Cocobolo Desk

Published February 05 2019

Nothing says fine finish, skilled craftsmanship and a touch of class like a well-designed piece of wooden furniture, and a piece of furniture crafted out of cocobolo is perhaps near the top of this list based on its consumer appeal and stunning beauty.

Pieces made from this much sought-after wood range from cocobolo pianofortes to cocobolo desks, each piece evoking a sense of originality and desirability.

What is cocobolo?

Cocobolo is a type of tropical hardwood found largely in Central America and is popular largely due to its texture and color. Often described as being a rainbow of colors, cocobolo wood can range from being yellow to purple in tone and has a very fine texture. Its high oil content also means that it is largely waterproof and very durable. Due to limits in the supply of this wood as a result of conservation, items crafted from cocobolo, such as a cocobolo desk or ornaments are usually very expensive to buy. Many pieces of furniture made from cocobolo can cost into the thousands.

What are environmentally friendly alternatives to Cocobolo?

There are a number of alternatives to products crafted from cocobolo wood, not only are these alternatives cheaper but they are also environmentally friendly and help to protect this species of wood.


A desk made from pine can cost anywhere from to 0. Pine is equally durable and is FSC approved which means it is sustainably sourced. That being said, some pine wood, particularly sourced in China may be a result of illegal logging.


Desks made from Douglas-fir wood is usually sourced from European plantations and will, therefore, be FSC approved. Douglas-fir wood is classified as softwood and so might not be as durable as a cocobolo desk, however, it is relatively cheap to buy.

Red cedar wood:

In terms of aesthetics, cedar wood can provide a similar beauty to cocobolo wood. The red tint of the wood itself is striking and can bring a touch of class to any room or office.


Cherry wood is largely harvested in North America and is largely popular in contemporary office environments. Available as both a laminate finish or as a hard solid wood desk, Cherry is an excellent, sustainable alternative to cocobolo.


Walnut is considerably more expensive than Cherry or Maple however far cheaper than cocobolo. It’s natural brown wood grain makes it an attractive option for anyone seeking out a high quality solid desk.


Maple wood is naturally a light blonde color and is generally an affordable and ultra-durable option. This wood can be stained to match more expensive wood grains such as cherry or mahogany.


Laminate, may in our opinion be the #1 alternative to a cocobolo desk. Not only is a laminate desk structurally sound, it is extremely affordable and far easier to move than a solid wood desk! Before investing in a solid wood desk, always consider laminate as an environmentally friendly option, which is mass produced and at a fraction of the price of any solid wood desk.

While cocobolo desks are appealing both visually and structurally, they can be extremely expensive and are not sustainable for mass production. The more environmentally-friendly alternatives can offer an equal sense of beauty and durability, at a much lower cost. Due to the lower price of these desks, they can be used on a daily basis without worry of causing damage to the finish or structure. A cocobolo desk, on the other hand, requires more attention in terms of upkeep and maintenance.

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