The new normal is here to stay.

By Tamara Kraus, Katie Holdefehr and Christie Calucchia
Updated March 15, 2021
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Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it was becoming more common for people to work from home at least once a week. And now that many are working from home indefinitely in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s clear this trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon. If you weren’t one of the millions of people in America already forgoing your commute for your couch on a regular basis, it may be time to upgrade your makeshift workspace with a proper desk.

Whether you have a teeny-tiny at-home office or have carved out a workspace on the side of your bedroom or living room, there are plenty of desks for small spaces that will provide a comfortable spot for you to work hard—no matter the available square footage. From a wall-leaning ladder desk that can sneak into a corner of the room to a faux marble desk with built-in shelves, these options maximize every inch of space. 

If you think you don't have room for an at-home office, let these space-saving picks change your mind. Ahead, shop the 16 best desks for small spaces. But hurry, the demand for desks is high right now, and many options are selling out fast.

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Monarch Specialties Modern Industrial Desk

$130, amazon.com

With four extra shelves and a narrow frame, this desk was made for small spaces. You can store paperwork and knick knacks on the shelves and still have plenty of space for your computer and desk lamp on top. Plus, the stylish faux marble design makes it look far more expensive than it really is.

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AmazonBasics Classic Home Office Desk

$65, amazon.com

When it comes to multi-tasking desks worthy of what small space you have, this is one of the best. At $65, it’s rather affordable, and it includes two additional shelves for added storage space along with a narrow 35.5-by-19.5-inch desktop.

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Latitude Run Dametrius Leaning Ladder Desk

$240; wayfair.com

Simple and streamlined, this ladder desk features two slim shelves for small items, a compact desk for working, and a small cubby for storing things like pens and paper. There’s just enough space for a laptop or a notebook to sit on top of the solid wood desk. 

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Helseing Desk

$599; crateandbarrel.com

For a modern, practical home office, invest in this desk that makes the most of what vertical space you have. It’s made of a light oak veneer and has rounded edges that are completely on trend. Moreover, it’s got a handy drawer, three shelves, and a desktop fit for a small laptop or computer.

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Latitude Run Suave Floating Desk

$224; wayfair.com

Think of this piece of furniture as the desk version of a hideaway bed. When it’s not in use, you can fold it up and clasp it shut, leaving only a hanging chalkboard on your wall. And when it’s time to get to work, it opens up to reveal a desk and an abundance of tiny cubbies and organizers inside.

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Nathan James Theo Two-Shelf Industrial Wall Mount Ladder Table

$165, amazon.com

Similar to a leaning ladder desk, this tall, shelved desk is mounted upright to the wall to maximize vertical space. The industrial-inspired desk includes two shelves and one desktop made of dark nutmeg wood with a metal frame and floor protectors for the base.

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Mind Reader Two Tier Sit and Stand Desk

$100; wayfair.com

This adjustable two-tier desk is great for small spaces and anyone who enjoys alternating between sitting and standing while they work. The compact desk has a shelf for storage and decor and a desktop for your computer or paperwork. Additionally, the entire setup is on wheels so you can move it around with ease.

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Trenton Foldout Table

$299; potterybarn.com

A major space-saver, this desk mounts directly to the wall and can fold up or out as needed. It has an industrial look that you can pair with any chair or stool, and it offers plenty of workspace even if you only have a few spare square feet.

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Vecelo Corner Desk

$120, amazon.com

Make use of a spare corner with this space-efficient desk you can order on Amazon. Its triangular shape lets it fit nicely into a corner, and it comes with a keyboard tray and open shelves to hold books, electronics, or decor.

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Signature Design by Ashley Mirimyn Small Desk

$144, amazon.com

With two built-in shelves, this distressed wooden desk provides ample storage with a spacious tabletop for a computer, writing tools, and more. It’s designed to sit flush against the wall and comes in multiple colors to suit your style.

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Furinno Simplistic Study Table

$27 (was $60), amazon.com

At 15.5 by 31.5 inches, this minimal desk has just enough room to hold a laptop and a few small items. It’s available in a couple different shades of engineered wood and has thousands of five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers. Reviewers say it’s sturdy, easy to set up, and compact.

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Mid-Century Mini Secretary

$449, westelm.com

A nod to the traditional secretary desk, this smaller version is both charming and functional. With a flip down door that opens to storage space, you can easily hide your office supplies in a flash.

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17 Stories Stiltner Floating Desk

$580; wayfair.com

Floating desks are a great way to make use of a small space, and this one from Wayfair takes it one step further. Not only does it mount to the wall and offer a slim shelf for extra storage, but it also folds up for more space when you’re not working. The best part? The side that folds up is actually a hidden chalkboard where you can leave notes or fun drawings.

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Mid-Century Fold Out Desk

$449, urbanoutfitters.com

If you need a compact desk for mini work sessions, this pull-out desk is for you. With plenty of hidden storage spots, this durable desk boasts exceptional modern style without sacrificing function.

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Convenience Concepts Mission Desk

$100 (was $126); amazon.com

Made of birch veneer, this traditional desk is small but efficient. It has plenty of workspace on top and a sizable pullout drawer to store the essentials, like pens, paper clips, and Post-its.

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Ladder Shelf Desk

$279; westelm.com

West Elm offers this ladder desk in two different color combinations: an espresso wood frame with white lacquered shelves or a stone wood frame with sand wood shelves. Either style you choose, the slim desk provides ample storage space and a proper place to work.