When you're working with limited space for your home office, you need to get creative, especially when space is at a premium and you can't just have the gigantic desk that you've always wanted. Even so, when you come up with innovative solutions to these types of problems, you'll end up having a workstation that will work more efficiently and that's customized for your space.
In our experience, giant desks, like the IKEA Galant with extensions are a mix of good and bad. They're "good" because you've got lots of desk real estate to spread your computers, laptops, tablets, and papers. But they're also "bad" because oftentimes most of the space will end up with stacks of papers (at least in our case). And even if you clean up every few weeks, the mystical piles keep reappearing, as if by magic.
1. Regain Desk Space by Wall-Mounting Your Monitor: While it's pretty common to wall-mount HDTVs, computer screens are rarer. Still, we've seen dorm rooms and small lofts, where there isn't any place for a dedicated home office room this solution seems to work well. It also make the monitor less of an eyesore.
2. The Minimal Wall-Mounted Workstation: For this type of desk to work, you don't need much. An iMac with a floating shelf will also work well. For desktop computers, you'll need fancier options. This desk is nice and minimal, and will work in any number of small places.
3. Zero-Footprint Workstation: In a bind, you can wall-mount your monitor near any table. If this ends up being in the kitchen or the dining table, you'll end up with something that would work for families as well as for people who live alone.
4. The Lightbox Desk: This workstation features a wall-mounted monitor, but the distinctive x-ray viewer desk is minimal, doesn't take up much space, but still daringly effective.
5. The Craft Room Workstation: When you wall-mount your computer monitor, that doesn't mean that your workstation needs to be minimal. Check out this workstation that situated inside a craft room.
(Images with permission: Flickr member Guille Valarino)