Let our mid-century modern enthusiasts at West elm help you determine which configuration and size of desk best suits your needs, whether you’re running a business from home, bringing work home, or simply need a small place to charge your devices and write a thank you note on. The beauty of mid-century modern design pieces is that they are simple and slim enough to be used for a variety of purposes anywhere in the home, and the pieces can be incorporated into any style of decor to add a fresh look to a room.


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Mid-Century Desk (52")

$ 899
199 Reviews
  • Acorn: Kiln-dried solid eucalyptus wood and engineered wood with an acacia wood veneer in an Acorn finish.
  • Pebble: Kiln-dried solid ash wood & engineered wood with an ash wood veneer in a Pebble finish.
  • White: Kiln-dried solid and engineered wood in a White finish.
  • Made with FSC®-certified wood from responsibly managed forests.

Parsons L-Shaped File Cabinet Desk & Slope Office Chair Set

$ 499
100 Reviews
  • Mahogany and engineered wood in a White lacquer finish.
  • All wood is kiln-dried for added durability.
  • Desk is reversible.
  • File cabinet has 2 drawers that open on smooth metal glides.

Mid-Century Executive Desk (74")

$ 1749
67 Reviews
  • Brings retro-inspired style to your home office.
  • Executive size has generous storage space.
  • Made of kiln-dried, sustainably sourced wood.
  • Crafted in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility.
  • Solid eucalyptus wood and engineered wood top, frame and legs with an acacia wood veneer.

westelm.com:Mid-Century Executive Desk (74")

Customizable storage

A mix of open and closed storage lets you choose when to display or hide away.

Work in comfort

Never be cramped—the oversized frame makes it easy to sprawl out while you work.

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Desks:Buying Guide

If you’re obsessed with clean mid-century modern design, then bring its airy look to your home office. Mid-century modern design is designed to create order and minimize hassle, and it may even inspire you to work more efficiently to keep your space clutter-free.

Mid-century design desks are stylish enough to fit anywhere. Use casters to move the spacious mobile metal kitchen cart-style desk to where you need it. Make an industrial-style desk made from lush mango wood the focal point of your home office. Or, turn a height-adjustable work surface into a standing desk with the push of a button. Standing desks typically have a range of heights from 30 inches when seated to 42 inches when standing for comfort.

Choose from variations of mid-century design desks, from reclaimed wood, lacquered, richly veined marble or shiny glass tops to suit your taste for elegance and sophistication. Mid-century modern desks have enough versatility and beautiful architectural legs and bases to serve as consoles and sofa tables when not in use as work surfaces. Or, incorporate the piece into your shared home space where you can work and relax at the same time.

Start with a corner desk or L-shaped desk and organize your desk by adding storage pieces to achieve a complete workspace. A corner desk may look petite, but it often has more surface area than expected, and many corner desks are nearly 30 inches deep to take advantage of otherwise forgotten space. Start your work-at-home journey with many rectangular or square worksurfaces, then augment them with tower and ladder shelves in uncomplicated materials ranging from metal, marble and lacquer to natural mango wood and more, all complementing each other even when placed side by side in a room.

For an unexpected, architecturally-inspired workspace, consider a ladder or wall desk inspired by Scandinavian modernism. The beautifully sloped legs can accommodate workspaces, drawers and shelves, depending on the configuration and width you choose, from slender to wide. Pair a ladder desk with coordinating ladder-style shelves to create a modular home office with extra storage and display space. Ladder desks are designed to fit into smaller spaces without sacrificing functionality. Ladder desk systems are typically about 19 inches deep and come in a variety of widths and heights to fit your space. Wall desks are about an inch deep to accommodate a slightly larger work surface and drawer space.

Tuck a small pie-shaped desk, a modern mini secretary desk or a mini Parsons desk into a compact corner to create a productive work corner in a sliver of wall space. Even very small desks, many about 30″ to 36″ wide, have plenty of storage space, shelves and drawers. When not being used for work, put any free space in your home to good use with a mini desk that turns into a multipurpose dresser, nightstand, or even a mail collector.

Mid-century modern furniture is loved for many reasons, from its nostalgic ties to its uncomplicated and pure design. Whatever your reason for appreciating the sleek silhouette of modern furniture, embrace it with office pieces that take their stylistic cues from that era.

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