Typical desk materials are wood, metal, manufactured wood, and plastic.
Whatever material you choose though may have some serious implications for your work quality, longevity, and price. Here is a closer look at some things to consider, depending on your situation.
What if I need a smooth, large worktop for drawing or drafting?
If you need a desk with a super smooth worktop for drawing, drafting, or crafting, a drafting table desk with a manufactured wood surface is a great option.
This type of surface ensures that your drawings are smooth, and helps to prevent bumps, scratches, and chips in the surface. While solid wood is also a good option, it can be difficult to find a tilted drawing style table made of solid wood. Additionally, solid wood can be grainy and can often scratch easily, which is not ideal for producing clear drawings.
If you don't have enough space for a full drafting table, try to find a smaller desk but with a glass tabletop. Like manufactured wood, glass is a smooth surface and provides a flat, sturdy foundation for your work.
What if I want the desk to last a long time?
Nothing beats the longevity of a solid wood desk. Wooden desks are often very well-built, can be passed on from generations, and can blend well with any style.
If you want your desk to last a lifetime, consider choosing a solid wood executive desk or a solid wood desk with hutch. If you need a lot of storage, make sure to choose one with plenty of built-in shelving and drawers.
Although this type of desk is timeless in terms of style and durability, wooden desks do tend to be one of the priciest options. However, they can be a worthwhile investment if you plan to keep them for a long time.
What if I am on a budget?
If you are on a tight budget, there are many great options out there that you can find for under $150.00. Typically, these less expensive options will come in a manufactured wood material or metal.
When choosing a manufactured wood material, try to go with a darker option as these tend to have a more high-quality look. Or, if you'd like a solid wood worktop but don't want to splurge on a full wooden desk, look for a wooden desk with metal legs. This is a great way to get the sophistication of solid wood without breaking the bank.