It’s never been more important to have a great workspace, especially with so many people working from home. The cornerstone of any great home office is the desk, though this can vary in type and size; it can even serve more than one purpose. Here are our top picks for stylish and functional desks.
A Lucite Or Acrylic Desk
If you want a functional desk that doesn’t take up too much visual weight, consider a lucite or acrylic one. It has the appearance of glass but is much lighter and more forgiving. Because it’s transparent, it’s a modern and contemporary-looking blank slate that doesn’t look like a traditional desk. It’s perfect for places like living rooms or bedrooms, since the vibe is high-end and decorative—no one would know you’re using it for work. Style it with books, flowers, or a lamp and it’s simply an elegant accent table; it also just happens to be the spot you can spend hours working on your laptop.
A Vintage Desk
If you prefer a more eclectic look or want a character-filled piece to warm up your space a little, try a vintage desk. Check out antique shops, used furniture stores, even places like Habitat for Humanity where your purchase benefits others. Friends or family may have an older desk they’re no longer using, so ask around; you can also search your local area through online marketplaces. You might want to repurpose or upcycle an older piece by putting your spin on it with a fresh coat of paint; others prefer to leave their newfound desks exactly as they find them.
A Standing Desk
Tired of all that sitting? Maybe it’s time to invest in a standing desk and shake up your sedentary work routine. While standing desks can be expensive to purchase, especially if you want the motorized kind, there are options available at all price points and from a wide range of retailers. If you’re not sure if you’ll actually enjoy using one daily, you can buy an inexpensive adjustable standing desk; it’s essentially a platform you sit on top of an existing standard desk.
A Fold-Out Desk
If space is at a premium or you simply don’t want to sacrifice too much floor space to a bigger, heavier desk, consider one that folds out. These really do save space and allow you to essentially tuck away the desktop so it’s not always present. You can find wall-mounted versions or pull-out desks that perform two functions: for example, a coffee table that transforms into a work (or dining) space whenever you need it to. These are multipurpose furniture pieces you can have some fun with.
A Custom Desk
Feel like making your own? The options are endless. All you really need are two small cabinets and a slab of wood (or other material) to function as a desktop. You’re only limited by your imagination here and this is the perfect solution when you want a truly custom fit. You can create a large, sprawling workspace that can accommodate your need to spread out or you can assemble something small and sleek. When you use cabinets as your base you have built-in storage, which is a practical necessity in any great workspace.
We hope these stylish and functional desks will motivate you to get stuff done! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Medallion blog for more home decor tips.