The stylish Aussie WFH desk everyone's talking about

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This Koala WFH desk
This Koala WFH bet out hundreds of other designs, to win first place in Australia’s International Good Design Awards. Source: Koala

Lockdowns are ending across the country, thanks to everyone’s hard work and high vaccination rates.

For some people, this may mean returning to the office full-time and saying goodbye to their home office for good. For others, working from home will become the new normal across Australia, with people taking a more hybrid approach to their working day. 

The government’s Productivity Commission found the high rates of working from home has continued, even when previous lockdowns have ended.

What we’re trying to say here is that if you haven’t invested in a quality home office setup, now’s the time to do so.

Koala working from home desk
The desk can be assembed in just five minutes. Photo: Supplied

Koala WFH Desk, $450

Koala is an iconic Australian brand that focuses on simplicity, environmentally-friendly materials and quality.

And they’re pretty good at what they do. 

Their Koala WFH Desk recently snagged the top prize in Australia’s International Good Design Awards for Design Excellence.

The desk comes in a natural birch shade and is available in standard and kids sizing. It’s effortless to put together - this is not your average flat pack. 

This desk can be assembled in under five minutes!

 It’s designed to help you switch off and create that divide between work and your own time, which can be a tricky concept when working from home full time. 

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In that same vein, it can also be packed away at the end of your working day just as quickly.

As for its award-winning design elements, the desk has bag hooks, slots for your cables, so they don’t get tangled, and ‘gutters’ to hold your electronic devices or notebooks firmly in place.

It’s made right here in Ballarat, Australia, out of ultra-durable 18mm Birch Veneer.

If you need another reason to buy this desk and support Koala, their super eco-minded and sustainability-focused. The kids model of this desk is actually made out of off-cuts of the standard size.

Our picks of the best work from home desks

If you want to see what other working from home desks we recommend, we’ve found the best one available on Amazon for you.

Standing desk with desktop, from Amazon
Standing desks are very popular, as it allows people to stretch their legs and get a break from sitting 8+ hours a day. Source: Amazon

Artiss Roskos Motorised Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk Laptop, $399.90

Standing desks have become more and more popular as they allow people who typically spend all day sitting in one position the chance to stretch their legs. Although they haven’t been long enough for conclusive results, currency studies show standing desks help prevent weight gain, back pain and even help to lower your blood sugar! This standing desk is motorized for ultimate ease of use and can be raised up to 1.2 metres high.

Portable desk from Amazon, with a laptop and lamp on top.
Tight on space? This portable desk allows you to work from anywhere in your home. Source: Amazon

Portable Adjustable Mobile Wooden Laptop Study Desk Sofa Bed Side Table Stand, $49.90

People living in small flats or studio apartments may not have the luxury of carving out a dedicated home office spot. In that case, they may need to use a set-up such as this mobile study desk. You can sit on the couch, bar stool, or even bed and move the desk to suit you. It’s height-adjustable and incredibly sturdy when wheels are locked into place.

L-shaped desk from Amazon
If your workspace is in the corner of a room, an L-shaped desk helps you take advantage of as much space as possible. Source: Amazon

Artiss Computer Desk Wooden Corner Home Office Workstation, $176.99

The Koala desk is a great design, but if your home office is in the corner of a room, it may be more beneficial to get a corner desk and take advantage of as much space as you can. This sleek, stylish desk has multiple shelves for storage, a cable grommet and an anti-slip base.

A desk with attached drawers from Amazon
A desk with attached drawers allows ample storage space. Source: Amazon

Office Study Computer Desk w/ 3 Drawer Cabinet, $209.90

If storage is a big necessity for you, you should opt for a desk that has built-in drawers, like this model. This desk is available in both black and white and is built to be incredibly strong and durable. Another cool feature is that the drawers can actually be placed on either side of this desk structure, so you can make sure it suits your home.

A modern desk from Amazon with a book and plant on it.
Affordable, simple, timeless. This Scandi-style modern desk ticks all the boxes. Source: Amazon

Zinus Jennifer Modern Office Soho Desk Laptop Computer Study Student Table Wood Metal, $169.90

If you’re after something simple, affordable and modern, this Soho Desk is your best bet. It’s made out of a solid steel frame, and the wooden tabletop has ample space for your computer and other work equipment and is simple enough to suit any room.

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