13 Cool “Murphy Desks” That’ll Change Your Home Office — and Probably Your Life

updated Nov 9, 2023
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Having a separate work area is a true joy (especially if you tend to work from home a lot), but not everyone has the space for a full office. So make like the space genius you are and invest in a desk you can fold away when you’re not using it — or at the very least, mount to the wall for a little less bulkiness. Whether you call them floating desks or Murphy desks, you can totally get in on this functional trend. These compact solutions give you everything you need in a home workstation — sturdy construction, stylish design, and room for your computer. And unlike regular desks, when your work is done, these give you your space back. How thoughtful!

From wallet-friendly picks to custom-made desks well worth the investment, check out our favorites below, and get excited, because they’re still way more affordable than traditional desks.

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PB Teen

These days, most modern workstations require a lot of tech gear to take you through the day. If you find yourself constantly fighting with a tangle of cords — and battling working in a super small space — this folding wall desk will solve both those pain points. Not only does it fold up to reveal an expansive workspace (and down to create a compact floating console), but it also boasts two integrated USB ports to help juice up your tech while you work.

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Raymour & Flanigan
was $172.95

Raymour and Flanigan is known for their functional, durable furniture — and this wall-mount laptop desk is no exception. It offers the most storage on our list, with a roomy drawer and several individual compartments (including a corkboard!) hidden within the desk. When closed, a handy latch ensures it stays shut, so you'll never risk all your work files spilling out around your apartment.

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was $174.99

If clean-lined, modern aesthetics are your vibe, look no further than this Wayfair folding desk to complete your WFH space. The surprisingly roomy design combines several different materials — including white and stained wood, as well as a felt tack board — to create a spot that is both functional and stylish. Our favorite touch? It's a tie between the charming top shelf and chic leather handle on the exterior.

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This small drop-leaf table is the perfect size for a laptop and quickly folds down when not in use. Plus, at under $40, it's seriously budget-friendly and will fit in even the most modest spaces.

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The KARVD is a work of art for two reasons. For starters, it fits multiple storage compartments, trays, pen holders, cable concealers, and a corkboard in a small space. Beyond that, it's stylish enough for you to want to show it off (and you definitely can't say that about every workstation!). Choose between left- and right-sided hinges and find out how good it feels to have a desk that instantly elevates your workspace.

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was $84.99

Whether you just need space for all of your office supplies or you like having photos and trinkets on your workspace to keep you going during long days, you've got room for everything with this floating desk. The pull-out drawer is a rare find among wall-mounted desks, and if you're looking for a space-saving spot for your kid to do homework, this definitely fits in a child's bedroom (and can be decorated as they see fit).

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $163.45

This compact folding desk will bring a sophisticated touch to any workspace thanks to its rich coffee hue. Best of all, it folds up to reveal a chalkboard surface for denoting to-dos when not being used as a desk. Talk about multi-functional!

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Urban Outfitters

Leave it to Urban Outfitters to stock the most stylish pick on this list: the Murray desk. Featuring a tiny top cabinet (perfect for storing office supplies, books, and notes on the handy corkboard), the drop-down leaf provides ample space for your computer, while the top acts as a display space for everything from pictures to plants.

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Home Depot
was $253.74

Contemporary and sleek, this storage desk from Home Depot has one solid leg yet still maintains that floating feel, thanks to its slim design and creamy-white coloring. There's plenty of space for keeping your supplies in order, and the table is large enough to serve as a makeshift dinner table, too.

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Thanks to its sophisticated mahogany wood construction, this desk looks much more expensive than it is. Pair it with traditional-style furniture or a moody wall color and you'll feel like you're in a cool, old-school library instead of your tiny apartment.

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was $352.00

This stylish wall-hanging desk is a testament to simplicity. A few built-in storage compartments give you a place to keep necessities like pens, pencils, and folders close by, while the classic mahogany or oak colorways easily blend with your existing decor. You can also use this as an alternative to your full-time desk if you just want a change of scenery — or mount it high enough to use as a standing workstation.

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You may love the modular shelves, built-in LED light, or extra storage below. You may love the super sturdy metal arms (which can support almost 100 pounds!). Or you may just love that this workhorse of a desk comes in 16 different colors. Whatever catches your eye, you can be confident this desk will support all your WFH needs.

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While this elegant option tucks away just as compactly as others on our list, it also stands out as a statement piece thanks to its two-tone wave pattern, which is available in a combination of mahogany and maple or walnut and maple. The little lip that mounts to the wall is perfect for displaying small plants or knickknacks when the desk is in and out of use. To make your setup complete, opt for the matching all-wood stool.