It’s always nice to save on space, but for college students and apartment dwellers, it’s a necessity. Although small computer desks are plentiful in the marketplace, not many have sliding keyboard trays that allow the user to keep their arms at the right angle and position. We’ve tracked down the ones that do.
1. Flash Furniture Glass Desk
I have a glass computer desk myself, and I love how elegant it looks. Yes, you’ll have to clean fingerprints off the work surface, but you won’t mind – after all, the desk is gorgeous!
Sleek and modern, Flash Furniture’s Glass Desk has beautiful criss-crossed legs in a warm cherry finish. The only drawback for this desk is the lack of storage space, but the slide-out keyboard tray remains part of the design.
2. Arch Tower Desk
Corner desks are a lifesaver, and this desk from Studio Designs is no exception. A wealth of storage options and shelving give you plenty of room for your computer, textbooks, and all the makings of a home office.
This desk has a much higher price point, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. The Arch Tower Desk features two speaker shelves, three levels, media storage, and comes in three different finishes.
3. Kings Brand Home Office Desk
Don’t be fooled by those skinny legs – this desk is as sturdy as a rock. With a white lacquer finish on shiny chrome legs, this modern office desk is superbly stylish.
The Kings Brand Desk comes with a keyboard tray and a single desk drawer for storing notebooks and pens. The broad surface is more than enough to fit your laptop, yet compact enough to fit into small spaces.
4. OneSpace Glass Computer Desk
OneSpace’s Glass Computer Desk with keyboard tray pairs well with compact home offices in modern spaces. Frosted glass makes it easier to hide smudges on its surface, and the elegant design will make you proud to show it off to friends.
Once in place, it’s not going anywhere; it’s sturdy steel frame can hold up to 165 pounds, with solid feet to prevent wobbling (even on carpeted surfaces!).
5. Aingoo Mobile Computer Station
Just because a computer desk with keyboard is small, it doesn’t mean it’s under-equipped. Aingoo’s Mobile Computer Station has a wealth of storage and workspace for small spaces that can’t fit a full-size computer desk.
On top of the computer, you can find extra space for decorations to brighten up your workspace, and to the side is a printer shelf, which can also be used for a computer tower.
6. Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation
The Cyrus Workstation has a safety feature that most other mobile computer desks don’t have: borders. These can be found on the back and sides to keep computer components from falling off or tipping over.
Tempered safety glass makes this computer desk more resistant to scratches and other damage. It also has a very spacious keyboard tray that you could also use for your mouse or to store other materials.
7. Techni Mobili Complete Computer Workstation
This computer workstation has extra shelving so that you can set up a complete home office all in one place.
Techni Mobili’s Complete Computer Workstation has a generous work surface for your laptop, a monitor stand, pull-out keyboard tray, slide-out panel for work documents (or makeshift spot for your coffee mug), computer tower shelf, utility drawer, and a sturdy steel frame with floor glides.
8. OneSpace Computer Desk
It’s easy to imagine this desk tucked away in a cozy corner of an office. OneSpace’s Computer Desk is a welcome companion for the work-at-home guru who needs something simple, affordable, and functional.
The computer desk has a pull-out keyboard tray, two open shelves, one drawer, and a longer shelf for decorations (or a nice pen holder) up above the work surface.
9. Salinas Computer Desk
Both affordable and elegant, the Salinas Computer Desk from Bush Furniture has all the accessories and storage for a good home office. Its tall build is full of shelving and storage drawers that allow you to keep useful materials close at hand.
Salinas helps you organize papers and files by using divided storage areas on its top shelf, and the wire management system holds wires in place and out of the way to keep your office area looking neat.
10. Sauder Orchard Hills Desk
I love the traditional look, so this cherry wood desk is right up my alley. Sauder’s Orchard Hills Computer Desk has a lovely milled cherry finish that complements its traditional build.
The desk has a medium-size work surface, four open shelves of varying sizes, and two drawers, as well as a nice bit of leg room underneath. Sauder uses a t-lock assembly system to maintain its sturdiness and will offer many years of valuable use.
11. Tangkula Computer Desk
Shelves, shelves, and more shelves! Tangkula makes storage a priority with its modern computer desk, including a space for a computer tower. The Tangkula Computer Desk manages to squeeze in several cubbies and shelves despite its compact size (which fits neatly into small apartments and tinier homes).
Even after you manage to tuck all your office supplies onto its shelves, there’s still room at the top for some cozy decorations.
12. Topeakmart 2-Tier Desk
If you’re lacking floorspace, you can always maximize your space vertically. Topeakmart’s 2-tier desk has room for all the computer accessories you need, and then some. Seriously, there’s a lot going on! You can fit a printer, computer tower, monitor or laptop, and several books on it.
Topekmart 2-Tier Desk is ideal for college students who spend their nights studying hard, but just about anybody will love this spacious desk.
13. FuriNno sIMPLISTIC Computer Desk
If you’re looking for a simple, uncomplicated computer desk, Furinno’s Desk with a slide-out keyboard tray may be for you. An easy assembly and plain design aren’t meant to impress – they’re meant to make your home office setup easier.
Although the ratings are only fair to good, and the price is a bit high for such a simple desk, it’s still great for small space residents and college students on a budget.
14. Contemporary Computer Desk
Techni Mobili’s solid, slim design is the perfect solution for small spaces like apartments and college dorm rooms. The slide-out keyboard tray fits snugly into the frame to keep it out of your way when not in use.
Two small storage drawers blend seamlessly into the side of this Contemporary Computer Desk. Available here.
15. acme AC Home Office Desk-pewter
There are so many shelves on this computer desk, you’ll hardly know what to do with them! The acme AC Home Office Desk-pewter compact workstation has all the space you need for your home office or student desk.
It comes complete with a monitor stand, a spacious work surface, keyboard tray, and a bottom tray which can act as a computer tower stand or footrest. Also featured are locking caster wheels for mobility.
16. Techni Mobili Complete Desk
This desk has one of the best ratings on Amazon, and for good reason. Techni Mobili’s Complete Desk is compact, budget-friendly and sturdy. When I see this desk, the first consumers that come to mind are gamers.
It might just be the media shelving on the side, but it seems like the perfect setup for a gamer that needs a lot of gadgets but doesn’t have a lot of space.
17. OneSpace Stanton Computer Desk
Sure, you may not be able to roll this desk to a different spot, but it still has a lot going for it. OneSpace’s Stanton Computer Desk is sleek and modern, as well as space-saving for those living in compact spaces like dorms or apartments.
The work surface is fairly spacious and can almost fit two standard laptops. Storage underneath the desk can be used for books or computer accessories.
18. Aingoo Rolling Computer Desk
In addition to having a slide-out keyboard tray, Aingoo’s Computer Desk also has rolling wheels that allow for extra mobility. Its budget-friendly price and 4 out of 5 star reviews are a definite bonus.
Although its work surface isn’t big enough for a monitor and computer tower, it will fit laptops and monitors up to 22 inches. If you spill your coffee on the desk, no worries – the matte surface is waterproof.
19. Coaster Home Furnishings Computer Desk
It’s time to go mobile. The Coaster Home Furnishings Computer Desk on wheels moves freely from room to room.
Its mesh sides also provide proper ventilation for electronics to prevent them from overheating, but it also includes two holes for wire management, a slide-out keyboard tray, a CPU tray, and a high shelf for keeping clutter and supplies out of the way. The honey and black finish fits in with most décor schemes.