What is a Modular Desk?

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A modular desk is one that is designed to be fitted together in different sections. For example, a modular office furniture company may offer a basic, rectangular desk with many different add-on options. There could be a curved section that is designed to be placed against one end of the rectangular desk or another rectangular section to place on the other side of the desk to create a work table. Hutches, or shelved units that sit on top of a desktop, are popular modular desk units that give extra storage space.

A hutch add-on for a modular desk may feature shelves and cupboard doors. There may be room on the desk under the closed unit to store office supplies or even a computer printer. Modular office systems may work together to give the look of traditional furniture used in a creative way, or they may have a very open, dramatically modern look.

Two filing cabinets and a table top can be used to create a simple version of a modular desk. These three pieces can be used together to make a whole desk, so the idea is a modular one. If wooden drawer units and a wooden table top are used instead, the look of a more traditional desk is created. If two open shelving units with a glass top are used, a more modern type of modular desk is formed.


Rather than having a desk placed against a wall, modular workspace for desks can be added by placing a work table section on the back of the desk. Chairs can be added to the newly created workspace design. Modular desk systems can be made to fit each home office space. As a general rule, closed storage units on desk tops or bases tend to look much neater than open shelving.

Some modular desks feature options such as shelving or an extra desktop on wheels that may fit under the desk or be wheeled out to use elsewhere in the room. Some modular desk companies make curved J-shaped or straight L-shaped desk sections that can be added onto either end of a rectangular desk unit to form a large U-shaped work table. There are also innovative modular desk designs that feature narrow, triangular desk pieces designed to fit into small office spaces.


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