Squeezing a home office into a tiny space sounds nearly impossible, but it can be done. The secret? A few clever tricks of the trade and a desk that fits within the parameters of your WFH space. (Think: slim profile, wheels, and built-in storage.)
We found options to suit every style that are also design-forward and practical because limited square footage shouldn’t get in your way of carving out the ultimate home workstation. Read on for our edit of the best desks for small spaces.
If you’re all about Scandi-chic
Pyramid Table 01, HAY, $725
Designed with functionality and a lightweight frame in mind, this durable piece with its steel sheet base is a modern refresh of a 1950s classic.
If you’re lacking floorspace
Svalnäs Wall-Mounted Workspace, IKEA, $101
A wall-mounted desk that clears up valuable floor space is an ideal alternative for the square footage–deprived. Add built-in storage up top and you have a real winner.
If you’re a fan of open storage
Public White 36” Counter Dining Table, CB2, $399
Part desk, part bookcase, this seriously stylish find has chic cubicles for storage and a desktop with a wide surface area to boot.
If you’re looking for the whole package
Mantis Desk, Case Furniture, $1,362
With a slew of attachable accessories such as a drawer, file holder, and even a privacy screen, this multidimensional desk also comes with a removable plate that conceals an internal storage tray for wires and cables.
If you need to fill an unused nook
Corner Desk, Coming Soon, $300
File under best use of an empty corner. With its slightly rounded edge and its bold black finish, this small space–friendly desk is no wallflower.
If you want a little flair
Merriton Desk, Anthropologie, $598
This sleek and streamlined option with its glam, lucite drawer pulls is understated yet elegant enough to transform even the drabbest of home offices.
If you’re looking for streamlined storage
Desk, Coming Soon, $325
With a built-in filing cabinet, this two-for-one desk is a prime contender for a small space that will keep clutter out of sight and mind.
If you want to throw it back
Mid-Century Fold Out Desk, Urban Outfitters, $429
Solid wood gives this mid-century desk a rustic touch, and the foldable nature of it allows it to double as a dresser or side table in super-small living rooms and bedrooms. The writing area also includes a hidden drawer for extra storage space.
If you need a desk and bookshelf in one
Stairway White 96-Inch Desk, CB2, $399
Mount this sturdy desk against a wall and you’ll never even know it’s there. The shelves reach a CB2 record height of over eight feet, and the clean white finish makes for a modern feel. This desk is also really narrow (20 inches), so you never have to worry about having enough space for it, but it makes clever use of wall space for you to store your favorite books and stationery.
If you want a clutter-free office space
Loring Writing Desk, Target, $120
Target’s Project 62 line was designed with small spaces in mind, and this desk makes use of all the tips and tricks we’ve come to expect from the inventive retailer. Outlets and USB ports are housed secretly in the back, the foldable base lets it double as a showcase, and the hidden drawers allow for a clutter-free, clean aesthetic.
If you don’t need a wide desktop
Modern Wall Desk, West Elm, $699
A minimalist’s delight, this Scandi-inspired desk has so much built-in shelving, ideal for storing all sorts of knickknacks. The wood legs are angled in such a way that the desk itself won’t take up too much of your precious floor space, while the drawers keep your messy papers hidden from sight.
If you’re always on the go
Talk about a multipurpose item: First off, this sleek white option will go with literally any decor. And because of its easy-to-move wheels, you can cart it around your home and use it in a multitude of ways in many different rooms—as a standing desk in your bedroom, as an island in your kitchen, or even as a bar cart in your living room. The possibilities are truly endless.
If hidden compartments are your style
Oscuro Walnut Desk, Article, $599
A walnut veneer gives this desk a sophisticated look, and it’s also full of little details that make it great for small spaces. For instance, the hidden power cord means you don’t need to place it near an outlet in order to charge your laptop, and it has two concealed (and fairly deep) compartments to store your odds and ends.
If you want to leave your work at the office
Lacourte Upright Desk, Williams Sonoma Home, $3,500
Okay, we admit this one errs on the expensive side, but it’s a truly stylish, multipurpose item that has so many hidden nooks and crannies that it’s pretty much the only piece of furniture you’ll need in a tiny living room. Closed up, this item looks like a stylish dresser, but when it’s opened, it’s a desk and shelving unit in one. The cubbies are removable, while the side shelves are adjustable, allowing for a customized look that’s all your own.
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