25 Desk Ideas Perfect for Small Spaces

DIY, built-in, and vintage options

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Ann Living

Whether you moved your work from an office to your home or just need a place to web-surf, pay bills, or scan emails, you will be more productive with a well-designed office workspace. But what if you don't have room for an actual home office? It won't be a problem if you can find the perfect small desk.

To offer you inspiration, here are some great small space solutions, from floating furniture to standing risers.

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    Multi-Tier Shelf Desk

    shelf used as small desk

    Cathie Hong

    Small spaces often require unique solutions. If you don't need a ton of surface area, using the lowest shelf of a bookcase, like in this room by Cathie Hong, can be a perfect solution.

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    Midcentury Modern Style

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    Ann Living

    Low-slung, midcentury modern furniture works in small spaces because pieces like these do not carry much visual heft. This wood desk in a Scandinavian apartment decorated by Ann Living is a terrific example. Its beautiful wood finish and compact design made it a chic fit for the small living room. The plush yellow chair completes a perfectly functional home office space. 

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    Tiny Alcove Workstation

    small desk in an alcove space

    Arbor & Co.

    Making every inch count in a teensy dwelling can be tricky. In this rustic home, interior designer Arbor & Co. rises to the challenge by filling an empty alcove with a tiny built-in desk and additional shelves for storage. 

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    Custom Style Desk for Kid's Room

    small vintage desk for kid's room

    Emily Henderson

    In small spaces, including kid's rooms, large pieces of solid furniture can be oppressive, so why not opt for something different?  This one in a room designed by Emily Henderson captures a vintage style with two iron cast legs that sit at the perfect height for your little one to do schoolwork or read.

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    Thin Features

    minimalist desk

    Nude and Novice

    By choosing a desk with slim features, like in this apartment by Instagram account Nude and Novice, you can still have a stylish home office setup without taking up too much space.

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    Adjustable Desk

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    Domm Dot Com

    It's essential to get a desk that can work with you—especially if you're working in a smaller space. This adjustable one from IKEA can have its height changed from a sitting to a standing desk. Domm Dot Com claims that even the smaller version of this at 45" is still plenty of space to get work done.

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    Flat Surface

    flat desk/table in bedroom

    JC Designs

    Adding a desk to your bedroom will certainly take up some space. Choosing an option with a flat surface, such as this one seen in JC Designs's bedroom, can serve as a table when not in use as a workspace.

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    Repurposed Vintage Table

    vintage repurposed desk

    Mary Patton Design

    We love cheap, vintage pieces loaded with character. Here, an old wood desk in this apartment decorated by Mary Patton Design is a perfect fit right next to the window.

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    Use a Basic Table

    small table as desk

    Kateryna Gonchar

    Rather than purchasing an actual desk, choosing a basic table can still serve the purpose of a home office without breaking the bank. This apartment from Kateryna Gonchar incorporates a simple table that can work as a place to display decor or a place to get work done, without taking up an unnecessary amount of room.

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    Blend It In

    small white desk in entryway against white wall

    Laquita Tate Styling and Designs

    If you worry about a desk being an eyesore, then trying to tone it down can be a helpful approach to take. Laquita Tate Styling and Designs matched this white desk to the exact same shade as the wall behind it—making it look almost invisible.

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    Desk in a Closet

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    Design: Emily Henderson Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    Thanks to inexpensive, wall-mounted shelving, this closet featured on Emily Henderson conceals a small desk and storage shelves. Your home office vanishes simply by closing the sliding closet door. Home storage retailers and home improvement centers offer a variety of products that can be adapted to create a desk like this. 

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    Desk With Crossed Legs

    folding desk

    Jenn Pablo Studio

    Desks come in plenty of different shapes and sizes—meaning you can find a selection that will work well in any space in your home. This desk in a room designed by Jenn Pablo Studio features a set of crossed legs that give the appearance of a sleeker model.

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    Glass Top Desk

    glass desk with silver legs

    Jenn Pablo Studio

    Looking for another way to create the illusion of a smaller desk? Glass top versions not only have a chic, elegant feel but can give appear almost invisible at times. In this living room by Jenn Pablo Studio, the combination of a glass surface and thin, silver legs looks as though you can see right through it.

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    Go Long

    long black table serving as desk in small space

    Kirsten Diane

    Sometimes a smaller space requires a different approach. Rather than choosing a desk that is smaller, you can choose a table that stretches longer but thinner across the surface, such as this space from Kirsten Diane. This can depend on space but can work well to ensure you have plenty of room to walk around rather than choosing a smaller yet bulkier choice that won't be as practical in the long run.

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    Floating Nook Desk

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    Latham Interior Design

    This nook sure is pretty, but its size could easily deem it wasted space. Enter Latham Interior Design, who turned this funky spot into a functional work area with a custom-built floating desk shaped to fit the space. Odd angled corners like this are awkward fits for most commercial furniture pieces, and a custom-built hanging desk like this one is the perfect solution. 

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    Open and Airy Furniture

    small desk in hallway

    Britt Design Co.

    Sometimes the perfect space is right in front of you, even if it seems unconventional. This small nook in between rooms, in a home designed by Britt Design Co., is the perfect size for a simple desk, which is exactly what it is used for. While the nook may seem small, its position in the hallway still allows for plenty of space so as to not feel cramped and contained.

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    Floating Shelf Desk

    floating shelf desk

    KJ Design Mortar and Styling

    Another take on the floating desk concept, KJ Design Mortar and Styling used thin gold braces to mount a dark piece of wood to the wall, creating a simple, elegant setup.

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    Between the Built-Ins

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    LeClair Decor

    Making use of the space between built-ins is incredibly underrated. This setup by LeClair Decor includes a small surface with drawers, as well as a few floating shelves, in between large cabinets, creating an all-inclusive workspace.

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    Every Nook and Cranny

    small desk in bedroom nook

    LeClair Decor

    Another stunning example of putting a nook to good use, this corner by LeClair Decor doesn't waste any space—a wood desk, a pair of spacious drawers, and floating shelves that stretch to the ceiling make an ideal home office out of a small space.

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    Build Around It

    desk extended into built int

    LeClair Decor

    A unique approach to the usual small space dilemma, LeClair Decor didn't opt to cut down this desk to fit between other furniture. Instead, the piece of wood extends all the way down the wall, where a set of cabinets are built around the piece. The results are unconventional but stylish.

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    Use The Wall For Support

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    LeClair Decor

    Small spaces don't always leave room for a full desk. The solution? Use the wall for support instead of an additional leg. LeClair Decor took this approach, using two pieces of wood to form a desk, but mounted the top piece to the wall for stability.

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    Leave Room for Only The Essentials

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    COTTAGE + SEA

    Realistically, selecting a desk for a small space may come down to...getting a small desk. As long as it has room for all your essentials, a small desk can work exceptionally well, as COTTAGE + SEA proves here.

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    Wraparound Desk

    corner desk wraparound

    Mary Patton Design

    Mary Patton Design proves that having a small space doesn't mean you have to scale down your options. A corner desk can help work with the length of your room and still leave you with plenty of space for all your office supplies.

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    Go The Minimalist Route

    floating desk

    Michelle Boudreau Design

    Truly, a small space may require just the basics, like this small office from Michelle Boudreau Design. A singular wood surface serves as a desk, holding only a lamp, computer, and small plant.

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    Choose a Desk With Rounded Edges

    rounded edges small desk

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    Rather than a rectangular desk with sharp corners, try choosing a desk with rounded edges instead. This can work great in smaller spaces, like this home office by Ashley Montgomery Design. The desk is angled away from the wall, and the curved edges make the surrounding area appear more spacious.