Both gamers and streamers spend long hours at their desks. Streamers, in particular, need to have more space for monitors, lighting equipment, and cameras. Couple that with the amount of space you need for your keyboard and mouse so that you can still stay competitive can become tricky on many smaller desks.
This post will go over our list of the best desks that would work for both gamers and streamers as well as a few things you should consider.
What to Look for in a Gaming/Streaming Desk
Here are a few things you should look for when investing in a desk for your gaming or streaming setup:
- Ample space – as mentioned in the into, gamers and streamers require a lot of space for their setups. Many gamers run two monitors while they game – one for the game and another for guides/communication. Most streamers start with two monitors and move to 3-4 by the time they consider their setups “complete.”
- Functionality – you don’t need all the bells and whistles (such as a cup holder) when it comes to desk functionality. In fact, some “functions” such as in-built tower compartments can actually cause airflow restrictions. That being said, if you are using your space for more than one purpose, it could be nice to have a drawer or two to hide your work while you play or to keep spare parts around.
- Shape – If you have the space for it, setting up an L-shaped desk is great for streaming purposes because it offers so many options. You can showcase merch or other items on one part of the desk or keep your set up in the bend and use the extra space to set up lighting and camera equipment. It also allows you to have a lot of extra space for non-stream related activities. That being said, you should note that a corner desk gives you less space for your gaming experience.
- Comfort/Ergonomics – while your gaming chair will also play a large part in this, you should make sure that you have a desk that is comfortable and the right size for you. You can use a desk height calculator to help you find the height of the desk you’ll need.
- Quality – you need to make sure that your desk is high enough quality that it can manage the weight of all your equipment for years to come.
Best Desks for Gaming or Streaming
Now that you know a little what you should look for in a desk, we will show you 6 desks that we love broken into two different categories:
We will also show the ultimate gaming desk that encompasses everything anyone could ever need in a desk.
Sit-Down Gaming Desks
When looking at sit-down desks, you want to find something that has a lot of room where you can also sit comfortably throughout your gaming session. Here are our top three picks for traditional gaming desks this year:
- 66″ D x 66″ W x 34.625″ H
- Monitor Shelf
- 31.5″ D x 63″ W
- Full Mousepad
- Several Colors
E-WIN 2.0 RGB
- Premium Screen
- Collapses for Storage
- Full Coverage Chroma
RESPAWN RSP Gaming L-Desk
This L-shaped desk has plenty of space for your gaming and streaming equipment. The RESPAWN RSP L-Desk has a raised monitor shelf where you can place your main screen, you can easily store your Elgato stream deck and other tools underneath it for easy access. There is plenty of other room for extra monitors, gaming accessories, and more. You can also store your drink in a handy place so that you can stay hydrated throughout the session without worrying about spilling it all over your equipment.
The RESPAWN is built from a steel tube frame with a durable table that can hold up to 200 lbs. It has adjustable glides that allow you to set it up in a way where you can alleviate your forearm stress.
Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk
If you are one of those gamers with the XL mousepads and still don’t have enough movement space, then the Arozzi Arena gaming desk is for you. It features a full-desk mousepad that sits atop the desk. It has a microfiber, water-resistant surface and comes in multiple colors and designs.
The desk itself is strong, being able to hold up to 176 lbs as long as everything is evenly distributed. There are three holes where you can insert cords that can be held in netting under the desk to keep everything looking neat and tidy. It can easily hold three monitors and the equipment you need to stream or game.
E-WIN 2.0 RGB Gaming Desk
Gamers love RGB lighting and the E-WIN 2.0 RGB Gaming Desk delivers that lighting on a quality desk created from high-strength carbon fiber. The desk comes with a table base that is adjustable and also on a slight incline that keeps you ergonomically comfortable hour after hour. There is easily enough space for at least two monitors on this stylish desk.
The RGB lighting is on the sides of the desk and its legs. It can be customized with a controller and the desk comes with features such as cable management grommets, a movable gaming rack, and a wireless charger. The steel frame ensures that this is a stable desk that you won’t have to worry about.
Standing Desks for Gamers and Streamers
Funny as it sounds, sitting at a desk for several hours at a time can be exhausting in and of itself. Using a standing desk (or an adjustable desk where you can both sit and stand) gives you the opportunity to move a little more than you normally would. There have been several studies on the benefits of using a standing desk with positive results.
Here are three standing desks for gamers that could be used for Twitch streaming:
- 71″ W x 33″ D
- Raises from 29″ to 49″
- Steel Construction
- Three different sizes
- Raises from 24.5 to 50″ high
- 4 Memory Precept Options
- 55″ Full Size Desk
- Adjusts up to 46″
- Crank Controlled
ApexDesk Elite Series Standing Desk
The ApexDesk Elite standing desk is one of the highest-rated desks on this list. It comes with an ergonomic cutout that will help keep you comfortable and give your room a classy look regardless of where the future takes you. The lift in the desk moves from 29″ to 49″ tall, giving you a lot of options about how it will fit your body.
The desk is strong and sturdy and can hold up to 225 pounds. It is 71″ long, allowing you to hold a lot of equipment on it that you can see clearly. If you have several monitors or a lot of streaming gear that needs to sit on your desk, this may be the perfect desk for you.
Jarvis Bamboo Top Standing Desk
The Jarvis Bamboo Top standing desk can adjust from 24.5″ to 50″ high. It can hold up to 350 lbs and it comes with two wire management grommets to keep your desk looking clean. The desk is adjustable at the push of a button and you can pre-set heights so that you don’t have to worry about minute changes.
It is 48″ wide so not as wide as other desks on this list, but you should be able to hold two monitors on it with no issues. It is perfect for streamers who have limited space and still want to take advantage of the technology behind adjustable standing desks.
Stand Steady Standing Desk
At 55″ inches wide, you can place three different monitors on the Stand Steady desk. In fact, all three can be placed on the monitor shelf, allowing you to have extra space for your stream deck, speakers, or anything else you need to keep on your desk.
The desk is adjustable up to 46″ high, though you do have to manually crank it. Its rounded corners are one of the several features on this desk that makes it look clean and spacious. The shelf can also be adjusted to give yourself a little extra workspace on your main desk. With so much customization on it, it would be difficult to go wrong.
The Ultimate Gaming Desk for Streamers
When I first saw this desk, I knew that I found my personal dream desk. Not only is it an adjustable standing desk, but it is also a PC, or rather, it could be 2 PCs. If you would love to have a dual PC setup for your stream, you could literally build it into this desk (so long as you have the funds to do so).
The Lian Li DK-05F has everything you could ask for in a gaming desk. It is an adjustable standing desk, has ample room for multiple monitors, plus you can build your own PC components right inside it and view it through the glass top.
It allows for a custom PC build and it is beautiful. Unfortunately, it is also often out of stock!
Where to Find Cheap Gaming Desks
If you can’t afford to purchase new, you can always look at Craigslist or Facebook Marketplaces in your area. Check out thrift shops or garage sales as well. Most of the time, you’ll find something that would work while you save up for your personal dream desk.
Whether you choose a desk where you sit or you find one that adjusts to a standing desk, choose one that will work for your needs for years to come. With a standing desk, you can also get accessories that help you keep your legs less tired while you are upon them, such as a balance board.