When I first got my 49″ curved Samsung monitor.
I immediately knew I messed up.
This certainly was not one of the desks for ultrawide monitors you’d want.
It was way, way too small – the initial box was bigger than the entire desk – however undeterred by this I focused on one side of the monitor and had literally maybe a third of it outside of my actual field of vision.
I soon corrected this and got a great desk that allows it to sit bang in the middle (and it even accounts for my ‘stacked ultrawide monitor set up‘.
There are two things that make a great desk for an ultrawide:
i) Ensure that the desk is wide enough to actually account for your Ultrawide.
ii) Make sure there is enough depth between where you sit and the monitor.
The rest of the factors really come down to personal taste – but if you don’t satisfy the above – you’re just not going to make the most out of it.
Desks for Ultrawide Monitors
Let’s break down the different desks that make it in my top 5 if you are considering a 34″ Ultrawide monitor or greater (generally most are aimed at 49″ – that’s so you can essentially future proof yourself going forwards).
Ikea Trotten 160 x 80
s with anything Ikea – the Trotten didn’t disappoint – and was overall great value for money, spending just under the £200 mark.
I went for the White everything, desk as well as legs – I think it looks the cleanest version overall (and just being one leg on either side I think works minimal too).
Not sure, if you can make out from the video above – I will be sure to upload my own soon – but it is a stand-up desk, that is not remotely controlled but manually.
Looking back, I think I would have gone for the electrical motor version. As I think I would make more use of standing up than I do currently.
On the other hand, I didn’t quite know how often I would be standing it up – as it was my first stand-up desk – turns out a lot more often than I thought.
So that’s something for you to consider is whether ‘standing up is worth it for you and whether you will be doing it often – if so – then a remote one is the way to go – that said, I would give this a full 10/10 in terms of value.
The only thing that I would dock points for is the handle itself – the cap at the end gets grubby fast and can end up falling off as your turn it to a standing position.
SHW 55-inch Large Adjustable Standing Desk
This is the other model that I was eyeing up and is super similar to the above Ikea Trotten but at roughly another $100 or so it came with the electrical motor.
It’s available in a range of sizes, but offers exactly what you need for an ultra wide monitor in the 55 x 28 inches version .
It is a bit shallower than the above model but if you do have a 34inch ultrawide monitor as opposed to the 49″ you will be just fine.
It’s only if you are going that ‘super’ ultrawide where I really think you need to get that full length of 160 x 80 cm.
Plus, it does have the wire hole segment built into the table as well an under storage rack that is not present in mine. Not sure, how necessary that is really but a nice to have.
Ultimately, you should really be looking at this one for the electric stand up motor – if stand up is not even your thing – let’s move on.
Eureka Ergonomic Computer ‘K Shape” Desk
The biggest sized offered is the 63″ x 30″ available in White but also a Black.
The Black looks like it almost has a carbon fibre effect to it and is certainly more on the ‘gaming’ side of a set up with red streaks that line the legs.
If you want a more minimalistic look with the set up being more around work like mine is – then I would personally go for the White option.
This is not a stand-up desk, however – but offers not one but two cable holes for tidy cable management as well as a range of attachments to hang your headphones off as well as drink bottle.
Luckily with the Samsung monitor, there is actually a foldable headstand – but it is one of the most awkward areas – I’d have to reach around to get it – that I literally never use it.
An all round great desk that I think will be perfect for an ultrawide monitor. It notes a max of 300lbs weight load as well – so that’s something to be aware of if you plan on adding your computer (and several monitors) – it should still be way under capacity.
Arozzia Arena Ultrawide Curved Desk
This is a desk that a couple of my friends own actually and they have it for their gaming rig as well as the office and they love it.
Personally, the aesthetics aren’t my taste but I can definitely see how it would be for some.
It’s a pretty huge desk though measuring 63″ x 29″ and with the curvature in the middle allows you to get a little closer to the screen than the other 160cm odd desks can.
If you’re feeling like you want to be completely immersed, then this is something definitely to consider.
Plus, it really does speak to the ‘curvature of ultrawide monitors’ as well. Generally, they try to get you engrossed in the work itself – and this is trying to do a similar thing with the curvature being in the middle.
Eureka Ergonic with RGB Light “Z Shape Desk”
The Z Shape referring to the stands set up that include the desk.
It’s actually pretty similar to the above model we mentioned but has a whopping 500lbs of support. – plus the sides come with RGB lighting which is a nice touch that I don’t see on many desks at least integrated in.
If you don’t have RGB or some sort of LED set up on your desks though.
I highly recommend it, especially if you are working at night – it makes the whole workspace a lot more inviting. And if you do use it for gaming or streaming then really it is just a given.
Again, it comes with the same four accessories mentioned with the “K Shape”desk with the mouse pad, cup holder as well as mouse pad and controller stand.
Very much a desk for ultrawide monitors with a gaming edge.
How to Choose the Perfect Desk for Your Ultrawide Monitor Set Up?
Ultimately, you just need to get the measurements right.
Pick up the measuring tape – measure where you’re going to place the desk – then the monitor. Do you have sufficient space?
Is there enough coverage of the table, so the monitor is not hanging over the edge?
Do you have enough space between you and the monitor?
The only thing you can try and do is future proof yourself, where if you wanted to add to the desk set up – will there be enough space. If you wanted to go ‘stacked’ and have a laptop on the side for smaller tasks – is there enough room?
Then decide on the type of desk you want.
What to Consider When Choosing a Desk for Your Ultrawide?
When choosing the desk – here are a few extras to consider – other than specifications:
They sound good in practice, but if you know in yourself that you won’t use them often – I thought I would and I find I am using it a lot less than I thought I would – I’d skip over that.
However, if you do – then are you going to go manual or motor? The motor ones get a lot more expensive. I think if you like the idea of standing up but you are unsure if you will use it – then go manual – then if you do find yourself using it a lot – you know on the next potential desk that you want to get the motor powered one.
We have touched on a few desk types above that offer a few different variations in shapes but the main ones really to consider is the classic ‘L’, ‘U’, and straight shape.
Personally, I like the straight-on desks – having used the L shape before – I tend to find that they end up with clutter and can be a bit distracting from just getting on with the work ahead and not catching ‘junk’ in my peripheral vision.
This is personal and basically, it comes down to what you’re wanting. You can get a fancy handcrafted, motorized standing desk or you can get a desk that is simple and does the job.
What optionality and features you want from it (and what brand) all have a bearing on the price.
Personally, I would divide it into sections ‘what you need’ (size) and ‘what you would really like’ (features) and ‘what are the nice to haves’ as well as ‘don’t wants.
Set yourself a budget and then go from there with your research – hopefully, the 10 provided above give you a good base to work from.
Another aspect to think about is how you’re going to support your ultrawide monitor, are you just going to have it sit on the standard stand they come with or invest in a monitor arm? I’m a big advocate for monitor arms for 49inch monitors as they can actually save you space – sitting back up to 12inch from the desk when compared to a standard monitor stand. Plus, they offer more flexibility too. Is your desk capable to support them?
Here’s How I Chose Mine
Basically, I wanted a pretty standard desk – almost minimalist in nature – so that I can then build upon that.
If I wanted to add LED strips, I can.
The only thing that I really cared about was making sure of the following:
- Enough space for the Samsung CRG49 to actually sit on.
- There was ample space between me (where I was sat) and the monitor.
- The table could hold enough weight.
- I didn’t know if a stand-up desk was for me (so I didn’t get the motor version but the windy up one – now I know I’d go for a motor personally).
Then I can now build on this with LED panels. One mistake I did make was not getting a dedicated monitor arm for the 49inch monitor.
It creates a lot more space – on the desk itself – and gives a better-stacked look to the monitors overall as well – since the stand has disappeared.
What Desk Have You Decided On for Your Ultrawide Set Up?
Even if it is not in the list above, I’d love to know what desk you have chosen for your monitor setup and why – I think it would be great for future readers to check it out as well. Are there any other desks for ultrawide monitors that should have made the list?
A gaming enthusiast who started their gaming venture all the way back on a Gameboy Advanced (Purple) on Pokemon Yellow.