We're just like you out there: we live in a small space where making do means optimizing square footage. A home office means setting aside whatever free area that can be converted for optimal workstation duty, with laptops, monitors, printers and peripherals all in mind. One of our favorite solutions is the floating desk; we spied this Sticotti Collection shelving system desk via DWR this morning and thought it was an excellent example of the premise. Here's a roundup of similarly designed work surfaces for those looking to lose the legs when it comes to their desk.
Sticotti Collection: this shelving+worktop solution isn't cheap, but the quality looks many steps above most big box solutions. We love the visual interest that a multi-level shelf and tabletop system creates.
Floating Desk in the Kitchen: many people take advantage of extra space in the kitchen and convert it into home offices these day. We like this IKEA hack, Baltic Birch floating desk as shown over at IKEA Fans. A handsome and clean finish, complete with cable organizing cutouts and a neatnik's organized drawer.
MASH Studios LAX Series: this might be our favorite retail available floating desk solution. At $740, it's not an impulse purchase, but the design seems optimal for laptop users such as ourselves who are looking for a modern impression. This would look especially nice as a mini-home office in a bedroom.
Simple and Clean Floating Desk: from Uniform Studio, a desk whose airy quality is complemented by the Bertioa seating. Cables and wires invisibly routed underneath make for a clean presentation that only a floating desk can provide.
Make Your Own Floating Computer Desk Using Countertops: Here's an inspirational example of how a little DIY handiwork with two identical countertops can result in one space saving, leg-less solution. A perfect home for the Mac Mini.
The Cable Free & Floating Workspace: another custom job from our archives; this floating workstation is notable because it takes advantage of a corner of a modest sized room, alongside the unique shelving incorporated into the design (we love the printer shelf in the corner).
Minimalist Desk With Tons of Space: a floating desk doesn't necessarily have to be a workstation for a computer, as shown in this crafting corner.
12 Uses for IKEA's Lack Shelves: The ubiquitous IKEA LACK shelf is an excellent and affordable DIY resource for projects like a wall-mounted desk. Just be sure to use significant and safe mounting hardware, since this is made of particle board.
Judith's Lux Pod System Upgrade: We love Judith's slide out floating desk, which truly optimizes the miniscule 101 square feet the whole space offers. We'd love to see more slide-out features for desks in general like this.
Studio Three Fifty Seven's Cantilevered office desk: a wall mounted desk with a mini fluorescent lamp incorporated with the finished walnut and plastic laminate gives this desk a skater's dream surface appeal. All it is missing is some slide out slots for wires and cables to make this our dream floating desk.