When I worked as a tech salesperson, it was extremely common for people to consider how important their purchase was in relation to the future. It was something I thought about when I bought my original desk. As much as I wanted BDI’s stunning Corridor 6521, the price and timeline didn’t match my move and I got something that was more than enough at the time. Eventually, I started to build my streaming deck, got a nice quality DAC, realized the sleek PlayStation 5 controller dock would fit perfectly on my desk and I was basically out of space. This isn’t even considering the second monitor I wanted to add or any future plans. Through a series of chance events, I ended up with Furniwell’s 63-inch gaming desk. With about 20 inches of additional space, does it solve my issues and build the workstation I want or did I make another mistake?
Unfortunately for this review, the packaging for this desk had seen better days. There was extensive damage, at least four different company stickers on it, and other wear. As a result, this review will not feature any images related to packaging. That said, the box was nothing special and in some ways silly. I couldn’t find any company branding or really any detail besides whoever made it wanted to make sure people knew it was a “gaming desk.”
Inside is another box holding all the contents of the desk. As near as I can tell, this is because there is some kind of overlap between Furniwell and Homall, though brief research did not yield what that connection is. Mystery aside, the second box had everything thrown together in an okay fashion. Each major part was in its own compartment or separate section, with the manual thrown somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, there was some wear, but the damaged sections were all things you likely would never see.
Despite being a $240, at least the one I supposedly ended up with, desk, it feels much cheaper. The metal components feel fine, it’s the desk top and accessories that feel cheap. Furniwell’s 63 inch gaming desk seems to use a rather thin particleboard whereas my old desk from The Container Store was melamine. Not only should that top technically be better, the top alone was heavier than the fully assembled Furniwell desk. While we will touch on the accessories a bit later, let’s talk about assembly.
Almost immediately Furniwell’s included instructions made me appreciate IKEA’s directions. Nothing in the directions, found above, is particularly difficult to figure out, just none of the parts were labeled. Instead, I had a couple of metal bars, four bags of screws, one of which also had table legs, two different hex keys with one featuring a Philips head, plus the obvious desk parts. There were some other small touches missing, like IKEA will indicate left and right leg (not that it seems to matter on this unit), which side is the front, and other small details that make the process super simple.
Despite poor instructions, it took about 35 minutes to put it together solo. When in doubt, none of the pieces can go together any other way, so you’ll fail until connecting the right parts. Also, the desk is only about 60 pounds, making it more awkward than heavy to deal with. Once the desk is put together, the next step is either adding the whole top mousepad or skipping to building your workstation.
Once the desk was built, some unexpected struggles came to light. Depending on the images you find, sites note the desk shows the height to be between 27.6 and 31.5 inches. This includes the table itself, which will decrease either size by .6 inches but also overlooks height gained by the legs themselves. Furniwell’s website suggests these can safely adjust the height, with the screw itself being another 2 inches. This can counter the height loss from the table itself but likely not something someone is anticipating before purchase.
Another fear was getting the tabletop mousepad to fit correctly on top. While it was surprisingly easy, especially if it’s lined up based off the holes for cable management, the mousepad actually exceeds the size of the desktop. As a result, it will easily fit and cover everything, though certain spots hang off around half an inch. Visually it presents no obvious problems, but long term or over time it could be problematic. One way to avoid this entirely is to simply not use the included mousepad. However, since the top part is two separate pieces held in place by a couple brackets, it will be visible without some kind of cover.
Another odd quirk is positioning. On the back there is a small indent where you’d likely put your computer to run cords. However, due to how the legs are positioned, there might be a rather sizable gap. In my case, there is a 3 ¾ inch gap between the desk top and wall. Almost two inches of that gap is, unfortunately, due to molding on the floor, with another inch and a half coming from how the feet are designed. Under ideal conditions that would mean it should stick an inch and a half from the wall.
Furniwell 63 inch gaming desk: The little things fall short…
As mentioned earlier in this review, there are a couple accessories included in Furniwell’s 63 inch gaming desk. These include a cup holder, headphone hook, net and an accessory dock. Both the headphone stand and cupholder are designed to screw into each side of the desk. These positions are interchangeable, meaning you can put the headphone hook or cupholder on either side or not use one.
I added the cupholder due to changes in my space, though I worry about longevity. I have a fairly substantial collection of Yeti 20 oz tumblers and one of those filled with something is enough to see the holder slant. Even a 16.9 oz bottle of ice-cold Dr. Pepper seems to put some level of stress on it. Ideally, this is just me being paranoid, though time will tell.
The accessory tower is honestly the biggest disappointment in this kit. Not only is it a rather cheap-looking plastic piece, it feels incredibly flimsy. Realistically, it will likely hold a controller, something like a hard drive or whatever else you might need, there are just nicer solutions. The same is true for the headphone hook. When there are metal options for just $8 that can easily be put anywhere on the desk, it makes a plastic bar kind of underwhelming. And, in my case, the accessory kit was kind of misleading. Despite pictures on both the packaging and Furniwell’s site, along with some reviews showing the bottom part of the tower includes USB ports, the one included with my desk replaces the dock with foam. As a result, it has four holes that display the foam bottom, with foam also replacing where the cord going to the dock would go.
On a more positive note, the bottom net is a neat addition. Installing it can be rather rough, it’s pulled taut to the bottom, with not a lot of room for things. That said, it’s a great place to put small items you want quick access to without having to see. You can see mine has the device I use to open packages, a small measuring tape for situations like this review, my TV and Dyson remotes and other things I would struggle to make look clean in my space.
Even if I have a lot of criticism for Furniwell’s 63 inch gaming desk, there are still some positives. Due to angled corners, I have a nice, non-intrusive place to put my boom mic arm. It might not look amazing when in use but most of the time it looks significantly better there. The cord passthrough holes are also nice. Even if they don’t do much due to the gap between the wall, it gives the illusion of a more pleasing aesthetic.
Given only a small portion of the desk is actually 63 inches, I was informed this would be the Homall desk, and they make a slightly smaller 60-inch version that looks identical… I am inclined to believe they’re the same desk. Even though I can’t exactly prove it, this quickly becomes a matter of cost and value, which is extremely difficult to touch on. Not because there are better options for the price, it’s that I don’t really know what the right price actually is.
The people who gave me the desk said it was supposed to be a model sold by Homall on Wayfair, putting it at $240. Through research, it seems to actually be a $200 Furniwell desk that is currently on sale for $180. Homall Direct on Amazon lists the potentially different, smaller version, at $150, with coupons and sales bringing it down to $120.
Out of the three, I feel like the $120 price is closer to what I expected. Outside of length, I could’ve upgraded my $140 desk to have better quality versions of most of the things included with Furniwell’s 63-inch gaming desk for about the same overall cost of it on sale. This, along with some poor choices, hard to determine the value, and lackluster offerings make it hard to recommend Furniwell’s 63-inch gaming desk.
[Editor’s Note: Furniwell 63 inch gaming desk was not provided to us for review. I won it from a contest unrelated to gaming or tech. According to the coordinator, the desk itself was purchased from the Wayfair link.]