The Best Desks for Small Spaces

updated Jan 25, 2021
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Whether you’re looking to economize on space at the workplace or, more likely than not, in your at-home office, selecting a functional and stylish desk is a must. However, when it comes to finding the best desk for your small space, what parameters should you be keeping in mind? While design and features are always important, it’s the dimensions (particularly the depth) that you should be focusing on most. The standard office desk runs about 30 inches deep, which might not sound too big, but in most cases may be more space than you’re able, or want, to spare (especially if you don’t need room for much more than a laptop and some novelty desk toppers). Thankfully, there are a ton of options out there designed with the depth-conscious in mind. We rounded up 10 of our favorite small space desks of all price points that are guaranteed to help you make the most of your space. And while you’re at it, check out our favorite comfortable (and stylish!) office chairs that’ll help round out your setup.

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When in doubt, head to IKEA. This wall-mounted option is the ultimate out-of-the-way choice, and is actually super versatile — it has drawers for everyday papers, and you can close it when you aren't using it. If you do want to keep it open all the time, there's room for books, plants, office supplies, and pretty much anything else you need for a functioning home office.

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Available in an ever-popular walnut finish, this hairpin-legged desk is on point for a tight space or budget. A great pick for a makeshift home office in any area of your house, it also happens to be a great decor piece, perfect for housing a computer or cozy workspace.

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Urban Outfitters

If you really have minimal space, consider this cute folding desk. Made of wood with a traditional design not usually seen at Urban, this desk comes in two finishes and has a little drawer for storing pencils and Post-Its. There's a small shelf for displaying plants and frames — or you can hang a mirror above it and have the desk double as a vanity.

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was $309.99

This American-made beauty is on the wide end of skinny at 24 inches deep but is worth every inch. With a simple solid wood top (you can choose from eight options), it's the most traditional and serious of the desks on this list. Even better: It's adjustable and can transform into a standing desk.

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Joss & Main
was $322.50

This trés chic contemporary desk would be the center of attention in an office of any size. The long, skinny legs make it look smaller than it is, and at 42 inches long, it has plenty of space for whatever you need to get the creative juices flowing. With a white lacquer top and gold metal base, this is a desk you actually won't mind doing work on, making it the perfect centerpiece for any office.

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Available in a white-washed or walnut veneer, the sleek design of this curved mid-century desk will round out any workstation. The most visually interesting of the bunch, this desk has a wide drawer and a backing with space for cords. No more knocking pencils and small objects off the back! (I can't be the only one who does that, right?)

7 / 10
West Elm

At a mere 18 inches deep and with "mini" right there in the name, this solid wood desktop with lofted metal legs will save some serious space without compromising style. Made to look like a solid block of wood, the contrasting wood and steel components make this desk a true statement piece.

8 / 10

A multifunctional floating desk is a dreamy option for a petite home office. Simply designed with ample space for storage, this Seattle-made desk could also look right at home in a small entryway. It's made of 100-percent wood, so it will hold up through the years.

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Crate & Barrel

Made of solid walnut and walnut veneer, this '60s inspired desk is distinctly mid-century modern yet can fit well with any decor style. It has three drawers, a sturdy build, and — on top of being sleek and gorgeous — two power outlets and USB ports. Sold.

10 / 10

A truly thin option at just 19 inches deep, this retro-glam desk features four drawers with gorgeous brass and lucite hardware. Just because it's small doesn't mean it can't pack a punch, as evidenced by the oversized handles and clear legs. Yes, it's on the expensive side, but it's a standout piece for any home office.

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This post was originally published on May 13, 2016, and was last updated on January 25, 2021, to reflect current prices and offerings. Samantha Leal and Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.