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8 small desks for compact spaces

Our pick of smaller desks that are perfect for creating a practical and stylish work space

By Jason Podesta |

If you want to utilise an unused space or corner and turn it into a home office, compact desks are your best option.

Smaller desk spaces can increase productivity as everything you need is within arms reach as well as being multifunctional as they can be transformed into a vanity table, gaming station or writing desk easily.

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1. Micke desk by IKEA

The small and stylish Micke desk from Ikea is perfect for seamlessly integrating into your current space. Available in white, black or oak-effect, you can also add storage to it with other pieces from the Micke range to make it your own.

A clean and simple look that fits just about anywhere. The clever design at the back hides messy cables. £60 from IKEA.

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2. Fulton compact by Dunelm

Inspired by contemporary and simplistic styling the Fulton range is a statement piece for a home office space. Made from durable materials with a metal tube base and unique matt finish, this range features a rustic pine-effect finish with complementing black handles.

Featuring a spacious single drawer with metal runners and a spacious work surface, the Fulton Compact desk is ideal for creating a cosy workspace in your bedroom or living space thanks to it’s low-profile design. £139 from Dunelm.

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3. White wall-mounted desk from Amazon

If space really is at a premium and a home office isn’t a priority, this wall-mounted desk is an unobtrusive option. With a separate compartment for your laptop, desk accessories and your stationery, it’s a practical storage solution, £49.99 from amazon.co.uk.

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4. Compact laptop desk by Habitat

This white gloss workstation is the perfect place to perch when you’re ready to work or surf at just under 75 x 40cm. It’s made for laptop working but is subtle and compact and won’t dominate a room. For papers and accessories there is a single deep drawer.

This laptop desk is H73 x W74 x D39cm and weighs 13kg. £65 from ufurnish.com.

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5. Fraser by Pepper Sq.

A wall-mounted folding desk, Fraser transforms small areas into functional workplaces. This drop-front desk saves space and makes pop-up workspaces your favourite spot in the house. The wall-mounting system secures a minimal footprint while allowing for a very light appearance due to the slim tabletop and light design.

Produced from sustainable oak and handcrafted in Denmark it is a light, slim-line and exceptionally sturdy folding desk £639 from ufurnish.com.

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6. Clockhouse tray desk by Garden Trading

Opting for a desk that’s portable is a great option for those who want to avoid a designated working space. This Clockhouse desk can be completely stowed away as the top tray can be lifted off and the legs folded together which is perfect for remote workers. £180 from Garden Trading.

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7. Clemence Compact by John Lewis

Made from light oak wood with an aged effect, the slim, turned legs of this compact desk help make this piece of furniture as attractive as it is useful. It’s ideal for small spaces, so you can turn a corner of just about any room into a workspace.

A sliding cubby with a shelf provides handy storage and hides a cable hole, while the slim front drawer, with brass knobs, lets you tidy all your office essentials neatly away. £499 from ufurnish.com.


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8. Loft compact by Marks & Spencer

The Loft compact has been crafted with responsibly sourced wood for a contemporary and versatile look. A handy slimline shelf means your monitor will be at the most comfortable height. Match with other items from the Loft range for a coordinated look.

The desk’s guarantee covers any manufacturing failure as well as a 10-year guarantee. £129 from ufurnish.com.

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