The best desks for small spaces

It can be hard to find the best furniture for your home if you have a particular small room, but with these compact desks, you’ll be able to create a practical and cosy workspace in your spare room or study

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When it comes to buying the right desk for your home office, space can often be an issue. You want a desk that is spacious enough to work comfortably from, but not so big that it dominates the room. If you’ve only got a small office space to work with, then investing in a desk that is designed for small spaces will allow you to really make the most of your space. The best kind of desk to go for would be a standard rectangular shaped desk, and opting for one with storage will also be handy when keeping the room tidy and free from clutter.

Even if it’s not about the space, minimalism is a very popular interior design trend at the moment, and having a compact desk would complement this trend very well. Wall hung desks and leaning desks make great statement pieces, and they don’t have a large footprint so you can maximise floor space in your study. 

We’ve picked out some of the best desks for small spaces and compiled them into a list that is guaranteed to give you home office inspiration. So if you work from home, but hate the thought of having to fill your home with work-related furniture, these small but quirky desks will show you how you can create a stylish home office that you’ll love working from. 

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1. Marcell Compact Desk

A stylish, compact desk that’s sleek and sophisticated

Best for: Minimalism
Size: HWD 87xW110xD40.1cm
Material: Stainless Steel, MDF
Storage: 1 drawer, keyboard shelf
Reasons to buy
+ Sleek grey colour + Storage space 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite narrow  

This Marcell Compact Desk from Made is a beautiful modern design that would make a nice addition to your study if you’re a fan of minimalist and Scandi interiors. In fact, this desk is quite narrow and could also be tucked nicely in the corner of your bedroom, lounge or even in the hallway. It’s a simple rectangular design that provides a practical workspace that won’t compromise your living space, and it has ample storage for documents and a pull out tray for your computer keyboard. If you’re looking for desk that is compact without being too quirky or different, then this is the best desk for you.  

2. Cuuba Culture C 130 Desk

A basic computer desk that’s just right for your laptop or PC

Best for: Compact computer desk
Size: HWD 75x130x50cm
Material: MDF
Storage: 2 Drawers
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to assemble  + Lots of storage 
Reasons to avoid
- Drawers feel a little flimsy 

If you just need a place to set up your PC or laptop, then this compact desk with storage is said to be just the right amount of space to set up a workstation. Customers love how easy this desk was to put together, and it has just the right amount of storage with two drawers beneath it. The slanting edge adds a modern feel to this desk and there is plenty of room left over to add a lamp or other accessories should you want to. 

3. West Elm Ladder Shelf Storage Desk

A unique design that has almost no footprint

Best for: Unique design
Size: HWD 40x60x16.5
Material: Solid mahogany
Storage: 2 shelves, 1 inner compartment
Reasons to buy
+ Doubles as shelves + Two tone finish 
Reasons to avoid
- Very small 

If you’re looking for super compact, then this is one of the best desks for small spaces as it has nearly no footprint. This ladder desk is designed to lean up against your wall, to create a quick and simple workstation in your home. This is an incredibly modern, forward thinking design that might not be for everyone, but we certainly think it looks cool. The design features two upper shelves which mean this desk essentially doubles as a shelving unit, and the single desk has a tray area for storing any documents or your laptop out of sight. 

4. Esme Wall Desk

A retro-looking space saver for when you need to whack out your laptop at home

Best for: Mini office
Size: HWD 40x60x16.5cm
Material: Solid ash, plywood, ash veneer
Storage: 2 shelves
Reasons to buy
+ Takes up no floor space + Smooth curved edges 
Reasons to avoid
- Needs to be wall mounted 

For those who really don’t want to part with precious floor space, this mini office box could be a great solution. This is a wall mounted compartment which opens out to reveal a platform that is perfect for placing your laptop on or doing paperwork. The smooth curved edges of the plywood have a real 1960s vibe to them, so if you’re a lover of retro interiors, this could really make a cool addition to your study. The best thing about this office desk for small spaces is that it can literally be put anywhere in the home to make your very own office in a box.  

5. House by John Lewis Cuthbert Desk

An old school style desk with a two-tone finish

Best for: Kid’s desk
Size: HWD 75x90x48cm
Material: Rubberwood, Oak veneers, MDF
Storage: 1 drawer
Reasons to buy
+ Perfect sized workstation + Easy to assemble  
Reasons to avoid
- Might remind you of school 

This small and compact desk may remind you a little bit of your school days, but we think it would be a great addition to the home if you need a small space to work on occasion, or in the kids bedroom for them to do their homework. It has a stylish two-tone finish, which gives this office desk for small spaces a modern twist, and customers love how well it complements a wide range of decors. It’s easy to assemble and John Lewis also has other items in the range to match, so you can kit out your study or bedroom and save on space.  

6. SoBuy Home Office 4 Tiers Bookcase

A pull-out bookcase that allows you to store your office away when not in use

Best for: Storage
Size: HWD 121x62x30cm
Material: Wood/metal
Storage: 4 tier shelving
Reasons to buy
+ Keeps everything out of sight + Sturdy 
Reasons to avoid
- Comes flat packed 

If you’re somebody who really hates clutter, then this bookcase that transforms into a desk might be the perfect solution for you. You can keep all your office items such as documents and stationary, stored in this bookcase and out of sight. Then, when you need to work, simply pull out one of the shelves to make a desk and away you go. Users love how sturdy this unit is and say it looks more expensive than it is. It does come flat packed though so you might need some patience when setting it up.