8 Best Drafting Tables & Art Desks

Posted In Tips & Trends - 05/28/2021

A quality drafting table is as versatile as it is unique. These drawing desks can be used as architectural drafting tables, art desks, and even computer desks. Regardless of the use case, knowing your options can ensure your needs are met.

One of the hallmark characteristics of a professional drafting table is an adjustable top. Other features such as storage, pencil racks, and sliding straight edges, and top material all factor into finding the best drafting table. Below you’ll find a list of top-rated artists and drafting desks that fit the bill for any professional or home office.

Vintage Solid Wood Drafting Table

vintage wood drafting table

This solid wood vintage drafting table from Studio Designs comes highly rated. You’ll sacrifice some features like extra storage but it’s absolutely worth it! It's almost like the drafting table you see in old movies, a perfectly timeless 36-inch wooden surface with industrial metal accents - it even has the pencil ledge. It features a beautiful distressed black finish, a conservative traditional design and authentic top-angle adjustment wheels to help support any workflow preference. This is the best drafting desk we’ve had the opportunity to experience ourselves and we feel that it comes in at nearly half the price that it should!

Best Choice Products Adjustable Drafting Table

Best Choice Drafting Table

This adjustable drafting table from Best Choice is an excellent choice for an artist's table. The lightweight steel frame supports the tempered glass tabletop with adjustable tilt. Locking caster wheels allow you to easily move this table around as needed and the storage options are endless. Two canvas drawers are perfect for storing extra pencils or brushes, and the easy-to-clean glass top is flanked by stationary trays that contain cup and slot storage and honeycomb pen holes.

Vintage Drafting Table by Studio Designs

Classic vintage drafting table

Perhaps you expect your drafting table to double as an artist’s table as well? The Vintage Drafting table by Studio Designs offers a much more aesthetically pleasing design than most. This architectural desk features a solid hardwood frame and turn-knob adjustments to manipulate the tilt angle and minimalist design. The 36" work surface offers plenty of room for drawing, painting or deskwork, and tilts from flat to 80 degrees. This modestly priced drafting table comes fully assembled and at a very manageable price point.

Americana II Drafting Table

Lift Top drafting table

If you’re looking for a traditional, quality drafting table, this could be your best pick. The minimalist design of the America II Drafting Table by Studio Designs complements any home or workspace. Its versatile construction accommodates both drafting/art needs as well as general office use. The compact design of the main work surface adjusts from angled to flat quickly and easily and features a lower storage shelf and pencil ledge. Crafted in manufactured wood and a light oak finish, this desk is a great addition to any home design.

Split Top Computer/Drafting Table from Tribedesigns

Split top drafting tables

When versatility tops the list of your drafting table needs, the split-level table from Tribedesigns stands out with confidence. This architectural table comes with a lot of features including a tiltable desktop, which can be adjusted from flat to 45 degrees to achieve the desired angle, offering a comfortable position for drawing or reading while still leaving the other side flat for book and even a side surface for a laptop or sketch pad. This drawing desk was purpose-built for productivity and is one of the best drafting desks on the market for the price.

Aiden Lane Tilt Top Drafting Table

Tilt top drafting table

Tilt-top tables come in many varieties. Some are good—even great—though many are poorly made and offer little utility. The Aiden Lane tilt-top drafting table from Southern Designs offers a sturdy design complete with a footrest and antique brass frame. The industrial style of this drafting table fits well with any decor, and the broad worksurface easily converts to a traditional writing table. 

Best Choice Drafting/Art Table

Best choice drafting and art table

Not all apartments have the luxury of unlimited space. One’s drafting table often doubles as ones’ dining table, studying desk, laundry board, and storage cabinet. The Best Choice drafting/art table isn’t going to win any international awards for luxury design. However, it offers one of the best well-rounded feature sets for a budget drafting table. This desk features sliding storage drawers, tilt-top capability, a flat surface for note-taking, and even auxiliary storage under the top—not to mention that it comes WITH a stool. If you’re looking for a well-rounded architectural drafting table that won’t break the bank this is a clear winner.

Aries Glass Top Drafting Table

Glass top drafting table

Function meets fashion with the Aries Glass Top Drafting Table from Studio Designs. The generous 42-inch wide tempered glass tabletop is adjustable both in height and tilt for the perfect ergonomic work surface. The Aries features a built-in pencil groove, pencil ledge and convenient storage shelf. The lush walnut finish pairs nicely with metal accents making this drafting table more of a showpiece than a utility desk. 

Final Thoughts About Drafting Tables & Art Desks

Be it drafting, painting or drawing—a solid table to support one’s work is essential. The drafting tables discussed here are only a fraction of the tables available on the market. The features here include everything from tilt-tops to lift-tops but should impress upon you one thing: you’ll always be balancing quality vs. price when shopping for a new drafting table.

The models we’ve chosen to include here are excellent representations of this balance and we feel to be fruitful choices for any student of the arts. Check out our list of the best places to shop online for furniture to learn where you can find some of these incredible drafting tables!