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6+ Cool Work Desks Every Freelancer Should Own

Yaara Lancet 03-01-2014

Imagine that money was no object. Imagine that you, as a freelancer or just a person who works from home, could have the desk of your dreams. Wouldn’t that be amazing?


Yes, that desk from IKEA works great, we all own one, but some desks out there are cool beyond imagination. The first step is to get to know them. The second step is to set your sights on one. And who knows? If you work towards it, one of these awesome desks could be yours one day. I, for one, will keep dreaming.

StudioDesk by Bluelounge


Working towards a clutter-free world, Bluelounge’s products are all about hiding cables, and the StudioDesk is their top of the line. While the desk itself looks pretty ordinary, it hides a leather covered storage compartment for all the things you don’t want to see. The lid slides out when you need access to your wires, but other than that, the only cable you’ll see is the one plugged to your wall.

This desk is designed for laptop users, as desktop users will not be able to hide everything in the compartment.

Price: $600 from Bluelounge or Amazon


Mantis Desk by Samuel Wilkinson

The Mantis Desk looks like an ordinary desk, which is part of what makes it so cool. The design is clean and simple, but the desk hides some neat features which aren’t obvious at first.

The first one is the drawer where you can store your laptop or other office supplies; then there’s the cable compartment in which you can hide your cables; the bookend is a great place to put your books, files, or papers, if you have any; and the privacy screen can shield you from prying eyes or double as a note board.

This is a designer desk made by an award-winning designer, so don’t expect a sane price.

Price: $1,095


WorkFit-D by Ergotron


Ergotron has a whole line of ergonomic solutions for desk workers, and the WorkFit-D is an awesome yet affordable one. Looking like an ordinary desk, this one hides a secret: it turns into a standing desk 6 Great Standing Desk Designs: Your Backbone Will Thank You! Sitting can kill you or at least cause serious health issues. Unfortunately, many jobs require us to sit at our desks for many hours a day. Read More . It’s been known for a while that sitting all day From Sitting To Standing While Typing: Why You Need To Change Your Working Habit Writing full-time keeps me sitting at a desk nearly eight hours a day. My office chair is not one of those Lexus ergonomic models designed to take away the pain of sitting, and though I’ve... Read More can have some pretty severe health consequences, but having two separate desks can prove inconvenient. Even if just for the fact that you’re not very likely to get up and switch in the middle of the day.

The WorkFit-D requires no switch. All you have to do is stand up, pull the desk up after you, and continue where you left off.

If you want to go all out, try looking a the WorkFit-C — a height adjustable portable workstation with version for both desktops and laptops.


Price: $699 on Ergotron or $695 from eBay.

Focal Upright Workstation

Oh man. Did you ever look at a desk and wanted to cry? It’s going to happen now.

The Focal Desk and Focal Chair are (unfortunately) sold separately, but together they form a true desk-bound person’s dream. The workstation is made for working in a position somewhere between standing and sitting, with the chair sporting an impressive range of movement. This allows you to stay relatively active while working, but ensures you stay somewhat supported.

Everything about the desk and chair is adjustable, making it easy to fit to different people and work styles. Focal also sells additional accessories for the desk, such as a cable management system. Unfortunately, the workstation is insanely expensive, and will probably stay a dream for most of us.


Price: $1,290 for the desk, $690 for the chair.

MILK Desk [No Longer Available]


Did anyone say dream? The MILK desk is so dreamy, I couldn’t even find a price for it. I can only imagine how much it costs. This desk not only has its own built-in cable compartment and charging drawer, it also has a built-in paper basket, compartments for various office supplies, and it’s height-adjustable. It comes in several different sizes, including a mini and a large one fit for four people.

Be sure not to miss the MILK’s 360-degrees animation. It makes any desk looks like a cheap piece of wood.

If you’re really interested in buying one, you’ll have to find a dealer in your country, and call or email for details. Yes, it’s that mysterious. Good luck!

Price: Unknown

La Boite LD 120 [No Longer Available]

Some people care about ergonomics, some care about looks, and others care about sound. It’s those people La Boite had in mind when designing their desks, and the results look impressive. Yes, it’s a meager excuse for a desk, but by the looks of it, you’ll get sound like never before while working. And when you have good music, who cares about comfort?

The LD 120 comes with 120 Watts speakers, but 130 and 100 versions are available as well. Setup is supposed to be a breeze, and the desk should be able to play music off any device, not just your laptop.

Similar to the MILK, prices are a bit hard to find, but dig through the available retailers to find more information.

Price: Somewhere around €1,000 / $1,600

Bonus: Envol, Portable Desk


This portable desk/briefcase is unfortunately just a concept, but one I’m sure many a travelling freelancer would go for. The briefcase stores your laptop and other accessories, and opens into a small desk you can use from anywhere, instead of propping up the laptop in your lap.

Hopefully, this concept will become reality one day. Until then, we’ll continue using those laptop cushions from IKEA.

Too Expensive?

We hear you. While these desks are truly amazing, most of us won’t be able to afford them. Don’t give up, if you want a really cool desk, how about building your own?

Check out some ideas on how to build your own simple standing desk How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It's Like To Use There's a current craze emerging for standing desks, literally desks that you stand at while working. Having spent the last five years as a self-employed freelance writer who spends most of his days sat at... Read More , or how to design your very own workstation How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation I work in a tiny apartment, and use two 24” monitors. I needed a workstation that fits into a tiny niche, but can still accommodate me for many hours every day and let me work... Read More .

Have you seen some really cool desks out there? Did you build your own and want to share? Hit the comments below and let us know.

Image credit: Duane Hess

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  1. Jeff E
    April 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    The options I'm looking at are a tilted standing stool and a "Varidesk" system. For the stool, maybe a Wobble Stool, something that encourages "active sitting" but takes pressure off of my bad knees. Multiple people in my office use Varidesk products and they seem to like them. It doesn't require an entire desk to move and also has the timed reminders option.

  2. dragonmouth
    January 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    It will be a cold day you know where before I spend that kind of money a a desk. A chair, maybe. My desk consists of a 84x34 inch luan door laid on two 3 drawer filing cabinets. Total cost - $25 at a garage sale. The setup will never get any awards for looks or design but it is highly functional.

    On the top of the desk I have room for a monitor, printer, cable modem, router & switch, laptop and lots of work space. Underneath there is enough room for my legs and 4 tower PCs. The filing cabinets have oodles of room for office supplies, paper files and any other detritus I don't want on my work surface.

  3. Jo-anne P
    January 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I find Ikea has the sleekest looking desks for a good price

  4. Nick
    January 5, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I think the Uplift desks at The Human Solution are the most 'bang for your buck' for a height adjustable desk that I've seen. Mainly because they have the same wide space of a full-size desk (70+ inches wide and 30+ inches deep) and no crossbar for around the same price as these smaller 'designer' desks. If I'm going to spend around $1,000 on a desk I'd much rather get something that can handle multiple monitors and sturdy enough for a lot of weight including the computer, all while being able to go up high enough to let me stand and I'm 6 feet tall.

    They have one's here that are worth taking a look. You can even just pick the base if you don't want to buy the top and you have your own, which I think is neat.

  5. Wilhelm C
    January 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

    "Did you ever look at a desk and wanted to cry?"

    I want to cry.

  6. Deon
    January 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

    These desks will all get the no-no from a Feng Shui expert as they have no backing and allow legs to be shown.

  7. Kevin L
    January 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    These things have insane prices, i can build half of them for $75 or less and can build all of them for under $150. I actually have one i built that looks almost identical to the Work-Fit , used a old drafting table i got from the local high school and spent like $30 and mine hold 3 monitors ;) and has a keyboard tray, these are a rip-off.

  8. Kevin M
    January 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

    As a freelancer I can tell you that you are going to need far more desk space than any of these student desks that leave no room for anything! My 10 year old son has a bigger desk than any of these and he is constantly complaining that he does not have enough room.

    I am not sure where this author shops but I would not go to the same stores. It would not take much searching to see every single desk here is a 100% ripoff!

  9. Anthony
    January 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Ugly, cold and sterile.

  10. john
    January 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    IKEA Galant with cable organizer and drawer add on is best price/performance combo.

  11. Heather
    January 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Spend your money on your chair.

    • Oscar
      January 4, 2014 at 6:43 am

      any recommendations?