If you’re looking for a new desk and you’re on a bit of a budget then you’ll most likely be thinking about buying an Ikea desk or even a desk from Argos. I’m going to suggest a few alternatives to these cheap desks and tell you a little bit about why. I’ll be showing you some of the best small desks, corner desks, gaming desks, office desks, computer desks and even some affordable solid wood desks that rival that of Ikea and Argos.
But why isn’t an Ikea desk ok? Well actually, I do quite like some desks Ikea have to offer. They are stylish, affordable and easy enough to put together. However, there are a few down sides to Ikea desks. For example:
- The materials used are far from durable. I’ve not had a good experience with the chipboard produced by Ikea and used on their desks. It’s easily damaged when not taken care of.
- The build quality has something to be desired. It’s not designed to last. The low cost chipboard is fixed together will dowels and self locking bolts which can easily break when the desks are moved or excessive weight is applied.
- The materials are highly manufactured. Most desks are made from laminated chipboard. This is a low cost, manufactured wood that is produced by machines.
- No love. I’m really not getting the handmade love and feel from these items. Solid wood, handmade furniture has a much nicer feel to it and they are normally individual in nature. No one desk will have the same grain as another.
With this in mind I’d like to shown you some fantastic desks that won’t break the bank. All are hand made from small businesses, many using reclaimed materials. These alternatives are stylish, in keeping with the modern designs in a mid-century or industrial theme which is very ‘in’ at the moment.
Lovely cheap desk selection
Make your home office the perfect work environment with these beautiful desks 2021. Likewise if you are looking for the ideal computer desk or gaming desk these suggestions should make you think twice before heading off to Ikea or Argos.
The first category I’d like to show you is the best small desks 2021.
For those of you with limited space these desks should be just what you are looking for. Many of us are trying to adapt our current homes to enable us to work from home. We don’t all have spare rooms to turn into offices as we try and squeeze in a suitable work environment to existing space. Whether it’s in a bedroom or living room these desks a compact and should fit with most home layouts.
The Foldii – by Design by Twelve
This floating, fold out desk is perfect for the minimalist amongst us. Ideal for small spaces this cabinet simply turns into a desk and workspace. Simply add a chair. Installed to the wall it measures just: 70x60x15cm
Find this mini desk here
Floating, folding desk – by D Valenti Furniture
Another great little floating, folding desk with a few more little features including magnetic catches and hydraulic arms for smooth folding. Made in Spain this time so there is a deliver charge. Measures in at 55x90x15cm
Price: £167.13 (+£26.81 delivery)
Find this desk here
So this concludes my minimal, small space, cheap desk selection. Hopefully you will find something suitable for your requirements. Do check out each of the shops listed above as they also provide some great alternative styles and colours.
Now lets move onto the computer desks or gaming desks selection.
Cheap computer desks & Gaming desks
These computer desks or gaming desks will best suit those who have larger desktop computers as opposed to a laptop. They have suitable space for a desktop computer, may allow for cabling and additional storage.
Rustic brown computer desk – by Legna Decors
A great industrial modern style computer desk with space for a tower desktop PC and has a built in monitor stand. Made from steel frame and particle wood it’s sturdy and easy to put together. Measures 150cmx50cmx93cm
Priced at just £183.74 is certainly a cheap desk.
Find this desk here on Etsy
Now I’d like to share a few of my favourite corner desks.
Affordable corner Desks
Corner desks are suited to those that like a little extra worktop space. These desk fit nicely into a corner of a room and provide both modern styles and plenty of surface and storage space. Whilst a little more expensive you get a lot more for your money.
Temiz solid wood corner desk – by Old Man and Magpie
My favourite piece in the corner desk category. Made from solid wood, including a built in shelf or monitor stand and steel box hairpin legs. Available in custom sizes and legs styles this is a masterpiece of design.
Pricing starts from £420 inc. delivery
Find this amazing desk here
This concludes some of my favourite desks available on the market today in 2021. All of these desks are handmade and are available from small businesses as apposed to the likes of Argos, Ikea or The Range.
Please help me in supporting these smaller businesses and looking elsewhere for your home office decor.
If you don’t see what you like above please also consider searching more great desks from sellers on Etsy.
You’re sure to find the perfect computer desk, home office desk, corner desk or that perfect gaming desk for your home.
If you want to support the environment then also consider searching Etsy for reclaimed wood desks. There are plenty to choose from and you’ll be reducing your impact on the planet.
Whilst I have included mostly low cost desks in this post you may be thinking about increasing your budget to get something a little more special. There are also a great selection of handmade desks in a Scandinavian or mid-century style that I’m a big fan of. Here are a couple of my favourites.
Walnut office desk – by Mo Woodwork
Probably my favourite shop and item on Etsy. This desk is made from walnut in a mid century style. Featuring sleek splayed legs and three individual drawers it’s a masterpiece of furniture. This modern desk measures 140cm x 60cm.
Priced at £1227.27 it’s far from a budget piece but well worth the money. Not such a cheap desk but worth considering.
Find this stylish desk here
Thanks for reading this article. I’ve really enjoyed searching for and listing these desks. Hopefully you find one you love as much as me.
Take a look at my other post about the best dining tables on the market in 2021.