13th January 2022

A guide to buying the perfect gaming desk

gaming desk with two monitors, keyboard and lighting

Online gaming has become a billion-dollar industry over the last few years, with the revenue from the PC gaming market estimating almost 37 billion US dollars worldwide in 2020 (Statista, 2021).

Gaming as a whole has moved on from just being a past-time youngsters flock to after school to becoming a legitimate profession for some. Growing platforms such as YouTube and Twitch, combined with the “rise of the influencer”, have allowed amateur gamers to live stream, resulting in an increase of gaming setups and subsequently, gaming desks.

With thousands usually spent on the right computer and all the gadgets that come with it, choosing a suitable desk is equally important.

We’ve put together a guide of what to consider when looking to buy the perfect gaming desk.

Size

Many argue that the size of the desk is the most crucial factor to consider when shopping for a new gaming desk.

Start with considering whether it will fit in the room it’s going into, indeed the bigger, the better, but it is no use if it cannot fit into your office or man cave.

Before you begin shopping for your desk, measure the space available and have these dimensions in mind so that you’re better informed to start the buying process.

Adjustability

Gamers are well known for putting in the long hours and often play throughout the night and into the early hours of the following day; however, sitting in the same position for long periods can get uncomfortable and are bad for your health, so having the option to stand up while you play is something worth considering.

Height-adjustable desks are growing in popularity due to their ability to adapt to the user throughout the day. Many gamers will know the importance of changing your angle or position to improve your gaming results; unfortunately, you lose this freedom with a regular static desk.

Shape

Have you considered a corner gaming desk?

Gaming desks certainly aren’t dull, due to their different shapes and sizes. Desks are typically rectangular, but there are other options if you’re looking for additional space.

Have you considered a corner gaming desk?

Corner or L-shaped desks are a popular choice as many rooms have the room to accommodate this style of desk more than a rectangular one. They also offer the user the experience to become immersed in the game due to the wrap-around effect of a corner desk.

Storage

Storage is equally as important for gaming desks than with any other, giving you the ability to store other necessary equipment, or even snacks – for those long gaming stints. The correct choice of storage should not impact the gaming experience in any way but instead, make the whole thing much more enjoyable.

One thing to remember – cable management! Hide those unsightly cables by thinking about your cable management early on. Many desk manufacturers offer solutions to this, including drilling cable holes and opting for a suspended cable tray.

Adding suspended storage to your desk is an easy way to increase storage. Also, you’ll find that many corner desks lend themselves to free-standing storage units, computer towers or 3-tiered suspended storage, which is out of the way.

When shopping for your gaming desk, remember to consider the additional storage you’ll need for your other components.

Material

When choosing your dream gaming desk, carefully consider the materials; for example, glass is a popular choice for a desktop but is prone to scratching. Cheap, thin woods such as MDF are also likely to fall apart over time, so you should consider this if you are looking for longevity.

Each of our desks has an oak or walnut top – we also use sustainably sourced materials that we treat to ensure they last a lifetime.

When you choose the wood finish for your desk, we recommend opting for a jointed slab top as it gives you a smooth surface, best for using a mouse.

Weight capacity

Something else you may not have considered is the weight your desk can withhold – many cheap desks will struggle to hold. So, when shopping for your new desk, consider the materials and, will it be strong enough?

We pride ourselves on the quality of the materials we use. Therefore, the box steel table legs we use on most of our desks can withstand more weight than your average desk.

Price

You’ll find mass-produced plywood desks for a fraction of the price of our furniture, but with this comes the risk that you will be looking for a new desk within a couple of years.

Choose a premium gaming desk that you not only love but will add to your gaming experience every time you use it.

The gaming industry is growing, but then again, so is our awareness of overconsumption’s impact on the environment. So, when you’re buying your new gaming desk, maybe consider the environmental impact your decision may have.

We’re here to help you take your gaming to the next level.

Shop our wide range of desks here.


Paige Allison

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