Looking for the Perfect Small Space-Friendly Desk? Try a Clear Acrylic Console Table

updated Aug 24, 2020
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If you haven’t invested in a work desk yet, whether due to space, style, or budget, there’s a great (but overlooked) solution: ’60s-style acrylic console tables. Designed to be so minimalist you barely know they’re there, these tables take up little space, fit any style thanks to their see-through design, and come in a range of prices. Their near-invisibility is one of the main things that makes them so great—just stick one in any room of your home, no matter how small it is, and it’ll blend in seamlessly. Plus, when (if) you ever stop working from home, they can be repurposed as an entryway table, a TV stand, or even a glam vanity. If you’re ready to get tons of WFH function without cramping your style (or physical space), peruse our acrylic table picks below and get ready to work better! 

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Got a little nook you need your console table to fit in? This one’s not even a foot deep (only 9"!), so it’s extra narrow, making it a perfect piece to tuck into a small corner. Don’t worry about being too short on work space, though—at just under 3' wide, there’s room for all your notebooks and office supplies. And bonus: It’s only $250!

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was $499.00

Ensure a super seamless fit in your space with this curved, no-frills table from Wayfair. There’s no break in the design, giving it a clean, modern look so minimal it feels upscale. It’s compact in size—under 3' long and not even 2.5' tall—so it’s perfect for small spaces, but the 1' deep table top gives you ample room to get work done somewhere other than your kitchen table.

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Ballard Designs
was $1299.00

Pack a little more function into your console table/work desk hybrid with this boxy option from Ballard Designs. It’s a great choice for someone who needs a bit more room—at just over 4' wide and 1' deep, there’s no shortage of space to spread out, but when the day is done you can tuck everything away on the open shelf for a nice, tidy look.

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It’s no surprise CB2 has its own super sleek acrylic console option, and this one is the perfect size. At just over 3' wide, about 2.5' tall, and a little over 1' deep, it’s both compact and roomy, perfect for anyone with a small space but a big job! The .7" molded acrylic is extra-thin to max out the minimalist style, and it’s so sleek that your guests might mistake it for glass.

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Home Depot

Another great U-shaped option, this acrylic table from Home Depot has a minimal but sturdy appearance. Although it’s got the characteristic see-through style, the acrylic is thick enough that you don’t have to worry about this table withering under heavy use. It’s slightly over 3' wide and not quite 2.5' tall, so it hits that small-space sweet spot.

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Grandin Road
was $449.00

Another slightly larger option for those looking for just a little more function, this U-shaped Grandin Road table comes in at about 3.2' wide and 1.25' deep. Even better, you get that space for a pretty good price—just $360 on sale!