22 small desks for your home office

small desks

Graham & Green

Although the restrictions on our lives have dramatically lessened two years post the start of the pandemic, working from home at least a few days a week looks like it’s here to stay. Hybrid working models are becoming increasingly commonplace and 55% of homeworkers say they concentrate better in their own study space. All in all, we think it pays to have a decent setup – and you don’t need an impressive home office shed, either: a small desk will do just fine.

Even if you don’t work from home, a dedicated place to sit and do your paperwork and other life admin will make everything run more smoothly. A small desk will give you somewhere to keep everything neatly together, rather than having to move piles of papers off the kitchen table every time you need to set it for supper, too.

You don’t need a large amount of space to kit your office out, either. If you’re short on space, there are plenty of small desks available to turn your poky spare room or gloomy unused corner into an attractive, useable work area. Here are our picks of the best small desks for 2022, so you can revamp your home office for our post-pandemic world.

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Hopkins Compact Desk

Sleek and slimline, this desk won’t jut out too far into your room, making it a good choice for bijou spare bedrooms-cum-home offices.

Dimensions: H75 x W90 x D42cm

Ply Wall Mounted Desk



Or, for the smallest rooms of all, go for a wall-mounted desk. This one folds up when it’s not in use, so it won’t obstruct your space at all.

Dimensions: W60 x L12 x H40cm

Oliver Lift Top Dressing Desk



The ochre desktop and contrasting slim black legs gives this a lovely vintage/midcentury feel. Not bad for under £200!

Dimensions: H77 x W100 x D52cm

Charlton Small Acacia Desk

Roseland Furniture


Despite its small size, the gold legs and deep wood top here makes this desk feel very statuesque. It’s currently half price too, so act fast to nab a bargain!

Dimensions: H76 x W85 x D46cm

Bali Natural Rattan Desk & Dressing Table

Oliver Bonas


If your bedroom is working overtime as an office during the pandemic, this versatile piece will work as both a desk and a very trendy dressing table. Just add a leafy plant in a colourful pot to finish the look. It’s massively reduced to £88 from £295 right now as well, which is a very impressive discount.

Dimensions: H86 x W90 x D45cm

Kinship Rattan Dressing Table & Desk

Oliver Bonas


Here’s another multipurpose option – if you ever head back into the office full time, this can easily switch to dressing table duty.

Dimensions: H72 x W91 x D36cm

Ladder Desk

Marks & Spencer


If you don’t want to drill into your walls, this ladder desk gives you a place for your decorative accessories and work files, without needing to put up shelving.

Dimensions: H185 x W90 x D45cm

Loft Compact Desk

Marks & Spencer


Small, stylish and under £100? We’re sold. This minimal desk has been made from sustainable wood and comes in two colours. This isn’t one for those who need to keep big piles of papers to hand, but if you only need your laptop to get down to work, it’s a great choice.

Dimensions: H81 x W90 x D50cm

Holt Corner Desk

Marks & Spencer


Corner desks are a great option for maximising the usefulness of smaller rooms. They don’t intrude on your floor space and turn unused nooks into clever, practical zones instead. This chunky option has a cable management hole to keep wires neat and a shelf to store your stationery tidily.

Dimensions: H75 x W80 x D80cm

Valence 1 Drawer Ladder Desk



If you want to inject a bit of glamour into your workspace, a flash of rose gold is all you need. This desk comes with a shelf for your decorative bits, too.

Dimensions: H145 x W65 x D48cm

Sammy 1 Drawer Desk



This all-white unobtrusive desk has two roomy concealed drawers and a glossy finish. If you like a clean, fresh look, this will fit your scheme well – and it’s 20% off at the moment, too.

Dimensions: H75 x W80 x D57cm

Bramwell Folding Desk



This folding desk doesn’t attach to the wall, but it still collapses when not in use, so you can tuck it away in a cupboard and reclaim your floor space (and you won’t be reminded of work, either!).

Dimensions: H74 x W90 x D45cm

Ivana Desk



If you’re just looking for an inexpensive way to turn a little corner of your spare room into a functional workspace, this is for you. It’s not the most stylish option on our round up, but it’s a bargain at just over £70 and it’ll get the job done. It’s available in a choice of black or white, too.

Dimensions: H74 x W90 x D50cm

Solid Wood Desk

George Oliver


Midcentury style fans will like this one – those tapered legs will make a style statement in any room this desk is kept.

Dimensions: H80 x W82 x D42cm

Southwark desk



Another one for the minimalists among you, this mango wood number has a barely-there aesthetic with a single drawer that almost looks like it’s floating. Smooth edges give it a soft, classic feel.

Dimensions: H75 x W90 x D50cm

Pembridge desk



This is small, yes, but perfectly formed: inside there is a number of clever storage solutions to house your stuff properly – a couple of pen pot, a little shelf and a spot for your laptop. Everything works more smoothly when organised just right.

Dimensions: W90 x D18 x H58cm

Whitewashed Irving Desk

Graham & Green


This one’s got an arty feel – we love the tapered frame and dedicated book/magazine shelf (great for keeping all your Country Living issues!).

Dimensions: H76 x W86 x D59cm

Jimi 1-Drawer Desk

La Redoute


This simple desk is available in a choice of five colours, but our pick is this sophisticated dark green. Pair with gold or brassy pen pots, and a dark leafy plant to maximise the effects.

Dimensions: L90 x H75 x D53cm

Palmieri Writing Desk

Canora Grey


Another hardworking piece of furniture – this would work as a desk, a dressing table or a console for your hallway. The brass framing elevates this piece into something really chic. Choose from white or grey.

Dimensions: H80 x W80 x D50cm

Mid-Century Wall Desk

West Elm


This is pricey, but it’s really gorgeous. If you’re going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, it might also be worth investing in a piece of furniture you’re going to love looking at. Keep boring work documents tucked away neatly in the cupboards and use the shelf above for your house plants or pretty trinkets.

Dimensions: H178 x W96 x D37cm

Curl Wall-Mounted Desk

John Lewis & Partners


Another wall mounted option but this isn’t a folding desk. Go for a style like this if you want to set up a permanent workspace that’s still minimal and unobtrusive.

Dimensions: H19 x W75 x D38cm

Spindle Desk

John Lewis & Partners


Adding a splash of colour really lifts every room scheme. This cheery yellow desk will make sitting down to work much less of a chore.

Dimensions: H76 x W95 x D55cm

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