Whether you moved your work from an office to 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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Floating Window Desk
This window niche sure is pretty, but its angles created an odd nook that wasted space. Enter Pause 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.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Low-slung, midcentury-modern furniture works in small spaces because pieces like these do not carry much visual heft. This vintage 1950s desk in a Paris apartment decorated by Marion Alberge is a terrific example. Its beautiful wood finish and compact design made it a chic fit for the small living room. A tall, vintage bookcase used to hold office supplies completes a perfectly functional home office space.Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Tiny Alcove Workstation
Making every inch count in a teensy dwelling can be tricky. In this trailer home, interior designer Megan Georgopoulos rises to the challenge by filling an empty alcove in the bedroom with a tiny built-in desk and a cork-board bulletin board.Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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In small spaces, large pieces of solid furniture can be oppressive, so why not go invisible? Consider getting a desk made of crystal clear Lucite. This one in a New York City studio apartment by interior designer Tara Benet seemingly disappears into thin air. A small pink file cabinet serves both as office storage and end table.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Instead of trying to squeeze a traditional desk into this tiny home office, the design team at CDK Architects installed a wrap-around, hanging wood counter. Doing so made more room for bookshelves and other storage solutions that were added later. The open floor space beneath a free-hanging desk or counter allows chairs to move around freely and provides places to tuck file cabinets and storage boxes.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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In this blue kitchen renovated by Sarah Barnard Design, a floating desk drawer with a quartz topper counter creates an office nook perfect for referencing online recipes or serving as a home message center.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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DIY Murphy Desk
The Murphy bed is the smart piece of small-space furniture that inspired this DIY folding desk by Apartment Therapy. With legs and work surface all attached to hinges, this wall-mounted desk folds up and fits flat against the wall when not needed.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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DIY Desk Riser
Medical experts agree that a standing desk is darn good for your health. This copper desk riser project by Man Made DIY shares how you can turn any table in your home into a standing workstation. To get crafting you will need two essential tools: a copper pipe cutter and screwdriver. The pipes, fittings, and table surface are available at any home center.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Wire Frame Shelving
A board added to an inexpensive wire frame shelving unit becomes a surprisingly stylish desk in this Swedish apartment seen on Alvhem Makleri. Wire shelving standards, brackets, and shelving can be purchased at any home goods store or home center. Anchor the backs of the shelving standards to the wall, attach some shelves and a desktop, and presto—a home office space.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Repurposed Vintage Table
We love cheap, vintage pieces loaded with character. Here, an old wood table with a beautiful patina gets put to work as a desk in this apartment decorated by Merci-Ancsa Decor. A table of almost any size can work, from a simple living room end table to a long dining room side table.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Double-duty furniture can make life in a small home more fun and more functional. Case in point: this desk that transforms into a bar. The design by Instructable user JON-A-TRON includes enough space on the back side for storing up to 20 bottles, as well as a hidden recess for an ice bucket. At the end of a workday, close up the desk as you open the bar for business—a perfect way to end the day.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Bar-Height Corner Desk
Novice DIYers can turn an untapped corner into a home office by constructing this corner desk for two by A Beautiful Mess. The main ingredients include plywood and some shelving brackets. If needed, a few wall shelves could also be installed above the work table.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Desk in a Closet
Thanks to inexpensive, wall-mounted shelving, this closet featured on Alvhem Makleri 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 this create a desk like this.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Live-Edge Wood Countertop
Add a bit of rustic appeal to a small room with a live-edge wood work surface. Here, the designers at MW Architects used a slab of wood with holes and knots to create a narrow and rugged wall-mounted desk attached with angled wood braces. Such a work surface can be long and narrow, but still look great in the room.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Flea Market Finds
This tiny desk is a tall vintage side table, which was picked up for cheap at a local flea market. To give the piece an edgy new look, the interior designers at Merci-Ancsa Decor stripped off the original finish.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Home Office in Kitchen
Here are a few bright space-saving tips from Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese, the interior design team behind Twelve Chairs.
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- Before installing the tiny desk on the left in a client's condo, they added a cutout for wires to keep them from tangling.
- The desk chair also functions as an extra seat for the living room.
- Because their client needed additional space for eating and working, the designers added the compact kitchen booth with below-seat storage on the right—perfect for working luncheons or small meetings with a client or two.
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Standing Desk Simplified
Tiny house dwellers know how to make their skimpy square footage sing. In this fun-size abode built by Alek Lisefski, the blogger behind The Tiny House Project, a fold-down shelf works as a standing desk. Attached with hinges and supported by a chain, when folded up the desk conveniently masks the home's circuit breaker panel.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Two smart solutions, including a Murphy bed, turn the bedroom in this small New York City apartment designed by Raad Studio into an office during the day. The wood panel on the back wall is a desk with hinges that allow the work surface to fold out when needed.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Making a small custom desk in a minute is a snap with this smart tip from Shift Interiors. Here, a simple wood slab placed across the top of two small cabinets instantly becomes a workspace with plenty of storage.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Open and Airy Furniture
A chunky desk can crowd a small room. That is why Jennison selected a light and airy option you can practically see through. Because the desk chair is leggy, it, too, carries little visual weight. Small spaces call for furniture that is as minimal as possible.