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The 15 Best Desks for Small Spaces

You can make space for any of these desks.

space setup with office chair and plants

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 accommodate smaller living environments. We don’t know when we can head back to the office again, but until then, these 15 tiny desks (no, not that Tiny Desk) will help us make the best of WFH life.

Atlantic Adjustable Laptop Tray Table

Those super tight on space might fare well with a tray table so you can get work done on the sofa (or bed). This one from Walmart is adjustable so you can put your screen at the optimal eye level, and there's a little desk space plus a cup holder.

Buy Now: $32

Ikea Micke Desk

If you're looking for the bare minimum desk, head to Ikea. The $49 Micke, the smallest of the Micke family, is 29 inches across and has a single drawer with ample space.

Buy Now: $49

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: $69

Mind Reader Adjustable Standing Desk

Sit, stand and roll with this Mind Reader desk. It's crazy cheap at $80, and you can really do work just about anywhere.

Buy Now: $80

Foundstone Hayward Solid Wood Floating Desk

The Hayward desk is a wall-mounted desk for those who are really tight on space. The minimally obtrusive desk features a couple drawers for added utility to an already pragmatic work-from-home solution.

Buy Now: $90

Williston Forge Bowie Corner Desk

Maximize your home's space by using a corner desk. The Bowie has a wood tabletop finished with a metal mesh back. And if you're someone who still uses pens and pencils, there's an additional storage cup for your stationery.

Buy Now: $142

Andover Mills Sanner Fold-Away Floating Desk

The Sanner desk is a wall-mounted fold-out desk for those who are really tight on space. The desk features an interior storage nook. When folded, the desk juts out just four inches from the wall as if it’s not even there.

Buy Now: $179

Pottery Barn Allen Wood Extending C-Table

Listen, if you're really just going to work on your sofa all day, try this c-table from Pottery Barn. It's not the best work-from-home solution, but it does give you a space to do work, and it doubles as a table for eating and watching TV.

Buy Now: $229

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 powder-coated steel pair well together for a sleek setup. Safety tip: CB2 recommends securing the ladder to the wall to avoid accidents.

Buy Now: $249

Urban Outfitters Kirby Hutch Desk

If you can't spare too much square footage, build upwards. This Hutch desk from Urban Outfitters is as affordable as it is space-saving. With two small storage shelves for your office gear and an overhead shelf for other miscellaneous items, the Kirby is the desk for those with a lot of stuff and nowhere to put it.

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: $335+

Pottery Barn Morgan Simple Kids Desk

Yes, it's from Pottery Barn Kids, but a small desk is a small desk.

Buy Now: $479

West Elm 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

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 powder-coated aluminum sheath hides messes.

Buy Now: $792

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