10 Modern Secretary Desks for Small Spaces

updated Jan 2, 2024
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Many of us don’t have the luxury of a separate home office — and our “private study” also happens to be our living room, bedroom, or hallway. For a work area that knows how to multitask, there’s no candidate better suited for the position than a secretary desk.

Flip open the top when you’re ready to get down to business, then fold it away in time for happy hour. The secretary desk is a perfect solution for small spaces or a stylish WFH setup. Here, we rounded up 10 of our favorites that we’re loving right now.

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West Elm

How great is this stylish little desk from West Elm? Not only is it functional, but it's also perfect for those who are partial to mid-century modern design. It's petite enough to be tucked into even the tiniest corner of your studio and makes a sleek statement, plus you can use the top shelf for displaying small plants and decor.

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was $459.99

Yes, this extremely compact unit is actually a desk and measures less than nine inches deep when the tabletop is closed. The Barta Desk can turn any small space or nook into an office area. Just drop down the 34-inch wide tabletop and you've got a work space. Also, the desk includes several shelves and cabinets to store any office essentials or tech gear.

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Urban Outfitters

This Urban Outfitters desk has mid-century design elements, but with a bit of rustic flair that could work within a number of spaces. While it’s on the pricier side, it’s versatile, well-made, and likely to stick around for many years.

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was $690.07

This Wayfair desk has more of the classic secretary style and comes with tons of storage. The five drawers keep essentials like chargers or documents nearby, but also tucked away so they're not an eyesore. Also, the paint design is slightly distressed to give a more rustic feel. Choose between neutrals like black and oak or a colorful teal.

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Urban Outfitters

We love a versatile and functional piece of decor and that's exactly what you get with Urban Outfitter's Stanley dresser desk. It looks like a dresser, because it is, but the top drawer actually rolls out and folds down creating a work surface. There's even a convenient cut out in the back for any cords. The bottom drawers are quite deep and great for clothes or even bulky blankets and throws.

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Pottery Barn

This larger piece can also be used as a dresser and offers storage galore. While it’s an investment piece at over $1,000, it’s traditional and bound to stand the test of time. And how stunning is the stained gray finish?

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West Elm

The West Elm Kids Daisy secretary desk could be suitable for a child, but adults can also appreciate the function and groovy style. The wave details at the top and bottom add a playful touch to the desk that's made from sustainably sourced wood. The drop-down panel measures 34 inches, providing more than enough space for a laptop. Also, the top shelf is perfect for any items you want on display while the bottom cabinet keeps things tucked away.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Don’t forget about your vertical space! This statement piece from Bed Bath & Beyond stands out for its height and sophisticated style. It’s a great buy for the size, and you’re likely to score an additional discount via the website, which frequently runs promos.

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Looking for a traditional, vintage-looking piece under $200? You can’t do better than this Target find, which also boasts rave reviews! Compact and unassuming, it’s a classic secretary desk that will stand the test of time.

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Ballard Designs
was $2699.00

Looking for a piece that does it all? We’re loving this executive-friendly desk from Ballard Designs, which will make sitting down for a busy day of work feel much more pleasant! While expensive, this piece can also be used as a dresser, plus it has tons of extra storage space for all the little things you don’t want on display.