In a small or open space, a low-profile desk is key to keeping things visually light and sneaking in a home office area almost anywhere. These 15 all have clean lines and sleek silhouettes, but still offer plenty of surface area to give you the workspace you need without the extras you don't.
Brand talk: "When you need a reliable work desk that takes up minimal floor space, you just might be in need of this charming contemporary Threshold Mixed Material Desk. With 2 easy pull-out drawers in front and a handy pop-up power source in back, simplicity never looked so timeless or functioned so efficiently."
Standout feature: There's a compartment at the back of the desk that flips up to reveal 2 power outlets and 2 USB ports. Pretty handy!
Size: 42W" x 20D" x 30H"
Brand talk: "Nifty metal office worker rolls into place on 4 commercial wheels and 1 industrial carbon grey powdercoat. 2 wheels lock. Go for the full go-cart collection."
Standout feature: Two words—on wheels. A super simple frame on wheels makes for optimum versatility. Reviews also note its sturdiness.
Size: 47.75"W x 23.75"D x 29.5"H
Brand talk: "Each table has its own unique character due to the distinctive grain pattern. The ash veneer table surface and solid birch legs add a warm, natural feeling to your room. Ash is a naturally durable material. The surface has been made even more hard-wearing by a protective coat of lacquer, which also helps it keep its natural wood feel. Easy to assemble as each leg has only one screw. Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far."
Standout feature: The petite drawer fits laptops up to 14" wide, so when your work is done, stash away your computer to keep things tidy.
Size: 46.5"W x 17.75"D x 29.125"H
Brand talk: "The crisp lines and ample tabletop of our Josephine Desk make it one of our favorite stylish spots to sit and get things done. In bright, high-gloss white with X-shaped legs, and complete with a handy keyboard tray, it combines pretty with practical for a show-stopping look that's thoroughly functional."
Standout feature: The drawer front folds down so it can be used as a keyboard tray (hello ergonomic!), though there is plenty of room for other storage as well. (Note: I personally own this desk, and it's large enough to fit a 27" monitor and laptop, desk lamp, books, calendar and a small pencil cup. Only complaint is the lacquer finish has the potential to stain rather easily, so be careful with leaving magazines or newspapers on the surface for too long!)
Size: 48"W x 22"D x 30"H
Brand talk: "This sleek and contemporary desk is the perfect size to get all your projects done. The writing desk has a smooth top and rounded side edges for some modern flair. Crafted with pine in a laminate finish, the desk has 2 slide-out drawers and 1 keyboard tray that will fit all your materials."
Standout feature: Plenty of storage (including a keyboard tray) for such a petite desk.
Size: 47.5"W x 19.5"D x 30.5"H
Brand talk: "Our Caché Desk works beautifully in tight quarters. Its sleek, modern design is compact, yet it's big on style. Its drawer features a pale grey interior as well as built-in organizers."
Standout feature: The full-width drawer has two compartments so you can store all your supplies, notebooks, papers, mail, and beyond.
Size: 42"W x 23.5"D x 29.25"H
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Brand talk: "Defined by its industrial mix of glass and steel with modern angles, Pilsen is an architectural collection with an urban edge at a smart value. A warm walnut veneer desktop floats over a minimalist yet durable frame of rectangular iron tubing finished in sleek grey powdercoat. Designed by Mark Daniel, the desk presents a light, contemporary look that works with any style. The Pilsen Desk Graphite Desk with Walnut Top is a Crate and Barrel exclusive."
Standout feature: Its ultra-sleek silhouette means very little can go wrong with this sturdy desk. An almost 5-star rating by customers makes for a lower chance of buyer's remorse.
Size: 48"W x 24"D x 30"H
Brand talk: "If you want a desk with a stylish design and an adventurous spirit, our Campaign Desk is the perfect candidate. Its two solid wood drawers provide plenty of storage and its brass colored drawer pulls and corner accents give it a refined touch. Plus, it's available in multiple bold colors that'll stand out in any room."
Standout feature: The classic campaign design! Often found in pricey vintage designs, you can get the look for far, far less.
Size: 40.25"W x 22.25"D x 30.25"H
Brand talk: "Industrious workspace keeps things light in an open architecture of mixed materials. Minimalist iron frame with raw industrial finish constructs a slim, trim profile, making it a smart work station—or entry console—for small spaces. Sustainable acacia wood drawer with integrated cutout pull keeps gadgets and supplies at the ready."
Standout feature: The iron frame is sure to hold up through many years of heavy use.
Size: 50"W x 19"D x 30"H
Brand talk: "A desk that fits in seamlessly. Made of solid mango wood and lofted on airy steel legs, the Industrial Storage Desk includes two seamlessly hidden drawers large enough for stowing away books, papers and other supplies."
Standout feature: Sometimes, a few inches in depth can mean fitting everything you need, and coming up short. At 2-feet deep, it has the depth of much wider desks in a compact package.
Size: 48"W x 24"D x 30"H
Brand talk: "A cantilevered silhouette sets the stage for hard work. Or updating your page so everybody knows you just bought a sweet modern desk. Desktop is in a warm walnut with putty grey or humble red accents or white-ash veneer with a white steel accent."
Standout feature: The unique, ultra-modern shape of this desk will stand out (discreetly!) in any nook you tuck your workspace. Plus, the top shelf is a great landing spot for books, notebooks, pencil cups, and the likes.
Size: 42"W x 25"D x 34"H
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Brand talk: "Smartly designed with a center drawer, this classic table desk gives you easy access to your office supplies. Its rounded corners, fluted legs, and petite proportions lend a charming, uncluttered look almost anywhere you place it."
Standout feature: This solid wood desk is built to last, and will suit those with more traditional design tastes.
Size: 42"W x 22"D x 30"H
Brand talk: "The Conrad Desk is a compact home office desk with a strong Mid-Century pedigree. All surfaces are finished in walnut, to contrast the slender, tubular stainless steel legs and drawer pulls. The main drawer is designed to hold hanging file folders, and the two smaller drawers are perfect for organizing stationary and supplies. This desk evokes the style of 1950s Modernism, but with a scale and functionality suited perfectly for today."
Standout feature: Usually, desks with built-in filing cabinets are bulky and uninspired, but the Conrad broke that mold.
Size: 50"W x 24"D x29.5"H
Brand talk: "'I think at times like these, people tend to go back to the past to seek some solace," says Nathan Yong. And with one look at his Primary Desk (2010), it's clear that this designer is ready to take us there. With a nod toward the mid-century furniture that he grew up with in Singapore, Yong designed this desk after a flashback of his primary school days in the classroom. There's also something futuristic about it, with its pointed legs and dynamic side profile, which Yong sees as something "straight out of The Jetsons, the cartoon that I used to watch at that age.'"
Standout feature: You may not notice at first glance, but the Primary Desk has 5 drawers—3 on top and 2 at desk-level. Also, the designer considered the pitch of an open laptop, and engineered the shape of the desk accordingly.
Size: 47.25"W x 30"D x37.75"H
Brand talk: "If you want flexibility and love the concept of rearranging, you will especially enjoy this natural iron desk. Depending on how you attach the shelves, also legs, you can have inside access, outside access or one of each."
Standout feature: Furniture is rarely flexible in how it's assembled. There's normally one way to put it together, but such is not so with the Tapley desk. You get to pick which way you want the shelf legs to face. The mid-tier shelves are also great for books, pretty accessories and maybe even a small plant!
Size: 56"W x 22"D x 30"H
*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 5.13.2014-AH