Desks are flat table surfaces used for doing work. Designed specifically for use in workplaces, home offices and schools, desks are sized for reading, writing, and/or computer use. Variations in desk designs may incorporate built-in storage above or below the work surface, while the most basic desks are reduced to just the flat table surface. Desks were traditionally built from wood, though today they are designed of metal, plastic, or glass.

How tall is a typical desk?

Desks have an average work surface height between 28”-30” (71-76 cm) from the floor.

How big is a desk?

Desks are designed with a range of styles and sizes with common overall widths between 30”-60” (76-152 cm) and depths between 20”-36” (51-91 cm).

What is the seat height of a desk chair?

Desk chairs, or office chairs, have seat heights that vary between users with standard seat heights that range from 16”-21” (41-53 cm).

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Nelson X-Leg Table
Front elevation drawing of the Nelson X-Leg Table with table lamp and books for scale

The Nelson X-Leg Table is a large multi-functional table design set on x-shaped tubular steel legs. Designed by George Nelson in 1950 as a versatile table solution that would prove equally functional for dining, working, or entertaining, the Nelson X-Leg Table is an accommodating design that can pair well with a variety of chair and decor choices.

The Nelson X-Leg Table has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings with dimensions of the Nelson X-Leg Table
The Nelson X-Leg Table is a large multi-functional table design set on x-shaped tubular steel legs. Designed by George Nelson in 1950 as a versatile table solution that would prove equally functional for dining, working, or entertaining, the Nelson X-Leg Table is an accommodating table design.

The Nelson X-Leg Table has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings with dimensions of the Nelson X-Leg Table
Nelson X-Leg Table
Height:
28.5” | 72 cm
Width:
60.0” | 152 cm
Length:
Depth:
30.0” | 76 cm
Weight:
Area:
12.5 ft2 | 1.2 m2


Materials
Veneer or laminate top (walnut, Santos palisander, white); tubular chrome or powder-coated steel legs
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1950

Drawings include:
Nelson X-Leg Table front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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IKEA Kallax Workstation - 2x4

The IKEA Kallax Workstation (2x4) allows for a table to be attached onto the unit making it perfect for small spaces. The unit still has 8 storage cubes that can be customized through different insert providing easy access while the user is working. This design is available in 7 different finishes.

The IKEA Kallax Workstation 2x4 has an overall height of 57.875” (147 cm), width of 30.375” (77.2 cm), and depth of 62.625” (159.1 cm).

Dimensioned set of drawings of the IKEA Kallax Workstation 2x4 with height, width and depth in plan and elevation
The IKEA Kallax Workstation (2x4) allows for a table to be attached onto the unit making it perfect for small spaces. The unit still has 8 storage cubes that can be customized through different insert providing easy access while the user is working. This design is available in 7 different finishes.

The IKEA Kallax Workstation 2x4 has an overall height of 57.875” (147 cm), width of 30.375” (77.2 cm), and depth of 62.625” (159.1 cm).

Dimensioned set of drawings of the IKEA Kallax Workstation 2x4 with height, width and depth in plan and elevation
IKEA Kallax Workstation - 2x4
Height:
57.875” | 147 cm
Width:
30.375” | 77.2 cm
Length:
Depth:
62.625” | 159.1 cm
Weight:
Area:

Max Shelf Load: 29 lb | 13.15 kg

Materials
Particleboard; fiberboard; acrylic paint; ABS plastic; steel legs; particleboard and fiberboard tabletop
Designer
Tord Björklund (IKEA)
Year
2014

Drawings include:
IKEA Kallax Workstation 2x4 front elevation, side, plan, front

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Vella Leather Desk
Front elevation drawing of the Vella Leather Desk with a series of objects for scale

The Vella Leather Desk is a slender-lined leather covered steel frame desk. Designed by Michele di Fonzo in 2013, the Vella Leather Desk combines a work surface with the leather traditions of fashion and luggage design into a uniquely wrapped desk that uses leather to emphasize the beauty of the structure and the quality of the surface.

The Vella Leather Desk has a width of 59.25” (150.5 cm), depth of 31.5” (80 cm), and overall height of 28.75” (73 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Vella Leather Desk with measurements for desk width, height, and depth
The Vella Leather Desk is a slender-lined leather covered steel frame desk. Designed by Michele di Fonzo in 2013, the Vella Leather Desk combines a work surface with the leather traditions of fashion and luggage design into a uniquely wrapped desk in leather that emphasizes the form.

The Vella Leather Desk has a width of 59.25” (150.5 cm), depth of 31.5” (80 cm), and overall height of 28.75” (73 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Vella Leather Desk with measurements for desk width, height, and depth
Vella Leather Desk
Height:
28.75” | 73 cm
Width:
59.25” | 151 cm
Length:
Depth:
31.5” | 80 cm
Weight:
Area:
13.0 ft2 | 1.2 m2
Materials
Steel frame; MDF top; leather cover
Designer
Michele di Fonzo
Year
2013

Drawings include:
Vella Leather Desk front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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Copenhague 90 Desk
Front elevation illustration of the Copenhague 90 Desk with desk lamp and bottle of wine for scale

The Copenhague 90 Desk is a functional and durable oak desk with expressive angled front legs. Designed by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2013 for use at the University of Copenhagen, the Copenhague 90 Desk design provides a welcoming and durable work solution that functions equally well in private home environments.

The Copenhague 90 Desk has a width of 51.25” (130.2 cm), depth of 25.75” (65.4 cm), and overall height of 29.25” (74.3 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Copenhague 90 Desk measuring desk width, height, and depth
The Copenhague 90 Desk is a functional and durable oak desk with expressive angled front legs. Designed by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2013, the Copenhague 90 Desk design provides a welcoming and durable work solution that functions equally well in private home environments.

The Copenhague 90 Desk has a width of 51.25” (130.2 cm), depth of 25.75” (65.4 cm), and overall height of 29.25” (74.3 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Copenhague 90 Desk measuring desk width, height, and depth
Copenhague 90 Desk
Height:
29.25” | 74 cm
Width:
51.25” | 130 cm
Length:
Depth:
25.75” | 65 cm
Weight:
Area:
9.2 ft2 | .9 m2
Materials
Solid oak legs, Plywood and linoleum top
Designer
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Year
2013

Drawings include:
Copenhague 90 Desk front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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Eames Desk Unit (EDU)
Front elevation drawing of the Eames Desk Unit (EDU) with various objects for size comparison

The Eames Desk Unit (EDU) is a plywood, steel, and wire desk system that includes a drawer and brightly colored side and back panels. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1952 as a work surface solution for both residential and office use, the Eames Desk Unit continues the exploration of flexible furniture systems that is a constant in their work.

The Eames Desk Unit (EDU) has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 28” (71.1 cm), and overall height of 29” (73.6 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Eames Desk Unit (EDU) with measurements on the elevations and plan views
The Eames Desk Unit (EDU) is a plywood, steel, and wire desk system that includes a drawer and brightly colored side and back panels. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Desk Unit continues the exploration of flexible furniture systems that is a constant in their work.

The Eames Desk Unit (EDU) has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 28” (71.1 cm), and overall height of 29” (73.6 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Eames Desk Unit (EDU) with measurements on the elevations and plan views
Eames Desk Unit (EDU)
Height:
29.0” | 74 cm
Width:
60.0” | 152 cm
Length:
Depth:
28.0” | 71 cm
Weight:
Area:
11.7 ft2 | 1.1 m2
Materials
Plywood top, painted hardboard sides, steel frame
Designer
Charles & Ray Eames
Year
1952

Drawings include:
Eames Desk Unit (EDU) front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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