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Pros and Cons of Small Writing Desks

Shane is a lifelong writer who is interested in a wide variety of topics, especially related to many, many experiences from travel & life.

Introduction to Small Writing Desks

Bigger is always better, right? When it comes to writing desks, think again. While sometimes the right bit of office furniture is a large desk that takes up two walls, there are many times when a small writing desk might actually be the perfect choice for your particular office situation.

Obviously the size and design of your office is going to make a big difference in determining which size of desk is best for your given situation. Small writing desks are very popular, and are probably more often used outside of an office setting than inside of one, but once again this depends on the particular situation.

While larger office desks are often preferred for work, good small writing desks can make great decorations for almost any room in the house, adding a touch of class or a place to keep a computer or your letter writing materials and correspondence.

There are plenty of pros and cons to small writing desks, and what's right for one person might not be right for another. So please read on to learn more about both sides of the argument and that way you can decide if small writing desks might be right for you.

Positives of Small Writing Desks

When designing a comfortable work space, there are some definite pros to taking a small writing desk as opposed to a larger model. To be an efficient worker, your work space must accommodate you and your needs. It also has to be ergonomically efficient and comfortable but without distractions. Like designing any room in the home, designing an office space is no exception.

There are several benefits to a small writing desk. These advantages can make going small and compact much more appealing than going with a larger, bulkier, and heavier model.

Small Writing Desks Tend to Be Less Expensive

The first and most obvious benefits is the cost of a small office desk. Smaller pieces of office furniture can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars less than larger and more common models.

This means more money available for important tools, getting a nicer desk, or simply having more money in the savings account after getting a perfectly good writing desk for cheap.

Smaller Writing Desks Are Easier to Fit

The second reason is size. In a small home office a giant desk, like an oak writing desk, is going to take up too much space. In addition, smaller desks encourage organization since open space is going to be at an absolute premium.

If you have a very small home office, are building a backyard office, or otherwise have a crowded area that needs a desk (or another desk) obviously a smaller and more compact desk makes a lot more sense.

Small Writing Desks Are Great for Kids

These pieces of furniture can also be extremely beneficial for children. Kids benefit from having a very specific place to do homework, study, or take up hobbies like painting, writing, or model building.

Getting them their own project desk when young helps encourage those good habits for when they get older.


So whether you are looking to make the most of space in a small home/office or whether want your child to have a workplace of their own there are certainly many pros to small computer desks.

Small Writing Desks Cons

While there are definitely some positives offered from small writing desks, there are also many possible negatives that can come along with smaller models, as well.

You will want to compare the pros and con of any furniture you are considering before making a decision on something this important. While smaller bits of furniture can be ideal when space is at a premium, there are also several cons that can come with these smaller desks.

The first and most obvious drawback is that you have a small area to work with, so if a project requiring space to work comes along, you're going to be cramped and there won't be very much of anything you can do about it. The next obvious drawback is durability.

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Smaller desks tend to be made with more synthetic and less durable materials. You know that a cherry writing desk made from real wood is going to be durable and last a while. Fiberboard replicas aren't going to be able to compete with that.

Small writing desks are also more prone to being cluttered, especially for people who are required to multi-task and juggle different projects at one time. Extra diligence will be necessary to keep a work area clean and organized.

Small Writing Desks, In Conclusion

Hopefully this page and its list of pros and cons will help you make an informed decision before you make any type of a purchase whether an old school writing desk, a modern office desk, or a multi-sided L-shape computer desk. While big and bold used to the way to go, in the era of the bootstrap startup a small writing desk is a tempting buy.

There are many different types of writing desks available out there, and you want to make sure that you get one which fits all of your needs without breaking your budget.

Once you have a good idea of what the perfect desk for you is, take a look at the other things that you will want, like a great ergonomic mesh office chair for comfort, and fill that office up with the things that will make you the most productive and comfortable.

Do your research, pick out the ideal work desks, and if you do all of your homework and you'll be more likely to find the office you want.

© 2009 Shane Dayton

Comments on Small Writing Desks

Jacquelyn Powell on July 03, 2020:

I want somthing like a rolltop desk but with larger drawers on the bottom front. Anybody?

Joanne on March 02, 2016:

I love this desk with the scroll top...where can I get it?

Jon TEP from Midwest USA on January 13, 2010:

Hey all, thanks for the comments on my small writing desk hub. I generally like the larger desks, although now that I have one that is too large (as impressive and professional as it looks), the thought of a nice little L-corner small writing desk sounds like a pretty heavenly workspace right now. Thanks for stopping by!

Nancy's Niche on September 13, 2009:

I can adapt to either...It's better then no desk at all...LOL 8-)

bingskee from Quezon City, Philippines on September 11, 2009:

i don't mind if it's small as long as it serves the purpose.

Nisha shan on September 10, 2009:

Hey, this is what i was looking for..Thank you.

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on September 10, 2009:

I like a small home desk. The thing is my daughter likes it too and stuff her beanie babies in there. I told her it is her desk now.

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