Small Space Powerhouse: The 10 Best Wall-Mounted & Floating Desks

Small Space Powerhouse: The 10 Best Wall-Mounted & Floating Desks

Nancy Mitchell
Feb 15, 2016
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One of our favorite space-saving tricks for a small apartment is the wall-mounted desk. A wall-mounted desk is an easy way to add a work area that takes up a fraction of the space occupied by a traditional floor-bound desk — and it results in a lot less visual clutter, too, a consideration nearly as important as floor space. Some desks even fold into the wall so they take up no space at all. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites.


This wall-mounted table can serve as a dining table or workspace, and only takes up a few inches when not in use.

This IKEA shelf is only 11 inches deep, but perfect for a laptop. Plus it has drawers to help keep your desktop clear. Use it either above an existing desk for extra storage, or on its own for the perfect small space solution.

A desktop is one of the components of the String wall shelving system. It can be combined with the system's brackets and shelves to create an attractive workspace/bookshelf combination. The desktop alone starts at $120, and you will need to buy the other components separately.

For the truly space conscious, this petite workstation takes up no more space than a picture frame, but can support up to 20 pounds when anchored to the wall properly.

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Okay, so this desk does cheat a bit by touching the floor, but it still has the same minimal footprint and unobtrusive styling. It also comes in a 96" high version with two extra shelves.

The movable bracket system lets you configure just what you need for your home office or craft command center.

This wall-mounted desk by Blu Dot has a compartment in the back for storing cords. Also available in two other colors.

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The fact that this desk is specified for a kid's room doesn't stop us from thinking it's completely adult-worthy. Rounded edges and a light blonde finish give the piece a decidedly modern feel. Also available in a rich walnut finish.

Made of solid English walnut, this floating desk gives you all the space of a traditional desk but with a sleek modern look.

And finally, for those of you with a little more cash, there's the lovely Royal System from DK3, available through Design Within Reach.

*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 2.15.2016. - AH

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