Nelson Swag Leg Desk


Designed by George Nelson



Free Shipping on Everything
From April 30–May 31, 2020, enjoy free shipping on everything site-wide shipped within the contiguous U.S. and Canada, excluding deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories. Extra fees apply to island locations and default shipping upgrades. Offer is nontransferable and cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts, nor applied to past purchases or future deliveries.


Add to cart options

Nelson Swag Leg Desk

Nelson Swag Leg Desk

Product Actions

Item Number: 276658

Ready to ship in 6 weeks

Shipping Info:
Clicking on the following button will update the content above.
Item Number: NS5850


Introduced in 1958 by then-design director, George Nelson, the Nelson Swag Leg Desk has retained its relevance for decades. These desks continue to add interest and utility to homes and offices through their graceful, architectural form and timeless materials.
Nelson Swag Leg Desk


Shipping Options
Your cart will reflect the shipping options available for your order. Visit our Shipping and Delivery page to learn more.
Packaging Type:
Packaging Dimensions:
42" x 32" x 12"
Package Weight:
77 lbs.
Assembly Required:
Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.


Products using laminate may include tabletops, work surfaces, counter caps, transaction surfaces, flipper doors, and lateral files.

For normal cleaning, wash the laminate with a soft cloth and a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

For minor repair of burns or other stubborn marks, apply a nonabrasive liquid kitchen cleanser with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. Rub in the direction of the grain; use caution to avoid damaging the surface texture or gloss. If no grain direction is visible, rub with a light, circular motion.

Do not use powdered abrasives or other harsh cleansers like hypochlorite bleach, hydrogen peroxide, nitric or hydrochloric acids, or lye; they may deface the surface and change the finish color.

Height 34.5"
Width 39"
Depth 28.5"


0 reviews Be the first to review the Nelson Swag Leg Desk
5.0 / 5.0
1 Review
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Completely satisfied
I bought this desk to fit in an area of limited space and accommodate my 27 inch iMac while still providing adequate work surface and storage; secondarily, to match the design of my Eames chair and be light and airy enough to not obscure light from adjacent windows. It was easily assembled in 15 minutes and went together like a bank vault. Every aspect reflects the high quality one expects of Herman Miller products. I had been uncertain about the cubby hole colors, but they are bright and happy without clashing. Plenty of leg room, and adequate, well designed drawers. The work surface is sufficient for even big paperwork projects. The iMac monitor fits easily on the upper shelf and is well balanced, with no tendency to tip whatsoever. It is a correct distance and height for viewing. I couldn't be happier with the purchase.
February 10, 2015

Product Q&A

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 9 questions Browse 9 questions and 9 answers
How deep is the top shelf?

I have an Apple monitor and I just want to make sure it will fit on the shelf without hanging over.
A shopper on Jan 29, 2015
Best Answer: The shelf depth on the Nelson Swag Leg Desk is 9.25" inches (9.75" inches if you include the back lip of the shelf).

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202.
What is top shelf height?
Joshua M on Jun 1, 2019
Best Answer: The top shelf is 34.5 inches from the floor or 5.81 inches from the work surface of the desk.
What is the top shelf depth?
Joshua M on May 25, 2019
Best Answer: The top shelf depth on the Nelson Swag Leg Desk is 9 1/4 inches.
30" Apple Cinema Display

I have a 30" Apple Cinema Display that weights 27.5 lbs and I was wondering would be ok to put it on the shelf?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
Best Answer: The Nelson Swag Leg Desk has a weight limit of 25 lbs on the top shelf. The desk area has a weight limit of 100 lbs.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What is the distance between the legs of the desk?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2015
Best Answer: The distance between the legs of the Nelson Swag Leg Desk are 34" inches apart.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Where is this desk manufactured?
A shopper on May 14, 2015
Best Answer: The Nelson Swag Leg Desk is manufactured and assembled in the USA (Michigan).

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
What are the specifications on the materials used for this desk?

Hardwood dividers are specified, what type?

The desk has a walnut veneer, but what material is under the veneer?

A shopper on Feb 7, 2015
Best Answer: The Nelson Swag Leg desk has a white-laminate top surface, solid walnut side and back panels, 4 medium-density fiberboard dividers, and 2 black-plastic pencil drawers. The base is chrome-finished steel tubing with a solid walnut stretcher and adjustable glides. The desk also has a grommet for cable management.

Please contact the Herman Miller Online Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Seating Height

What is the seating height for this desk? What chair height works best?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: The Nelson Swag Leg Desk height is 28.5 inches high. Any of our office chairs (Embody, Aeron, Sayl, Celle, Mirra, Mirra 2, Caper, Setu, etc.) would be able to adjust to fit the height of the desk along with the height of the user. For the proper seat height, there should be slightly less than a 90� angle between your thighs and calves.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or by email at hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
I live in Europe and the german editor Vitra also offers this desk, but the price is much higher (about $ 5000) Can you explain me the reason?
A shopper on Nov 18, 2013
Best Answer: Vitra is a licensed manufacturer and distributor, which means they purchased the rights to manufacture and sell select Eames and Nelson products in Europe. Since they are an independent manufacturer and not working directly with Herman Miller, they have their own pricing model which can differ from Herman Miller prices offered through our authorized retailers and online store.

If you have any further questions, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.