7 best desks for designers 2017

Whether you work at home, at a studio or in a shared workspace, we've brought together the best desks that will be sure to make your working life easier.


We all know how important it is to have a healthy working environment, and having the right desk is pretty vital in achieving that.

Designers need a lot of room to spread out creative ideas and work on their preferred devices. Whether you do this at home, at a studio or in a shared space, whether you sit or stand up, have a desk with compartments or like to keep it minimalistic, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our list of six different desks for designers, ranging from affordable Ikea and flat-pack John Lewis options, to desk designs made available online so you can make it yourself.

We’ll be sure to add more to the list, so please get in touch and let us know what desk you’re using or wish you had.

Best desk for designers: Aerodesk

Although Aerodesk is a reasonably new product, it offers designers a convincing amount of freedom when it comes to office or studio workflow. 

Providing a wide surface area for larger projects and ample elbow room, a minimalist design and choice of various bright colours alongside the classic black and white, you can’t complain too much about it.

Stand or sit by using the desk’s actuators that rise or fall in height to your desire.

Turn on the LED lightbar to either simulate natural daylight for those dark days, or use a fixed colour glow to enhance your environment.

Charge your phone wirelessly using a Qi charger or inbuilt socket, and keep your device wires out of sight. 

Aerodesk ships internationally, and gives the option of bespoke applications on request.

It also provides three different models to best suit your needs. The Aerodesk 1200 Classic entry level model is available in a range of finishes. The 1400 Plus model includes conductive charging and an adjustable LED lightbar, and at the top of the range is the 1600 Pro, complete with a Corian top and available in a number of colours. Find out more about the different model specs here

Buy the Aerodesk online here.


 Best desk for designers: Opendesk 

Opendesk does manufacturing and production a little different to traditional methods, and we’re right on board with it. 

Opendesk furniture designs be downloaded so you can create it yourself, or you can choose to have the furniture made locally to reduce the distribution journey. 

Opendesk provides an estimated cost, and lets you request and receive quotes from manufactures near you typically around 48 hours. Choose your preferred maker-quote and pay online and then receive your chosen desk model direct form the maker.

Or, for a more expensive price, choose Opendesk Express which acts as a managed maker service with fixed pricing and an instant checkout, delivering free in your area within two weeks.

The desks are minimalist, with a Baltic plywood finish. There are six different desk designs: the studio desk, the lean desk, the team desk, the lift standing desk and the Olivia desk.

Featured in this image is the lift standing desk - an adjustable height workbench designed and shared openly by Joni Steiner and Nick Ierodiaconou.

Designed as a two-person workstation, the desk works as two useful shelves. It can also work back to back or against a wall, moulding to the shape of an office.

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Best desk for designers: Altwork

Altwork is an entirely configurable workstation on wheels. Instead of getting a sore back from being hunched over your desk, the Altwork lets you lie down and work. Although it might seem a little strange, Caitlin McGarry has reviewed the desk and loved the idea of pressing a button and reclining. When lying down, you have easy access to a keyboard and mouse thanks to an adjustable desk and magnets.

See how it works in the video on Caitlin McGarry’s review

The Altwork is rather pricey, with the upfront price sitting at US$5,900, or a payment plan with a deposit of $960.


Best desk for designers: Worknest

This desk is an option for those who like to be messy in an organised way, and who prefer to have greater control over the function and design of their workstation.

Designed by Polish furniture designer Wiktoria Lenart, the Worknest is a handcrafted, modular workplace for creative people. 

By moving accessories, the Worknest can become a simple place to work alone, or a collaborative open space.

Add shelves for papers and pens, a space divider or even pots for your plants - the Worknest is truly an elaborate and impressive piece of design. To see all of it’s best potential head to the website and watch the video.

And Wiktoria doesn’t stop at the Worknest however – she has a range of beautiful industrial products. If you’re a fan of her style, you can check out her Behance here. 

To find out more information, such as pricing and how to get your hand on one, contact Wiktoria through the Worknest website.


Best desk for designers: Sauder L-Shaped desk

This dual workstation designed by Sauder is quite an elaborate corner desk, but it still manages to look minimalistic with a beautiful salt oak finish.

We picture designers using this desk at home or in a studio. It’s kitted out with cubbyhole open storage and drawer features with fill extensions slides and a fixed shelf. 

And the L-shaped desk is a reasonable price – only US$339.99 – that’s around £270. It can be purchased from Sauder’s online store or through Amazon.

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Best desk for designers: Ikea Lillasen Desk

There always needs to be an Ikea option – and if you’re a little strapped for cash and not too fussy, you really can’t go wrong with this little number. 

Although we thought Ikea had a few decent options, such as desks with adjustable heights, we chose the bamboo Lillasen to feature here.

The desk has three drawers so you can the tabletop tidy, it’s simple and durable, has a decent amount of surface area to spread out, and the back is finished so it can be placed in the middle of the room.

The Lillasen Bamboo desk is available for £115.


 Best desk for designers: Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira Desk 

There’s plenty of handy storage with this oak desk by Danish designer Ebbe.

It includes two drawers, a shelf and a fixed, open compartment. You’ll either have fun or surely stress out creating this desk, as self-assembly is required.

The Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira desk is available for £799.