Furniture is made today of very different materials, both traditional, and ultra-modern and even exotic. Each material has it's own balance of characteristics and can be used in each concrete situation to a greater or smaller degree. Let's examine some materials, used while producing desks.
Natural wood is by right considered to be the most traditional material for making desks. Of course, wooden desks are not made of one certain wood breed, there are dozens of them. You can choose timber, either very hard (for example, oak or hornbeam) or very beautiful (for example, cherry tree). It's possible to choose an expensive breed, as mahogany, or cheap pine-tree. Of course, the harder and more beautiful the wood texture is, the more expensive will be a desk, made of it. Desks, made of natural wood, as a rule, look very respectable and they make a room cosy. To be in use for a long time such desks need special care, they shouldn't be used in a dusty or damp room.
The next material for desks is glass. True, they make desks entirely of glass quite seldom, they mostly use combinations of glass with metal or rarer with wood. Glass desks look light, they visually don't take up much space in the room. Glass is perfectly resistant to small scratches and it is not afraid of moisture. The biggest disadvantage of glass is its fragility. True, there are special glasses, they are very strong, made by special technologies, as glasses for cars. Buying a glass desk, demand a certificate about the strength of the glass, used in it.
Metal desks are not widely practiced yet. They are mostly used either in cases, where conditions don't allow to use friendlier to a man materials, or there, where the style called “techno” got accustomed. To manufacture such desks both steel with different coverings and light alloys with aluminum and titanium can be used.
Desks made of plastic can have any shape, and even the most whimsical, and any color, as well. They are light and quite strong. Plastic desks don't require special care and they are not very expensive. The only thing, that you should trouble about is to demand from the seller a certificate, that confirms the correspondence of the desk to sanitary norms.
I would like to mention one more material, namely, artificial stone. Decoration with artificial stone will allow your desk to look very solid. Manufactures offer a big variety of tints, you can choose anything to your own taste. Artificial stone is easy to work, what contributes to a big variety of desks, made of it. Of course, a big beautiful stone desk will look ridiculous on the carpet in a small room, such a table needs appropriate to its weight furniture.