like

  • Functions as a work table and a display table

What we dislike

  • The table is pretty big, so it won’t fit into small spaces
  • It’s still a concept!

7. The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Concept

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Design

Gerhardt Kellermann and Ana Relvao of RELVAOKELLERMANN understand the need for people to work eight or more hours each day at their desks. There is a call for more ergonomic tables as such help in providing comfort and increasing productivity, especially on hectic days when you are reminded to reduce stress and be mindful of your health. You can get a comfortable and ergonomic chair for proper support, but it won’t matter if your table isn’t of the right height.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk makes an impression with a distinctive silhouette—a wedge-shaped tabletop, a round cable tray, a flat foot, and side brackets that can cover the structure and technology. You can attach other parts like a screening wall to cover your work, a cable tray to hide the cords, and whatever accessories you need to get a job done. Whether seated or standing, you can work with ease, efficiency, speed, and comfort, thanks to the desk’s ergonomics, structure, and durability.

What we like

  • The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk changes its height with a motorized mechanism, making it ideal for modern and industrial offices
  • This sit-and-stand desk could be the perfect solution for your work and physical needs

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Office Table

THE TABLE Singular Office Table

The Office Table designed by Pedro de Sousa can be THE office table for you. It’s an old design, but we like how it is timeless and modern at the same time. The table comes with different levels and surfaces that can be anything for the user.

Why is it noteworthy?

The main tabletop is where you place your laptop and monitor, keyboard, and mouse. There is ample space for your other stuff for the day, like documents you need to sign, your notebook, or reference books. On the right, there are additional levels for other objects. The longer one that extends to the right could function as a monitor stand. It could also be a place for more books. You could see more space on the right with another level where a lamp may be placed.

What we like

  • The table is made of wood that is curved around the edges, so there are no sharp points
  • It’s a mix of natural elements and colors that result from the smart choice of materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Asytron

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Release

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Information

The Asytron is a lightweight transforming furniture item designed by two industrial designers from Germany. This mobile workspace is made using a light construction method. The design aims to solve several issues digital nomads face and those that spend most of their long hours in the home office or a coworking space.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Asytron answers many concerns as it is dynamic, flexible, ergonomic, and even aesthetically pleasing. It’s a desk and chair in one but can be folded together to save precious space. It’s ideal for flexible offices and coworking spaces as you can easily assemble, pack, and transport the item.

What we like

  • Truly lightweight
  • Comes with a cushioning formation inspired by automotive racing seats
  • Integrated features include a USB cable reel, USB multi-hub,
    and inductive charging station for wireless charging

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Raak Mai Desk

The Raak Mai desk is a multifunctional, versatile desk conceptualized for designers.

Why is it noteworthy?

Preliminary inspired by the needs of designers, Rodríguez hoped to incorporate analog mechanisms that work to take care of digital tasks. While many of the elements of the Raak Mai desk can be adjusted manually, the overall structure of the desk was fitted to ensure the digital needs of modern technology could be met.

What we like

  • Hosts an array of different modes, allowing users to adjust the desk’s height, tilt, and storage capabilities according to their working needs
  • Users can angle the desk to their desired tilt for accurate drawing sessions

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This beautiful wooden desk has subtle ways for you to organize your things

A desk doesn’t have to be barren and featureless to be considered minimalist, though some purists might argue that to be the case. Paring the furniture down to its essentials doesn’t necessarily mean there will be no room for the things you need to be on your desk, whether all the time or in passing. Of course, an owner has the freedom to make their minimalist desk as clean or as messy as they need it to be, but it will definitely be a big help if the desk itself helps in keeping things tidy. Minimalist desks are great at sneaking organizational features into hidden nooks and crannies, but this striking work table has those compartments and spaces hiding in plain sight.

Designer: Joao Teixeira

Given the desk’s simple yet beautiful appearance, it might come as a surprise to learn that its form is actually inspired by three very different people with very different personalities. Or, to be more precise, the desk is named after the famed Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, whose different “heteronyms” (he doesn’t want to call them pseudonyms) have different and sometimes extremely conflicting ideologies. But almost like a metaphor for that situation, the Pessoa table still retains a unified appearance and beauty, just as all of Pessoa’s seventy-five heteronyms spring from the same man.

The desk has a subtly vintage look, with its clear, flat surface and a panel that runs around its sides and back. That perfectly complements its natural beauty provided by the wooden material and simple lines and contours of the desk’s form. If not for the two containers that seemingly float on the back panel, the Pessoa desk would have been passed off as typical and ordinary wooden furniture.

The table, however, has a few non-obvious places to keep things that would otherwise clutter the top of your desk. Of course, there is a drawer that you might not have noticed until you see the seem that separates it from the rest of the desk. There is also a curved gap between the top of the table and the panel surrounding it, creating a space for objects like books, cables, and other trinkets. It’s supposed to be a metaphor for how the present connects the past and the future, but it could also be a metaphor for the unknown valleys where most of our stuff vanishes into.

The most interesting part of the desk might actually be the one that violates the principles of minimalism. That wooden tray and canister actually slide across the back panel thanks to a cutout. In theory, it could accommodate other accessories that fit that slot, opening the doors to more organizational containers and, to some extent, a less minimalist appearance. That unique rail system was meant to convey indecision, expansion, and breaking the rules, and it definitely projects a sense of contrariness when considered against the entire theme of the desk.

Already beautiful and functional on its own, the Pessoa writing desk becomes even more fascinating when you hear about the different and almost conflicting themes that informed its design. Those themes continue to the practical level, where the owner gets to decide whether to utilize all those secret containers and compartments or to keep the table completely clean of any unnecessary artifacts.

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Top 10 desks that are the sleek + ergonomic addition you need in your home office

I spend a substantial amount of my day on my desk, typing away to glory. Most of the time I also end up eating my meals on it! And binge-watching on some Netflix as well. And I’m sure that’s the case with most of us, since work from home became the new norm, and our home offices became our new hang-out spots. But having a great desk is really important! Simply a ‘good’ desk won’t do either. A great desk helps us work comfortably and effectively. It puts us in the right mindset, helping us achieve our daily productivity goals and checkmark all the tasks on our to-do list! Not only should our desks be clean, but they should also sport an ergonomic and functional design! And good looks are an added bonus. And finding a desk that does all of the above can be a Herculean task. But worry not! We’ve curated a collection of innovative, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing desk designs, that will end your hunt for a great desk once and for all! From an ultra-minimal desk with a hidden modular nature to a convertible standing desk that doesn’t use motors to change form  – there’s a perfect desk in here for everyone.

1. The Axis Concept

With this more mechanical standing desk concept, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier working lifestyle without breaking your back or your bank.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Axis concept uses a simple axis mechanism, hence the name, to move the larger desk surface up or down as needed. As a bonus, part of the desk actually remains in position and is a good place to put items you’re less likely to move, like supplies or desk organizers. It can even be a temporary bookshelf that stays in the back of your desk when sitting or beneath the table when standing.

What we like

  • The simplicity of this system means that manufacturers can keep the number of parts and materials down to a minimum
  • Sustainable materials can be used since it has no need for electronics or even plastics
  • Replacement parts could be easier to purchase, too, presuming owners themselves can’t make those out of standardized design

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

2. The Diag Desk

The Diag Desk is a minimalist, modern desk built to optimize desk space while incorporating storage elements like removable leather compartments. When it comes to desks, the simpler the better. Desks that are rooted in simplicity, either through a minimalist approach or by embracing Scandinavian aesthetics, typically offer a lot of practicality while maintaining a stripped-down design.

Why is it noteworthy?

Considering its minimalist build, more space can be devoted to the desk’s tabletop, where most of the desk’s purpose is reserved. The Diag Desk from Polish designer Marek Błażucki is one kind of minimalist design that integrates storage systems into its build, ensuring that users have ample desk space while still keeping their necessary stationery within arm’s reach.

What we like

  • Integrates ample storage systems into its build
  • Ensures stationery doesn’t fall off

What we dislike

  • There are a lot of visually similar desks on the market

3. The Eleven Desk

Eleven Desk Details

Concept Eleven Desk

Eleven isn’t just a number or that fictional character from a TV series. Eleven can soon be known as a special desk designed to make working from home more fun and productive.

Why is it noteworthy?

The desk looks sturdy with the table top’s thickness and the legs. It has enough areas for everything you need for work. The table surface can accommodate your laptop, keyboard, monitor, and mouse. In addition, there is ample area for your books, documents, pens, and a mug. Underneath, there are hooks where you can hang your bag and headphones, plus another level for more stuff.

What we like

  • The desk is ideal for those who have a lot of stuff and needs some organizing to help them finish tasks on time
  • The table is buildable, which means you can quickly assemble this thing

What we dislike

  • The Eleven Desk is still a prototype

4. The Console Desk

At first glance, the Console desk does look like a painfully plain wooden desk on metal legs, with nothing more to offer than a clear space to put your working tools on. As they say, there is more than meets the eye in this case, and this Console Desk is actually a modular workstation designed to meet the needs of computer users.

Why is it noteworthy?

A lot of desks come with their own pre-defined designs that often dictate how you can organize your stuff around them. Tables that are like completely blank slates, on the other hand, offer a lot of freedom but are often bereft of any other useful feature that modern workers would need these days. More often than not, you’ll be forced to add lots of cables, even just for charging, which means trying to come up with some clever cable management to hide those from view. This desk concept tries to bring the best of both worlds together and then some.

What we like

  • The spine of the desk has space, however, for electrical cables to run through, creating built-in cable management, at least for USB-powered devices
  • It is admittedly more like a blank canvas that gives you the freedom to paint your own masterpiece

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!
  • Might not be the most exciting table as far as visual design goes

5. The Office Table

THE TABLE Singular Office Table

The Office Table designed by Pedro de Sousa can be THE office table for you. It’s an old design, but we like how it is timeless and modern at the same time. The table comes with different levels and surfaces that can be anything for the user.

Why is it noteworthy?

The main tabletop is where you place your laptop and monitor, keyboard, and mouse. There is ample space for your other stuff for the day, like documents you need to sign, your notebook, or reference books. On the right, there are additional levels for other objects. The longer one that extends to the right could function as a monitor stand. It could also be a place for more books. You could see more space on the right with another level where a lamp may be placed.

What we like

  • The table is made of wood that is curved around the edges, so there are no sharp points
  • It’s a mix of natural elements and colors that result from the smart choice of materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Program

Named the “Program” this modular desk is ideal for creative individuals who love the freedom of organizing their desk as per their needs. Depending on the task at hand or the kind of tools required, the desk comes equipped with various cubbyholes and hanging spaces for you to get creative, literally!

Why is it noteworthy?

The different storage modules can be suitable for storing files, documents, or even your favorite magazines or sketches. In addition, the desk has a large storage box and a two-part table to further extend the modularity aspect. I find the design an eclectic mix of structure yet chaos – it has enough options to create an organized workspace or to embrace the chaos – it gives you the freedom to make your desk setup work for you.

What we like

  • Multiple and innovative storage modules
  • We can collapse the Program’s desk section and make it a display for all your hanged memorabilia

What we dislike

  • Limited to only creative individuals

7. The Asytron

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Release

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Information
The Asytron is a lightweight transforming furniture item designed by two industrial designers from Germany. This mobile workspace is made using a light construction method. The design aims to solve several issues digital nomads face and those that spend most of their long hours in the home office or a coworking space.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Asytron answers many concerns as it is dynamic, flexible, ergonomic, and even aesthetically pleasing. It’s a desk and chair in one but can be folded together to save precious space. It’s ideal for flexible offices and coworking spaces as you can easily assemble, pack, and transport the item.

What we like

  • Truly lightweight
  • Comes with a cushioning formation inspired by automotive racing seats
  • Integrated features include a USB cable reel, USB multi-hub,
    and inductive charging station for wireless charging

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. Spiky Desk

This Spiky Desk Concept for a work table and also a display table may not be as storage-friendly as some of the ones that we previously covered but it does serve as more than just a place where you put things on top. It doesn’t really have spikes as the name might suggest but the storage space underneath does have some uniquely shaped structures. They’re more triangles than spikes and they serve as a textured place to place some of your office supplies.

Why is it noteworthy?

The place under the main surface area is not that huge but can be used to store things like pens, rulers, scissors, and other office supplies, at least in the parts with the triangular-shaped spaces. These spaces are on the left and right sides of the table. In the middle is a flat surface where you can place things like your books, notebooks, documents, or even your laptop when you need to take a break and stop using it.

What we like

  • Functions as a work table and a display table

What we dislike

  • The table is pretty big, so it won’t fit into small spaces
  • It’s still a concept!

9. The Shelf x Shelf x Self table

The Shelf x Shelf x Self table is both a table to work on and storage furniture as it was designed to have plenty of shelves. Underneath the table surface is tiny shelves where you can put your work supplies so they’re within easy reach. And if you place it in the middle of the room or not propped against the wall, you’ll be able to use all sides of the table to store your supplies, stationery items, devices, and other items you may need as you work.

Why is it noteworthy?

The legs of the table are also designed to be shelves so there’s more room for storage. Here you can put things like books, decorative items, funko pops, vinyl albums, flowers, and even food that won’t spoil. It really depends on you what you want to put in there, whether you want the shelves to be design-focused or if you want them to be more functional and have items near you without having to get up every once in a while while you’re working.

What we like

  • Ample storage space
  • And if you place it in the middle of the room or not propped against the wall, you’ll be able to use all sides of the table to store your stuff

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Raak Mai desk

The Raak Mai desk is a multifunctional, versatile desk conceptualized for designers.

Why is it noteworthy?

Preliminary inspired by the needs of designers, Rodríguez hoped to incorporate analog mechanisms that work to take care of digital tasks. While many of the elements of the Raak Mai desk can be adjusted manually, the overall structure of the desk was fitted to ensure the digital needs of modern technology could be met.

What we like

  • Hosts an array of different modes, allowing users to adjust the desk’s height, tilt, and storage capabilities according to their working needs
  • Users can angle the desk to their desired tilt for accurate drawing sessions

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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A jigsaw puzzle table lets you take your food or work away with you

This table concept looks like a game, but it’s serious business that just happens to have a playful twist.

There is no shortage of ideas and designs for modular tables and desks, offering the ability to expand or cut back on their features as needed. In most cases, you actually lose a part of the table when you remove those modular parts, ending up with something like an incomplete puzzle. That’s definitely the case with this intriguing concept for a semi-modular table, one that is almost literally an oversized puzzle. But while most modular tables lose a bit of themselves in the process, this one actually lets you take a piece of it with you, hopefully, to bring it back some other time.

Designer: Siyu Lou

The Puzzle Table is both fascinating and admittedly a tad confusing. On the one hand, you can consider it to be a modular table because you can remove its parts without drastically changing the nature of the table. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t want to use a table with an even surface left by missing jigsaw pieces either. At its most basic, this is a table that happens to have removable trays built into its surface, with each tray designed in the shape of a puzzle piece.

There’s a bit of frivolity and playfulness involved in this otherwise plain white minimalist tray. When you remove a piece of that puzzle, you leave a gaping hole that’s impossible to ignore. Why you would take out a piece, however, is part of the narrative of the table, and it revolves around the kind of life you have at home or even in the office.

You can, for example, assign a different theme or purpose to each piece. One can be where you put your mug on, while a different and larger piece is for your laptop. Not all pieces are interchangeable, and it might be easier to just move the items on top around rather than carrying each puzzle piece. At the same time, it might be fun to color-code each tile and mix them up on different days.

Those tiles can also serve as something like food trays, where you can bring or take your meal in a cafeteria where empty base tables are laid out. A puzzle piece can also be a part of a meeting room table, where each participant conveniently brings in their notes and tools on a tray and then just slot them into the table. In less formal meetings, it could even become a sort of game or icebreaker.

The Puzzle Table does have provisions for different table sizes, though those will have fixed sizes determined by the puzzle pieces available. It’s a rather lighthearted way of looking at the idea of modularity that may be sending an indirect and completely unintended message about remembering to have a bit of fun anywhere you can take. Sometimes, that “anywhere” just happens to be the very table you work at, and this concept tries to make the best out of that situation.

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This ultra-minimal desk hides its modular nature in plain sight

The best solutions are sometimes the simplest ones, or at least the ones that look so simple you’d be surprised they could actually do a lot more than you presumed.

There is no shortage of minimalist desks available these days that cater to different needs and different aesthetic tastes. Some take that minimalism to heart, while others make a few detours off the beaten path. What all these different desks have in common is the need to meet the needs of modern work and lifestyles, many of which involve a number of electronic devices. That’s why many desks try to offer one charging feature or another, often with the result of complicating the design of the furniture. In contrast, this looks like it’s nothing more than a glorified slab of wood on metal legs, but it actually has a few tricks up its sleeves or, in this case, in its frame.

Designer: Calvin Lien

A lot of desks come with their own pre-defined designs that often dictate how you can organize your stuff around them. Tables that are like completely blank slates, on the other hand, offer a lot of freedom but are often bereft of any other useful feature that modern workers would need these days. More often than not, you’ll be forced to add lots of cables, even just for charging, which means trying to come up with some clever cable management to hide those from view.

This desk concept tries to bring the best of both worlds together and then some. At first glance, it does look like a painfully plain wooden desk on metal legs, with nothing more to offer than a clear space to put your working tools on. As they say, there is more than meets the eye in this case, and this Console Desk is actually a modular workstation designed to meet the needs of computer users.

The secret is literally in the “spine” of the desk, the single tube that connects that flat, wooden surface with the legs of the table. This is actually hollow and has cutouts where the wood meets metal. It also has space, however, for electrical cables to run through, creating built-in cable management, at least for USB-powered devices.

More interesting, however, is how the ends of the cylinder are also points where modular parts can be attached, though the concept doesn’t exactly mention how. A red shelf, for example, could hang off to one side. On the opposite end could be something like a dock that expands the connectivity options for whatever device you might want to use on your desk.

The Console Desk might not be the most exciting table as far as visual design goes, but it is admittedly more like a blank canvas that gives you the freedom to paint your own masterpiece. At the same time, it still has just enough hooks to let you expand the setup without having to buy more accessories, offering just enough modern conveniences without going overboard and overwhelming the person who just wants to get work done with minimum fuss.

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This convertible standing desk doesn’t use motors to change forms

With this more mechanical standing desk concept, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier working lifestyle without breaking your back or your bank.

Our reliance on computers to get work done these days has translated to spending hours sitting in front of a computer. That’s not even considering some of the recreational activities that we do on our desks, at least for gamers or those who prefer watching videos on their laptops and desktops. Health experts naturally discourage such a sedentary lifestyle and advise people to stand up and walk every so often. Some even recommend standing desks so you can actually work without sitting down at all. Standing desks aren’t uncommon nowadays, but not everyone that should use them can actually afford most of the options available. This concept, however, defies convention and uses a simple mechanism to switch between a regular desk and a standing desk, eschewing the electronics and motors that make these desks more expensive than they should be.

Designer: Simonas Palovis

It is just as bad to spend all your time standing up as it is sitting down. You do need to give your legs a break or have them moving once in a while rather than staying stationary. It’s for this reason that many standing desks are designed to raise or lower their tabletops to switch between different heights and configurations. More often than not, those use motors, gears, and electronics to do the work rather than have you manually adjust the levels.

That’s definitely more convenient and removes the hesitation some people might have with standing desks, encouraging them to use the feature more often. It also makes the desks more complicated and more expensive than a normal desk. There’s also the problem of becoming completely unusable when the motorized system breaks and leaves you stuck in either mode until you get it repaired. Presuming it can be repaired at all.

The Axis concept removes all those variables while still keeping a simple system to switch from a regular desk to a standing desk and back again. Specifically, it uses a simple axis mechanism, hence the name, to move the larger desk surface up or down as needed. As a bonus, part of the desk actually remains in position and is a good place to put items you’re less likely to move, like supplies or desk organizers. It can even be a temporary bookshelf that stays in the back of your desk when sitting or beneath the table when standing.

The simplicity of this system means that manufacturers can keep the number of parts and materials down to a minimum, driving down the cost of the desk itself. It also means that more sustainable materials can be used since it has no need for electronics or even plastics. Replacement parts could be easier to purchase, too, presuming owners themselves can’t make those out of standardized designs. That goes a long way in prolonging the life of the desk, which isn’t always what many standing desks deliver.

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Bifrost Gaming Desk lets you build your dream battle station

Competitive PC gaming isn’t just about having the best gaming computer. It’s also about having a conducive environment for frictionless gaming and productivity. Having everything you need within reach is just one part of the equation, and keeping things organized and uncluttered is just as important in minimizing distractions. Most people find it hard to strike a balance between these two goals, but who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? That’s the enticing proposition that the Bifrost Gaming Desk is making, allowing gamers, home office workers, and everyone in between to have a minimalist workspace that they can customize to their needs and to their hearts’ content.

Designer: DEZCTOP

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We’ve all heard the spiel before, especially with modular tables and desks that come in multiple pieces that you can combine in different ways, depending on your specifications or mood. The problem with these kinds of desks is that they are, more often than not, limited to the parts that the designers have envisioned for the desk and in the arrangement that they have also intended. In contrast, the Bifrost 120 and 160 give owners complete freedom in how they want to organize their accessories or even how they want their computer monitors to stand or hang.

Bifrost’s secret sauce is the innovative D-Board, a vertical panel made from ABS plastic with a grid of diamond holes for connecting a variety of accessories. It is pretty much the desk equivalent of a pegboard, except designed to look stylish while performing its function. The D-Board is held up by a set of steel tubes that deliver not only support but a matching minimalist look as well. While the D-Board itself already looks nice on its own as a backdrop for your gaming rig, it really shines when you start hooking up the accessories that, in turn, will hold the stuff you’d want close by. These accessories include monitor mounts, containers for stationery or even plants, shelves, hooks, and even a holder for a Nintendo Switch. There are also accessories that don’t attach to the D-Board, like a steel foldable cup holder bracket and a 7-in-1 USB-C Hub.

Supported by steel tubes.

Effortlessly hide those wires under desk and close the flip-up tray lids.

Fixed steel brackets and 45-degree junction design ensure great stability. With a load capacity of 330.7lb.

With Bifrost, you have complete freedom on how to combine and arrange these accessories, and you can even change your mind from time to time. You can opt to let your monitor hang via the VESA-compatible mount, or you could install a standard monitor arm as well. The table also has flip-up tray lids that keep those pesky tables out of the way and out of sight, making it look like you’re an organization wizard.

Bifrost 120

Bifrost 160

Designed to meet standards in safety, strength, and durability, the Bifrost Gaming Desk levels up your game by leveling up your life. Organization and decoration come together thanks to the unique D-Board system, allowing gamers to focus more on more important activities while keeping their desk tidy and the tools of their trade within easy reach. Depending on which size you go for, the Bifrost can set you back $300 (for the Bifrost 120) or $400 (for the Bifrost 160), for which you get the desk, the D-board, and a set of D-board-compatible shelves. Yanko Design readers, however, get an exclusive 35% discount when you back the campaign using the links on this page.

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This WFH desk concept bucks the trend to offer some peace of mind

Sometimes, the traditional and the familiar can offer a calming refuge against a stressful storm of changes.

The past two years have forced many changes in the world, not all of them warmly welcomed. Work, in particular, has taken on a new form, one that finally proved that some work could actually be done at home. But as the world changed rapidly, so did the need for resources and tools that adapted to that new world order. This sea of changes gave way to a flood of new products in dizzying variety and numbers. One idea, however, tries to swim against the current to offer something with a familiar face that inspires confidence and offers a bit of tranquility.

Designer: Can Türker

As more and more people worked and studied at home, the venerable home desk was no longer enough to support the added demands. This gave birth to a new breed of desks and office equipment that boasted creative ways to improve productivity or maximize space, some of them bordering on the gimmicky. While a lot did lean more towards minimalist aesthetics, more offer advanced features that ironically complicated life and added to the mental burden of already stressed-out people.

The Bold Desk concept is bold in two ways. The designer’s expressed intent is to make the desk inspire boldness in facing the unknown of new work from home arrangements. Intentionally or not, the desk is also bold for eschewing complex features and gimmicks to present something immediately familiar and comfortable.

Nothing says familiar better than a wooden desk, and the Bold Desk’s choice of material scores points for both sustainability and design. It offers an immediate connection between the desk and the user, and its organic origin evokes feelings of warmth and life compared even to wood that’s been painted over with unnatural hues. The drawer and the bottom side also have a soothing effect, thanks to their curved edges. Rather than cram everything into a space-efficient area, the wide surface of the desk also gives some space to breathe.

That’s not to say that the Bold Desk is plain and unremarkable. It puts an emphasis on storage space to help hide away the clutter, even if temporarily. The inconspicuous gap on its back also offers a way for cables and power cords to snake out of sight and out of mind. The Bold Desk, despite its name, focuses on being subtle and unobtrusive, putting an equal value on people’s mental health as much as their productivity.

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This sleek modern desk finds versatility and simplicity through a system of organizational wooden bars!

Bars is a Scandinavian-inspired desk design that finds versatility and simplicity through an organizational system of wooden beams.

Desks do it all for us. Not only do we work there, but they become our storage bins, our mail sorting cabinets, our coffee tables. With all of their versatility, these different uses aren’t typically put into consideration when designing desks.

When desks are built too simply, they run the risk of not being able to handle all of the supplemental uses we impose on them. The more complex the desk, the less likely we are to intuit all of its uses. Product designer, João Teixeira understood the assignment when he designed Bars, a minimalist wooden desk that’s built on intuitive design principles to balance versatility with simplicity.

Aptly named, Bars is a modern desk that finds multiple uses through an overlapping system of wooden bars. Designed to help organize our work and off days, the system of bars provides clever, integrated storage options to keep our writing utensils and smartphones in designated areas and keep our working space free of clutter. Carved along each one of the wooden beams, Teixeira incorporated narrow, sunken storage bins that are just the right size to keep our erasers, pens, and stationery.

Along the desk’s rear wooden beams, Teixeira hollowed out a lengthy slot that fastens our smartphones into place while we work, keeping the threat of endless scrolling at arm’s length. Teixeira also envisioned the bars working as a sort of resting place for bulkier work-related items like over-ear headphones. Wrapping around three sides of Bars, the organizational system of wooden beams helps keep the desk’s working space free of mess so our workdays can be too.

Designer: João Teixeira

Bars is a simply built, yet versatile desk that keeps a modern, minimalist profile.

Inspired by Scandinavian design, Bars is minimalist by design and keeps a natural, polished wooden look. 

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Tiny, space-saving desk setups designed to perfectly fit into your modern homes!

The most important element of our home office is our desk, especially since work from home became the new normal, and we basically bid adieu to corporate offices. Finding the right desk is just half the battle. You may find the best desk ever, but if you don’t know how to set it up, in accordance with your needs, then you may just be losing the second half of the battle. And this can be a huge task when we take into consideration the size of our modern-day cramped apartments! We need desk setups that occupy minimum space while providing us with the utmost functionality and work. Because a great day of work partially depends on the state of our desk and its setup! If you want to set up your desk in the most efficient manner possible, ensuring that it perfectly merges with the rest of your millennial home, while boosting productivity and motivation, then you’re at the right place! Here are a few impressive desk setups for you to gain inspiration from, and finally declutter and set up your desk the way you really want to. Best of luck!

I absolutely love this desk setup by Greg Shovlin! He’s maintained a wooden theme with white accents. The minimal desk occupies minimum space while rating high on functionality and aesthetics. The standing storage units on either side of the desk allow you to display your prized souvenirs!

This desk setup by @norse.keeb is perfect for our modern-day cramped apartments. A simple wooden desk has been fitted into one corner of the room, creating a personal little work nook, amped with everything you will need on a regular working day – from a dual-screen PC to a crafty storage unit above the desk.

This desk setup by Maxim Tsiabus (@maxim_tsiabus) is clean, classy, and all-white! A white wooden wall-mounted slab functions as the desk, a nifty replacement for the usual space-consuming desks. Tsiabus has placed only essentials on his desk, hence creating an organized and efficient space.

This desk setup by Nataliia Klochko (@archi.tash) is similar to the one by Maxim Tsiabus, however, she has followed a wooden theme that merges with the surrounding space. This is a desk setup that could easily be incorporated into your bedroom! You don’t even need a separate home office.

This desk setup is probably the most adorable one I’ve seen, and you could fit it into even the tiniest home! The desk is large enough to house a PC and other essential knick-knacks. A hint of green above the desk adds a calming aura to the space.

This desk setup by Dimitar Karanikolov (@karanikolov) is modern and minimal! The desk merges with a storage unit, creating an efficient system that would be a wonder to work in. Such a workspace is ideal for work-from-home scenarios in seriously cramped homes!

Nothing beats a desk set up with a view! Liam Martin’s desk has been artfully tucked against a window, hence saving up on a whole lot of space, while also providing a relaxing view. It’s the best of both worlds!

This desk setup by Oliur (@ultralinx) is one that we could all achieve! It’s relatively simple and easy to put together and is the perfect setup for the work-from-home beginners, who are trying to create a comfortable workspace in their tiny urban homes.

There is no such thing as ‘too big a screen’! We love this vibrant desk setup which is perfect for working from home as well as some Netflix and chill once work is done! It allows you to transform your living room into a home office.

This desk setup by  @teksetup  is work-from-home desk goals! A wall-mounted pegboard storage unit on one side of the desk perfectly stores his gadgets from an extra keyboard to headphones, to even little planters. A dual-screen setup is accentuated by an L-shaped lighting unit in the background. It illuminates the desk completely, providing plenty of light while he works!