SOHL Furniture Writing Desk + SOHL Furniture Mesh Office Chair

Last Updated on July 9, 2023


  • Aldi sold an ivory-colored writing desk for $119.99 in April of 2022 that has wooden legs instead of metal legs and features a single pull-out drawer instead of two. This desk matches the ivory accent cabinet and ivory accent bench Aldi also sold around the same time. 
  • Aldi sold a similar desk in 2019. The biggest differences between the 2019 and 2018 models of the desk are that 1.) the 2019 model has an outlet and USB ports and 2.) the 2019 model is $10 more than the 2018 version ($69.99 compared to $59.99). 
  • Check out our review of another desk that Aldi sells, the SOHL Furniture Life Concepts Folding Computer Desk, here. If you’re seeking information on warranty service for the SOHL Furniture Writing Desk, read more about our experience here

I work from home, but I haven’t had a truly suitable office space for several years since we converted our home office into our youngest child’s bedroom.

My work space options have included working with my computer on my lap in the living room or (during mild weather) in our sun room, working at the dining room table where I have to clear everything off at the end of the day so I can serve dinner, or working in our guest bedroom in the basement where we moved most of our office furniture after my youngest child was born. I don’t really like working in the basement, as it’s rather cave-like and I prefer working near a window to the outside world for morale boosting and motivation.

There is one good corner in my dining room that can hold a modest-sized desk and can serve as a small home office. What I really needed was the right desk that would fit with our main living area furniture and decor. (Our old home office desk that was relegated to the basement is a behemoth that looks more like college student furniture, and I didn’t want it in my dining room.)

SOHL Furniture Exclusive Collection Writing Desk

Enter the Aldi SOHL Furniture Writing Desk and accompanying SOHL Furniture Mesh Office Chair. Aldi is currently selling this desk for $59.99, and the office chair for $39.99. I’ve seen similar desks at Target for just over $100 and mesh chairs for $120, so from a price perspective these are pretty cheap for what you get.

Aldi also is selling a shelf set that matches the desk, but I didn’t purchase the shelf.

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

SOHL Furniture Mesh Office Chair

This desk has a light oak finish with two storage drawers. It advertises that it’s made with a durable powder-coated steel frame, and it has adjustable levelers on the feet to ensure a level work space on any surface. The desk measures 47.2 inches long, 18.8 inches deep, and 30.2 inches tall.

The chair offers contour support, a breathable padded fabric seat, upright locking position, adjustable tilt tension control and seat height, and 360-degree swivel wheels. It has a weight capacity of 275 pounds.

I did ask for help getting the desk loaded into my car. It is heavy but not impossible to carry, but the box recommends that two people carry it. An Aldi employee was happy to grab the box the desk was packaged in off the shelf in the store. He balanced it in a shopping cart and brought it to my car for me.

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk Manual - English-Spanish

The SOHL Furniture Writing Desk Manual (Click to open.)

Damages Upon Opening the Box:

The desk comes with the wooden surface and drawers already assembled in one large unit, and all I had to do was attach the legs and supports. I noticed that the wooden portion of the desk had several small gashes when I removed it from the packaging, including a significant dent on the lower right corner of one of the drawers.

These issues may simply come with the territory when purchasing a $60 desk. The wood (or whatever it is) is probably not the greatest quality. It’s possible that — because all the dents are on the front surface of the desk — the damage may have happened all in one blow to that side, depending on what happened to the box during the shipping process. None of the dents are deal breakers for me because most of them aren’t that noticeable, but I am going to contact the manufacturer to request a new front facade for the drawer with the largest and most conspicuous gash. The other small dents can’t be repaired without getting an entirely new desk, and they don’t bother me as much.

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

It’s not easy to see in photos, but the largest gash is on the lower right corner of this desk drawer. (Click to enlarge.)

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

Another smaller dent is on the lower portion of the desktop. (Click to enlarge.)

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

Another small dent on the lower portion of the desktop on the other side of the desk. (Click to enlarge.)

Assembling the Home Office:

It took about 30 minutes for me to assemble the desk, and it took my husband about 30 minutes to assemble the chair. Both pieces of furniture came with a hex screwdriver for assembly, but the desk requires a screwdriver with a Phillips head as well, and we preferred to use our own screwdriver that has hex attachments.

The desk doesn’t have written instructions for assembly: only a series of pictures. It looked intimidating at first, but after studying the manual I figured it out easily. I had to ask my 10-year-old to hold the stabilizer bar that runs under the desk while I screwed it in, so it does require a second set of hands for part of the assembly.

After assembling, I noticed that the right desk drawer sits very slightly lower than the left drawer, but I figure I got what I paid for and few people will notice it. Also, the bottoms of the drawers don’t feel the sturdiest, so I’ll have to be careful not to overload them with heavy items.

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

The right drawer sits slightly lower than the left. (Click to enlarge.)

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

The inside of one of the drawers. I’ve got a few notebooks and some boxes of business cards stashed here.

My husband said assembling the chair was generally painless. It can be done with one person, but it’s helpful to have a second person for portions of the task. There was a typo or missing element in the labeling of the spacers. They were labeled A and B in the instructions but were not labelled on the inventory list, so my husband had to guess what the right ones were. We ultimately guessed correctly that the first spacer listed was the A spacer.

Our Impressions:

Our initial takeaway is that the desk and the chair are similar in quality to what you’d buy at a big box store. They’re not top-shelf furniture, but they definitely work, especially for the price. The chair, in particular, is both comfortable and contoured well. The back support is especially nice.

As for the desk, it has space for my laptop with its accompanying stand as well as a separate keyboard and mouse. I also fit our home printer onto the desk, but that really crowds the space, leaving little surface area for a cup of tea or a lamp. It works for my purposes, though. Best of all, I now have my own dedicated work space with a view of the birds at the feeders in my back yard.

SOHL Furniture Writing Desk

The finished home office set, and my husband trying out the chair. (Click to enlarge.)

The Verdict:

Aldi’s SOHL Furniture Writing Desk and SOHL Furniture Mesh Office Chair are what you might expect of a $60 desk and a $40 chair. The desk looks nice and provides a good-but-not-huge work space, and the chair is comfortable. However, this is probably not heirloom-quality furniture meant to last forever. The wood on the desk is inexpensive and came out of the box with several small dents. (Check back later to see if I score any replacement pieces from the manufacturer.) Considering that similar desks and chairs from big box stores easily cost $100 or more each, though, the Aldi desk and chair are a good deal if you need to create a work space on the cheap.


About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at


  1. I’m curious how sturdy the desk is with metal legs instead of wood?

  2. What is the height of the legs of this desk? I can see the tabletop height. I’m trying to figure out if I can put it over my dog’s kennel!

  3. I would like to know if the Sohl 6 cube storage unit or any if their Furniture pieces contain formaldehyde or any other carcinogenic chemicals. This would be great to know before purchasing them.

  4. i was wondering if you know how much weight the desk can hold??

    • I don’t think the manual says how much weight it can hold. It should be okay if you’re just putting standard office equipment on it.

  5. I bought this desk last week at my local Aldi. It was too heavy for me to carry but was helped by an employee. It took me a few hours to assemble, mainly because my hands are weak and the desk was heavy to manipulate. I bought it for my sewing machine and it is just what I was hoping for, sturdy. It does not shimmy or move when I sew and the two drawers are very convenient for immediate use sewing supplies. I am very happy with this purchase!

  6. I purchased this table a couple months back, it remained in the box for a while because we were moving and wanted to wait to open it in our new home. Once we were settled and went to assemble the desk the screws were missing. Of course we threw away the box. So returning is not an option. Is there anyone that can possibly give me the name of the screws so that we can purchase them somewhere else. Please help.

  7. Is the back of the unit open? I need to mount a clamp- style monitor arm to it, but the rest of the desk is too thick (over three inches)

  8. I bought this 3 years ago and it STILL is sturdy and looks great! I even was able to move it several times without issue.

  9. Aldi finds starting April 7,2021. I consider getting this desk. Would you recommend it? Thank you

  10. Alejandra Garcia Cattaneo

    Hi. I’ve the sohl office chair. I’m wondering the height range of the seat, could you please tell me yours? I think mine is defective as it goes really low and not high enough.
    Many thanks

  11. I was wondering how many inches from the bottom of the drawers to the floor? Basically looking at using a certain bench and want to make sure there is enough room to put my legs underneath the desk.

    • Our desk is a few years old, so no guarantee the current desk in stores has the same measurements, but ours is about 24-25 inches.

  12. Rachael, checking in to see how your chair has held up over the past few years.

    • Our chair has been fine, and it takes a lot of abuse from kids spinning in it and such. The latest model in Aldi stores is a little different than ours, but I assume it is probably of similar quality.

  13. Moving the desk fell forward & one of the drawer fronts broke off. I’d like to glue it but dont know how to get the rest of the drawer out.

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