By Julia Malacoff

Published on July 18, 2016

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Photography by URBAN OUTFITTERS

by Julia Malacoff

Short on room but desperate to ditch your cubicle? No matter how small your living space, these little work areas show that where there’s a will to work from home, there’s a way. Whether stashed inside a closet, hidden in a nook, or positioned against an unused wall, these desk setups utilize a minimal amount of real estate but maximize both style and functionality. Read on for 32 of the best tiny desks from across the internet.

 

If you live in a studio but want to work at home, consider lofting your bed and creating a workspace underneath. This idea truly makes the most of your space.

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Photography by JACQUI SMALL LLP VIA DECOR8

Lots of drawers help you stay organized, which can be hard when you don’t have much space to work with. Take a cue from this little setup and invest in some!

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Photography by THE EVERY GIRL

Luxe-looking decor details like these desk accessories and wall art pieces make the most basic desk feel extra special.

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Photography by DREAM GREEN DIY

Gold accents and a perfectly paired ghost chair make this desk feel fresh and modern.

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Photography by CUCKOO 4 DESIGN

This secretary desk serves as both an area to work and a helpful storage solution. It can be closed up outside of the “9 to 5” hours to really separate your office space from your home life.

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Photography by PATRICK KLINE:LONNY

The glossy finish on this desk makes it feel fancy enough to fit in with the decor of the rest of the room. 

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Photography by DESIGN SPONGE

Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t personalize it. Here, the owner has hung an ever-changing moodboard and moon phase calendar for some extra inspiration. 

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Photography by LIA HARTMAN VIA DESIGN SPONGE

If you’ve got a closet that’s not big enough to really use, install a wood panel and create a desk, as shown here. Add a fun wallpaper or paint color to the inside to give the area it’s own fun character.

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Photography by STADSHEM VIA MY DOMAINE

This nook desk is nothing more than a panel hung on the wall––it couldn’t be easier to incorporate into your space.

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Photography by LONNY

If you have to put a desk in your bedroom, this is how to do it. 

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Photography by DANA VAN LEEUWEN

This truly tiny desk provides just enough room to get the job done.

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Photography by ELLE DECORATION

Placing your desk in front of a window gives you all the natural light you could possibly want, and maybe a nice view, too.

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Photography by DAWANDA

A colorful chair adds an element of interest to an otherwise simple desk. 

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Photography by SPENCER LOWELL VIA DWELL

This little built-in desk is inside a mobile trailer home. If they have room for a home office, you do too! 

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Photography by JENNIFER JONES VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

Another amazing closet desk, this one is on the bigger side, and utilizes the back wall for extra hanging storage as well as shelving.

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Photography by THOMAS KUOH VIA HOUZZ

The end of a narrow room provides the perfect opportunity to install a desk nook, complete with overhead cabinetry. Staying within a mostly white palette keeps the area feeling open and airy rather than cramped.

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Photography by MOOD MAYBE

Accordion doors hide this desk in plain sight after a long day at the “office.”

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Photography by DADAA

If your tiny desk gets natural light, accent your workspace with some plant life to keep it feeling fresh. 

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Photography by SAYEK PEZESHKI

Just because your desk is pint-sized doesn’t mean it can’t be colorful. A carefully planned color scheme can make all the difference towards making sure your work area feels like a special and well-considered part of your home.

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Photography by BOILA

This genius design is fully mounted on a wall, meaning you literally only need a few empty feet available to make it work.

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Photography by DWELL

Can’t imagine where you could possibly fit a desk? Hide it under a staircase

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Photography by CAROLYN PURNELL APARTMENT THERAPY

Adding curtains to your closet desk makes it easy to close it off when you’re finished working (and hide any work-related mess inside!)

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Photography by MI CASA

Close the door and you’d never know this clever desk was there.

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Photography by @TALULLAHALEXANDRA

An unused corner is the ideal place to stick a small desk. We love the playful pattern mixing happening around this wooden one.

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Photography by HELLO BLOGAZINE

An upholstered chair makes a little space feel cozy. Try a textured grey fabric for something neutral but not too plain.

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Photography by BOURBON DAISY

Another easily hidden gem, the fold-up work surface in this sunny home can be stowed away at a moment’s notice. 

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Photography by AT HOME IN LOVE

Small doesn’t always have to mean minimal and sleek. Take this floral setup with tons of character, for example. 

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

Multiple levels of shelving provide a place for more storage than you thought possible. Plus, hiding away supplies and papers in boxes and files keeps your desk looking clean and organized.

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Photography by SARAH WIDMAN

Proper lighting is essential for even the smallest of workspaces, and we love how an industrial lamp brightens up this already well-lit desk.

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Photography by THE GLITTER GUIDE

The key to keeping a tiny desk from feeling cluttered is an orderly surface. Take a cue from this perfectly neat workspace.

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Photography by CUP OF JO

This little desk was once an outdoor patio table, proving that the perfect mini furniture piece can come from the most unexpected of places. 

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Photography by LAUREN CONRAD

If you’re really limited on square-footage, an end table can take the place of a traditional desk. Go for something with at least one drawer so you can stash away the essentials.