The best gaming desks you can buy are those which offer a wide amount of space on top, a suite of premium features, and overall solid construction to last for many years in your gaming setup. After all, it's important that any gaming desk is fit for purpose to accommodate the weight of games consoles, your PC, and any peripherals. What separates gaming desks apart from their more standard options are accessories like cup holders, RGB lighting, headphone hooks, and cable management solutions to make your gaming experience a little easier when at your setup.
Of course, there are going to be different sizes, construction, and overall aesthetics to take into comparison as far as the best gaming desks are concerned. Not everyone is going to have the space to accommodate a behemoth taking center stage in their home office setup or bedroom, and compact options aren't going to cut it for all consumers. That's why it's paramount to choose the right size desk for you that fits into your current living situation.
We recommend breaking out a tape measure and checking how much space you have to accommodate a gaming desk, with lengths varying massively between the models. We've generally found that heights are all fairly consistent with one another, so be sure to check to see if the model you've been eyeing up can fit. On that note, you'll also want something to give you space to work and game.
If you're running one of the best gaming PCs, you're going to need far more room than you would if you were using one of the best gaming laptops, so plan accordingly. And if you're wanting to fully furnish your setup then the best gaming chairs are an absolute must to provide you with comfort for both work and play in 2022. No one wants to sit in discomfort for prolonged periods of time, so ensure you've got the best seat to suit your needs.
The best gaming desks in 2022
Secretlab has dominated the gaming chair world for years and now the brand has turned its keen eye to gaming desks. The result is the Secretlab Magnus - a real winner and easily one of the best gaming desks on the market right now.
In our testing, we found that the Secretlab Magus was capable of supporting 220lbs, meaning that this model tops our list for the ultimate platform for your setup. Thick cast steel in the legs gives the desk a super sturdy feel and we love the quasi-floating design of the surface the flip-up tray lid over the cable management system at the rear of the desk is a great feature and perfect for anyone that likes to move their gear around a lot and doesn't want their setup to have ugly cables dangling everywhere underneath.
The Secretlab Magus took around 30 minutes to put together, with the only real point of frustration being the awkward rollout of the magnetic mat. Due to its magnetism, this mat was difficult to line up correctly, which means you might need a second pair of hands to help out to avoid unnecessary frustration.
It's far from cheap, and the lush full-length magnetic surface mat and RGB lighting strip (complete with its own remote) cost extra, too, however, you won't find a more stylish desk out there that offers such strong build quality from anyone else.
Priced at $89.99, and even usually on sale for cheaper than this, the Homall gaming desk is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a whole suite of features and decent construction all under $100. This model features not only a non-slip carbon fiber tabletop, which is rarer on budget desks but also a headphone hook and cupholder as small quality of life inclusions.
Measuring 44-inches across, the Homall gaming desk is far from the largest on the market. However, due to its ergonomic Z-shaped design, there should be little issue with maximizing space for the likes of your gaming mouse, keyboard, and multiple monitors. What's perhaps most appealing about the Homall is that it is available in multiple colorways which is scarcely seen from many gaming desks. As well as the standard black, you've also got the option for grey, white, and pastel pink, too, all within the same price range.
The AndaSeat Mask 2 features both sturdy construction and a large surface area to accommodate multiple monitors and all the peripherals that you need. It's one of the best gaming desks on that front, not to mention the slick RGB lighting that adorns the legs of the unit itself for that added touch of flair.
The one main drawback is the included plastic accessories, such as a cable management tray which sets underneath. In our testing, we found that this box did not do much to mitigate wires free-falling underneath. However, the two cable holes in both the left and right corners did an effective job of keeping leads out of the way on their own.
All told, you're looking at around 45 minutes of construction time with the AndaSeat Mask 2, and you're thankfully provided all the tools that you need for the job in the box. Provided are a screwdriver and a set of Allen keys to screw the legs and frame together. The main point of frustration that we found in our testing was in the LED light strip which needs to be threaded through a thin metal frame. It took us more attempts than we care to admit to get it right, but of course, your mileage may vary here.
While the AndaSeat Mask 2 isn't exactly compact, it's also not as big as some other of the best gaming desks either we've tested either. We found that this model was effective in both a corner of a room and at the center of a home-office setup. It is also quick and straightforward to assemble, merely screw the legs onto the frame; the only frustration you may face is threading the RGB controller light strip through the steel.
What's better than a good gaming desk? A gaming desk that doesn't cost much and has a gosh-darn cup-holder built in, that's what. The Eureka Ergonomic Z1S has all of this on offer, not to mention a neat carbon-fiber pattern, ambient blue lighting, and raised, protected edges to avoid scuffing the walls. It's eye-catching but functional.
On top of this sweet design, the Eureka Ergonomic Z1S also features a trolley for your PC tower that you can buy as an add-on. It's a clever addition; the wheels mean it can be easily pushed anywhere you like. Need to get access to the back of the tower? Forget having to crawl beneath the table to do so - with this, you can simply pull it somewhere more comfortable.
Even without it, the Eureka Z1S is a good starter desk (particularly if you're heading to college in September). It's practical, distinct, and hard-wearing.
Sometimes you need something a little different, and the Respawn 3010 caters to those who want to be prepared for every eventuality. And we mean every eventuality. There are separate trays here for your accessories. There are headphone holders. A cupholder is available. Mid-level shelving on the surface allows you to put your speakers or monitors at a better height. Oh, and the whole thing is adjustable.
Yup, this is one of the best gaming desks around if you want something that'll suit your very specific needs. Rather than being a one-size-fits all solution, this is a table that you can tinker with until it's absolutely perfect for you.
For anyone that's hunting down the very best l-shaped gaming desk, look no further. There's plenty of space for all your kit thanks to the gently curving L-shape of this Walker Edison beauty, and the lack of unnecessary shelving or drawers keeps things uncluttered on top. The metal frame also gives it a robust, sturdy feel, while the ample room beneath the surface leaves plenty of space for lounging (the metal base for a computer tower at the bottom of the desk is a nice touch, too).
The glass top and black underside really seal the deal, though. While these kinds of desk are prone to smudges, it's the height of gaming sophistication if you look after it. As shown in the gallery above, different colors are out there as well.
Honestly, you can't do much better than this. Even if this one lacks the frills of more expensive options, there's little out there in the world of l-shaped gaming desks that compares.
Both eye-catching and paradoxically simple, the Arozzi Arena comes in a variety of arresting color-schemes that really make it pop in any room. However, the real appeal lies in its build-quality and the slightly curved shape that puts you in the middle of the action. The idea behind this is that it offers better reach to either side and tons of depth for moving your mouse, too.
This desk's built-in mouse mat is the icing on the cake, however. Running along the entire surface and providing a smooth glide anywhere, it's perfect for even the broadest of strokes. It's water and tear resistant as well, and that makes it a whole lot more practical than you might expect. Undue wear and tear? Begone!
The Flexispot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk is unprecedented value for the dollar, as motorized adjustable desks are often at least double the price. If you, like many of us, are working from home, it's easier on your back to switch up your posture while you work. A standing desk is the only way to do that, and while ones you adjust by hand are relatively well-priced, it's a lot easier to get a motorized one (though not always cheaper).
In our testing, we found that the Flexispot EC1 model boasts a sturdy steel frame and a large bamboo desktop that comes in a variety of colors. While it may not be the prettiest desk you can get your hands on, this model provides all you need to better your posture. The desk height can be adjusted via a button on the front that is easily depressed. The motor is incredibly silent considering how heavy the desktop is, and it moves smoothly. The only downside is that there's no memory feature to automatically adjust the desk to preset heights, and there's no hole to pull your wires through.
Otherwise, the Flexispot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk is a sturdy, no-frills motorized standing desk that you simply can't find elsewhere for the price.
Let's be honest, you don't need a specific 'gaming' desk to house all your gear. A standard table will do the job, and sometimes (whisper it) it'll actually look better anyway. If you'd prefer to avoid the bells and whistles or aren't keen to shell out extra for something dedicated to gaming, the Dakota L-Shaped desk will probably be more your jam.
This classy arrangement is more than big enough for a small-to-medium-sized gaming setup, and the corner bookshelves on one end really boost its utility. There's plenty of space for extra monitors, consoles, controllers, mice, and more. The understated finish helps it blend into a home or office space as well.
While there's not a pull-out keyboard drawer or any specific gaming features, it remains a good bet for anyone wanting a desk due to its low price and attractive subtlety.
Best gaming desks - frequently asked questions
Below you've sought to answer some of the internet's burning questions regarding what to look out for with the best gaming desks in 2022.
What size desk is best for gaming?
While there's no exact one size fits all solution as far as the best sizes of gaming desks, we've generally found that a minimum size tabletop of 30 (W) x 23 (H) should accommodate most people. Ideally, if you have the room for it, then going bigger is always going to be better, though, depending on the real estate available to you.
What are good gaming desk brands?
Many of the best gaming desks brands our featured in our roundup, with the likes of Secretlab, AndaSeat, Arozzi, and Respawn making some of the best tabletops on the market right now. While these companies are perhaps best known for their chairs, these options show that the commitment to quality furniture continues passed them, too. For a more traditional desk setup, such as one without carbon fiber and flashing lights, Eureka and FlexiSpot should have you covered, too.
Are desk mats good for gaming?
While we love our tried and true mousepads of all shapes and sizes, opting for an all-over desk mat can be an interesting shake up as well. As you've see from the likes of the Arozzi Arena, a desk mat (or textured tabletop finish) eliminates the need for a mousepad that's cut to size, instead meaning you've got free-reign for your pointer anywhere on the work surface. A desk mat is unlikely to make you any better at FPS or RTS games, however, it could be an added convenience should you find one affordably priced.
How should I organize my gaming desk?
Any good gaming desk setup will typically contain at least one gaming monitor (or several) along with a keyboard, mouse and some kind of speakers or soundbar. We generally find that games consoles mounted vertically, such as the PS5 or Xbox Series X, work well when put to one side, too. It will generally depend on the weight capacity of your gaming desk of choice, though, we would generally advise having your gaming PC on the floor if able as a tower can take up an awful lot of valuable space.
How we test gaming desks
You can find out specifics on how we test gaming desks in our full hardware policy, though it's worth stating here, too. We put all gaming desks through their paces by using them as gamers would, by working and playing at them for extended periods of time. This means replacing any prior setup and evaluating the value for money combined with the construction quality and feature set. We never recommend models that we wouldn't consider for ourselves.