Top 5 Desks for Video Editing

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Here are some of the best and most practical video editing desks for 2020.

If you work in the field of video editing, motion graphics (or any other profession with long hours in front of a computer screen) you’ll need more than just a good editing software. Comfort is key when you’re doing what you do. So except having a very good, safe and comfortable chair you will also need to find a well-matched desk. Comfortable, sturdy, practical.

There are many factors to consider when choosing such a desk. For example, how many tops you’ll need(will you use multiple monitors?), the capacity of the desk(how many accessories you will need), and the size of it. In addition, there are tons of other factors like how sturdy it is, the price, your budget, and many more.

Another thing you may want to consider is, do you want to have a standard sitting desk or maybe a standing desk, which is supposedly much better for people working long hours in front of the computer. Research on standing desks is still coming in but you can find a lot of material out there on how good or bad they may be. People with some pre-existing conditions should probably avoid standing desks, so do your research before buying one.
Or maybe you would prefer a mix of two, adjustable standing/sitting desk? There are many choices and it boils down to your preferences.

If you’re looking for a new, standard desk, here are some of the top 5 desks for video editing I would recommend. Read on to see the full roundup.




Bush Business Furniture Series C



SHW L-Shaped Wood Corner Desk


Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation  


IRONCK Computer Desk  

Tribesigns Modern L-Shaped Desk  
MaterialWood, fused laminateEngineered WoodMetal + Reinforced GlassEngineered Wood, Wood, MetalE1 Particle Board & Metal
PracticalityA bit expensive but goodSome issues with plastic componentsGood for small spacesMedium spaces – SturdyVery good for full studio
Price

The Top 5 Desks for Video Editing

Never edit videos on your bed again, instead, try out these desks.

#1. Bush Business Furniture Series C  

This desk’s design is simple yet very practical. You could put two monitors on your desk and still have space for your keyboard and the other inputs that you’ll use. In other words, you can do anything on this desk. It’s great for studying, editing, gaming, and other interests you might have. 

Other products from the C series could be purchased and added to the desk in order to change the appearance or increase storage space. Meaning, you could configure the desk into an L or a U shape if you want to. There is even a model that includes standing/sitting option built-in, which could be useful for someone who wants to experiment with standing desks.

What I Like

  • Solid and sturdy
  • Durable
  • 10-year warranty
  • Various finish options

What I Don’t Like

  • Somewhat expensive

#2. SHW L-Shaped Wood Corner Desk

I think this is an amazing option for college students. Because it’s in an L-shape, it won’t take up too much space in a dorm room or a home office. Surprisingly, you can place 2 large computers or 4 laptops on the desk.

On top of being affordable, the desk could be assembled by anyone. There are hardly any screws included, instead, there are plastic pieces that slide together to attach. There is a complete manual included that will show you how to put the desk together step by step. The desk is quite lightweight so transporting it wouldn’t be a problem.

What I Like

  • Easy to assemble
  • Budget-friendly
  • Compact size
  • Practical

What I Don’t Like

  • Plastic materials are a little flimsy

#3. Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation  

If you’re looking for an aesthetic, and a small desk that’ll give your office a nice elegant touch, this is it. This desk incorporates wood and glass finishes. You may take some time assembling the desk but the instructions are clear and you’re unlikely to make mistakes. You have enough space for 1-2 monitors on the top shelf and you also have rolling out shelf for your keyboard and mouse.

Surprisingly, the desk isn’t heavy, it’s only 72 lbs. It also has caster wheels attached which are wooden floor friendly. Both of these features allow the desk to easily glide on the floor when you want to move it.  Although I’m not a fan of glass desk or tables I can understand it could be a good choice for some.

What We Like

  • Sturdy
  • Great design
  • Affordable price
  • Reinforced glass

What We Don’t Like

  • Scratches easily
  • May take a long time when assembling
  • Glass may always be a problem, you always have to be careful, just in case.

#4. IRONCK Computer Desk  

Assembling this desk is easy, you just have to make sure that you have the tops on the right side or else they won’t line up with the holes. You also need to resist the urge to apply pressure to the tops when putting the desk together, they could crack under the weight.

The desk has an industrial charm to it. If vintage and simple is what you’re looking for, then this is it. It’s very sturdy and will not collapse under your video editing gear. That’s because it has a 500 lbs load capacity, more than most other desks. The lower shelf beneath the desk surface is useful for many things, it would be ideal for hard drive backups and some other accessories.

What We Like

  • Sturdy and heavy
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comes in different designs and finishes

What We Don’t Like

  • No keyboard tray to match your arm’s length
  • Expensive

#5. Tribesigns Modern L-Shaped Desk  

Personally, I think this desk has the most aesthetically pleasing design. It’s in an L-shape but you could place it anywhere, not necessarily in a corner. It has a unique bevel angle design that makes this desk very appealing.

However, it doesn’t have any shelves. If you’re used to having shelves that may be a problem. That still doesn’t mean that you won’t have enough room for your equipment. On the contrary, this desk has a load capacity of 450 lbs and is long enough for several monitors and devices.

There is a possibility to buy additional attachments, like top shelf, cabinets, etc. all in the same color scheme as your main desk. It’s sturdy enough but not heavy.

What We Like

  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to assemble
  • Spacious
  • Appealing design

What We Don’t Like

  • No shelves but you can find additional choices to add to it

What to Consider When Buying a Desk for Video Editing

Here are some things you should look out for when making your choice.

Size

I can’t really tell you to buy a desk with a certain size because everybody has different preferences. A lot of people like big desks but you also have to have space for them, no point in buying a huge desk if you will not going to be able to squeeze it through the door. Apart from preferences, it depends on the size of your workstation and office.

The market is overflowing with traditional rectangular desks. However, other desk shapes have recently gained popularity.

U-shaped, L-shaped, and Hutch desks have all gained popularity over the years. There were several L-shaped desks mentioned in the reviews above that would be great in the corner of your office. The options are endless!

Space

Your gear needs to be laid out neatly for you to be able to work. If there isn’t adequate space for you and your gear, you most likely won’t be able to work on anything.

If your computer desk is your video editing station, then you need shelves and plenty of load capacity. Open shelves are great for storing bigger items like books and binders while smaller drawers fit all your tiny items. Keep your USBs, CDs, and chords all in one place. You may also consider using some kind of wall organizer for all the additional stuff. But the few things you will have on your desk are your monitor or monitors, keyboard, mouse, additional accessories like drawing tablets, color grading panels etc.
And a place for you hard drive backups, you can always try to squeeze them underneath the table but it’s always a hassle to get to it, clean it and take it out, so I would consider having it on a desk.

Assembly

Before you get to reap the benefits of the desk you bought, you must assemble it first. Well, you won’t always assemble them, sometimes they’re readily assembled. However, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to do it yourself.

If you’re going to be assembling the desk alone and you have no experience, go for something simple. The harder it is to assemble the more likely you’ll make a mistake that’ll end up damaging the desk, or even possibly your equipment on top of it.

Material

Wood(or actually wood mix) is the most common computer desk material. Their types vary and correspond to the desk’s price. For example, someone on a low budget might opt for a lightweight desk that just serves its purpose. These types of desks are most probably made out of inexpensive wood or wood pulp. The heavier the desk the sturdier it is and less probable that something will get knocked off or it breaking apart from to much weight. Then again, moving such a desk can be a bit of a hassle. And the price will be accordingly higher.

Professional, or users with a high budget, might choose a desk with an elegant finish and a glass top, for aesthetics. It all really depends on the purpose intended. Just know that the higher the wood quality, the higher the desk’s price.

The Final Verdict

The only difference between a standard computer desk and a desk for video editing is the equipment on top of it. Let me rephrase, you just need a good sturdy desk that’ll fit all your equipment. There is, of course, another option, which is standing desk, or even better adjustable standing/sitting desk, but it is something that is most of the time outside of the budget of most people and they are a bit more hassle.
It really depends on what you need and what you want in the end. I will try to do a review specifically on the standing desks at some point.


I personally like the  Tribesigns Modern L-shaped Desk the most out of all the other choices. The ample space and capacity of the desk coupled with its chic design make it a great desk. Check it out and choose one of the several different colors and finishes available to spruce up your office.


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