Work smart: the best wooden desks

There's a distinct 'back to school' feeling in the air. So if you're fed up with doing all of your life admin or home working at the dining table or on the sofa, it's time to sort out a smart new work station by investing in a dedicated desk.

Just because a desk is serviceable doesn't mean it can't be beautiful too. Some of the best designs that are winning our vote right now are wooden desks – warm, natural and full of character.

Materials range from solid oak and rich walnut to reclaimed timber and driftwood, with styles running the gamut from mid-century shapes to slick modern forms or those that are combined with heavy metals for a sleek yet sturdy appearance.

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Many of the current crop are designed to take up minimal space both visually and physically, and some have charming touches such as the Slab desk from Tom Dixon, with its cable hole, replacing what once would have been an ink well.

Others such as the Lisabo from Ikea, the Carter from Neptune or the Brody from Swoon have shallow drawers, where you can neatly stash a laptop or tablet. Or go for the triple drawer option with the Edelweiss from Made, the Luciano from Julian Chichester, or the Enzo at Habitat.

If you need more storage, there's the Edwin from Andrew Martin with its 3 deep drawers, or the Den from Loaf, which has a deeper drawer and two handy shelves, where you could place a small printer.

Whatever your taste or style of your home, there's plenty in our edit of the best wooden desks, to suit your study or work zone.

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Edelweiss desk, £329, made.com

This space saving design has a sleek mid century look that would suit many modern homes.

Enzo desk, £440, habitat

Enzo desk, £440, habitat

Made from solid oak and oak veneers with a walnut stain this 3-drawer desk appears to float on its retro-styled base.

Enzo desk, £440, habitat

Enzo desk, £440, habitat

Made from solid oak and oak veneers with a walnut stain this 3-drawer desk appears to float on its retro-styled base.

EDWIN DESK, £2,295, ANDREW MARTIN

EDWIN DESK, £2,295, ANDREW MARTIN

A modern desk featuring three driftwood drawers, a hollow storage space and a steel frame. This quirky piece pairs a mid-century look with industrial cool. Slide your papers in the hollow to keep the surface neat and tidy and finish off your evening work in style.

LUCIANO DESK, FROM £1,486, JULIAN CHICHESTER

LUCIANO DESK, FROM £1,486, JULIAN CHICHESTER

An homage to mid-century design, this writing desk is finished in Firmdale grey oak and rests on four splayed aged brass legs with stretchers that give it a visual lightness.

LISABO DESK, £125, IKEA

LISABO DESK, £125, IKEA

A bit of a bargain, this desk has its own unique character due to the distinctive grain pattern. The surface in ash veneer and legs in solid birch give a warm, natural feeling to your room.

CARTER DESK, £1,235, NEPTUNE

CARTER DESK, £1,235, NEPTUNE

The clean lines and crisp black steel finish on this oak beauty, give it a cool, modern look with the warmth of wood at the same time.

BRODY DESK, £379, SWOON

BRODY DESK, £379, SWOON

Sleek and discreet, this wood and metal desk is clean lined and classy, so looks great in a study or in a living area as it can be turned into a console when you're not working.

DEN DESK, £645, LOAF

DEN DESK, £645, LOAF

Reclaimed timber and a gunmetal frame bring a lovingly worn texture to this rustic style desk.

SLAB DESK, £1,500, TOM DIXON

Inspired by the archetypical Victorian school desk, this stylish work station is equally comfortable as a desk or a dressing table. Made from solid Oak, with softly rounded edges and understated proportions, the traditional inkwell is transformed into a cable hole, and a deeply machined groove for pens and accessories.