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You are a design enthusiast. You check Freshome regularly to see the latest in good design across the world; your home reflects your great taste and preference for clean, contemporary design. But alas, you still do your work in your bed, at a corner of your dining table or at the kitchen bar.
It’s time to clear the table and relegate your work to a proper desk. No room for a full home office? Here are 10 of the best small desks on the market; they’re affordable, beautiful enough to hold their own among other design elements and sized to fit nearly anywhere.
Dimensions: 35.5″ W x 12.75″ D x 28.75″ H
This sleek and understated Georg Console Table ($649-$749) is a versatile piece featuring clean and timeless Scandinavian design. It can function not only as a small desk, but also as an entry table or even a small breakfast table (stool sold separately). The shallow depth makes it perfect to use as a writing or laptop desk. It’s available in oak and black finishes.
Dimensions: 36″ W x 16″ D x 10″ H
When floor space is crucial, a sleek minimalist desk like the Minimal Float Wall Desk ($649) is the perfect, high-design writing desk. The understated desk’s slide-out tray and smart wire management system keeps everything in its place; just pull up a chair, or use an ottoman or stool that can tuck under the desk. It’s available in satin-finish veneers (walnut or rift oak) and paint finishes (black, white or red).
Heckler Design OneLess Desk
Dimensions: 38.5” W x 12” D x 30.5” H
The OneLess Desk ($749) is two desks in one, designed to save precious floor space with its unique nesting design. Tuck the lower deck beneath the upper deck to reclaim valuable square footage, or roll out the lower desk when extra surface area is required. The upper deck is designed to hold your computer’s display, while your mouse and keyboard sit on the lower deck. The two-piece desk is made of 12-gauge steel and comes in four colors.
Dimensions: 47” W x 19.5” D x 30.5” H
The Techni Mobili Writing Desk ($170) from Target is contemporary in design, with rounded sides for an organic and modern look. It’s crafted of pine laminate with a steel frame, and it has two slide-out drawers and a keyboard tray. The versatile desk also is available with a white drawer for a two-tone look.
Dimensions: 56″ W x 24.5″ D x 31.5″ H
Blu Dot’s Desk 51 ($799) might just be the perfect contemporary desk, especially in bright and sexy red. It has a surface of lacquered engineered wood, supported by dramatic powder-coated steel legs. The design of the cantilevered legs and the open shelf are worthy of a modern museum, but it will also look great in any modern home. If you lean more toward neutrals, Desk 51 also is available in slate, ivory/gray or white.
Dimensions: 30″ W x 20″ D x 29” H (70″ to top of frame)
When you have more wall space than floor space — and a smaller budget — this smart desk ($249) is the solution. Its three fixed acacia veneer shelves stained brown are designed to create a ladder effect. The sturdy but lightweight powdercoated carbon tube frame lends a slightly industrial look to this desk. Create a wall unit by adding the matching bookcase from CB2’s Helix Acacia Desk collection to either (or each) side.
Ikea Besta Burs Desk
Dimensions: 71” W x 15.75″ D x 29.25” H
This is the largest of the top small-desk contenders, but Ikea’s Besta Burs Desk ($269) made the list because it’s a brilliant design when a writing desk needs to accommodate two (or even three small) users. And because it’s narrow, it can be placed behind a couch to serve as both a desk and a sofa table. The high-gloss white melamine finish reflects light and gives this desk a high-end look.
Zipcode Design Alexandria Writing Desk
Dimensions: 42.25″ W x 21.5″ D x 29.5″ H
Is the Alexandria Writing Desk ($200) really a desk, or is it an elegant entry table? It could be either, making it a beautiful and versatile addition to your modern or transitional decor. The clear glass top lends an open sense of space, while the two-tone combination of bamboo veneer legs and glossy white storage shelf give this piece an updated, contemporary look.
Dimensions: 36″ W x 20″ D x 30″ H
Inspired by classic Scandinavian design, the Mid-Century Mini Desk ($399) is ideal for a small space. The designers at West Elm have delivered a modern yet timeless piece that is also earth-friendly; this desk is part of the company’s collection of responsibly and sustainably harvested FSC-certified wood furniture.
Dimensions: 42″ W x 23.5″ D x 29.25″ H
The simple, clean-lined Caché Desk ($249) has a feature that the most detail-oriented design enthusiast would appreciate: a bright-orange drawer interior to cheer you up every time you open it. Constructed from ash wood with a walnut finish, this desk can work with styles ranging from Craftsman to mid-century to contemporary in style.
We hope we’ve inspired you to upgrade the work area in your small apartment or home to a proper and stylish desk. Doing so doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it will go a long way toward beautifying your work environment.