I've upgraded my desk, computer, and peripherals many times over the years and the thing that keeps coming back to me is how much space I really need. To maximize space, I've found that a good L-shaped computer in the corner seems to work out the best.
As a PC gamer, I also like to have a desk with plenty of leg room to stretch out over those long gaming sessions. Not only does that additional space give me leg room, it also gives me plenty of surface area to hide my cords and place all of my other peripherals on my desk.
The solution doesn't have to be expensive, but it does have to work. So, if you're looking for something similar, here are a few good options to get you started.
Walker Edison Corner L Shaped Computer Desk
This Walker Edison 3-Piece Glass and Steel Desk is a budget option for those looking for a cheap and sleek L-shaped computer desk. The design is solid and measures 59 inches x 29 inches x 51. I found the assembly to be both simple and intuitive. It's big enough for you to fit two monitors as well as a few of your other peripherals.
The monitor tray was a bit short for me at 6'4" so you may want to ditch it or simply use it as a monitor stand if you're tall. Also, there's not a lot of cable management for this particular desk and if you're wanting it to look organized, I highly recommend you get a few zip ties.
Considering the price you pay this is a solid glass desk. It looks great with most gaming setups. Certainly, it's not the largest desk out there, but it is large enough for a multi-monitor setup.
A Large L-Shaped Desk for PC Gaming (Under $250)
Cabot Collection 60-Inch L Desk
Another good L-shape option in a darker color is this 60-inch L-desk from Cabot. It has a large surface which allows you to get things done. It also has an integrated 4 port USB hub for devices like your printers and router.
There's also a really cool charging station that works well with your phones and cameras. While it does come with a concealed storage compartment, I'd recommend you at least open the back if you plan on putting your gaming rig in there.
Final Impression: It's a great desk but I certainly wouldn't call it perfect. For the money (under $250), it's still better than you might expect with a few cool features like the charging station and integrated USB hub. It takes a couple hours to assemble but the instructions are easy-to-use even for beginners.
A Good DIY L-Shaped Gaming Desk
Ikea Linnmon Desk
As I mentioned above, my absolute favorite gaming desks are those that simply have a lot of room. One of the best ways to do this is to simply combine two flat tables together in an L-shape. You can do this by purchasing inexpensive tables at Ikea or even folding or standard utility tables like shown below.
One cheap way to do this is to purchase Ikea flat desks. As I'm a YouTuber I own 5 of these that I place together to hold all of my different mics, cameras, monitors, and computers.
Costco Folding Tables
You can also do this with Costco or Lifetime folding tables. These are long, provide plenty of room for your legs, and portable.
One disadvantage that the folding type has is that you get a bit of a crease in the center. You can overcome this by adding a mouse pad in the center. The advantage of this is you can easily take your desk with you wherever you go. For me, that's my Friday night LAN party.
Techni Mobili L-shaped Glass Computer Desk
If you're looking for something that has quality construction, isn't overly expensive or cheap, and will provide you with a lot of room and functionality, then consider the Techni Mobili L-shaped computer desk.
I recently purchased this desk for my office and have been very satisfied with it overall. It's attractive and looks good in just about any environment, but I modified mine with some CCFL lighting as shown in the picture.
Glass Panel Capacity and Design:
Each panel has about an 80 pound capacity so it was plenty to add my monitors and desktop tower. Also, because the glass is 8mm thick tempered safety glass with a scratch resistant powder coating it wears very little over time.
Final Thoughts: It's inexpensive, not cheap, takes about 3 hours to assemble, and has a really modern look. It's a solid option as a gamer's desk and looks really cool with CCFL or LED lighting.
A Cheap and Sturdy L-Shaped Desk Under $75
You're a PC gamer and want to spend all of your money on games and computer hardware. I get it and that's me too. So, if you're not looking for anything too fancy but still want something sturdy what should you go for?
I recommend the Ameriwood Home Dakota L-Shaped desk. For less than $75 you get a desk, available in 5 colors, that is constructed of sturdy particle board and MDF.
Dimensions for this desk are 53.6 x 51.3 x 28.3 and it weighs around 70 pounds when fully constructed. The assembly on this one is fairly simple for beginners and should take aorund 1 hour.
If you do go with an option like this, you'll want to hand tighten all the screws. Using power tools can easily damage it.
Overall this cheap desk is a great deal at under $75 and recommended for gamers who need an inexpensive option.
Harbor View Reversible L-Desk
If you're looking for a slightly wider option, then the Harbor antiqued desk is a good option for most rooms. It's heavy-duty at around 179 pounds for the desk or 250 pounds including the hutch, has enough room for most setups, and works perfectly in a corner. The size is substantial with product dimensions coming in at 66.1 x 66.1 x 30.3 inches.
The design is flexible with an option for you to put the drawers and door on the left or right. If you're planning to put your PC in the door area, you'll be able to place it nearer to your ethernet port.
If you do decide to go with this desk, I highly recommend that you place it near to where you plan on keeping it as it's heavy and difficult to move around. Overall for under $500 ($365 retail) this is one of the better values out there. It's deceptable large and sturdy enough to last you a long time.
Somerset 71W L Shaped Desk with Hutch
I like this 71-inch computer desk from Somerset because it's large, sturdy, and fits well with most environments. It's a good overall value considering it's size and should take you about 2 hours to put together.
Overall if you need something with drawers, then this is the desk I'd recommend. You'll be able to fit a couple of monitors and your rig up top and still have room for your games, papers, and other gear in the drawers.
Coaster L-Shape Home Office Computer Desk
Another solid L-shaped glass options is this Cappuccino leg desk from Coaster Home Furnishings. The dimensions are 43.25" x 24" x 30" and it weighs just over 100 pounds when assembled.
Overall it's stylish, sturdy, requires about 2 hours to assemble, and is a pretty good buy at around $250.
What Shape of Computer Desk is Ideal for Gaming?
In the end you'll want a sturdy desk that holds your rig and other peripherals. While I prefer to have an L-shaped desk, there are a lot of others who might prefer a large and wide simple straight desk. Which would you rather have? You can speak your mind below.
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