One of our favorite space-saving tricks for a small apartment is the wall-mounted desk. A wall-mounted desk is an easy way to add a work area that takes up a fraction of the space occupied by a traditional floor-bound desk — and it results in a lot less visual clutter, too, a consideration nearly as important as floor space. Some desks even fold into the wall so they take up no space at all. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.
This wall-mounted table can serve a dining table or workspace, and only takes up a few inches when not in use. Norberg wall-mounted drop-leaf table, $39 from IKEA.
This IKEA shelf (spotted on Maria Harmuth) is only 11 inches deep, but perfect for a laptop. Plus it has drawers to help keep your desktop clear. Ekby Alex/Ekby Valter shelf with brackets, $54.99 from IKEA.
A desktop is one of the components of the String wall shelving system. It can be combined with the system's brackets and shelves to create an attractive workspace/bookshelf combination, as seen on Weekday Carnival. The desktop is available starting at $120 from Ambiente Direct. (You will need to buy the other components separately.)
Wooden mallet wall desk/laptop workstation, $128.56 from Amazon.
Ok, so this desk does cheat a bit by touching the floor, but it still has the same minimal footprint and unobtrusive styling. Stairway white 72.5" desk, $349 from CB2. (It also comes in a 96" high version with two extra shelves.)
The Container Store's Elfa shelving system can also be configured to include a desk. This combination starts at $346.23.
This wall-mounted desk by Blu Dot has a compartment in the back for storing cords. Wonder wall desk, $499 from 2Modern.
Wall mounted desk, $720 from LAX Series.