Home working is on the rise – over eight million people in the US currently earn their living without leaving the house. That’s around 5% of the population and all the signs show that it is set to increase.
But a home office space is not just for full-time workers; having a good home desk set up is an essential for most of us, whether it is for work, PC play, study or gaming. And sometimes a small single desk just won’t cut it. If this sounds like you then an L-shaped desk could well be the way to go.
If space is tight or you want to reconfigure your home office to make the most of the space you already have, then an L-shaped or corner desk is the perfect solution. As the name perfectly describes, you essentially get a double-space desk on the perpendicular so it can be tucked away into a corner. An L-shaped desk can then provide you with an extra surface area for multiple monitors, laptops or games console, as well creating enough space for your gadgets and paperwork – and all are within arm’s reach. Neat.
But not all L-shaped desks are made equal, and there are a range of styles and desk functions so it’s important to know what you want out of your new corner desk before you hand over your payment card. When looking for an L-shaped desk, there are a number of features to consider such as size, material used and additional storage. A hardwood corner desk is going to be more expensive than MDF, but it is also going to be more durable and so longer lasting. You also need to consider what the main use of your L-shaped desk will be, whether that is home working or video gaming and choose the desk that is configured to your needs. And finally, look for any additional features such as shelves, feet rests and kit stands to get the best spec for your new L-shaped workstation.
To help you get on board with the new desk shape of home working, we’ve taken a look at some of the best L-shaped desks currently out there. OK, let’s get down to business….
The Best L-Shaped Desk
Solid, functional, with added bookshelves and a handsome espresso laminate finish all at a damn fine price, this L-shaped desk from Ameriwood scoops our review’s Best Choice title. If you are looking for a space-saving as well as well-made desk for your home office, student dorm room or study without breaking the bank, then this could well be the corner desk beauty for you. Made from hardwearing laminate particle board and MDF, with a lux look espresso finish, as one of our best L-shaped desks, the Dakota corner desk will add some home-working pizazz to any room. It has an ample work surface area for your laptop, PC or gaming tech as well as all your other essential home office supplies and its under-desk space will fit a decent sized office chair with room to move. There are also grommet holes on the top to squirrel away cables and wires to keep your workspace ordered and neat. And we really like the practical addition of two bookshelves to the side so can keep your accounts, gaming manuals or magazines close to hand.
As a corner desk, the Dakota is not too large so should fit nicely into smaller apartments or corners of your home and its design and muted finish will work with most decors and interior styles. As well as espresso you can also choose the Dakota in white, walnut, black or dark cherry. The desk does require home self-assembly that needs a bit of fiddling time to put together. Also, the shelf section is not reversible so make sure its orientation will fit your room or home space. But for the less than $90 price-tag, you get a good quality office L-desk that comes in a good choice of colors and should fit all your core home-working needs. Make sure you also check our guide to the best home office desks.
Laminated particleboard and MDF
Choice of five color finishes
Large top surface with extra side storage
Grommet holes to keep cords tangle-free
Comes complete with two side shelves
- BrandAmeriwood Home
- Weight70 pounds
Bring a bit of an edgy look to your home gaming or office workstation with this sleek L-shaped computer desk that you can easily configure to suit your space or playing style. With a striking black MDF work surface, supported by a durable black steel frame, its simplistic, modern design is both eye-catching and practical. This L-shaped workstation from GreenForest has much less bulk than a more traditional wooden corner desk, making it the ideal choice for bedrooms or student dorms. And, as a three-piece unit, it can also be quickly swapped around to suit left or right handed gamers or PC users or to orientate to fit a specific corner or available space.
As a metal-framed desk, the GreenForest corner desk has a nice minimalist look and we are also impressed by its stability. The leg design and support mean there should be minimal shaking or movement as you get down to some serious computer work or game play. Whilst perhaps not possessing one of the biggest work surface areas in our best L-shaped desks review, there is still ample room for a large monitor as well as a laptop or smaller screen on the side. But if space is a premium, you could look at adding another GreenForestcorner desk to increase your work surface space and even create a cool u-shaped gaming zone!
Made from MDF with black steel frame
Three-piece design, with long and short desks
The two sides can be switched to fit
Sturdy frame reduces shake or movement
Desk foot cups for even height adjustment
- Weight37.2 pounds
If you like sleek and classy (and who doesn’t!) then this large L-shaped computer desk from Best Choice Products will boost your home working style credentials. This corner unit does come in at the top end of our best L-shaped desks review budget, making it our Premium Pick but the quality is impressive. And with its professional office/home worker hybrid looks, it will soon easily make itself at home in any room. So, what do you actually get for the premium budget money? Well, you get a smart black wooden top for starters, in a nice silk matt that is super easy to wipe down and keep clean. And the steel X-shape frame is reassuringly sturdy and makes the whole L-shaped computer desk look architectural and just a little bit dark edgy. Plus, you get a slide-out keyboard drawer that can accommodate most standard-sized keyboards. And the whole design gives you a sense of openness and space, so there’s plenty of room for all those monitors, game consoles and gadgets.
As an L-shaped desk with keyboard tray, Best Choice Product’s corner desk also works really well as a gaming station and there is plenty of space in the L-shape to move and swivel between several monitors to keep you in the thick of the video action. Plus, the tops are interchangeable so you can reconfigure to fit the orientation of the room or your own PC or game play. The whole desk is self-build and can be a little fiddly to assemble, despite its simple looks but with the quality of the components and overall design, you really do get a good-looking corner office desk for your money. You may also like to check our guide to to the best gaming desks.
Interchangeable black wooden worksurface tops
Sturdy steel X-frame and legs
Desk includes a slide-out keyboard drawer
Comes complete with a computer tower stand
Desk tops can be re-configured to fit your space
- BrandBest Choice Products
- Weight46.3 pounds
Thanks to its simple, uncomplicated design, there is plenty of surface space for all your home working or gaming needs with this smart-looking L-shaped desk from Topsky. This is a corner computer desk that also offers plenty of scope under its table top, with wide spaces between the legs giving you and your chair a nice freedom of movement as well as extra storage space to spare.
As a mid-price corner computer desk, the Topsky won’t break the bank but it is sturdy enough to give you plenty of use, standing up to all your everyday home office wear and tear. The work top is made from a solid 8mm thick melamine that’s easy to wipe and keep clean and it comes in a warm oak color that will blend in with or complement your home décor. The edges of this large corner desk’s worktop are also beveled which is a really nice touch, especially for gamers looking for comfort in their hand and arm resting position during a long session of play. And keeping everything solidly in place is its thick steel frame, with a black epoxy coating to add to the corner desk’s overall smart look. In short, while the Topsky L-Shaped Corner Computer Desk may look pleasantly simple, it is a total workhorse when it comes to your home office, study or gaming station and offers plenty of space to while away the daily 9 to 5.
Made from CARB P2 Class MDF board
Thick steel frame and legs complete with epoxy coating
Beveled surface edge to the oak-colored worktop
Large surface gives for a good working area
Plenty of under desktop space for storage
- Weight63 pounds
If your home working needs are more of the heavyweight, then check out this solidly built corner desk with strong metal legs from Office Star. With a corporate quality build, this is an L-shaped computer desk that would work just as well in the professional office as it does as a home work station. And it is built to take on the weight of all your tech, computers and gaming consoles to create a super L-shaped workstation.
The worktop on Office Star Prado Complete L-Shaped Desk is also an impressive size – providing you with a 66-inch work surface to play with. Coming in a choice of matt black or a brilliant white, as a long corner desk the worksurface is made from a solid and practical laminate, with built-in cord management grommets to keep everything untangled, ordered and neat. The two long and short side desks can be quickly reconfigured for either left or right-handed use and when fixed together the solid construction minimizes shake or movement. You can also easily adapt this office L-desk by including additional under counter units or drawers, with the table top at the ideal height to enable extra office furniture to be incorporated underneath. Our handy guide to the best standing desks features more great products like this.
Available in solid black or white laminate
Changeable tops from left or right-handed return
Wire management grommets on desk surface
Dimensions: 66″ work surface + 60″ return
Ready to easily assemble and set up
- BrandOffice Star
- Weight96 pounds
Mix up a solid wood quality worktop with sturdy metal legs, and you get a cleanly designed and impressively durable L-shaped computer desk from CrazyLynx. As a good choice for a gaming station or home office, this nice-looking corner computer desk also lends itself to a compact study area for the student dorm. The worktop surface area is large enough to accommodate two monitors as well as any extra gadgets, notepads, books or coffee cups you need to get on with your work or some serious game play. And its solid, rust-resistant metal frame and legs keep everything solid and stable as you work hard to complete the next level or get your end of year accounts done. With the CrazyLynxL-shaped desk you also get a monitor stand so you can fine-tune your screen height for optimum ergonomic comfort.
Foot bars at the back of the corner desk’s leg frame are located for easy and comfy reach and there are also adjustable leg pads, to keep the whole desk stable, even on uneven floor. The manufacturers do indicate that when it comes to assembly, putting this L-shaped workstation together is a two-man job but it does look like a relatively quick set up. And, if there are any problems, you can contact their 24-hour customer service and the desk also comes with a 12-month warranty.
Large, solid wooden worktop
Durable, rustless metal frame and legs
Adjustable leg pads plus feet rests for stability and comfort
Comes with a monitor stand included
Includes a 12-month warranty and 24-hour customer support
- Weight47.4 pounds
If a too-obviously corporate desk in your home would clash with its décor or homely vibe, then you could always opt for this elegantly distressed L-shaped desk that gives a more casual and laid-back, even rustic feel. Made from ‘antique white’ wood (imaginatively described as ‘cape Cod Gray’) with a slightly distressed look and pewter handles, this is a lovely space-saving corner desk that would work well in most home studies or bedrooms, without being overtly ‘officey’. But don’t let the gentle country vibe fool you, this is a hardworking L-shaped workstation that is totally prepared to put in the hours. You get a nice built in cupboard with plenty of space and an adjustable shelf as well as a top box drawer to stash away all your office supplies. And the L-shaped worksurface is more than ample for your PC monitor, keyboard and other essential home working gadgets.
The main downside of its design and the built-in cupboard is that the corner computer desk’s orientation is set, so you need to ensure it will fit in the space you have planned for it, but it will work well in most corners. And the space under the main sitting area of the desk is nicely open and clear to fit you and your office chair comfortably. Despite its homely design, the Salinas L-shaped desk is surprisingly easy to assemble and also comes with a one-year warranty. This is very much an office corner desk for the home conscious who want their home working life to fit in with their domestic lifestyle rather than totally stand out. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best camping tables.
L-shaped wooden desk finished in antique white
Slightly distressed touch for a casual look
Built-in cupboard and box drawer
Includes metal drop pull hardware
Comes with one-year manufacturer warranty
- BrandBush Furniture
- Weight116.8 pounds
Why not rock a totally modern look as you home-work or game play with this rather cool looking glass top L-shaped computer desk from lux furniture specialists, Mecor. The Mecor has everything you need from a day-to-day corner desk, but then ups it’s game in the style stakes with a clear glass top. And, to tick the ‘health and safety’ box, the worktop is made from 7mm tempered glass to make a totally practical and durable office L-desk to work from. The quality steel frame also makes the whole set up sufficiently sturdy, although it does make the L-shaped desk heavier than it actually looks.
We really like the simplicity of this L-shaped workstation, as the three desk pieces fit together beautifully and the whole unit comes complete with an additional small glass shelf that fixes to the top frame which is ideal for books or a small printer. There is also a useful CPU power stand fixed to the legs underneath the central desk unit. As an elegant addition to the home, this is a corner computer desk that would work well tucked away in the corner of a living room, or even taking central stage an open plan space or a modern home study.
Three-piece glass and steel design
Worktop made from 7mm tempered glass
Comes with a small top shelf
Complete with a CPU power stand
Quick and easy to assemble
- Weight74.9 pounds
A moveable mini-shelf, foot rests, CPU stand and a durable work surface made from recyclable material – this is a good-looking corner computer desk that comes with some nice additional touches. OK, this is perhaps not the largest table in our best L-shaped desks review but where it lacks in length, it certainly makes up for it in design and practicality. This would be a great corner desk for the student in your life, or to create your own home gaming station that could fit in a relatively small space. It looks good too, and with its walnut colored, wood effect worktop and black-coated steel X-frame, the GreenForest L-shaped computer desk would blend into most homes. There is a nice arc-sweep shape to the design and the recycled worktop is not just good for the environment, it is easy to wipe clean too.
At a push, there would be enough surface room for a monitor as well as a laptop or games console, although with the added top shelf you can quickly create more space to fill! The shelf can also be moved around and fixed to both sides of the L-shape for extra flexibility. We also like the idea that this shelf can be used to turn the L-shaped workstation into a standing desk, so you can take regular breaks and prevent unhealthy periods of prolonged sitting. And the long and short boards are interchangeable so you can reconfigure the ‘L’ to suit your room or working style. Add in a couple of foot rests and a handy CPU stand, and you have a cracking little corner desk that has a big heart! As a mid-priced corner computer desk, you really do get some good features for your money, making the GreenForest a worthy addition to our best L-shaped desks shortlist. Love this product? Check out our review of the best folding tables for our top picks.
L-shaped corner desk with a moveable mini shelf
Worktop made from durable, recycled material
Sturdy metal X-shaped frame
Long and short panels can be switched around
Includes a convenient foot rest and CPU stand
- Weight40 pounds