21 Small Desks That Will Help You Make the Most of Your Home Office Space
You can transform any room—or any corner—into an workspace with these small but mighty desks.
Whether you're furnishing the brand-new home office you created in light of the coronavirus pandemic or you're trying to make the most of a tiny workplace you already had, a small desk is often exactly what's needed to complete the project. From leaning ladder desks to wall-mounted shelf-inspired iterations, we're sharing some of the best small desk options on the market right now—you're bound to find one that works for your home office or workspace.
One of the first things to consider when shopping for any piece of furniture is the square footage you have available to you. Even for specific items like small desks, mere inches can determine whether a product will suit your room. That's why we urge you to measure your space before you go shopping, online or in person. The desks we're showing you run the gamut in terms of sizes, shapes, colors, and overall make. If a devoted office isn't in the cards for you, you'll be pleased to know that a number of desks we're sharing take up less than 30 inches in width, meaning you can tuck them into just about any space you have open. And in an effort to occupy the least amount of coveted floor real estate, we're also showing plenty of wall-mounted floating desks, too. Some even fold down, or in, so that you can neatly tuck them away once the workday ends. We've even found a corner desk, which was designed specifically to fit snuggly into the corner of your room. In the event that you're one of the lucky few with a little more room, we're also sharing statement-making desks that can anchor an office.
Ahead, explore decorative and functional desks that are guaranteed to help you maximize of whatever amount of space you have.
Sleek, Freestanding Desk
Measuring at 29.1 inches wide, this tiny desk is just the thing for your small space. But though it's small, it doesn't skimp on style: We love the sleek, minimalist design and white and gold accents.
Shop Now: West Elm "Zane" Mini Desk in White, from $349, westelm.com.
Stable Ladder Desk
This rustic, wood and metal desk features two shelves for extra vertical storage. At 30 inches in diameter, it's a great option for a small apartment.
Shop Now: CB2 "Helix" Walnut Desk, $249, cb2.com.
When you think of a folding table, you probably don't think of a rustic, wooden structure like this. Make this collapsible piece of furniture your new desk for your small space. The top pops in and out for easy breakdown, and building it involves absolutely no power tools.
Shop Now: Coavas Writing Computer Desk, $94.88, amazon.com.
Free-Standing Ladder Desk
Make the most of your tiny area with a sturdy ladder desk. This one features two shelves for extra storage space.
Shop Now: All Modern "Eddy" Leaning/Ladder Desk, $279, allmodern.com.
Floating Hidden Desk
This wall-mounted floating desk conveniently folds up and away when not in use. It's great for a small space, and we like that it can double as a shelf.
Shop Now: Sauder Rectangular White Floating Desk with Built-In Storage, $105.83, homedepot.com.
Thin Desk For Tight Spaces
Thanks to this slim desk's powder-coated steel make, it's easy to clean. Offered in 15 different colors, you're guaranteed to find the hue that best suits your space.
Shop Now: Room & Board "Slim" Desk in Onyx Gloss, $449, roomandboard.com.
This small, wall-mounted table can double as a desk. At only 24 inches by 14 inches, it's the perfect solution for limited space.
Shop Now: FOF Industrial Rustic Wall-Mounted Table, 24'' by 14'', $115, amazon.com.
A Built-In System
If you're looking to make the most of one of your room's walls, opt for a desk that's built into a greater storage system. You can customize the layout to best serve your needs, too.
Shop Now: California Closets "Everyday System 4 Foot" Home Office, $1,105, shop.californiaclosets.com.
No room for a workspace? Think again. Even an unused corner has untapped potential. Add a corner desk—this one is compact and even comes with a removable pencil holder—and get to work.
Shop Now: Saracina Home Industrial Corner Desk in Brown, $169.99, target.com.
Leaning Ladder Desk
Coming in at under 25 inches wide, this leaning ladder desk is perfect for small-space living. Create a home office anywhere with this desk.
Shop Now: Foundstone "Hayley" Leaning/Ladder Desk, $135.99, wayfair.com.
A leg-free floating desk will solve all of your small office problems. No need to worry about taking up precious ground space—any wall can house your new work station now.
Shop Now: 2 Modern "Rail" Desk in Dark Stained Oak, $389.95, 2modern.com.
Floating Folding Desk
A simple wall-mounted floating desk takes up such little space that you might not even notice it when it's folded down. It's great as a small desk or table.
Shop Now: Gymax Wall-Mounted Drop-Leaf Table, $84.99, walmart.com.
Gold Accent Single-Drawer Desk
This simple desk is the perfect solution to your office needs. It features one drawer for storage and stylish gold accents that will seamlessly fit into your room's décor.
Shop Now: World Market "Zola" Desk, $149.99, worldmarket.com.
Whether you use the drawer for a keyboard or storage, this minimalist desk is perfect for a home office.
Shop Now: All Modern "Hailey" Desk in White, $101, allmodern.com.
Customize your own petite desk to be sure it perfectly fits your space. This one, for example, features three drawers, metal legs, and a wooden top.
Shop Now: Wud Furniture "Gotham" Desk, price upon request, wudfurniture.com.
Floating Storage Desk
Offered in both 42 inch and 62 inch sizes, this floating desk serves double duty as storage space thanks to two closed drawers and one open shelf.
Shop Now: Manhattan Comfort "Liberty" Floating Desk, from $119, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Just because you need a small desk doesn't mean it can't pack a punch. This wooden one offers a great home office solution and a chic design.
Shop Now: Structube "Sergio" Desk, $329, structube.com.
Spice up your office décor with a two-toned desk. This one utilizes vertical space, freeing up more coveted floor space in your office.
Shop Now: Furniture of America "America Tali" Two-Tone Leaning Writing Desk, from $197.49, overstock.com.
Custom Storage Solution with Drawers
Create your own storage solution-meets-desk with this bespoke piece. The example here features two drawers, one with a lock, for optimal secure storage, but you can design the setup that works best for your needs.
Shop Now: The Container Store "Design Your Own" Custom Desk, price upon request, containerstore.com.
DIY Fold-Down Desk
A desk like this one is perfect for compact spaces. It's easy to make, too.
This wall-mounted desk features two drawers for optimal storage and takes up very little floor space thanks to its modular elements.
Shop Now: Crate and Barrel "Flex" Modular Desk Set, $397, crateandbarrel.com.