10 of Our Favorite Modern Secretary Desks for Small Spaces

updated Jun 1, 2020
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Many of us don’t have the luxury of a separate 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. Here, we rounded up 8 of our favorites than we’re loving right now.

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1. Mid-Century Mini Secretary

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.

Buy: Mid-Century Mini Secretary, $399 from West Elm

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2. Corrigan Studio Bernie Secretary Desk

Simple and unfussy, this desk found on Wayfair has plenty of space for your office supplies, plus a roomy cabinet underneath for extra linens, dinnerware, and anything else you need stored away. And if you decide to no longer use it as a desk, it can be repurposed as a compact bar for ultimate functionality.

Buy: Corrigan Studio Bernie Secretary Desk, $479.99 from Wayfair

3. Mid-Century Fold Out Desk

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.

Buy: Mid-Century Fold Out Desk, $449 from Urban Outfitters

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4. Hardwicke Secretary Desk with Hutch

If little nooks and drawers are what you crave, this is the desk for you! Just think of all of the organization possibilities—you’ll have room to stash all sorts of office supplies while keeping your actual work surface clutter-free. Plus, this piece is available in several different colors to best fit your design scheme.

Buy: Hardwicke Secretary Desk with Hutch, $281 from Joss & Main

5. Danish Modern Teak Rolltop Locking Desk

If you’re looking for a true vintage desk, check out the selection on Bazaar, our own marketplace for vintage and secondhand furniture. This piece is durable and well-made, and is sure to become a modern heirloom. It’s expensive but well worth it for the quality, plus it can be shipped.

Buy: Danish Modern Teak Rolltop Locking Desk, $950 or best offer from Bazaar

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6. Toulouse Secretary Desk

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?

Buy: Toulouse Secretary Desk, $1299 from Pottery Barn

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7. Millwood Pines Frederic Secretary Desk

Another great mid-century modern piece, this desk is also ideal for those who prefer to steer clear of the traditional desk look. With three drawers and two cubbies beneath the tabletop, it’s perfect if you need something that’ll maximize as much space as possible. You could even change out the knobs with elegant gold pulls to add some extra flair.

Buy: Millwood Pines Frederic Secretary Desk, $729.99 from Wayfair

8. Carson Carrington Desk & Hutch

Don’t forget about your vertical space! This statement piece from Overstock 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.

Buy: Carson Carrington Desk & Hutch, $325.99 from Overstock

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9. Winsome Regalia Secretary Desk

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.

Buy: Winsome Regalia Secretary Desk, $178.99 from Target

10. Christine Secretary Desk

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.

Buy: Christine Secretary Desk, $1899 $1519.20 from Ballard Designs

Katie Holdefehr also contributed to reporting.