By Jo Bailey
The joys of working from home can be pretty joyless if your working life is infiltrating into your every day life. Those living in smaller spaces are often tasked with having to work in awkward areas of the home – a communal living area or even a bedroom.
If you find yourself working from bed and often looking for small bedroom ideas to help solve the conundrum of size verses style, then our pick of the best small bedroom desks for limited spaces could help with that very problem. They are perfectly suited to double up as dressing tables or some can be stowed away at the end of the day. Many are a great solution for adding a desk in your spare room too.
We may have been thinking small but our list has gone far and wide, there's something for everyone and for every space.
1. Cuckooland Garden Trading Clockhouse Desk Tray Table, £180
Create an ad-hoc working space within your home with the Clockhouse Desk Tray Table, £180, by Garden Trading at Cuckooland. Although small, this portable desk has ample space for all your working-from-home needs. Owning a small desk may even help to keep things tidy by physically limiting how much stuff you can hoard on it – not a bad thing when you're juggling work with a busy home-life. Crafted from oak and beech, this table is as sturdy as it is practical.
Styling tip: decide on where to store this table when it's folded away, such as behind a door or down the side of a wardrobe, that way it won't become clutter when it's not in use.
2. Cox & Cox Lotte Desk, £375
If you thought a classic writing desk that's been designed for smaller spaces was out of the question, then look no further than the Lotte Desk, £375, from Cox & Cox. Made from pine with a beautiful washed paint effect, the Lotte, with its two simple drawers to stow your stationery, feels well crafted and a true future design classic.
Styling tip: When not being used as a part-time desk – or bedroom desk – this table would suit a hallway, as a place to put your keys and post.
- See our grey bedroom ideas for more styling options
3. Graham & Green Henri Metal Desk, £275
Industrial in style, the Henri Metal Desk, £275 from Graham & Green is made from iron and even has rust detailing for a true authentic look. Featuring two drawers and a handy shelf, this desk may be on the small side but will help to keep your work surface clutter-free.
Styling tip: They say that keeping plants indoors is good for the air, which can only be good thing when you're hard at work. Why not style this table with a row of mini cacti or succulents? A quick and low-maintenance way of adding some greenery to your home.
4. Habitat Turner 2 Shelf Office Desk, £140
If your room is short on space but has plenty of height you might wish to consider a desk within shelving like the Habitat Turner 2 Shelf Desk, £140. This industrial style desk has real New York City appeal thanks to its black steel frame and simple shelving and desk top. Not only does the Turner desk provide ample storage but the perforated black metal sheeting at the back is magnetic, allowing you to display your list of things to do when you're using it as a desk – or favourite photographs and keepsakes.
Styling tip: keep things organised with storage boxes for the top shelf – go plain and simple or decorative with colour and pattern.
5. Made.com Leonie Compact Desk, £249
Designed in collaboration with Smith Matthias, the Leonie Compact Desk, £249 from Made.com has a Mid Century aesthetic made popular in the 1960s and 1970s. If you like Mid Century moden design ideas, take your office to the next level with a thoughtful design such as this one. Where do we begin when discussing the benefits of this desk? There are storage compartments, an extending table top as well as a handy inconspicuous drawer at the front.
Styling tip: with its dainty style and additional storage, the Leoni desk could double up as a beautiful bedroom dressing table, all your need to do is to add a freestanding table top mirror – et voila!
6. John Lewis & Partners Grayson Desk, £399
Although a little bigger than some of the others on our list, the John Lewis & Partners Grayson Desk, £399 is still slim enough for those tight spaces. Not only is it petite in size but it features very of-the-moment fluting on the sliding door of its oh-so-clever storage underneath. It's a Scandi-inspired design that feels fresh, made from oak with beautiful tapered legs – you'll be the envy of all your friends.
Styling tip: the internal shelf within the storage unit is adjustable, so no need to limit yourself to what – or how – you store.
7. Heal's Ligne Roset Roll Desk, £810
The Roll Desk, £810 from Ligne Roset at Heal's was designed by Mario Ferrarini. It's compact in size and fluid in style. The table top has been expertly crafted using a walnut veneer with a natural varnish and the steel base has a black-lacquered finish. This is a truly multifunctional piece that can be used as a desk, dressing table or hallway console – it will look elegant in any situation.
Styling tip: try contrasting with the sleek lines of the Roll desk by adding a desk chair with texture, such a an upholstered chair in a soft boucle, or throw a sheepskin over a wooden chair for extra comfort.
8. La Redoute Meeting Mini Wall Desk, £85
Wall desks are the ultimate when it comes to small desk solutions, such as the Meeting Mini Wall Desk, £85 from La Redoute. Owning a desk such as this will make you meeting-ready at any time of the day – just pull down the door and you're ready to go! Perfect for bedroom, spare room or living room yet equally good for a hallway as it's super discreet and takes up next to no space. Go simple with the plain white or make a feature of the design with the bold red colourway.
Styling tip: if your abode is smaller than most and you find yourself working at the end of your bed, then this is the design for you – all you need to do is to add a chair. To give yourself even more space, why not choose a foldable chair?
- See more hallway ideas for making a great multifunctional entrance
9. Maisons du Monde Artic White Vintage Corner Desk, £140
There's clever desk ideas and then there's really clever desk ideas. The White Vintage Corner Desk, £140 from La Redoute is the perfect answer for those looking to add a handy workspace to a room without the need for endless wall space. Corners are often over-looked, but adding a corner desk will make the most of unused space within a small room. The minimal design means it will work with a number of different interior styles and will certainly increase productivity.
Styling tip: for extra storage, add shelving to the walls above the desk, that way your desk top won't get too cluttered.
10. Oliver Bonas Bali Natural Rattan Desk, £295
Small desks weren't all made the same. Stand out from the crowd with the Bali Natural Rattan Desk, £295 from Oliver Bonas. It's not only small in width but it's narrow in depth making it ideal for rooms with little space – especially when you realise you do need to actually close the door to your room or squeeze past your bed. Rattan furniture has seen a resurgence in recent years, not only is a hard wearing and affordable but it's super stylish, especially for those who love a touch a bohemian style.
Styling tip: ideal for holding your computer, stationery and a desk light but equally elegant as a console table – add a large mirror above to bounce extra light about the room. Mix with one of the best berber rugs for texture galore.
Jo is a News & Shopping Editor across Homes & Gardens and Livingetc magazine. Before joining Future Plc, she worked as an interior stylist and set designer, specialising in editorial and commercial photo shoots as well as installations, exhibitions and events. Her background within this field means she has a particular interest in the creative ways to make a house a home, as well as hunting down the best places to source beautiful things.
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