It's the New Year, and for those of you in organizing mode, we're pulling together shopping guides to help you get your home in shape. Wall-mounted desks and shelving can be hard to come by, so for those who live in tiny apartments or have a closet-sized home office from which they work, here are some of our favorite options.
New-York based Resource Furniture specializes in space-saving designs for bedrooms and home offices. Their Home Office System is housed in a 13-3/4 inch-deep cabinet. Email or call them for a price quote, but be warned — these systems start in the low thousands.
Their PS Laptop Workstation is a great budget buy at $60. Made from powdercoated steel, it has compartments for a power strip, laptop, and cell phone. Additional side compartments offer storage for keys, bills, or other small stuff.
They have a few modern wall-mounted desks, including this one by Mash Studios. Priced at $720, it's made from solid walnut with a powder-coated aluminum sliding door. At 58 inches, it's one of the longest work surfaces of the bunch.
If you're looking for a vertical wall desk at a good price, try CB2's $200 Helix Wall-Mounted Desk. The design includes two shelves above the desk and a frame made from nickel-plated steel. Shelves come in ebony or oak veneers.
Made from solid wood with a steel framing system, Atlas' AS 4 System is priced by customized component. Their wall-mounted desks are beautiful but expensive — expect to pay around $3,000 for a desk with shelves, more for a more complex arrangement.
Stacks and Stacks
They stock a decent, basic Wall Desk by Wooden Mallet that's affordably priced at $135. It comes in a dark red mahogany or light oak finish with a laminated desk surface and a magnetic catch. Search their site for a few more basic, inexpensive options.
The Waveform Shelf by John Paul Plodes is a beautiful, powder-coated steel shelf/desk that sells for $350. At 22 inches long, it's just the right size for a minimal laptop rest or bill-paying station. Unlike some of the other desks listed here, it has no built-in cord control.
McMaster-Carr Supply Company
If you like the industrial look, check out catalog supply company McMaster-Carr. They have a bunch of very affordable, basic metal wall-mounted desks designed for factory offices. The Wall-Mount Desk with Drawer is the largest one, priced at $193.
Designed by Dieter Rams in 1960, the Vitsoe system is a classic modern design: simple, modular, and stripped of unnecessary detail. It's long-wearing, can adapt to your home as it changes, and it's expensive. Shop online or in their New York showroom.
Design Within Reach
The Sticotti Shelving system, designed by architect Alejandro Sticotti, sells for $1,200 - $1,900 at Design Within Reach. Made from South American hardwoods, this is a minimal, all-wood, track-mounted desk and shelf system.
At ICFF 2010, Urbancase debuted their new Ledge, a floating desk that can be used to house a laptop or a turntable. An integrated cord management system keeps the look streamlined. Available in red ($1,300) or walnut ($1,500) through Urbancase and other stores.
Elfa's wall-mounted desk and shelving systems continually make our "best of" lists, and right now they're on sale at the Container Store. Shown: White and Platinum Elfa Office Shelving & Desk, currently on sale for $247 (regularly $354).
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Photo: Home Office System from Resource Furniture