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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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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Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table
Front elevation of the Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table with a desk lamp and Apple iMac computer for scale

The Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table is a walnut veneered desk with sculptural legs created by swagging (pressure curving) metal tubes. Designed by George Nelson in 1958 as an exploration of how to make table legs more fluid, the Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table uses a minimal combination of tabletop and stretcher elements to give the table structure while keeping the eye focused on the beauty of the legs.

The Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table has a width of 54” (137.2 cm), depth of 36” (91.4 cm), and overall height of 29.4” (74.7 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table measuring desk height, width, and depth
The Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table is a walnut veneered desk with sculptural legs created by swaging (pressure curving) metal tubes. Designed by George Nelson in 1958, the Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table is an exploration of how to make table legs more fluid.

The Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table has a width of 54” (137.2 cm), depth of 36” (91.4 cm), and overall height of 29.4” (74.7 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table measuring desk height, width, and depth
Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table
Height:
29.4” | 75 cm
Width:
54.0” | 137 cm
Length:
Depth:
36.0” | 91 cm
Weight:
Area:
13.5 ft2 | 1.3 m2
Materials
Chrome steel legs, walnut or laminate top
Designer
George Nelson
Year
1958

Drawings include:
Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Work Table front elevation, front (objects), side, plan

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IKEA Bestå Burs Desk

The IKEA Bestå Burs Desk has a slim design ideal for compact space, working area, or bedroom. It features two drawers for storage and a top sizeable to fit a laptop computer. The Bestå Burs Desk frames are made of steel with the side and back panel made of fiberboard and a top of particleboard all coated with melamine.

The IKEA Bestå Burs Desk has an overall height of 29.125” (74 cm), width of 47.25” (120 cm), and depth of 15.75” (40 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Bestå Burs Desk labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
The IKEA Bestå Burs Desk has a slim design ideal for compact space, working area, or bedroom. It features two drawers for storage and a top sizeable to fit a laptop computer. The Bestå Burs Desk frames are made of steel with the side and back panel made of fiberboard and a top of particleboard.

The IKEA Bestå Burs Desk has an overall height of 29.125” (74 cm), width of 47.25” (120 cm), and depth of 15.75” (40 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Bestå Burs Desk labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
IKEA Bestå Burs Desk
Height:
29.125” | 74 cm
Width:
47.25” | 120 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.75” | 40 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Particleboard top panel; fiberboard back and side panels; steel legs
Designer
IKEA
Year
2013

Drawings include:
IKEA Bestå Burs Desk front elevation, side, plan

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Everywhere Rectangular Desk
Illustration of the Everywhere Rectangular Desk with a desk lamp and Apple iMac computer for scale

The Everywhere Rectangular Table is a versatile and strong desk with a simple and uncluttered profile. Designed by Dan Grabowski in 2011, the Everywhere Rectangular Desk is an elegant and controlled work solution that seeks to connect industrial design with sculpture.

The Everywhere Rectangular Table has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings with dimensions of the Everywhere Rectangular Desk
The Everywhere Rectangular Table is a versatile and strong desk with a simple and uncluttered profile. Designed by Dan Grabowski in 2011, the Everywhere Rectangular Desk is an elegant and controlled work solution that seeks to connect industrial design with sculpture.

The Everywhere Rectangular Table has a width of 60” (152.4 cm), depth of 30” (76.2 cm), and overall height of 28.5” (72.4 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings with dimensions of the Everywhere Rectangular Desk
Everywhere Rectangular Desk
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
Powder-coated steel base, MDF top (plastic or maple veneer)
Designer
Dan Grabowski
Year
2011

Drawings include:
Everywhere Rectangular 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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