Top Ten: Best Low-Profile Desks

Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2014

In a small or open space, a low-profile desk is key to keep things visually light so you can sneak a home office area in almost anywhere. These 10 all have clean lines and sleek silhouettes, but still offer plenty of surface area to give you the workspace you need without the extras you don't.

We love the colorful surprise in this Caché Desk; it's the perfect complement to the walnut color. With its clean lines and that roomy drawer, this desk is a stylish steal. $239 at The Container Store.

Desk 51 is perfectly minimalistic with a solid construction and a bit of flair on the angled leg. It comes in 3 neutral colors but we're loving this poppy red option. $699 at BluDot.

The Greenington Currant Office Writing Desk has a lot to love: pretty tapered legs, a generous, sleek worktop and plenty of drawer space. All the better to hide that clutter already. $973 at AllModern.

The BESTA BURS desk is nearly 7 feet long so it can accommodate two workstations, but its sleek top and slim, modern silhouette keep it feeling low-key. $269 at IKEA.

The Primary Desk is a little bit Mid-Century and a little bit elementary school (in the classiest way possible). Walnut, $1805 at DWR.

We're guessing the beautiful prominent grain of mango wood is how it got the name Rustic Storage Desk. $499 at West Elm.

The Techni Mobili Writing Desk is surpringly high on style for such a budget option. It has interesting details and a cool, futuristic shape, but is still super functional. $189 at Target.

In a small space, the versitility of the go-cart is so welcome. The casters make it easy to transform this piece from desk to table or roll it away completely. $149 at CB2.

For an option with plenty of storage for large files and a sleek silhoutte, we'd pick the Gus Modern Conrad Desk. Its warm walnut contrasts beautifully with the industrial steel legs. $1,495 at AllModern.

The Lewis Console is simple and sleek but that gleamy, angled iron base gives it an extra special look. Bonus: this piece could easily transition to another use when your desk time is through. $1800 at Arteriors.

(Image credits: West Elm; The Container Store; Blu Dot; AllModern; IKEA; DWR; Target; CB2; Gus Modern; Arteriors)