10 crazy popular desks for working from home under $150
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A few months ago, working from home became the new normal for office employees across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, people stocked up on what they needed to get work done, but because this was a temporary situation, investing in office furniture was not something many people deemed necessary.
Now that we’re in mid-July and many offices are not reopening until at least 2021, reality has set in that our homes might be doubling as offices for much longer than we thought. The same goes for students who will be distance learning yet again when the next school year begins. Although this is likely not a permanent situation, if you haven’t yet, now is a great time to finally hunker down and set up an official office space at home—starting with a desk.
Luckily you don’t have to spend too much to buy a quality desk, which is important for those on strict budgets right now. Retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, Target, and more sell highly-rated desks that fall under $150, a price that strikes the perfect balance of budget and quality. After scouring websites that carry desks, we found 10 popular ones that are still in stock.
If you need a new office chair to go with your desk, be sure to check out our coverage of top-rated chairs you can buy online, too.
1. A simple desk with thousands of reviews on Amazon
With nearly 6,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating, this is one of the most popular desks on Amazon. It has cool, industrial legs, as well as three different wood stains to choose from (oak, brown, and vintage). The best part about this desk is that no tools are required to set it up. You simply unfold the legs and clip everything in place, which reviewers can attest is easy to do. They also claim that the desk is quite sturdy.
2. An inexpensive desk with built-in storage that is perfect for small spaces
This desk at Home Depot is currently sold out in a few colors, but is still available in Gray, Walnut, and Americano. If you’re working from a small space, you’ll want to act fast, because this desk can fit anywhere. At about 40 inches long, it comes with additional space for storage to hold papers and desk supplies or to display decorations. Not to mention, it’s less than $40, making it a great budget choice as well. Reviewers love how small and sturdy the desk feels, but do warn that you get what you pay for, so don’t expect it to last for years to come.
3. A wood desk from Target’s Project 62 collection
Available in three different wood stains, this modern-style desk is a great choice for any small home office. It’s only 42 inches in length and has two spacious drawers for storage as well as two outlets and two USB ports built-in. More than 1,300 reviewers love it for its style and easy assembly. Our Audience Development Director, Heather, recently purchased this desk and says it’s been great for her home office. It’s currently only available in the oak color.
4. An industrial desk with two levels
The dark metal legs and wood finish of this desk from Wayfair give off industrial vibes. It also features two levels, making it ideal for decorating or placing an additional monitor on top of. With more than 2,000 reviews and 4.5-star rating, reviewers love how easy this desk is to assemble and how it fits in with a minimalistic space.
5. An L-shaped desk on Amazon that’s great for gaming
If you have a bigger space, an L-shaped desk could be a great option. This desk on Amazon is long enough to hold a second monitor or house a printer, but it won’t take up too much space in your home at just 45 inches long. You could also opt to purchase two and create a U-shaped workspace that would make for a great gaming setup.
6. A compact desk with lots of storage from Wayfair
Reviewers love this desk at Wayfair because it has an actual filing cabinet, making it easy to store precious papers. It also has a small cubby for notebooks and binders, but is only 45 inches long, so it’s still a good size for most apartments. Happy customers love the desk for its industrial farmhouse style and the fact it was easy to assemble.
7. A stylish desk complete with shelving
This sleek desk is a fan favorite among Wayfair shoppers. It has trendy X-framed legs and comes with four cubbies to put various knick-knacks—all at an affordable price. Reviewers particularly love it for how cute and sturdy it is. They also love that there’s ample space for decorating it and making it their own.
8. A large desk with a ton of reviews on Amazon
Looking for a big, yet inexpensive desk? At under $140, this 47 inch long desk should do the trick, as it is one of the longest desks available in this price range. It’s earned its fair share of reviews from Amazon shoppers (over 3,500!!) who praise it for its long length and the fact you can adjust the leg pads for sturdiness.
9. A desk with adjustable storage from Target
A good desk has features that help you make it your own. Case in point: this desk with adjustable storage from Target. It has an open-shelf style that you can move to fit certain bins or decor items. Reviewers say it’s easy to assemble and claim that it’s the perfect desk for when you’re in a pinch—like we all are right now.
10. A simple desk with an antique feel
For those of us looking for something a little more formal, this antique looking desk will do the trick. Reviewers love how light and stylish it is, but warn the directions were a little bit tricky, so read through them completely before you start to assemble. On the bright side, if you go back to your office and don’t have a use for it in the future, it also makes a great console table.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.