How to Choose the Perfect Desk for You

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find a variety of desks with hutches with diverse features. In this list, you’ll find budget desks with hutches that offer a wide array of functions and impressively last a long time. And you’ll also find comparatively expensive workstations with contemporary design and solid build quality. We will discuss each product in every possible detail including ease of assembly, design, build quality, durability, and customer service.

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Construction and Quality

As for the actual material of the desk and its desk surface (wood or metal, etc), that’s largely a matter of style, although there are also practical considerations.

Material: Business Know How says that laminate is a popular choice because it’s affordable and durable, but you should look for a thick, high pressure laminate. (Very cheap laminate desks, I can attest, are not worth the money or trouble.)

Metal or steel desks are more durable. Test the overall quality of these kinds of desks, the article says, by feeling the desk’s overall weight.

Wood or veneer are a more classic choice but the surface nicks more easily.

Quality: To gauge the quality of a desk, look at the drawers. They should slide easily and the rollers should be sturdy. Business Know How also notes:

High quality wood drawers are assembled with an interlocking (dovetail) construction; this is stronger than drawers put together with just staples or glue. With a steel or metal desk, take a look at the drawers when they’re closed. If you see a gap where the drawer meets the desk, the desk is not set right.

Examine the corners and edges of a desk. You don’t want to see any fraying.

The desk warranty itself will give you a good idea of the quality, durability and life expectancy of a particular desk. Warranties typically range anywhere from a one-year limited to a lifetime warranty.


Last, but not necessarily least, is style. A workspace pleasing to the eye could help you be more productive, and the desk itself is usually the focal point of a workspace.

For ideas on different looks, check out our featured workspace series or browse Houzz’s photos of 4,200 desks.

The DIY Approach

When we asked you guys how you decided on your desk, many responded by saying in good old Lifehacker fashion, “Just build it!” The benefit of this approach is the customizability and possible savings, but you need to be at least a little handy to do this well. (Although you can design your desk and have someone else build it.)

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