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The 10 Best Desks for Small Spaces

You can make space for any of these desks.


As the world gets more crowded and our living spaces become more cramped, setting up an at-home work setup is a luxury. The coronavirus pandemic has left many office workers fashioning their sofas and dining tables into temporary home offices. Luckily many furniture brands are making smaller desks to accomodate smaller living environments. We don’t know when we can head back to the office again, but until then, these 10 tiny desks (no, not that Tiny Desk) will help us make the best of WFH life.

Small Folding Desk

We don’t know what brand this is either. But it’s a $50 desk that folds up so it’s virtually non-existent when you aren’t working on it. Just get this if you can’t be bothered with any other option.

BUY NOW: $50

Williston Forge Dodie Writing Desk

For the minimalist fanatic, the Dodie desk is a simple glass-top desk with slim, unobtrusive legs. The raised edges prevent your pens from rolling off the desk, and the open back is perfect for managing your unsightly charging cables.

BUY NOW: $96

Rooney Wall-Mounted Desk

The Rooney desk is a wall-mounted fold-out desk for those who are really tight on space. The desk features a tiny shelf and a fabric backing in the interior for pinning up notes and keepsakes When folded, the desk juts out just five inches from the wall as if it’s not even there.

BUY NOW: $179

AllModern Evelyn Desk

The Evelyn desk is a bit more elegant with its black wood finish and high-gloss brass legs. Some assembly is required, but the final product is a desk you can work on all workday long.

BUY NOW: $224

CB2 Helix Walnut Desk

Ladders are a great way to save square footage and add storage space. The Helix has three shelves, one for a work space and two for storage, and the walnut veneer and black powdercoated steel pair well together for a sleek setup. Safety tip: CB2 recommends securing the ladder to the wall to avoid accidents.

BUY NOW: $249

Made by Choice Fem Work Desk

The designers at interior architect agency Fyra know what it’s like to use a stack of books as a desk. They designed the Fyra to work as a desk or a shelf. The desk is screw-free and can be easily assembled and disassembled. The back panel can be repurposed into a top shelf for miscellaneous items or as an elevated tabletop for working while standing up.

BUY NOW: $246+

Industrial Storage Mini Desk

For those with lots of loose papers and knick knacks, the Industrial Storage Mini Desk keeps your messes out of sight. We rarely see enough mango wood in furniture, but West Elm pairs it perfectly with a black steel frame. The desk looks a bit like something you’d pick up at a flea market — and that just makes it cooler.

BUY NOW: $499

Knoll Toboggan Chair Desk

Like the desk-chair hybrids of your childhood school days, the Knoll Toboggan Chair Desk lets you carve out a little home office wherever there’s space. The interesting shape lets users move 360 degrees without bumping into the frame or table, and the desk comes in fun, vibrant colors like dark red and slate blue.

BUY NOW: $499

Tema Furniture Inc. Oak Volga Desk

New Mexico-based Tema Furniture Inc. makes European-inspired home furnishings for modern-day tastes. We love the walnut wood veneer tabletop with its built-in organizer for staying tidy.

BUY NOW: $535

Mash Studios LAX Series Wall Mounted Desk

Mash Studios’ wall-mounted desk doubles as a shelving unit when it’s not your work space. The desk is made from oil-finished English walnut and is as space-saving as they come. Cord holes on either side of the desk keep wires tidy, and a sliding powdercoated aluminum sheath hides messes.

BUY NOW: $792

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