Small Desks for Small Spaces
If you live in a smaller apartment, it’s not uncommon for living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms to serve more than one purpose. Sometimes kitchen tables work overtime as a desk, and often work zones can spill into the living areas. Luckily, hip designers have caught on to this, offering a wide range of desk solutions to choose from that address these multi-tasking urges. Whether you need a dedicated desk, or want to disguise your workspace as part of the decor, here’s a shortlist of a few small, but notable, desk ideas in a range of prices and styles to help you become more organized and productive in even the tightest of spaces.
Sawyer Leaning Desk, Crate and Barrel, $179
The Sawyer Leaning Desk is a sleek desk + shelving unit, taking up very little visual and physical floor space with a minimalist ladder frame that rests effortlessly against the wall. Its clean, modern work surface cleverly hides a drawer, while two deep shelves provide clever storage for books and collectibles. Part of Crate and Barrel’s Sawyer modular system, the Leaning Desk’s can be mixed and matched with additional shelving components throughout the home to create a custom fit. Made of solid mahogany and mahogany veneer.
Mid-Century Mini Desk, West Elm, $399
West Elm now offers a mini version of their popular Mid-Century Desk, so you don’t have to sacrifice on style just because your space is small. Crafted of FSC-certified wood and finished on all sides, you can even float the desk in a room's center—a designer tip that can often make a small room look bigger than it is. Available in acorn, white, and black finishes.
WonderWall Desk, YLiving, $499
Blu Dot’s minimalist WonderWall Desk offers a clean and modern wall-mounted desk surface with a hidden cord storage compartment. The desk appears to float on the wall, with a flexible design that makes it equally suitable as an everyday desk, a shelf, or a console—perfect for small and multi-use spaces. Available in select finishes, including walnut veneer, or white lacquer.
The Nook Desk, West Elm, $699
Also from West Elm, the Nook Desk provides a spacious and stylish working surface with cubbies and drawers that can fit plenty of supplies, files, and books—all within a small footprint. The desk’s timeless walnut veneer and antique brass-finished frame will lend an air of understated elegance to any room.
Flatframe, Mueller Moebel, 598 Euros ($663)
Designed by Michael Hilgers, this ultra-thin, wall-mounted secretary desk initially looks like a framed photo, but once opened, becomes a cleverly designed workstation with ample working space (27.5” x 20.7”). Crafted with a linoleum surface, multiplex plywood frame, metal hardware, a magnetic organization board, slots for your tech gadgets, mail and accessories, and a charging station for your laptop and devices, the Flatframe is a multi-use powerhouse—ideal for narrow hallways, bedrooms, or even the kitchen. Plus, you can create an efficient standing or seated workplace depending on how high you mount the frame on the wall. Also customizable, the front surface can feature a photo frame, a chalk memo board, or a plain white panel, upon your request.
Clarke Secretary, Crate and Barrel, $699
Clarke puts a modern slant on an old classic with its graceful tapered legs and space-saving design that miraculously fits four fixed shelves, one drawer, and a drop-down work surface into an elegant, compact home office that can fit just about anywhere. Designed by Blake Tovin, Clark's solid oak legs and oak veneer panels and top are finished in warm grey with brown undertones.