What Should I Look for When Buying a PC Gaming Desk?
Writen by Rezolutions Design December 16, 2021
A PC gaming desk is designed specifically for gamers who need ergonomic, storage, cable management, and other features for their hobby or profession. Find out what you should look for in a gaming desk to enhance your experience.
Desk Size and Shape
You’ll need to consider the size and shape when buying a suitable gaming desk.
Aside from the space, you’ll also need to determine exactly how much depth and width you need for your gaming setup. The desk should be deep enough for you to maintain a distance of at least one arm’s length (approximately 28”) between you and the monitor.
The average gaming desk is approximately 60” W x 30” D x 30” H. These dimensions generally allow enough space for a dual monitor setup, CPU tower, keyboard, mouse, and peripherals, regardless of which type of gaming rig you use.
However, desk height plays an important role in your gaming setup. Desk height can affect how comfortably you can use it when playing games, especially for prolonged periods. The right desk height depends on your seated height. To find the correct desk height, sit on your desk chair. When sitting, your knees should bend at a 90° angle with your feet resting flat on the floor. Place your arms at your side and bend the elbows at a 90° angle. If your hands rest comfortably on the desktop without wrist flexion, the desk is at the right height.
Ideally, you should consider a desk that features a height-adjustable tabletop. A desk that allows you to sit or stand is the healthiest option available because this reduces the negative health effects of prolonged sitting, such as weight gain and cardiovascular issues. When you think it’s a good time to take a break or stand while continuing to play, you can simply raise the desk.
Types of Desks
The shape of your desk determines the available tabletop space, how practical it is for your home’s layout, and its versatility.
Most computer desks are rectangular and available in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. This shape offers a good balance between tabletop space and functionality.
An L-shaped desk is economical regarding space because you can place it in the corner of a room. You can place multiple monitors on one tabletop while using the other for printers, laptop computers, tablets, or as a charging station for your peripherals. L-shaped desks are suitable for both gaming and general office use.
A U-shaped desk provides ample space for PC monitors, laptops, printers, and gaming accessories. The U-shaped design encircles your gaming chair on both sides, so there are three tabletop surfaces available. For this reason, if you have the space, a U-shaped desk is great for gaming.
While an L-shaped desk can fit into the corner of your room, a compact wedge-shaped corner desk is designed to take up the least amount of space possible. It’s ideal for a gaming setup in a room where every square inch counts.
In addition to height adjustability, consider other accessories or ergonomic design features that increase your comfort and the functionality of your gaming desk.
A monitor mount is an arm that allows you to adjust the monitor’s position, angle, and distance independently of the desk. In the age of lightweight flat-panel computer monitors, these mounting systems are useful for both fixed height and adjustable desks.
A roughened or textured surface can increase mouse detection. You can also purchase an extra-large textured gaming mouse pad that spans the width of your desk. This means you still benefit from ultra-sensitive mouse detection and high-speed gameplay, but you can remove the pad when you need to clean.
It’s not uncommon for gamers to sit in the dark, staring at a bright computer monitor for hours at a time. Gaming desks that feature RGB lighting or other illuminated displays can reduce eye strain while preserving the mood and color combination gamers enjoy.
Keyboard trays and holders
Keyboard trays free up tabletop space by allowing you to slide your keyboard under the desk when not in use. Specialized holders screwed to the sides of your desk can provide a place for your headset, controller, drink cup, or Internet router.
Computer case compartments
Some desk designs incorporate a separate compartment for the computer case or CPU tower to sit, keeping it off the floor.
Gaming PCs can be heavy. You’ll need to ensure your desk can support the weight of your gaming setup and other equipment. The long-term durability and rigidity of your desk also affect the weight capacity. Look for a desk that can support at least 100 lbs. of gaming equipment.
Cable management is crucial to a clean, organized workspace. If you allow your cables to become disorganized, this can increase clutter and cause potential safety hazards. Look for a desk with slots, grommets, or cable trays to organize your wires.
Materials and Style
Gaming desks are made from a variety of materials. Each material affects the build quality, long-term durability, and comfort of the desk. The material and construction are also part of the style.
Wood, MDF (medium-density fiberboard), and particle board are common choices for gaming desks because they’re cosmetically attractive and relatively inexpensive. A well-constructed wooden gaming desk uses stronger materials for the support structure and wood accents or detailing for aesthetic appeal.
The OFX Deluxe Gaming Desk with Light Wood Detailing is a good example of this design choice, offering a walnut laminate finish with ample surface area. The texture is also effective at activating mouse sensors for quick detection. There’s a horizontal beam and storage shelf under the worktop you can use to support speakers, computer cases, and routers.
A glass tabletop is hard, rigid, and can exude a modern, minimalist aesthetic. Always choose tempered glass for increased strength and impact resistance. Depending on the design, the frame may be glass, aluminum, or stainless steel.
The OFX Deluxe Office Glass Desk features an attractive black powder-coated steel frame for a strong foundation and a black glass top surface. There’s a compartment for the computer case and a tray for your keyboard. The desk’s design, including the perforated metal support panel in the rear, creates a modern industrial look that should suit various aesthetic preferences.
Carbon fiber is lightweight, strong, and rigid. If you need a highly maneuverable gaming desk, carbon fiber is an excellent choice.The OFX Deluxe Gaming Desk with Dual Monitor Stand combines a textured black carbon-fiber tabletop with a red powder-coated steel frame, providing a stylish, rigid, and functional setup for playing your favorite games. Leveling glides on the feet also ensure the most stable position for the desk.
Commercial-grade steel has a low carbon content, so it is highly flexible, allowing it to be bent and shaped to form furniture. Commercial-grade steel desks are typically powder-coated to prevent corrosion and to give the desk a more attractive finish.
The Polar Commercial-Grade Steel Table Desk is covered in white powder-coating to match the 1'' thick melamine tabletop. The desktop features grommets in both the rear corners for exceptional cable management. The contoured top places the monitor closer to the edge of the desk, ideal for a dual work-gaming station.
Find the Right Gaming Desk for You
At OFX Office, we can help you find the ideal PC gaming desk. Our desks and chairs are designed to provide you with a superb gaming experience, ensuring you remain comfortable and alert for extended periods.
Explore our online catalog to find the perfect PC gaming desk, as well as gaming chairs and accessories for the ultimate gaming setup.