By Rachel Barber

Published on July 10, 2015

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When space is tight, often a home workspace is the first thing to go. If you’re craving a place to get creative or be productive at home, you can have one–with proper planning. Read on for clever ideas and smart styling that prove small space desks totally work

clear console

A glass or lucite desk won’t look bulky in your small space. Try a console style and add baskets underneath for storage. A piece like this easily doubles as a buffet or home bar when entertaining guests.

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bedside table 

Make your desk multi-functional with a small options that double as a nightstand or vanity. Keep accessories minimal to decrease clutter. Try adding a small lamp, a candle, or a few jewelry trays.

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floating desk

The ultimate space saver. A mounted desk feels contemporary and allows you to add your own storage below. Also this just looks really cool. 

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Another great example of using the space next to your bed for both nightstand and desk. The narrow surface area might require a few shelves hung above the desk to provide ample storage. Try this on either side of the bed to keep the room balanced. 

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fold away desk

Believe it or not, fold-away desks aren’t just for kids. For an adult upgrade, try one that converts into a mirror. Look for a desk that holds shelving inside for even more storage space.

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leaning desk

A leaning desk with only two legs is a major space saver, especially if it includes shelving.

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headboard or footboard

An alternative to the nightstand desk that allows for more tabletop space, this option blends seamlessly with your bed. Check out how this plays as a footboard in the following slide.

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Smart storage below offers places to tuck work related items when not in use. 

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a versatile cart as extra storage

If your small-space desk doesn’t have space for supplies, use a cart to hold them. Find cute canisters, wire bins, or magazine organizers to keep things clutter-free.