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Modern Desks

When designing a home office, the first thing you’ll want to do is measure out your available space and then select an office desk that fits those measurements. west elm has a large selection of office furniture to choose from. We have metal desks for a sleek look, as well as mid-century and industrial models. Some of our modern desks are simple and have just a draw or two, while others feature as many as six drawers to help keep you organized.

Our four material choices in modern desks are glass, metal, marble and wood, with the latter being the most plentiful. Choose a glass topped desk if you prefer the look of a crisp, transparent work space. With either a metal or wood A-frame base, a wide tempered glass top gives you plenty of space to spread out while giving a minimalist industrial look to your office space. Choose a marble top desk for a clean, classic look and pull up an office chair that suits your decor, desk size and comfort needs. Consider stationary chairs that are sturdy and reliable, as well as office chairs that swivel so you can easily turn around and reach for a document that just came out of the printer.

Modern desks constructed with metal offer strength, stability and durability to your office furnishing. Perhaps you prefer the look of hand-hammered metal for an industrial look, or wood coupled with metal supports to have more of a natural, softened feel. Either way, many of our modern desks are Fair Trade Certified™ so each item you choose directly improves the life of the artisan who made it. When it comes to our wood desks, we strive to offer many options that meet FSC® standards for sustainably sourced wood. This means your purchase is promoting a healthier environment that not only supports the forests the wood is sourced from, but also the people and communities that are supported by them. Our wood desks range from large to small, spacious to simplistic. If you prefer to choose a desk with minimal storage space, take advantage of our office storage options to make up the difference. Chances are you have files, printer paper, and various supplies that need to be neatly tucked away, yet readily available when you need them. That’s where our bookcases, shelves and storage units that match your desk decor come in handy.

When deciding on color and finish, choose from light, medium and dark wood as well as black, metallic and lacquered surfaces. For a personalized office setup, design your own desk with any one of our modular sets. These allow you to pair a desk top with a box file and bookcase, configured in an L-shape. Add a matching lateral file if you like, not only great for additional storage but also a fitting spot for a table lamp for some soft lighting in a corner of your office or additional spot lighting near your work surface.

Beyond the traditional work desk are specialty modern desks to give you a variety of options considering space constraints, functional needs and aesthetics. A modern wall desk, for instance, offers plenty of desktop space paired with drawer space and overhead shelving. Similar in concept, a ladder shelf desk and bookshelf set gives you a smaller desktop surrounded by plenty of shelf space, anchored by the wall the unit leans against. Continue taking advantage of every ounce of space in your office with pinboards and wall organizers attached to the wall directly above the desktop with this particular configuration.

For vintage appeal, choose a secretary desk that has a flip down door for your laptop and notebook, but conveniently closes for a sleek look when not in use. Place a wall clock above your desk to keep track of the time during your busy work day. If you’re interested in using the clock to add to the modern decor of the room, choose one with a sleek wooden face that is devoid of the numbers, or one with a metal cage in place of the numbers.

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