We all need a place to work at home. Whether that’s for making a grocery list, reading, studying, or actually “working from home”, a desk is an essential piece of furniture for most homes. Additionally, you need a place to sit when you work at the desk.
It’s not easy to find a good, non-toxic desk and office chair for your toxin-free home office, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our recommendations to help you narrow your search for the right furniture.
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A great option for a non-toxic desk is a metal and glass combination. The Walker Edison Modern Computer Desk offers just that! The beveled, polished glass top is reinforced with a sturdy, steel base that is finished with a powder coating.
This metal and glass desk stands out with its slide-out keyboard tray. The angular frame is compact enough for small spaces to give you a convenient place to work. The Walker Edison desk is an affordable non-toxic desk to start your journey to a chemical-free home.
Material: Solid Wood
Finish: Natural Wax
The Medley Hank Monitor Desk is sourced sustainably from FSC certified forests and handcrafted in California. You can choose between solid hard white maple and American walnut solid wood for your desk to be made of. The premium materials do come with a lifetime warranty.
They also use non-toxic, natural furniture polish and wax that nourishes the wood simply with beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil. No need for fire retardants, heavy metals, or pesticides. The Hank Monitor desk stands out with its beveled edges and classic joinery. It’s also reversible because you can put the laptop shelf on either side.
Materials: Teak, Rosita Walnut, and Royal Mahogany
Finish: Low-VOC natural oil finish
Masaya and Co. is a furniture company in Nicaragua that works with natural materials such as sustainably harvested hardwood, water-based, low-VOC poly finishes, and handcrafted designs.
The non-toxic Nicoya Desk by Masaya & Co., handmade in Nicaragua by local artisans, is a great option for families who want to support sustainable products for their home while getting an aesthetic they love because of its high wooden frame and white water-based finish.
The desk features a wide pull-out drawer that folds out for your keyboard, keeping wires and clutter in check. This desk oozes character and style yet is still highly functional with its large work surface, wide smooth gliding drawer, and keyboard surface. It’s available in three types of wood: Teak, Walnut and Mahogany.
Material: Solid wood, aluminum
Finish: Linseed oil, powder coating
The LAX Series Desk stands out from the rest (quite literally) because of its unique wall-mounted design. It also uses engineered wood to maximize yield and eliminate waste, making it an environmentally friendly desk too.
The open storage front saves space and allows for mindful storage. The desk is VOC-free and solvent-free with solid English walnut construction and a natural linseed oil finish.
There’s only simple assembly required. The powder aluminum cover goes on the slides in front of the 3 storage nooks. You can be sure the LAX Series desk is free from formaldehyde, toxic glue, and other toxins. This non-toxic wall-mounted desk combines metal and wood to give you a great alternative to other expensive options.
Material: Solid Wood
Finish: Water-based Non-toxic Finish
The Copeland Furniture Sarah Desk has a functional keyboard tray to make it unique to other desks. The solid cherry hardwood is sustainably sourced and made in the USA. In fact, Copeland furniture uses only sustainably harvested hardwoods from within 500 miles of their factory to use less fossil fuel in transportation.
They work together with the Smartwood Program of the Rainforest Alliance to achieve this stewardship of natural resources. You can therefore have peace of mind with the Sarah desk in your home because the trees are non-GMO and the finishes are water-based to reduce VOCs and off-gassing.
Material: Natural Bamboo, Metal
The affordable Bamboo Standing Desk is customizable to your needs. The movement between positions is smooth and quiet for minimal disturbance. The beautiful color of the desk is created merely by heating the wood- there are no VOC’s or indoor air pollutants.
Natural bamboo is sustainable with a high strength-to-weight ratio to withstand daily use. This desk stands out from the rest because of its amazing dry-erase-friendly top. This feature allows you to draw, brainstorm, take notes, or set reminders directly on the top of the desk and then wipe them off when you want.
To add to your productivity arsenal with this non-toxic standing desk, you can choose customizable accessories, such as power strips or adaptors, to suit your needs.
Material: Solid Wood, Metal
Finish: Water-Based Non-Toxic Finish
The Invigo Cutout Sit to Stand Desk by Copeland Furniture is specially designed with one unique feature. The cutout! This allows you to get up close to your work and have a comfortable seating (or standing) position while you work.
You can customize this chemical-free desk with power plugs and monitor arms or choose your desired size. The Invigo Desk also has a convenient electric height adjustment to easily switch positions.
The solid cherry wood top is made in the USA and sustainably sourced only from approved forests within 500 miles of the factory. Copeland Furniture works with the Smartwood Program of the Rainforest Alliance to ensure your wood products are responsibly sourced and non-GMO.
This sustainable desk is also only finished with natural water-based finishes to reduce VOC emissions in your home.
Material: Solid Reclaimed Wood
Finish: Natural Oil
Writing Computer Desk by Alabama Sawyer is handcrafted from reclaimed wood from Birmingham. The eco-friendly options you can choose from are steel, white oak, natural oak, and walnut.
The wood is reclaimed for a second life from homeowners and businesses, mostly locally from Alabama, to prevent unnecessary waste in the landfill. They are then milled, dried, and handcrafted to become the product you purchase.
The natural oil finishes are hand-applied. This eco-friendly desk and chair is the perfect non-toxic addition to your home for a simple, space-efficient workspace.
The color depends on the type of wood that you select and the finish that goes on it. It may vary due to its natural properties.
Material: 100% Bamboo
The Studio Line Writing Desk by Greenington is classic and elegant in style to match any modern home. Using 100% Moso bamboo, this sleek writing desk is not only a beautiful, functional addition to your home but also an environmentally-friendly addition.
The bamboo strips are bonded with an adhesive that emits low enough levels of formaldehyde to meet both OSHA and California’s standards. The Greenington factory has low emission rates due to its great location nearby the source of wood. Their factory upholds high-quality standards and follows strict guidelines to give you the best product.
Material: Glass, Metal
Finish: Metal Coating
The unique L-shaped design of this glass desk makes the Flash Furniture Glass Desk stand out. It’s made to give you big opportunities to work in small spaces. The clear, tempered glass top gives your space an open and welcoming feeling, while the steel base gives the desk a modern touch.
The base is done with silver powder coating for the frame finish. You can fit this non-toxic glass and metal desk into almost any corner of your home to instantly create a vibrant, safe work space free from the harmful toxins you’d likely find in conventional wooden desks.
Material: Hard Plastic, Metal
The Urban Shop Acrylic Rolling Chair will give your workspace a modern edge with its clear or tinted plastic seat. Hard plastic is considered a safe material with low VOC emissions, making it a great affordable non-toxic desk chair for people with chemical sensitivities.
It will look stylish while you enjoy the support of the high back and easy mobility from the swivel base. There are 5 wheels for effortless movement and seat height is adjusted with a simple hydraulic lever.
This now-toxic office chair may not be the best choice for you if you spend many hours a day working from home at your desk, for instance. But as a casual workspace desk chair, this desk chair will be a subtle, stylish addition to your home.
Material: Aluminum, steel, glass-reinforced nylon, polypropylene and 100-percent fabric or semi-aniline leather upholstery.
The Amia Desk Chair by Steelcase is padded with a unique, game-changing surprise. Inside the upholstery on the back of the chair, you’ll find a sleek backrest support system made with LiveLumbar technology to give you constant, flexible support, adjustable arms, and seat depth.
The Amia chair uses 20% recycled material and is easily recyclable after your use because it has no hazardous chemicals or toxins. It’s certified with a Gold Cradle to Cradle product certification and a Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certification.
The Amia chair also holds an SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification. All of these certifications assure you of the safety of this eco-friendly desk chair for your home.
Material: Polyurethane mesh, Aluminium
This is a luxury mesh chair taken to a next level. The Bilkoh Ergonomic Computer Chair allows you to adjust the backrest between 90-120 degrees to find your most comfortable position. Thanks to the adjustable lumbar support, you can have optimal back support that can vertically move up to 4.73 inches.
The armrests can be adjusted 3 ways and the headrest can swivel too to give rest for your neck. This ergonomic desk chair is breathable and allows you to use it for long hours at the office or at home. The base is a heavy-duty, die-casting aluminum base to support weight evenly with the smooth rolling casters.
You’ll find this office chair appropriate and flexible to be helpful for all body types and workspace needs.
Material: Powder-coated steel, glass-reinforced nylon, polypropylene, 100-percent polyester fabric
This chair may look minimalistic and simple, but it comes with a surprise. Inside the base of the seat, there are flexors that will move with your body to fit your contours and give optimal support.
You can not only move around freely in this non-toxic desk chair and still find comfort, but also move without damaging the floor thanks to the plastic glides with steel inserts. The chairs are also conveniently stackable. The Move Chair by Steelcase is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certified for protecting your home from toxins.
It’s also good for the environment as it’s 99% recyclable and has the Silver Cradle to Cradle Product Certification from the MBDC. This means it can be safely composted or recycled after a lifetime of bringing you comfort and style.
Material: Plastic or aluminum base with plastic components, Foam seat cushion with fabric upholstery
Regeneration Chair by Knoll is a lightweight, durable desk chair that will give you peace of mind with all the certifications it boasts. It is BIFMA level 3 certified, rated SMaRT with sustainable platinum, and certified Clean Air Gold, and it can contribute to the US Green Building Council LEED certification.
The frame of the chair is made using post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Its high-performance elastomer Flex Back Net with lumbar support gives you maximum comfort. This Flex Back Net uses a rapidly-renewable resource taken from corn byproducts. The biobased foam inside the upholstery of the chair also includes soy.
Material: Solid wood
Copeland’s Estelle Chair will bring natural beauty to the table – literally. This Greenguard GOLD-certified chair is made with solid walnut wood. The contoured seat, tapered legs, and narrow-to-wide backrest offer comfort and class in one chair.
The chair is finished with a standard lacquer or formaldehyde-free water-based top coat. This eco-conscious brand also cares for your health by making solid wood furniture available with water-based finishes. Copeland works with the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance to ensure that their wood is also non-GMO and sustainably sourced.
There are many conventional, ergonomic options for creating your ideal workspace using non-toxic furniture. The desks and chairs offered on the market may be suitable for your needs, but a few standout options offer both comfort and safety for your health.
The non-toxic desks and chairs can add a functional, comfortable workspace to your home without sacrificing your indoor air quality. Now you know just some choices you have to find the perfect desk, table, or chair for your home. Check our guide to non-toxic furniture brands to create a chemical-free home.
My name is Kamila, and I'm passionate about researching non-toxic, organic products for the home. I believe it's so important to create a safe and healthy environment for our families, and I enjoy helping others do the same.
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