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A good home office desk should be comfortable, stylish and in tune with you and your surroundings.  Explore your options at Furniture Barn and discover your optimum work environment.

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So, how do you choose your ideal desk?

Materials, colours and finishes

When it comes to desks, materials matter.  Not only does each kind of wood have its own unique woodgrain and character, but it can also influence the colours and finishes available to you.

An oak desk will often have an oiled, waxed or clear lacquer finish which enhances the oak’s naturally beautiful woodgrain.  An oiled finish tends to come up darker than a waxed or clear lacquer finish, both of which come out pale or honey-coloured.

It’s common to see a pine desk with a painted or dark finish, since pine is an excellent wood for staining.  Its woodgrain isn’t as attractive or varied as oak’s, so it’s no great shakes if you don’t want to show it off.  Pine desks are quite a popular option, being cheap, light and sturdy.

reclaimed wooden desk may also come in a variety of paints and stains.  These desks look amazing with a distressed finish and are resilient against splitting due to the age of the wood.

Whilst some of our products are solid wood desks, others are made using veneers.  Veneers are less likely to split or crack than solid wood, add strength and look outstanding, too.


Which colour is right for your desk?  A large, empty room benefits from darker colours and wood finishes, since dark colours make rooms feel warmer, cosier and less bare.  It your room is small or doesn’t get much light, pale colours and wood finishes will make the room feel brighter and airier.

A grey or white office desk will work with a variety of colour schemes and suit contemporary style furnishings exceptionally well.

Types of desk

Next, what’s the purpose of your desk?  The functions you pick can change the size and kind of desk you choose.

Executive desks

Commonly called an executive desk, a twin pedestal desk is useful for anyone who needs to keep a lot of files and folders.  Items like the Chelsea large reclaimed wooden desk include shallow drawers to keep key documents to hand and deep filing cabinets on either side for all your records.

If a double’s too big, a single pedestal desk is less heavy duty but still fulfils the same functions.

Some executive desks also come with hidden shelves, a big help when you’re filing or sorting through documents since you can create more desk space when required.

Computer desks

Is your computer your main priority?  If so, a wood computer desk could be just what you’re looking for.  Hide your PC tower away in a desk cupboard, freeing up some desk or legroom.  The Claverton reclaimed pine computer desk is a perfect example of this design.

Some computer desks come with a keyboard drawer, so you can pull out your keyboard out when you need it and hide it when you don’t – another way to keep that table top clear of clutter.

Others come with cable holes, keeping wires tidy, out of sight and out of the way.

Writing bureaus and laptop desks

Want to save space and keep things simple?  A laptop desk or writing bureau is the way to go.  These desks are too narrow for a PC, making them just right for laptop users.  A brilliant first desk for a teenager’s room and a compact solution for smaller homes.

In addition, laptop desks include only essential storage, so their designs are refreshingly straightforward.  The Salisbury laptop desk’s wide, shallow drawer is ideal for storing papers, books and stationery, while the Chalcot writing bureau’s pigeon holes are useful for odds and ends like post-it notes, paperclips and memory sticks.

Corner desks

If you need to squeeze your desk into the corner, a corner desk is an excellent solution.  Not only does it use the space in your office more efficiently, it also provides more desk room to spread out.


Finally, select your style.  Every desk is different, but here’s an overview of our most popular looks.

A rustic style wooden desk like the Winchester double desk favours thick square legs and an edge profile that emphasises its chunkiness, such as a roundover edge profile.  Breadboard ends are also common on rustic desks.  Drop pull or bail pull handles give these designs a more traditional feel, while panelled sides, doors or drawers provide extra definition.

A modern style wooden desk will have sharper, cleaner lines than a rustic model, often featuring an eased or square edge profile.  Handles tend to be long and narrow in a D, bow or bar design, and are generally silver or black in colour.  A modern desk can get away with having slimmer square legs, which take up less legroom and look sleeker than chunkier designs.

Contemporary desks are generally painted, though some models come in darker wood finishes like the Rockwell small desk.  Cup handles are quite popular across contemporary models, but some designs feature more ornate handles instead.  Tapered or turned legs make these desks look more elegant, while more elaborate panelling adds decoration, preventing the desks from looking too plain.

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Now you’ve studied our useful guide, take a look around and see which desk works for you.

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