The best L-shaped computer desks in 2022
The best L-shaped computer desks are a great solution for many workspaces, particularly if you’re running a multi-monitor setup since they offer room to accommodate your screen and leave plenty of space to work or to place other items such as a laptop, tablet or printer. They’re often also more efficient in terms of how they use the space in your home or office since they can fit into a corner.
Many of the best L-shaped desks also offer a decent amount of storage space with several drawers or cupboards for storing paper and files or for stowing devices when you’re not using them so you can keep your workspace clean and uncluttered.
Or if you’ve already done your research and are on the hunt for the L-shaped desk of your dreams, then you’ve come to the right place. In our roundup, we’ve included plenty of different designs and materials so you should be able to find a desk to fit your aesthetic, as well as your needs.
In our guide below, we compare our pick of the best L-shaped desks available at the moment. They’re all strong, sturdy options, but we’ve included desks with different looks and prices so that everyone can find the best option for them.
You might want to see our guide to the best desks in general if you’re not sure whether to go for an L-shaped option. Or to adapt your existing desk, take a look at our guide to the best standing desk converters and best office chairs for back pain. There are different desks available in the US and UK, so in the guide below we’ll start with the best L-shaped computer desks for US customers then move on to the top L-shaped desks in the UK.
The best L-shaped computer desks: US
This L-shaped computer desk is jam-packed with brilliant in-built features. It has plenty of storage options and an in-built power strip with four plugs and two USB ports, so it’s perfect for a multiple-monitor setup. And if you ever get bored of the L-shape, you can simply readjust your desk and transform it into one long desk.
There are three colours to choose from so you can choose the best design for your office space. And with its minimalistic design, you can spruce it up or as little as you like and it’ll still look great in many different spaces.
Need to accommodate lots of monitors? This Casaottima L-Shaped Gaming Desk will happily hold them all. It’s designed to hold three or four monitors, and it even comes with a monitor shelf that can be fitted to either side; perfect for putting a laptop at eye-level without the need for a laptop stand.
The Casaottima’s X-shaped frame provides plenty of stable support and looks great, while the desktop is waterproof, scratch and heat-resistant and designed for durability.
For a versatile and well-sized L-shaped computer desk that helps you keep things tidy, look no further than the Sauder Northcott L-Shaped Computer Desk. There are two drawers of differing sizes, which will come in very handy to keep your documents on-hand. The lower drawer was designed to perfectly accommodate legal size hanging files.
The desk is finished on all sides, including behind the drawers, so you can choose either side of the L-shaped desk as your primary desk space or even put the desk in the center of a room. Choose either white or black, but unfortunately there is no wooden finish.
Balancing a versatile wooden design with farmhouse-style accents, this rustic but sturdy wooden desk will offer you all the space you could need to complete your home office, whether you’re gaming or working. There is enough space for at least three monitors and the desk itself will look just as great sat in the center of the room as it will in the corner. That’s because the back is fully finished, so it doesn’t need to be pressed against any wall in your home.
Choose from pine, oak, hickory, or a washed grey for different designs, and while there are no drawers or shelves, there is plenty of space to move your chair around the entire surface of the desk or add some shelving units underneath the 30-inch clearance.
The Teraves Reversible L-Shaped Desk is wonderfully versatile. Its reversible design means that you can set it up to match the layout of your studio, and it comes with a pair of open shelves that you can use for storage. As a handy extra it also comes with a floor stand for your computer; ideal if you prefer to work with a tower PC rather than an iMac or laptop.
The desk can hold up to 110lbs, which should be more than enough for all your kit, and it’s available in either black oak or dark teak.
Treat your studio to a bit of luxury with this solid and imposing Sauder Palladia L-Shaped Desk. Made from environmentally-friendly engineered wood, it’s loaded with features including a storage area for a tower PC, a slide-out shelf for your keyboard, plus extra drawers including a full-size file drawer for stashing important documents.
It’s available in three finishes: vintage oak, wind oak and cherry, and while it’s one of the most expensive options here, it’s definitely worth it if you want to give your work area a touch of class.
The best L-shaped computer desks: UK
The SHW Vista Corner Desk might look like a regular L-shaped desk, but it actually divides into three sections so it can be assembled in a small space. If you work in an apartment and don’t like the thought of heaving a huge piece of furniture up the stairs, this is the L-shaped desk for you.
Its smoked tempered glass top is a thing of beauty, and there’s even a foot rest bar to help you sit more comfortably. You’ll need to dedicate some time to screwing the sections together, but the results are worth the effort. A great-looking desk for designers with limited space.
If your everyday design work involves some heavy equipment (a Mac Pro and multiple monitors, for example), you might not feel entirely comfortable trusting a glass desk with the tools of your trade. The Office Hippo Ideal Corner Desk is built for exactly that kind of weightlifting, and is rated to support loads up to 80kg. It comes with an impressive five-year warranty as well, and the top is heat- and stain-resistant (ideal for coffee addicts). Not the most stylish, perhaps, but it won’t let you down.
The Walker Edison Tempered Glass Computer Desk could have been made specifically with Mac Pro users in mind, with a perfectly sized central CPU stand to keep your computer tower safely off the ground and within easy reach, whichever side of the desk you’re using.
It’s a shame there’s nothing to help with cable management; being able to clip wires to the back of the desk’s legs would help keep them tidy and avoid a clearly visible tangle. It’s an excellent L-shaped desk though, and will serve you well for years to come if you’re willing to invest in some cable ties to neaten things up.
The John Lewis & Partners Abacus Corner Desk is a budget-friendly option that will slot neatly into the corner of the room. It is made of FSC-Certified oak and has four generous shelves at either side of the desk.
While it’s not included, you can buy an Abacus keyboard drawer to store your laptop or keyboard when not in use. This desk is also compatible with a wide range of John Lewis & Partners’ home office furniture, so if you want to kit out your entire space, it’s a smart choice. There is only one colour on offer, but the oak veneer is practical without looking too utilitarian.
Habitat is always a big hitter when it comes to style as well as function. The Habitat Nyle Corner Desk is perfect for those who need some extra storage space but don’t want to sacrifice a modern look in their office. The shelves are open, which means you won’t be able to cram pens and other tools into any drawers, but you can use the below-desk shelves to keep crates of any loose items, as well as a printer or other bulky essentials.
Of course, because there is a shelf above the right side of the desk, you won’t be able to position larger monitors here, but it makes a great place to keep a laptop or smaller screen while you position your main monitor on the front desk panel.
Argos makes some of the most affordable desks you can buy, the Calgary Corner Office Desk is no exception. It’s available in white and also in black, with the side shelf offering four storage holes. You can put fabric storage boxes in these to keep your files and wires all in one place, but this does remove any leg space from the side desk.
At under £100, the Calgary Corner Office Desk is a great compact option for your home, but it doesn’t have the same expanse of desk space that you’ll find with a regular-sized L-shaped computer desk. It’s so popular that it does tend to sell out quite regularly.
How to choose the best L-shaped desk for you
Consider what you’ll use your desk for?
The first step in choosing the best L-shaped computer desk for you is to decide what you need it do. Some people need an L-shaped desk to support several monitors for work, while others will use it for gaming. We’ve made sure that our guide covers desks for both work and play, but this is something that is worth considering when you make your choice. If you’re planning to do lots of work at your desk, you might want to consider how much extra storage space it offers. Also, consider where you’ll put cables and other accessories.
Check your measurements
Getting the dimensions right is crucial when choosing an L-shaped computer desk. We have made sure we’ve included the dimensions of each desk in this roundup so you know exactly whether the desk will fit in your office space.
One thing that is often overlooked is the height of the desk and leg clearance. If you don’t have an adjustable chair, then it might be a good idea to measure the height of your legs in your chair to make sure that you’ll fit comfortably under your desk.
How to measure for an L-shaped computer desk
Because of the unusual shape of the L-shaped desk, it can be tricky to take measurements to check if it’ll fit in your space. We recommend clearing plenty of space in the area where you are hoping to put your desk. Once the area is clear, simply use the dimensions we’ve provided for you to see if the desk of your choice will fit. Remember to also measure the height, especially if you plan to put your desk below a windowsill or shelves.
It’s also important to make sure you know which side of the desk you will be predominantly working on. It’s no good buying a desk with plenty of storage options, only to realise that they’re in the way of where you’re hoping to put your legs!