Whether you’re an architect, professional comic artist, craft hobbyist, or artist, you’ll need a great desk to work from. Flat desks have their uses, but if you’re drawing or designing you’ll benefit from investing in a drafting table that has a tilting top.
There are lots of great drafting tables available on the market, and the one you choose will come down to your own personal preferences. In this post, we’ve put together a list of the top ten best drafting tables for artists, architects, and designers.
What to look for in a drafting table:
- Comfort – you’re going to be at your drafting table for long periods of time, so make sure the one you choose is the right height and offers the best angle for a drafting table.
- Space-saving features – if you have a small office or studio, make sure you invest in a table with design features like rolling casters and slide-away side tables.
- Storage - does the table have drawers, and if so are they suitable for holding the materials you work with?
- Extras – some tables come with extras such as a stool. If you’re looking to save money or furnish your studio with matching items, this can be a great way to achieve that.
The Comet Center from Studio Designs offers a comprehensive solution for your studio or office.
- Heavy gauge steel construction
- 20-degree tilt angle
- Comes with a padded stool
For a fairly low-priced drafting table, the construction is impressively sturdy. The steel frame is strong and stable, and the surface feels nice and robust.
The 20-degree tilt angle is modest compared to the other tables on this list but will be plenty for most, and the pencil catch is moveable which is a convenient feature.
The set of three drawers are great space savers but they’re a little flimsy so don’t expect to be able to store your heavy supplies in them without seeing some serious buckling.
The table also comes with a padded stool so there’s no need to buy any additional extras for your studio setup.
This Adjustable Drafting Desk from Zeny packs a lot of workspace into a relatively compact design.
- Height adjustable design for comfort
- Slide-out side desk saves space
- Comes with a stool
The MDF work surface sits atop sturdy iron legs that are height adjustable so you can keep comfortable through long work sessions. The 45-degree tilt angle is pretty average but will provide the perfect working angle for most uses.
This isn’t the most robust drafting table on our list, and it’s a bit of a pain to put together, but it’s still a great choice for part-time artists and hobbyists.
The side table slides out from underneath the main desk, so isn’t in the way when it’s not needed, and the two drawers provide useful storage space. The included stool might not be the comfiest seat ever designed but it’s compact enough to be tucked away neatly when not in use.
Tangkula’s Drafting Table combines durable construction with handy design features to deliver a long-lasting art desk.
- Durable steel and wood construction
- A generous 60-degree tilt angle
- Comes with a padded stool
This strong and adjustable drafting table is constructed from quality MDF, coated PVC, and steel, and is sturdy and easy to clean. The tilt angle is wider than many other options on the market, making it perfect for reading, writing, and drawing. The padded stool is a nice added extra considering the low price of the unit, and it is sturdy and comfortable.
Three woven fabric drawers give plenty of space for pens, pencils, and papers, and the hollow shelf underneath the desk is great for storing bulkier items. It’s worth noting that the drawers aren’t particularly hardy so you’ll be limited with what you can use them for. Taller users might also find that their knees knock against them so this drafting desk might be better suited to children.
This classic wooden Drafting and Craft Counter Height Desk from Dorel Living makes a great workstation for home use.
- The sophisticated wooden design looks great
- A smaller footprint takes up less room
- Offers lots of robust storage space
Constructed from robust wood with a rich espresso finish, this versatile desk in one of the best looking on the market. Its styling is best suited to a home office, and the small footprint of the desk is perfect if you’re short on space.
The downside of this desk is that construction is tricky and some of the inner wooden pieces are flimsy and easy to break.
There are two drawers and three shelves to the right of the main workspace which gives plenty of space for extra supplies. And, because of the wooden construction, you won’t have the same issues with a sturdiness that you might have with the fabric and plastic drawers on other models. There’s also additional space under the table top which is ideal for larger paper and other supplies.
Zeny’s Glass Top Adjustable Drawing Desk is compact, flexible, and durable, and is a perfect purchase for smaller spaces.
- Height adjustable with a generous tilt angle
- Mobile design is great for small spaces
- Solid tempered glass construction
The height of this drafting table can be adjusted from 31.5” to 49.5”, making it perfect for a variety of uses: from computer desk to drawing table.
This flexibility also makes it suitable for multiple users, so would suit a family home office or a communal studio space.
The tempered glass top provides a solid work surface, and the steel construction is robust enough to stand the test of time. The lockable rolling casters also mean that the table is easy to move around, making it one of the best portable drafting tables.
The drawers and side trays provide plenty of space to store supplies. The trays are attached to the tilting work surface though, so if you’re using the entire 60-degree angle beware that your pens are likely to tumble out.
Martin Ashley’s Art-Hobby Table provides a solid artists’ work desk with plenty of handy storage.
- Plenty of storage space
- Easy-to-clean surface suits painters
- Easy to assemble design
This easy-to-assemble drafting table provides plenty of storage, with the three plastic drawers and a foldable utility rack for storing bulkier items. The melamine surface is easy to clean which is a useful feature for artists working with different mediums. The stool is comfortable and is also easy to keep clean.
The height adjustable legs go from 26” to 30” but even when they’re fully extended the tabletop feels a little low, so taller artists might want to avoid this desk.
This Artist Drafting Table Desk Champagne has a glass top that serves multiple purposes.
- Glass surface can be turned into a light table
- 90-degree angle
- Touchless hinge mechanism for safety
This tall glass-topped table is a great choice for artists. As well as looking great, the transparent surface can be turned into a light table with the addition of two LED bar lamps.
The 90-degree angle is pretty wicked and will do the job nicely for the majority of jobs. The tall lip at the end of the desk will keep your paper in place as you work on your designs, and the deep pockets on either side will do the same for your pencils, pens, and other accessories.
The hinge mechanism is safe enough for children to use and it’s easy to lock the desk into one of four tilting positions.
The draws underneath are pretty tiny but come in handy for keeping pens and papers nearby. The only other fault is that the side pockets are a little shallow, but that’s unlikely to be a deal breaker for most people.
Studio Designs’ Futura Advanced Training Table is the perfect balance of style and substance.
- Stylish glass and metal construction
- Surface tilts up to 35 degrees
- Adjustable shelf and drawers for convenience
The sturdy metallic rectangular frame supports a tempered blue safety glass top which looks professional and provides a solid surface to work from.
The top adjusts up to 35 degrees, and the collapsible side shelf is convenient if you need a flat surface space when the main desk is raised. The detachable plastic drawers offer handy storage if you need it, but they can be removed if they’re not serving a purpose.
Assembly isn’t the easiest as the instructions are somewhat lacking, but once you’ve conquered that part you’ll have yourself a great-looking, great-performing table to work from.
Studio Designs’ Vintage Drafting Table is our pick of the classically designed drafting tables on the market.
- Classic vintage design
- Solid hardwood frame
- Generous 90-degree tilt angle
Modeled on the desks used by architects for decades, Studio Designs reinvented a classic when they announced this 42” table (it also comes in a 36” model if you’re short on space).
The solid hardwood frame is built to last and its smooth finish is perfect for designing and sketching. The 90-degree angle is extremely generous and gives you the flexibility to work however suits you best.
The vintage styling of this drafting table means that you don’t get the storage or added extras that come with more contemporary options. But it’s worth the sacrifice for a desk that looks this great.
If you’re looking for a modern drafting table with a good tilt angle and flexible features, the 10053 Craft Station from Studio Designs is perfect.
- Modern, strong construction
- 70-degree tilt angle gives great flexibility
- Drawers can be positioned on the left or the right
The steel construction is modern and robust, and the safety-glass surface is strong and good looking. The lockable rolling casters make the table easy to move around so it can be tucked out of the way when not in use.
The 70-degree tilt angle will be more than enough to suit most artists and is ideal for designing and drawing.
The three plastic drawers can be positioned on either the left or the right side of the desk to suit what’s comfortable for you. The four removable side trays provide additional space and flexibility.
The only annoyance with this desk is that there’s no lip on the bottom of the desk so light papers and documents can fall off easily if they’re not weighted down.
Drafting tables have been used by artists, architectures, and craftspeople for decades, and the trend shows no sign of dying out. With such variety on offer, you’re certain to find an artist’s desk that’s perfect for your specific requirements.
Which drafting table do you swear by? Let us know in the comments.