Space constraints often make it difficult to put a desk into a living area or bedroom. A corner desk is the easy answer, and adding a hutch above the desk’s working area provides an extra level of storage or display space that is welcome in a smaller room.
The majority of corner desks are not symmetrical. In the most common configuration, the two sides of the desk meet at a 90° angle in the rear, allowing easy placement against both of the room’s walls. The front of the desk is usually longer than either of its sides, to provide ample room for a work space and chair. The front may be straight, or curved to create more leg room.
Corner desks can be found in nearly any shape, though, with “L-shaped” desks the most common. When the sides are short and equal in length, the desk is best suited for use as a computer station or writing platform. Those with a “longer side” provide additional space for computer peripherals or working documents. Some corner desks are full-sized, with a filing cabinet or set of drawers attached at the end of the longer side. You’ll also see some corner desks with a pull-out shelf that accommodates a computer keyboard.
In a room where a corner desk is “the answer,” storage space is likely to be at a premium, making a corner desk with a hutch particularly welcome. A small desk may feature an equally small hutch that can hold a handful of books or papers, but more common are full-sized corner desks with large hutches. They will have multiple shelves and/or cabinets above the work area, with bountiful storage or display. It is difficult to attach a mismatched hutch to a desk; it will normally be integral to the desk unit.
Some high-end, full-sized corner desks with hutches are manufactured from hardwood or glass-and-metal, but most are made with pressed wood (with a veneer finish) or synthetic materials. That makes them contemporary in appearance, relatively inexpensive, and easily chosen in a color or wood finish to match the room’s décor.