Which office desk style is right for me?

With many of us spending the vast majority of our working lives sitting at our desks, it’s important that it is comfortable, functional, and practical.

There are a wide variety of different office desks available, all designed to suit different working needs. From space-saving desks through to multi-purpose desks, glass desks to executive desks, there are a wide variety of designs, finishes and styles out there, so it can be difficult to know what type of office desk will look good and be practical in your workspace.

If you are looking for desk for more than one monitor, please check here: Best Desks for two or three monitors

If you’re on the hunt for a new desk for your home or office workplace, you’re in the right place – read our guide to help you to find the right desk style for you.

Modern office desk



Perfect for contemporary spaces, modern office desks come in all different shapes and sizes. Boasting clean simple lines, plenty of storage, as well as sleek and minimalist designs, a modern office desk will look great in any working environment.

Ideal for office spaces as well as home offices, modern office desks are often open-plan desk systems, which can encourage colleagues to collaborate and be more productive. Due to their minimalist designs, modern office desks can also create a feeling of space, which is often needed in many office environments.

However, due to their open-plan feel, a modern desk is not always appropriate for office working due to the lack of privacy and increased noise from the office. It’s important to consider the culture and feel you’re looking for in your office before choosing a modern office desk and open plan system.

Vintage (retro)

Hand Painted Writing Desk by Artisan

If you’re looking to add a different and exciting dimension to your office space, vintage desks are a great solution. Available in lots of interesting styles, vintage office desks offer the perfect opportunity to add character to any space, introducing a cool, retro style.

This type of desk will work best in a vintage or retro style home office space, complementing your other furniture and décor. Remember to fully check over the item before you purchase to ensure no costly restorations are needed as sometimes vintage furniture can be slightly damaged or need a deep clean.


Rustic style

Adding charm and character to any space, rustic office desks are often made from reclaimed wood and finished with various stains. They’re perfect for adding warmth, interest and style to any workspace. Often made from solid wood, rustic desks are available in a variety of different styles and sizes. It’s important to note that if a rustic desk is made from solid wood, it’s likely to require ongoing maintenance to ensure the wood stays beautiful.

A great modern alternative to a vintage or retro desk, rustic desks can suit both modern and traditional working environments and are incredibly robust and durable. This makes them perfect for both home and office workplaces.


Market L Shaped Desk

If you’re looking to achieve the ultimate New York loft look, industrial and metal desks are a great option! Often found in creative working environments, this type of office desk is also incredibly sturdy and boasts multi-functional designs that help you to optimise productivity.

Metal desks are also incredibly durable, environmentally friendly and low maintenance which makes them perfect for an office workspace. They can be quite heavy though so make sure they’re not being moved too often to protect employees toes and prevent any damage to the floor if dropped.


OGI W Desk White oak frame MDD

If you’re all about creating a clean and simple workspace that is uncluttered and free from distractions, you should opt for a minimalist office desk.

Sleek and understated, this type of desk will give you clear space to think, design and be creative. Minimalist office desks are also incredibly stylish, often in crisp, clean colour palettes such as white, grey, and pale woods.

Minimalist desks can work and look great in both office and home workplaces. But remember, to remain looking stylish and uncluttered, you may need to invest in other storage solutions for any paperwork or hardware which needs to be hidden out the way.

To find out more about Minimalism check our blog: A minimalist office guide


Caramel Writing Desk

If you’re looking for a comfortable and functional home working space to put your thoughts into words, a writing desk should be your first port of call.

Made to accommodate all of your writing needs, including plenty of storage space to store your stationery, writing desks are incredibly functional. Available in a wide range of sizes and styles, they’re perfect for writing or using your laptop at home. It’s worth keeping in mind that they usually have thin legs because they aren’t designed to take heavy loads. They also often have a small desktop so wouldn’t be ideal desks for multiple screens or lots of other hardware.


Gravity Executive Desk

A great way to save space and optimise productivity, floating desks attach to a wall and have no side supports or legs.

They work perfectly in small spaces and are designed to fit into unused corners, as well as the smallest and most awkward spaces. They’re ideal desks for smaller spaces where a larger or full desk would take up too much space and impose on the room. This makes them a particularly good choice if you’re creating a home office in a flat or apartment, or a smaller corner in your home.

However, it’s important to note that floating desks might not be suitable for heavy desktop computers or any other heavy items you need to carry out your work, so remember to check if they have a load limit before purchasing.


Jera Executive Desk


If your main priority is creating a stylish working environment that doesn’t compromise on functionality, a luxury desk could be the way to go.

From designer desks to executive desks, luxury desks are ideal for creating a strong impression and impressing your clients and partners so they’re perfect for an office environment. Luxury desks are usually more expensive than other types of desks but are made to the highest specification using the finest materials, meaning they last for many years.


Office desks from BT Office furniture

Since its formation in 1994, BT Office has become a leading UK office furniture supplier. We have a wide range of desks available that are perfect for use at home and at work.

We use our own fleet of vehicles and team of specialist fitters to ensure your modern, executive office furniture arrives undamaged and is installed by people who are familiar with the products.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you choose the perfect office desk.