21 Of The Best Desks Under $500 At Wayfair

21 Of The Best Desks Under $500 At Wayfair

Your new workspace doesn’t even have to be for work.

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A one-drawer, manufactured-wood corner desk that’s the right size (and right angle) for any tiny living space with an open lower shelf for extra storage.


Promising review: “I purchased the white desk. It is a true white. It worked perfectly for my space. I am using it as a beverage station in my kitchen. It arrived in perfect condition and faster than expected. It was easy to assemble and is of good quality.” —Alicia from Uxbridge, MA

Price: $134.99 (originally $179)


A neutral-finish, manufactured-wood “L-shape” desk, which can live in a corner, against a wall, or in the middle of any living space with plenty of legroom underneath for kicking your feet up.


Promising review: “Love this desk! Just as described and just what we needed to fill an empty corner. Seems pretty sturdy and it took my husband about two hours to assemble. He said it wasn’t difficult to assemble; it just had a lot of pieces.” —Jessica Turner

Price: $289.99 (originally $419.99, available in three colors)


A modern, streamlined, tempered glass desk on four steel legs with a built-in storage cubby for important files or more important snacks.


Promising review: “I absolutely love this desk. The design is simple and elegant — and it is just out of the ordinary enough to be striking. It fits beautifully with the mid-century modern furniture in my apartment. The glass top resting on the wood mixes modern and retro designs. Bonus: it’s easy to put together, yet solidly constructed. Highly recommended.” —Arthur from New York, NY

Price: $389.99


A floating desk that when closed offers a chalkboard and cabinet space but when opened turns into a fold-down convertible workspace with even more shelf storage space for all your tchotchkes.


Promising review: “Took some effort to put together but it was worth it! We love it! Ordered a second one because my teens love so much. Assembly tip: Do steps 1,2,3, then 7 first Then steps 4,5,6,8 second. This will help keep it stabilized. It took me less than an hour to assemble without hiccups the second time. Hope this helps!” —Leslie from Virginia Beach

Price: $169.99 (originally $189.99)


A solid wood drafting table with a pencil ledge so no matter the angle of the creative endeavor, your preferred writing instrument won’t roll away.


Promising review: “Nice little table, looks great and fits in the corner of my living. I have two more industrial drafting tables downstairs but, I really wanted something up here to draw at and this is stylish! It arrived ahead of time and was easy for one person to put together.” —Roxanne from Bismarck, ND

Price: $174.99 (originally $279.99, available in two colors and three sizes)


A secretary desk with hutch that’s more of a cabinet-meets-standing-desk (with room for laptops only) situation and includes a cable management system for cutting down on clutter.


Promising review: “Nice little desk with an area for your essentials. I finally have a place for all my bills and stamps and such. Sits higher than a regular desk and really no desk area to write on. More for storage and fitting in a small space to put things. I also put my printer on the second shelf which works out for us. Was exactly what I wanted.” —Patricia from Stacyville, IA

Price: $239.99


A neutral-finish, solid-wood secretary desk with folding x-shaped legs for simple storage or moving wherever creativity strikes you around your home.


Promising review: “This desk is superb! I have it placed in my second small bedroom and love the look. It came fully assembled out of the box. The desk is strong, sturdy, and versatile. You can fold and store when you need the space. I have used the desk for my computer for the last three days and love it. If you are looking for a small well made desk, this is a great choice.” —Donna from Ft. Myers, FL

Price: $129.99 (originally $299.99)


A scratch- and stain-resistant, laminate surface series A desk with a wire management system for organizing cables, because sometimes the home office should feel like the actual office.


Promising review: “My apartment is small, so I didn’t want a traditional desk. This desk gives me lots of work area without making the room look crowded. The work area itself is natural and absolutely beautiful.” —Alice from Cañon City, CO

Price: $198.34+ (originally $372, available in six colors)


A rustic yet contemporary, reactangular, oak-hued writing desk with a metal X-frame stretcher for starting that novel or finishing that grocery list.


Promising review: “Great desk and easy to assemble. I thought the wood was going to be real but upon arrival, I noticed it was a laminated top. Still looks cool though and am happy with the purchase.” —Jeremey from Dayton, OH

Price: $124.99 (originally $170)


A double pedestal-sided computer desk with four wide-open cubbies to store all of your home-office necessities below and your laptop/desktop up above.


Promising review: “It is lovely and simple. I was able to put it together by myself in an hour or so (from taking out of the box to clean up) and despite that, it is sturdy! 😉 The shelves are large, which was exactly what I wanted. I’m very happy with it.” —Stephanie from Placentia, CA

Price: $182.99 (originally $249)


A ladder desk that makes the most of vertical storage space (thanks to shelving and cubbies with cable-management cutouts) without actually taking up a lot of space around your home.


Promising review: “When I started looking for a desk for my cramped room, a ladder desk wasn’t even being considered. However, this one stood out among all desks I could find (from multiple sites, even stores!) as one of the more practical-yet-stylish choices, especially when the price is taken into account. I have a small space to work with, and this desk fits in perfectly! The ladder style gives me, a six-foot-tall dude, the perfect balance of comfort, and space management. The shelving offered a home for things that essentially floated around before, making my small room all the more roomy.” —Colin from Louisville, CO

Price: $189.99 (originally $259, available in two colors)


A steel-frame, tempered glass L-shape desk with a CPU stand for desktops and a pullout glass tray that fits any keyboard for your home office of the future (today!).


Promising review: “This desk is awesome! Especially for the price. The glass and silver make my office space look so much less cluttered. It was actually really easy to put together and it came with everything needed to put it together. I am SO HAPPY with my purchase.” —Leah from Minneapolis, MN

Price: $127.99+ (originally $159.99, available in two colors)


A nautical-style, solid wood secretary desk with hutch for fitting a whole lot into a little space thanks to five drawers, cubbies, and one big shelf. Great for crafting projects!


Promising review: “Adorable desk. Easiest thing to assemble! Feels sturdy and the drawers have a shocking amount of room for how small the desk is. I use this as a functional office desk multiple times per week and it works well. However, as I found out, the top ledge is not deep enough for a monitor stand, so I do need to shift my setup to account for the desk, though I don’t mind that.” —Giovanna C. from San Rafael, CA

Price: $269.99+ (available in three colors)


A mahogany, manufactured-wood computer desk with a proper place for everything (like a printer shelf and keyboard drawer) that’ll keep your home-office from overtaking your entire home.


Promising review: “Can take a bit of time to put together, but instructions are great. Awesome table that supports most work stations. Definitely would recommend a drill too difficult to screw everything in as pre-drilled holes arent always deep enough.” —Abdulkarim from Chicago, IL

Price: $169.99 (originally $199.99)


A (super bright pink) reversible desk to add some color to your workspace, whether you’re crafting emails or crafting for your Etsy shop.


Promising review: “Perfect amount of table space and storage, perfect amount of sturdiness, perfect look. Can easily fit in a small bedroom (even by NYC standards). It doesn’t stain easily or get bubbles (I have spilled plenty of water and coffee on it thanks to my Keurig machine, and the desk still looks brand-new). The only downside is that it was a bit difficult to assemble, especially when attaching the legs to the tabletop. In particular, make sure the screws are perfectly in place. Still totally worth it though.” —Devi from Brooklyn, NY

Price: $189.99+ (available in two colors)


A geometrically-designed, metal-base writing desk with a floating desktop so you can go for that super-minimal, streamlined look for your home office, which could make people question whether you’re getting any work done at all.


Promising review: “Needed to create a space that allowed me to work from home. Being an educator who had to move from in-class learning to distance learning was going to be difficult. This desk was the perfect addition to allow me to effectively deliver lessons to my students. It was a perfect fit for a small nook in the hallway of my home. Easy to assemble and directions were clear. The desk is sturdy and looks wonderful.” —Lana from Union City, CA

Price: $379.99 (originally $550, available in four colors and two sizes)


A manufactured-wood work desk with organizer to keep all your correspondences and paper goods in two drawers, five divided paper or file slots, and cable management to keep cords from getting cluttered.


Promising review: “Ordered with the desktop organizers. Looks great. Standard size. Good quality materials. Easy to assemble, with clearly labeled parts and easy to follow instructions.” —Peter from Metamora, IL

Price: $334.99 (originally $1,219.97)


A stylish, metal-frame corner desk with a single long drawer, sleek handles, and open bottom shelving that will make the other three corners of your room very jealous.


Promising review: “I adore this desk!! It fits perfectly in my space and helps to utilize every square inch. The desk is such good quality. Heavy-duty and sturdy to hold my computer and other desk supplies. Worth the purchase!”—Brandy from San Antonio, TX

Price: $274.99 (originally $299.99, available in four colors)


A gaming computer desk for those in need of a battle station more than a work station with built-in space for your headphones, speakers, and (most importantly) drinks.

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Promising review: “Really convenient desk, great price, looks absolutely fantastic. One thing I would change; cup holder isn’t really meant for cans/water bottles and such, mostly only for cups. But that’s a very easily avoided problem! Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a desk for gaming without blowing your whole budget.” —Cody from Goodyear, AZ

Price: $179.99+ (originally $533, available in four colors)


A metal-base retro desk with riser that offers two-levels of workspace, so you can have business on the bottom and party (or family photos) on the top.


Promising review: “I bought this desk to start carving out my own creative corner at home and it did not disappoint. It’s the perfect height and just the right amount of space for my essentials. If you have a laptop and don’t require a lot of space this is perfect. If you have a desktop I’d recommend placing your monitor on the upper shelf to give space for other desk essentials. Overall, I’m super happy with my purchase! I also got that lamp from here (waiting on the edition bulbs to come in!).” —Samantha from Bronx, NY

Price: $95.99 (originally $139.99)


A traditional-style executive desk with hutch with an untraditional built-in USB and charger hub for keeping your devices charged.


Promising review: “Impressed by this executive desk! The classic black is such a deep rich satin. My daughter helped and it took maybe an hour. The instructions were clear. I love that you get outlets and USB outlets for devices right in the desk and no extension cords are needed. Plenty of drawer space and I even like the little stickers for the screws that we will save to cover scratches for years too! You want this desk! It’s elegant and timeless!” —Jennifer from Pearland, TX

Price: $179.99 (originally $209.99)

Whatever you plan on using your desk for at home (no judgment here), you’ll probably be able to find it at Wayfair.

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