A solid wood computer armoire provides an excellent workspace and is an asset to your interior décor. Available in a variety of different styles, most of which do not resemble the standardized “computer desk” available from your local department store, they can turn that assemblage of technology that can clutter your workspace into an imposing furnishing that adds elegance and grace to any room. Better yet, a well-designed workspace can make your efforts more efficient, while working in an imposing workspace enhances your business presentation – whether virtual or face to face. Your computer desk should reflect your professionality and your expertise.
Selecting Your Computer Desk
People who work with computers are not all the same, nor are their computer desk needs. Some need room for a tower or desktop unit, while others might work with a whisper-thin laptop desk. Some people do most of their work virtually, others might do part of their work by hand using traditional materials and a scanner, or might require bound reference works. The laptop unit requires very little space, while the traditional materials need shelving or file drawers to help keep the working area tidy. The amount of storage required affects the footprint of the computer desk.
Match Your Décor
Not every home has a specific décor, but many do. If your home is Shabby Chic, then you can get away with a lot when it comes to selecting your computer desk. But if your home interior design leans heavily toward Victorian, Edwardian or Tudor, then you will have more constraints as to a suitable choice for a computer desk. Cottage or country also has limitations for design.
Make It Sturdy
Solid is a good operational word for computer desks – no one loves having several thousand dollars worth of electronic equipment falling down with a resounding crash. Fortunately, “Solid” is the best term for the following computer desk selections. Nor are you beggared for choice – they come in all sorts of styles. Some unabashedly present themselves as computer desks, while others lend themselves to concealing the tech behind doors so as not to conflict with a period theme. From imposingly solid to minimalistic stark functionality, you are sure to find a computer workspace that will fit your personality and home décor in the choices below. You will not be disappointed by the variety of style, size and working space.
Desk with Hutch
It doesn’t take a lot to turn this some-assembly-required, Eusebio by Harriet Bee -- hutch into a computer desk. The basics are already there – the desktop, a utilities drawer, and three left-hand sorter drawers, plus (of course) the hutch. Add small holes at the back of the computer desk, using a drill, so you can thread the power supply through – or add a surge protector strip.
Heavy Duty Armoire Desk
Pre-assembled, large, dark armoire with fold-down desk requires very little to turn it into a computer desk. Access holes can easily be hidden in the back of the desk portion, and the deep file drawers can accommodate legal sized files. Created by Sunny Designs, it’s an excellent addition to a Victorian-themed room.
Vanity Turned Desk
Classic Eustice design from Harriet Bee, this vanity turned desk will delight any feminine executive, from the junior-high class treasurer to an active company CEO. The side panels have shelving above and a tier of drawers below, with a center utility drawer. Instead of a vanity mirror, the back panel is a cork board suitable for pinning notes and sorting ideas. No need for holes for wiring – the back is open between desktop and cork board.
Hide-Away Laptop Desk
Your computer desk doesn’t need to scream “modern,” it just needs to be functional. The Anteus Armoire Desk from Gracie Oaks looks like an ordinary armoire when the fold down desk is in the “up” position, and the doors are closed. However, it is just the place to conceal a state-of-the-art laptop computer or tablet, ready for use.
If you love old world charm, you will be delighted with this bird and Floral hand-painted armoire desk. Exuding the virtue of handwritten letters, it can easily conceal a laptop, while the drawers can handily contain supplies for handwritten notes. The specifics of the design may vary slightly, as it is, indeed, painted by hand.
Concealed Computer Desk
When closed, this piece of furniture looks like an old-fashioned wardrobe or similar piece of furniture. When opened, the D-Art Collection computer armoire reveals a pull-out seat, a sturdy desk section, capacious pigeon holes, a top bookshelf and side spaces suitable for a computer tower and for a printer unit.
Pedestal Desk and Hutch
Your home office never looked better than with this Crafts Pedestal Cottage style desk and hutch from Home Styles. The wood is cottage oak colored, with a formal hutch above, a file drawer on the right under the desktop, and a knee hole for a computer tower on the left. The unit is already prepped for wiring.
Double Pedestal Desk Hutch
Enjoy an Eagle Ridge double pedestal solid wood desk with Caribbean rum finish. The upper hutch has doors to conceal private (or just plain messy) items and the pedestals contain drawers. The center can easily support a laptop unit and features pull-out side trays for additional working surface. It fits well with cottage or a shabby chic interior design.
Cherry Finish Computer Cabinet
It looks like an old-fashioned wardrobe, but when you open it up it is the Brookhaven computer Cabinet from Hooker Furniture. The clear cherry finish makes it suitable to grace any boudoir or drawing room. Expert assembly available upon request. It is, overall, a solid piece of furniture that should become a family heirloom.
Sleek, Spare, Corner Hutch
The Cabot corner lateral cabinet and bookcase offers a minimalist approach to a beautiful office corner. The dark wood could be striking against a pale background, and the desk plus bookcase offers ample storage and workspace. The computer desk is located across the corner, making it accessible from either side. Deep drawers offer space for hanging files.