Our very first furniture ‘Top 10’ was a round up of contemporary home desks, but that was over 2 years ago so I decided it was time for an update, this time with the focus firmly on comfortable and stylish contemporary home desks for small spaces.
Whether it’s just for a bit of personal paperwork, or because you work from home full-time, the desirability of a dedicated work space (however tiny) remains unchanged. The benefits of having somewhere to sit comfortably, surrounded by objects and images that inspire and uplift you, is incalculable – be that a corner of the living room, bedroom or kitchen, or a nook on the landing or under the stairs.
From my own experience of hunting for a small home desk, I’ve limited dimensions to 130 cm wide and 60 cm deep, although most of my finds are a good bit smaller than that. Here’s the result – my pick of the best contemporary home desks for small spaces. I hope you find one you like.
Have the best of both worlds with this simple Console Desk from Rose and Grey. Its clean lines and simple wood and metal finish give it a distinctly Scandi feel, and true to the spirit of the best furniture for small spaces it’s truly versatile in that it works just as well as a desk as it does a console table. Perfect for a slimline work space, it measures 130cm wide x 50cm deep.
I’m deeply excited to see that a selection of pieces from U.S. interiors brand West Elm (a firm CBT favourite) is now available at John Lewis stores. West Elm do a particularly fine range of mid-century modern style furniture, including this Mid-Century Mini Desk available in black or white. With a single wide drawer that features beautifully shaped bronze-finish drawer pulls, this is a small home desk with a lot of style. Dimensions: 91 cm wide x 51cm deep.
Also from John Lewis, and part of their ever-growing collection of iconic British contemporary designs, is the Celine desk by Nazanin Kamali for Case Furniture. Petite and elegant, it’s gentle tapering legs give it a dainty aesthetic, but it’s practical too, with its slim hidden drawer and laptop compartment. Shown here in oak, it’s also available in walnut. Dimensions: 110 cm wide x 55 cm deep.
Staying on the high street, M&S is where you’ll find the wonderful Nayoko Desk, above, part of a Japanese inspired minimalist furniture range using light ash mixed with semi-gloss black lacquer. The recessed copper handle detail adds warmth and sophistication and quality and it measures 110 cm wide x 50 cm deep. We love!
No line-up of contemporary small home desks would be complete with the Fonteyn Desk designed by Steuart Padwick for MADE – their very first designer collaboration. This is the desk I bought, and I love it – and so does pretty much everyone who sees it (read more here about Steuart’s designs and check out his video – that’s my review he talks about as being his favourite!).
The Fonteyn Desk is incredible quality for the price; above is the version I bought, in thick oak and walnut veneer with solid oak legs, but it’s also available in oak, or walnut and red. Dimensions 90 cm wide x 50 cm deep.
Part of the Cato collection from Habitat, the Cato Desk is available in various colours – black, red and sage green, plus white as shown above. It’s truly compact, with useful storage space, and measures just 75cm wide x 45 cm deep, making it the perfect home desk for very small spaces indeed.
A traditional bureau style desk has been updated with slim, tapering black lacquered iron legs in the striking Scripps Desk from Swoon Editions. Made from solid mango wood, its handy compartments and top shelf add storage and display space, and it measures 120 cm wide x 55 cm deep.
We love the raw wood and metal industrial styling of the Baxter Industrial Desk, above, from Lombok. It measures 127.5 cm wide x 60 cm deep, and has lots of drawers for handy storage.
More of the industrial vibe with the Rankin Black Metal Desk from MADE, a really solid, small home desk measuring 105 cm wide x 52 cm deep. Made from dark, hand-welded iron with a clear lacquer finish, it features vintage styling details on the drawers – a couple of which are really deep ones that’ll give you bags of storage space.
Where floor space is severely limited, the wall mounted Fläpps Wall Desk, above, from Clippings is the ideal solution. Fix it to the wall at the desired height for a seated or standing workstation, and simply fold it away (below) when the work is done. Dimensions: 80 cm wide x 50 cm deep.
And to finish, possibly one of my favourites – because I do love a set of hairpin legs. Team them with a hand-selected piece of solid iroko wood and you’ve got the Iroko Midcentury Modern Desk by Biggs & Quail. Measuring 120 cm wide x 62 cm deep, it’s just outside the dimensions I set – but hey, wouldn’t you like your home office to look like the picture above? Possibly not surprising that the desk has been featured in 25 Beautiful Homes.
Biggs & Quail hand-make their desks to order in West London and additional features such as a cable hole and/or a raw iron ‘hairpin’ cable tray can be added at extra cost. Or indeed a desk can be made entirely to your own personal specifications – how tempting is that?.
Sometimes the most stylish things come in small packages, and we think this round-up of compact home desks for small spaces proves the point – beautifully.
Images: brands and retailers as credited above