Head-to-Head: Shared Desk vs. Dedicated Desk

If you’re looking for shared office space for your business, there are plenty of options out there.  In fact, knowing what will work best for you can get kind of overwhelming.  Today, we’re taking a look at two popular coworking membership types to see how they compare (and hopefully give you some insight into which will fit your business).


Shared Desks

One of the most affordable options for a one-person operation or remote worker, shared desks are at the heart of coworking.  Long before coworking spaces hit the mainstream and began to build out a variety of workspaces, they were just shared desks designed to encourage collaboration and community among members.

That same idea holds true today – shared desks are a great way to mix and mingle with the other professionals you work alongside.  They’re perfect for anyone who really values the community that coworking spaces provide and the chance to meet your fellow members while getting more productive in the process.

Shared desks can also help you gain a new perspective.  How many times have you been stuck on a problem, only to solve it with a simple change of scenery?  Switching up your seating keeps things fresh.

One of the biggest benefits of a shared desk is its cost-effectiveness.  If you’re new to coworking or just want to see if a particular space will be a good fit for you, a shared desk is an affordable way to give things a try.  You get access to all the amenities that a coworking space provides and you don’t have years-long lease terms.  If you want to upgrade down the road, it’s easy to do so.


Dedicated Desks

While shared desks are great for some, they aren’t for everyone.  At first glance, a dedicated desk might not seem that different from a shared desk, but there’s one big advantage.  Have you ever had to lug heavy computer equipment back and forth from your home to an office?  Now you see what we’re getting at:  a dedicated desk is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of bringing their gear in every day or those whose type of equipment just makes a hot desk unrealistic.  For those with things like large and heavy computer monitors, it can be a lifesaver.

If you’re worried about the security of your equipment with a dedicated desk, many coworking spaces offer storage options for any items you might want to secure overnight, in addition to around-the-clock building security staff. 

Some dedicated desks even come with partitions for added privacy, making them a great option for people who like the coworking atmosphere but need a little extra privacy to really help their productivity skyrocket.

A dedicated desk comes with all the ambience of a coworking space as well, putting you in the heart of the action.  And of course, you’ll have access to the space’s other amenities.


It’s clear that shared and dedicated desks both have their own benefits, and what may work for one person may not work for another.  However, both are excellent options for freelancers or remote workers who want to get into the coworking world.  The best way to tell which one is right for you?  Take a tour of the spaces you’re interested in to get a better feel for what the environment is really like.