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U-Shaped Desks

U-Shaped Desks

A U-shaped desk is a great option for anyone who needs a lot of workspace and wants to create a professional and organized office environment. Whether you are working from home or in an office, a U-shaped desk can help you work more efficiently and comfortably and can even improve your posture and reduce stress.

What is a U-Shaped Desk?

A U-shaped desk is a type of desk configuration that provides a large amount of workspace in a U-shape. This design typically consists of three separate pieces, a main desk that forms one of the sides of the U, the bridge that connects both sides, and a back piece that forms the other side of the U. The bridge can be positioned to the left or right of the front desk piece depending on how your space is laid out.

The U-shaped desk is typically larger than other types of desk configurations, such as L-shaped or straight desks, and provides a lot of workspace for tasks such as computer work, paperwork, and meetings. The design of the U-shaped desk also allows for improved organization and privacy, as it often comes with built-in storage options such as drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Additionally, the U-shaped desk can help create a sense of authority and professionalism in an office setting.

Benefits of a U-Shaped Desk

A U-shaped desk is a great option for those who need a large amount of workspace and want to maximize their productivity. This type of desk configuration provides a lot of benefits that can help you work more efficiently and comfortably.

Here are some of the key benefits of a U-shaped desk:

  • Plenty of workspace: With three sides of workspace, a U-shaped desk provides ample room for multiple monitors, paperwork, and other office essentials. This extra space can help you stay organized and focused, and can even improve your posture by allowing you to spread out and work comfortably.
  • Improved organization: U-shaped desks often come with built-in storage options such as pedestals and have options for hutches and credenzas. This can help you keep your workspace clean and organized, which can reduce stress and improve your productivity.
  • Privacy and separation: The design of a U-shaped desk provides a degree of privacy and separation, which can be beneficial for those who are in an open concept office and need to focus on their work without distractions.
  • Professional appearance: A U-shaped desk can give your office a professional and polished look, which can be important if you are meeting with clients or colleagues. This type of desk is often associated with executive offices and can help you create a sense of authority and professionalism.
  • Versatility: U-shaped desks come in a variety of styles and materials, which means you can find one that fits your personal preferences and office decor. You can choose from different styles and sizes to create a workspace that is comfortable, functional, and stylish.

Parts of a U-Shaped Desk

Main Desktop

This is the larger of the three pieces and forms the base of the U-shape. It typically provides a lot of workspace for tasks such as computer work, paperwork, and meetings.


This is the second piece of the U-shaped desk and connects the main desk to the third piece. The bridge is usually a shorter piece that is positioned perpendicular to the main desk.

Back Piece

This is the third piece of the U-shaped desk and typically forms one of the arms of the U-shape. It is usually a longer piece than the bridge and about the same size as the main desktop that is parallel perpendicular to both the main desk, and provides additional workspace and storage options such as drawers, cabinets, and shelves.


The desk will have legs or a base that provide support and stability for the desk. The number and design of the legs or base will vary depending on the specific desk model.

Styles and Options:
  • Classic and Classic Plus: Our Classic and Classic Plus collection has been crafted with a timeless aesthetic to give your workspace an enduring appeal.
  • Elements and Elements Plus: The Elements and Elements Plus collections boast sleek and uncluttered design, providing an airy feel to your office. Featuring open leg frames that can be tailored to suit various setups, these collections can be configured for multiple U-shaped desk layouts.
  • Encore: Crisp lines meet ingenious office storage solutions in one stylishly modern package with our Encore collection. The desk legs are stylish and contemporary, creating a more spacious and airy appearance for your office.
  • Enhance: The height-adjustable bases in our Enhance collection that enable you to modify the height of your U-shaped desk to accommodate your ergonomic requirements and personal preferences. With its 3-stage telescoping lift that extends from 25.4" to 51" height, Enhance offers a remarkable range of motion and is capable of supporting up to 330 lbs. load capacity, thus catering to all your work-related necessities.
  • Signature: The inclined legs of our Signature collection lend a mid-century modern flair to your workspace that is timeless and enduring.


When selecting a U-shaped desk, it's crucial to consider the orientation of the shape. These desks are available in two configurations: "left-hand," where the bridge is situated to the left when seated at the main desktop, or "right-hand," where the bridge is positioned to the right when seated at the primary section of the desk.

Although most desks can be customized to either orientation, it's essential to confirm which configuration you're ordering to avoid any complications with your office layout. If you need any assistance in determining or securing the appropriate orientation, feel free to reach out to us via chat, and we'll be happy to assist you.

How to Buy a U-Shaped Desk

If you're in the market for a U-shaped desk, here are some steps you can follow to ensure you get the best one for your needs:

  1. Measure your space: U-shaped desks are typically larger than other types of desks, so it's important to measure your space and ensure that the desk will fit comfortably in the room.
  2. Consider your needs: Think about how you will be using the desk and what features you require, such as storage space, grommets for monitor arms, or a wire management system.
  3. Decide on a look: We have many styles and colours of U-shaped desks to match your décor and company brand. You can browse our options, or we can help you select one you’ll love.
  4. Visit a showroom: If possible, visit one of our showrooms to see different U-shaped desk options in person. This can help you get a better idea of the size, quality, and overall feel of the desk.
  5. Consider assembly and installation: Due to their size, our U-shaped desks, don’t come pre-assembled. Let us know if you’d like us to assemble the desk for you, or if you’d like to do it yourself.

Storage for U-Shaped Desks


A hutch is a type of furniture that provides extra storage space and is typically placed on top of a desk. It can come with shelves, cabinets, and drawers, and is often utilized to showcase decorative objects such as books or photographs.


A pedestal is a freestanding furniture item that is typically positioned next to a desk to offer supplementary storage space. It may contain drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Some pedestals can be attached directly to the underside of the desk to save floor space.


A credenza is a long, low piece of furniture that sits behind a desk, often making the back piece of a U-shaped desk, and provides additional storage space. It can have drawers, cabinets, and shelves, and is often utilized to keep less frequently used items, like office supplies or reference materials.

Filing Cabinets

If you require more storage room, you might want to add a filing cabinet into your office setup. It offers ample space to house records and paperwork, particularly if your job entails dealing with lots of documentation, and eliminates the need to cram them into the drawers of a pedestal or credenza.

Keep In Mind...

One factor that many people don't typically consider when buying a U-shaped desk is the accessibility of the desk's storage space. While a U-shaped desk can offer ample storage, it's important to ensure that the drawers and cabinets can be easily accessed from both the main desk and the return. If the storage space is difficult to access or requires you to constantly shift your position, it can be inconvenient and even hinder your productivity. Additionally, it's important to consider the weight capacity of the desk and the strength of the materials used to construct it, especially if you plan to store heavy items in the desk. By taking these factors into account, you can ensure that you select a U-shaped desk that meets both your storage needs and your accessibility requirements.

Another factor that many people overlook when buying a U-shaped desk is the amount of floor space required to accommodate the desk. U-shaped desks can take up a significant amount of space, and it's essential to ensure that you have enough room in your office or workspace to comfortably fit the desk without making the area feel cramped or cluttered. It's also important to consider the desk's shape and how it will fit into the space, taking into account any obstacles or obstructions such as doors, windows, or pillars that may impact the desk's placement. By carefully measuring the available space and considering any potential obstructions, you can ensure that you select a U-shaped desk that fits comfortably in your workspace and allows for easy movement and accessibility.

Lastly, it's important to factor in the placement of electrical outlets and other power sources while setting up a U-shaped desk. Depending on the desk's location, you may need to use extension cords or run cords to reach a nearby outlet or power source, which could create tripping hazards or clutter the workspace.

Best U-Shaped Desk Setup for Productivity

The best U-shaped desk setup for productivity will depend on your individual work habits and preferences, as well as the specific demands of your job. However, here are some general tips for setting up a U-shaped desk for maximum productivity:

Position your main work surface in front of you, with the bridge beside you and the back piece behind you. This will create a comfortable and natural workspace that allows you to easily access all areas of the desk.

Arrange your frequently used items, such as your computer, phone, and supplies, within easy reach of your main work surface. This will allow you to quickly and efficiently complete tasks without having to constantly shift your position or search for items.

Consider installing a cable management system to keep cords and wires organized and out of the way. This will help to reduce visual clutter and tripping hazards.

Choose a U-shaped desk with ample storage, including drawers and cabinets that are easily accessible from both the main desk and the return sections. This will help you stay organized and minimize distractions.

Consider adding ergonomic accessories such as an adjustable keyboard tray, monitor stand, or footrest to reduce strain and increase comfort while working.

By taking these factors into account, you can create a U-shaped desk setup that promotes productivity and helps you stay focused and efficient throughout the workday.

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