Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current office desk, or create some additional workspace, L shaped desks are one of the most popular options to consider. Our list includes six of the most popular brands, with each product offering something unique. Whether you’re looking for something compact for a small space, or a large L desk with a ton of storage, our list includes something for your needs.
Having spent the last 15 years selling large office desks, we understand the different pain points associated with ordering desks online. Our list covers more than just the products; we include information about how items ship and if they can be returned. We help you avoid costly mistakes should you buy the wrong size or color.
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Best L Shaped Desks For 2021
- OTG-SL13 – Best L Shaped Desk With Hutch
- VertDesk L – Best L Shaped Adjustable Desk
- Bestar 120885 – Best Modern L Shaped Desk
- Bestar 110887 – Best Black L Shaped Desk
- BBF ECH009 – Best White L Shaped Desk
- Sauder 421120 – Best L Shaped Desk with Storage
- Offices to Go SL7 – Best L Shaped Computer Desk
- Sauder 422878-422884 – Best Small L Shaped Desk
- OFM ESS-1020 – Best Gaming L Shaped Gaming Desk
- 8 Things To Consider When Buying L Shaped Desks
The Best L Shaped Desk List
1. L Shaped Desk With Hutch – Offices To Go SL13
Our best pick for an L shaped desk with hutch is the Offices to Go SL13. The SL13 is available in five color options to fit most decor needs. These include: artisan grey, autumn walnut, american cherry, american mahogany, and american espresso. It includes 1” thick commercial grade laminate construction throughout with 3mm matching “super edges” for improved durability. This product is designed to hold up well in high traffic commercial spaces.
The 71” x 71” footprint on the SL13 provides a good amount of space, while not requiring a massive space. The radius corner design on this desk makes it possible to work comfortably in the corner of the desk.
The overhead hutch includes four doors with plenty of storage and can be mounted on either side of the desk. If you need additional storage, the SL13 comes with plenty, including a box/box/file and file/file pedestal. Each drawer includes full extension ball bearing drawer slides for easy access into the drawers.
While the OTG SL13 is ready to assemble, the main desk sections are flat packed and will require assembly. The storage units on the SL13 come almost fully assembled, with only the hardware needing to be attached. These items are heavy and will ship with a freight carrier to a dock or back of the truck. If you need assistance getting the items off the truck or into the building there are additional fees. All OTG products cannot be returned once assembled.
2. L Shaped Adjustable Desk – VertDesk v3 L
The second L shaped desk in our list is the most unique of the group. If you want the ability to sit or stand throughout your workday, the VertDesk v3 L shape adjustable desk is something you should consider. With a motorized frame, you can simply push a button and the desk quickly moves from sitting to standing. If you don’t want to push a button, the VertDesk v3 now has an optional upgrade to include voice control with Siri. Simply tell Siri you’d like to stand up and then desk will move to standing position.
The VertDesk v3 L is the most customizable desk in our list, with 22 different size configurations available. There are 11 laminate finishes and 2 base colors to choose from as well. The surfaces feature 1.125” thick commercial grade Arauco laminate made in the USA. Like the OTG SL13, these surfaces are designed to hold up in high traffic commercial spaces.
A desk is only as solid as the foundation it’s built on and standing desks are known to have stability issues. The VertDesk v3 L is constructed from strong steel tubing and features dual cross supports for added stability. Only high quality internal components are used inside the VertDesk, ensuring a long lifetime of use.
The VertDesk v3 comes with a 10 year warranty on the frame components, 7 years on the electronics and five years on the surfaces. Each desk ships via FedEx ground, which means the carrier will bring the items to your door or suite. The VertDesk v3 comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you don’t love the product we will cover the return shipping costs and provide 100% money back.
3. Modern L Shaped Desk – Bestar 120885
Our pick for the best modern L shaped desk is the Bestar 120885 Pro Linea desk. The Pro Linea series features a refined look from Bestar that offers high-end style for an affordable price. Available in two color combinations, shown above in the oak barrel and white, it is also available in a bark grey and white.
While the Pro Linea features 1.5” thick melamine surface that resists scratches and wear, it isn’t quite as durable as the first two laminate options in the list. The credenza is 1” thick, with the same quality melamine surface material. This product can be used in commercial spaces.
If you’re looking for additional storage, the Pro Linea includes a return with storage shelves. The shelves are adjustable for additional flexibility. The return is also reversible, allowing you to decide how you’d like to configure the desk once it is in your space.
The Pro Linea series is ready to assemble and ships flat packed. The assembly will require quite a bit of time and the items are heavy. The desk will ship via freight carrier to a loading dock or the back of the truck. The only additional services available with Bestar are a liftgate service that will help lower the items to the ground. Inside delivery is not available unless quoted based on your location and requirements. Bestar items cannot be returned once they are assembled.
4. Black L Shaped Desk – Bestar 110887
The Bestar Pro-Concept Plus 110887 is our pick for the best black L shaped desk for 2020. The Pro-Concept Plus series offers a simple, yet modern design for any space. While the 110887 is available in deep grey and black, it is also available in white and deep grey.
Featuring a durable, 1” thick, commercial grade melamine finish, that is designed to resist most scratches and stains, this product can be used in most commercial and home spaces. The Pro Concept Plus is fully reversible, allowing you to decide the configuration once received.
The Pro-Concept Plus features two options for storage. The first is the box/box/file pedestal file, which includes ball bearing slides for a smooth operation of the drawers. There is a single lock system that locks out the bottom two drawers. The file drawer is designed to hold letter/legal filing documents.
The second storage is the upper hutch, which include three separate storage areas. Two smaller areas on the outsides and one larger center storage area. Each is large enough to hold letter and legal size binders. The upper hutch includes wire management and frosted glass doors for an upscale look.
The Bestar 110887 series is ready to assemble and all items ship flat packed. The assembly will require quite a bit of time, especially the storage units. The desk will ship via freight carrier to a loading dock or the back of the truck. The only additional services available with Bestar are a liftgate service that will help lower the items to the ground. Inside delivery is not available unless quoted based on your location and requirements. Bestar items cannot be returned once they are assembled.
5. White L Shaped Desk – BBF ECH009
The Bush Business Furniture ECH009 is our pick for the best white L shaped desk. Featuring a durable thermally fused laminate and designed for commercial spaces, the ECH009 will not have issues with the normal day-to-day wear and tear at the office. While suited for most commercial spaces, we typically find this product in a home office environment.
With an overall footprint of 60”W and 60”D, the BBF desk offers a symmetrical setup that will work well in corners. This size isn’t overly large and should fil well in most office spaces. Depending on your required configuration, the ECH009 offers a reversible return; that allows you to designate how you would like to set up the desk once it is received.
An upper hutch provides storage, with small adjustable shelves and a concealed center opening cabinet. The ECH009 also comes with additional mobile storage, with two smaller box drawers for items like pencils and pens, and a larger file drawer for letter sized files. The drawers for the mobile file pedestal utilize ball bearing slides for easy of use. The pedestal moves on four casters, two swivel and two fixed/locking casters.
The Bush Echo series ships flat packed and ready to assemble. One advantage that Bush has over the other casegood brands featured in our list is their ability to ship almost all of their furniture via ground carrier. This means the furniture will be brought to your door at no additional charge. Bush has also created a nationwide network of white glove delivery services, allowing you to get items brought inside any location and setup for a flat fee of 15% of the purchase price.
6. L Shaped Desk with Storage – Sauder 421120
If you’re looking for a L shaped desk to maximize your space and include storage, the Sauder Clifford series 421120 is at the top of our list. This mid-century modern design is perfect for a home office environment, with a grand walnut finish that isn’t designed to hold up to high traffic commercial spaces.
The Clifford series excels at offering exceptional storage, so we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about it at length. At first glance, you can see that almost every nook of this desk has some type of storage. The only exception being where you would sit with a chair, but even then, a keyboard drawer is included.
It has two pedestal files; one including a small box drawer, medium box drawer and a larger file drawer. The second drawer had a medium size box drawer and larger file drawer. The Clifford includes full extension slides, but they aren’t as nice as the ball bearing drawer slides featured on the desks from Bestar, OTG and Bush.
The return is reversible, which allows you to configure the desk how it best fits your space. The additional shelves are great for books, bins and folders. There is also additional cubbyhole storage for smaller items on top of the desk. All sides of this desk are finished, which means it can be placed anywhere you’d like in the office.
This desk ships flat packed and will require extensive assembly. Of all the products in the list, the Sauder products with a lot of storage can take upwards of four hours to complete. The desk will ship via freight carrier to a loading dock or the back of the truck. There are additional services available with Sauder, but they come with fees. The first is a liftgate service that will help lower the items to the ground. Inside delivery is available as well, but will only be brought into the first floor threshold of a business or to a garage space of a home. Sauder items cannot be returned once they are assembled.
7. L Shaped Computer Desk – Offices To Go SL7
The OTG SL7 is our pick for the best L shaped computer desk and is likely the best bang for your dollar. Featuring commercial grade laminate that is designed to withstand high traffic office spaces, it is a great value under $500.
With a 71”W x 71”D footprint, it is a good size desk with plenty of space to perform most office tasks. The radius corner allows for you to work in the corner comfortably and there is plenty of space under the return to place a CPU tower.
If you’re looking for storage, the SL7 includes a hanging box/file that is perfect for holding small items like pencils and staplers in the top box drawer and legal files in the bottom drawer. Like the SL13 from Offices To Go, full extension ball bearing drawer slides are utilized, making the drawers easy to access and functioning smoothly. The pedestal file includes a single locking mechanism to keep your items safe when not at the desk.
The SL13 is available in five color options to fit most decor needs. These include: artisan grey, autumn walnut, american cherry, american mahogany, and american espresso.
While the OTG SL7 is ready to assemble, the main desk sections are flat packed and will require assembly. The pedestal file on the SL7 comes almost fully assembled, with only the hardware needing to be attached. These items are heavy and will ship with a freight carrier to a dock or back of the truck. If you need assistance getting the items off the truck or into the building there are additional fees. All OTG products cannot be returned once assembled.
8. Small L Shaped Desk – Sauder 422878-422884
The Sauder Cannery Bridge L shaped is our pick for the best small L shaped desk. With an overall footprint of 59”W x 59”D, it isn’t the smallest L shaped desk footprint, but paired with an 18” depth surface, the Cannery is small. This design is best suited for a home office, since there isn’t a significantly deep section of the desk for desktop computing tasks. If you plan to use a laptop, it will be the ideal size.
The Cannery Bridge is available in three finishes, which include: Lintel Oak, Sindoori Mango and Mystic Oak. While the Cannery is compact, it still comes with some additional storage, which is a nice feature to have. The large file drawer with full extension slides will hold letter size hanging files. There is also an open shelf above the file drawer and an additional shelf for storage of miscellaneous office items.
On the surface and backside of the desk are wire pass throughs. The surface passthroughs are finished with grommet covers to create a clean finished look. These will allow you to better organize and manage wires efficiently.
This desk ships flat packed and will require assembly. Because there is less storage, this desk will require less time to complete than the Sauder Clifford series. The desk will ship via freight carrier to a loading dock or the back of the truck. There are additional services available with Sauder, but they come with fees. The first is a liftgate service that will help lower the items to the ground. Inside delivery is available as well, but will only be brought into the first floor threshold of a business or to a garage space of a home. Sauder items cannot be returned once they are assembled.
9. L Shaped Gaming Desk – OFM ESS-1020
The OFM ESS 1020 is the least expensive desk in our list for 2020. With a price tag starting under $200, expectations should be held in check for the most part. Even so, the OFM ESS 1020 is rather impressive for the price point. Offering a smooth and consistent frame finish, laminate surfaces are good with edge banding made to match.
Once the frame and surfaces are assembled, the desk offers good stability. The desk is 53.5” x 59” overall, offering a good amount of surface space for the price. The return side is 23 ⅝” deep, allowing for some additional depth for using a keyboard and mouse.
The OFM ESS 1020 is available in two color combinations. An espresso top with black base or harvest top with silver base. The desk’s surface features a simulated wood grain look and texture.
The ESS 1020 is ready to assemble and ships flat back via FedEx Ground. They will bring the items to your door or office suite. There are a fair amount of parts required for assembly, so it will likely take 1-2 hours. The ESS 1020 can be returned once assembled.
8 Things To Consider When Buying L Shaped Desks
1. Color Matching
Depending on your office space, color matching could be a big problem if not done before receiving the product. With expensive shipping and potential for brands to not allow returns, you definitely want to figure this out before placing an order.
While an image might be taken and the color done perfectly, most monitor settings will be different. This opens the door for slight color variations to throw everything off. Not only that, but the lighting in an office space can have a major impact as well.
Another problem our customers have had is when mixing and matching components from different manufacturers. Products could potentially have the same color name or look similar, but end up being different once you receive them. You want to always order color swatches prior to placing the final order to avoid this costly mistake.
2. Size Of The Space Desk Will Be Going
This might sound crazy, but have you considered if the desk will fit? It’s a problem that happens far too often.
How big is the space where you will be putting your new desk? Have you measured to make sure that not only the desk fits, but you’ll be able to move around in a chair as well? Our suggestion is to tape off the floor, so that you get a real idea of how the desk will fit. Then you can move around the desk, put your chair in it’s space, and really see how it will feels.
3. Usable Desk Space
When shopping for an L shape desk design, most are looking to increase the usable desk space available. Have you mapped out the amount of space you really need? Or are you thinking more is better, regardless of the amount?
Much like space planning for the desk in your space, having a vision of how you want your desk space to work for you is important. Using the taped off space, you should be able to place the items on your marked up desk space to verify there is enough room to work efficiently.
4. Amount of Storage Required
If this is your first desk, how much storage space will you require? If you’re moving from an existing desk, will you have as much as you currently have? The storage requirement is a personal preference, but having enough is important for efficiency.
5. How The Desk Ships
Because L shaped desks are large, you have to consider how these desks will ship. Amazon has trained us to believe that everything ships with carriers like FedEx or UPS Ground, but oversized items can’t always ship this way. Damage and oversize charges are the two main reasons why these large desks can’t ship via ground carriers.
Once you find out how a desk ships, it’s important to consider how you can accept delivery. If the desk has to ship with a freight carrier (semi-truck), how will you get the item(s) off the truck? Back of truck delivery is the typical solution for most vendors. This requires you to pull the items off the back of the semi’s trailer.
If you’re not comfortable with the back of the truck deliveries, you’ll want to add a lift gate service. This service has additional costs, but provides a platform to lower the pallet or cartons to the ground level. From here you would be responsible for moving the items into the home or business.
Most freight carriers will also offer inside delivery services for additional fees as well. These are barebone services, with delivery only into the first dry threshold of a commercial building or the garage of a residence. If there are steps, most carriers will not perform the inside delivery. Additional services like white glove delivery to room of choice, or inside a residence, will almost always cost additional money and require a custom quote.
6. Amount of Time Required For Assembly
If you’re purchasing L shaped desks online, they will be shipped inside flat packed boxes. Because of this, there is a good amount of assembly required with casegoods. While not overly complicated, it can be a time consuming endeavor and might require an extra set of hands. Most flat packed L shaped desks will require at least two hours for assembly and more if there is storage.
7. Is The Desk Reversible?
Depending on how you’ll be using the desk, you might want to consider if the configuration can be flipped. Having the ability to flip the return to the other side of the desk can future proof your desk set up as well. If you move the desk or the space changes, the flexibility allows you to continue to use the desk even when your space changes.
8. Return Policy
The last thing to consider is the return policy for the desk. The eight things we talked about above are designed to make you think about if the desk is the right fit so that you can avoid making a return. But, what happens if you still make a mistake and want to return the desk? The biggest problem is that most casegoods cannot be returned once assembled. This means that you can only open the box to see the color and quality of the material before deciding to return it. Most of the reasons you’d return a desk can be resolved before even placing the order.
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