Whether you’re running a business from home or you just use your desk for checking email and writing, your home office has the distinct advantage of being a blank canvas. So why stick with a bland desk, when you can have a home office that is far more satisfying to look at and a lot more productive to use? Here are 9 ideas for desks that offer a little something more, from built-in storage to creative materials.

1. The double-dip desk

The work area of the double-dip desk below is divided by an angular dip, it is perfect for holding a stack of papers or a few of your favorite books.

It’s a great idea for a modern office desk that is both practical and unique.

2. The mid-century modern desk.

A thick slab of live-edge wood makes an amazing and simple organic desktop. Here a long piece of live-edge wood provides a roomy workspace for two (or one who likes to spread out). It is the mid-century modern desk and it looks amazing.

Mid century modern desk

3. Card catalog desk

This wooden desk takes inspiration (and parts) from old card catalog drawers, it was handmade by a crafty homeowner. To get a similar look, paint the drawer fronts of a vintage desk of your choice in different hues, and swap out the drawers for cardholder drawer pulls (available online, at some hardware stores and thrift shops).

4. Storage bin desk

Storage compartments act as the legs of this reclaimed-wood desk that’s perfectly sized for a child’s room. Open bins in a desk are easier to access and are more productive than closed drawers, so they’re just right for keeping arts and crafts supplies close at hand.

5. Reclaimed-wood desk

Reclaimed wood desks are the more modern mid-century modern desk. When attached to drawer fittings, old bins, and wooden crates it will be even more beautiful and practical.

6. Floating corner desk

If you have an awkward corner to fill, you should consider having a desktop custom cut to fill the space. A corner (especially with a window) can make a cozy spot for a desk, and you can feel good knowing you’ve put every inch of space to work.

7. Bookshelf desk

If you love to read or need to keep reference materials close by when working, a desk with a built-in shelf could be just the solution. A simple bookshelf is built upon this sleek modern desk, providing ample room to keep favorite books and other knick knacks within arm’s reach.

8. Minimalist standing desk

Looking for an ultra-simple, space-savory option? Try using a stationary high table as a minimalist standing desk. Pair the “desk” with a stool you can perch on when you need a break from standing. Stick it to the wall and add a few other shelves if you need room for storage.

9. Painted wood desk.

Give an old desk or breakfast table a new life with a few coats of paint. If you have the luxury of an entire room as a home office, consider using a larger table (even a dining table) in the center of the room as a desk — it will allow for plenty of room to spread out and will keep the walls free for storage and seating.