Different Types of Desks

Desks are classified in a wildly varying spread of categories. From slim, minimalist pieces to office-filling sprawls, the category of desk you choose will define the room it stands in.

1. Writing desk

These are minimalist, open desks with minimal storage and a large desktop. Writing desks are perfect for placing along a wall or in the middle of a home office floor. This design is better suited for a laptop than a desktop computer for office work. The direct, conservative styling works elegantly in nearly any space.

2. Computer desk

In a modern home office setting, computer desks are the most practical and utilitarian of all home office desks. These provide plenty of space for both a computer tower and monitor, as well as storage for any computer accessories, cables, and peripherals you may need.

Like the writing desk, this is built for efficiency and simplicity, but with added space for hardware components.

Key elements include a keyboard tray and large storage area for the CPU.

That said, more and more people no longer have large desktop computers and instead opt for laptops and tablets since they have more than enough computing power to manage everything digitally.

3. Executive desk

The executive desk is the king of the home office world. With loads of drawer storage and surface area, along with an often massive footprint, these carved wood specimens impart a sense of grandeur and timeless appeal that stands apart from other styles.

Often what is pictured when considering a traditional desks, the executive desk can encompass a wide variety of styles and shapes including:

  • Rectangle desk;
  • L-shape desk;
  • U-shape desk; and
  • Massive desk systems.

4. Credenza desk

Credenza desks, as the name implies, combine a desk with a cupboard-packed credenza. This is a piece of furniture normally reserved for dining or living rooms, valued for its fashion and utility. When combined with a desk, you gain the benefits of both pieces of furniture, so long as you have the space to hold one.

5. Corner desk

Corner desks can be a convenient solution to space problems in their compact iteration, or a sprawling suite of surface area in their more elaborate configurations. They can provide more desktop space in a smaller area, or a large L-shaped spread, depending on the size you’re aiming for. The best aspect is their ability to provide extra leg room.

6. Secretary desk

This is a type of desk topped by a hinged desktop surface, which is in turn topped by a bookcase, usually closed with doors or drawers. The whole is usually a single, tall and heavy piece of ornate furniture. There were originally for people who wanted a luxurious desk yet lacked the room for a formal roll-top model.

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