If you’re trying to launch a career from home or embark on a job hunt, it’s worthwhile to find a place in your house where you can actually get some work done. If your living space has been invaded by Legos, there are plenty of home office solutions for even the tiniest corners. Check out these efficient desks and carve out your own workspace at home:
1. Micke Desk, IKEA, $49.99
At around $50 and 29 inches wide, this desk is easy to fit into any budget (and any room, too). As with all IKEA furniture, assembly is required, but that’s part of the fun. If you have a little more space, IKEA has a great selection of budget-friendly desks.
2. Helix Acacia Desk, CB2, $249
A few different furniture stores offer similar designs, but it’s hard to beat the zen aesthetic and friendly price of CB2’s wood and metal model. This desk leans up against a wall in any convenient corner, and gives you a few extra shelves in the bargain.
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3. Bedford Office Work Tower, Pottery Barn, $1,049
If you need storage just as much as a work surface, take a look at Pottery Barn’s Office Work Tower, which offers a fold-away desk, shelves, drawers, and even a cabinet for printer storage — all in one small footprint. This piece matches Pottery Barn’s Bedford furniture line and comes in white, black, and wood finishes.
4. Clarke Secretary, Crate & Barrel, $699
Another desk with a drop-down work surface, Crate & Barrel’s Clarke Secretary is elegant enough for a living room, but perfectly functional as an office space. Crate and Barrel suggests that this piece could work as a bar, too. (We’ll try not to let that give us any ideas.)
5. Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage, Prepac (via Amazon), $156
Available from Amazon, this Prepac desk makes the most of spare wall space with a wall-mounted desk and shelf combo. And at only $156, it’s one of the most affordable options.
Bonus round: Arco Deskbox, hivemodern, $1,835
It may seem a little pricey, but the Arco Deskbox delivers a lot of cool design for the money. When closed, this desk looks like an unobtrusive shelf; open it up to reveal a slick hidden workspace. Available in a selection of colors and finishes from Hivemodern.