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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IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks
Front illustration of an IKEA desk made with a tabletop and the Lerberg Trestle legs

IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks are customizable desks that combine IKEA’s Lerberg Trestle Leg system with a tabletop surface of choice. Designed by IKEA of Sweden as a kit-of-parts desk, the functionality of the Lerberg Trestle Leg design allows for the inclusion of a small shelf for books while also giving the owner flexibility to select their own tabletop surface.

IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks have heights from 28”-30” (71.1-76.2 cm) based on the trestle legs, but will vary in overall size depending on the choice of tabletop surfaces with standard widths that range between 47”-60” (119.4-152.4 cm) and depths around 23”-30” (58.4-76.2 cm).

Drawings of an IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desk combination with measurements for desk height, width, and depth
IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks are customizable desks that combine IKEA’s Lerberg Trestle Leg system with a tabletop surface of choice. Designed by IKEA of Sweden as a kit-of-parts desk, the Lerberg Trestle Leg design includes a small shelf and offers flexibility in selecting a tabletop.

IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks have heights from 28”-30” (71.1-76.2 cm) based on the trestle legs, but will vary in overall size depending on the choice of tabletop surfaces with standard widths that range between 47”-60” (119.4-152.4 cm) and depths around 23”-30” (58.4-76.2 cm).

Drawings of an IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desk combination with measurements for desk height, width, and depth
IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks
Height:
29.125” | 74 cm
Width:
47.25” | 120 cm
Length:
Depth:
23.625” | 60 cm
Weight:
Area:
7.6 ft2 | .7 m2
Materials
Powder-coated steel trestle, fiberboard top
Designer
IKEA
Year
2012

Drawings include:
IKEA Lerberg Trestle Leg Desks front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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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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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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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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Distil Desk
Elevation of the large Distil Desk with additional storage and an Apple iMac computer for scale

The Distil Desk is a molded plywood desk with curved front and back edges. Designed by Todd Bracher in 2015 as an exploration questioning the sharp edges of a standard desk tabletop, the Distil Desk also includes innovative hidden cutouts for hiding computer wires and additional storage options that attach below the table surface.

The large Distil Desk has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm). The small Distil Desk has a width of 48” (122 cm).

Drawings of the large Distil Desk with dimensions for width, depth and height
The Distil Desk is a molded plywood desk with curved front and back edges. Designed by Todd Bracher in 2015 as an exploration questioning the sharp edges of a standard desk tabletop, the Distil Desk also includes innovative hidden cutouts for hiding computer wires and additional attached storage.

The large Distil Desk has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm). The small Distil Desk has a width of 48” (122 cm).

Drawings of the large Distil Desk with dimensions for width, depth and height
Distil Desk
Height:
28.5” | 72 cm
Width:
48.0”-60.0" | 122-152 cm
Length:
Depth:
30.0” | 76 cm
Weight:
Area:
10.0-12.5 ft2 | .9-1.2 m2

Sizes: Small, Large

Materials
Molded plywood top, solid legs (walnut ash, ebony veneer and legs)
Designer
Todd Bracher
Year
2015

Drawings include:
Distil Desk front elevation (large), front (objects), side, plan (large), front (small), plan (small

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