Desks often have one or more drawers, compartments, or
pigeonholes to store items such as office supplies and papers. Desks are
usually made of wood or metal, although materials such as glass are sometimes
Some desks have the form of a table, although usually only one side of a
desk is suitable to sit at (there are some exceptions, such as a partner’s
desk), unlike most usual tables. Some desks do not have the form of a table,
for instance, an armoire desk is a desk built within a large wardrobe-like
cabinet, and a portable desk is light enough to be placed on a person’s lap.
Since many people lean on a desk while using it, a desk must be sturdy. In most
cases, people sit at a desk, either on a separate chair or a built-in chair
(e.g., in some school desks). Some people use standing desks to be able to
stand while using them.