Small Space Solutions: Expand a Desk Up, Down, or Sideways for More Space

updated Mar 11, 2020
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As tasks at hand get bigger, the space available on your desk seems to become smaller. When your workload is outgrowing your desk, there are a few ways to expand usable space. Just look up, down or sideways and think out of the box.


  • Add a hutch to an existing desk to expand usable space upwards.
  • Shelves installed above a desk give the same utility as a hutch, with more customizable options and plenty of room for both storage and decoration.
  • There’s no reason ceiling-mounted storage, traditionally used in a garage, cam’t be installed inside. Go for a ready-made rack or DIY your own solution.
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  • Add a file cabinet or two below the desk. Here’s Apartment Therapy’s favorite options for under-desk cabinets, including Heartwork’s Bravo Pedestal, or former Apartment Therapy Tech contributor, Mike Tyson’s Clear Task at Hand home office.
  • Hang hooks from the underside of the desk to hang a bag, tools or accessories, like headphones.
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(Images: Heartwork, Mike Tyson for Apartment Therapy, Tom Bihn)