This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Every writer needs a desk. Trust me, no matter how brilliant working in bed is, sooner or later your back will politely request that you sit at a desk on a properly-supportive chair. Happily, desks come in all shapes and sizes; ordinary and ornate, bijou and sprawling, crustily antique and sleekly modern. You could use a piece of wood balanced across the arms of your chair à la Roald Dahl, of course, but that wouldn't make for a very interesting round up…
1. The Pomidou desk has a metal frame and glass surfaces which means it will look incredibly messy if you don’t keep it clean and tidy, but it shouldn’t look too dark and heavy or dominate a small room. £550 from OKA.
2. This oak desk from John Lewis has built-in storage at the back for organising your paperwork. It comes in this brightly coloured version or plain wood and costs £225.
3. The large Beckett desk from Habitat is £900 but this smaller version is a mere £650. It has a lightly padded leather writing surface, leather-lined drawer, and a space along the back (with a lift-up lid) for storing your bits and bobs. It’s also available in grey leather upholstery.
4. If shabby chic is your (vintage china) cup of tea, then you may like the Bramley writing bureau. It has a country-style distressed cream finish and a roll top. There's a pull-out writing shelf, and all the drawers and cubbies you could possibly need for storing the essentials (stationery, books, chocolate). It’s currently on offer at £770 (was £1100) from Laura Ashley.
5. This desk is perfect for bedrooms or small offices, has a clean, modern style, and shelving for storage. It comes in black or oak effect, as well as white. The Milano desk is available from Next and costs between £150 and £175, depending on the finish.