Best Small Desks for Small Homes iMore 2021
Just because you have a small space doesn't mean you can't get an excellent desk for the best MacBook or Mac desktop on the market. Our favorite desk for small dwellings is the Micah Desk from Mercer41, which can hold lots of weight and turn lots of heads because of its original look. The desk looks especially great when paired with the well-received MacBook Air (M1, 2020). If your tastes are different, we've included other best smart desks for small places below. These come in various styles and price points.
- Best Overall: Micah Desk
- Best Wall Mounted: Dowlen Floating Desk
- Best Standing: Knotten
- Best Corner: Furniture of America Romy Solid Wood Corner Office Table
- Best Retro: Lacquered Regency Desk
- Best Modern: Salvaggio Desk
Best Overall: Micah Desk
Picking a desk for your home mostly comes down to tastes. Because of this, we understand that our best small desk might not match your preferences. That's okay, however, since we've included some of our other favorites.
The 52 pound Micah Desk by Mercer41 is an economically priced desk that can hold up to 220 pounds on its top and 22 pounds in one of its two drawers. The desk features a modern mix of golden metal and manufactured wood. The back of the furniture includes MDF. Chic in its design, the Micah requires full assembly using a screwdriver.
You can purchase the Micah in black or white, and it includes tipping protection. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
- Strong metal base
- Modern design
- Two large drawers
- Full assembly required
Best Wall Mounted: Black Dowlen Floating Desk
Available in black, white, and espresso, the Dowlen Floating Desk by Zipcode Design is an excellent choice for small spaces. Crafted by manufactured wood with laminate paneers, the desk offers space for your laptop and accessories.
Value-priced, the Dowlen includes a cable management system that keeps the desktop clutter-free. Made in Canada, the 39-pound desk can hold up to 40 pounds on the bottom shelf, 15 pounds on the top shelf, and 5 pounds on the middle rack. Make sure these limits are acceptable for your intended use.
Contemporary styled, the Dowlen requires adult assembly and comes with a five-year warranty.
- Includes three shelves
- Canadian made
- Long warranty
- Full assembly required
- Weight limitations
Best Standing: Knotten
The uniquely styled Knotten by IKEA offers a fresh take on the standing desk. Featuring storage spaces in different sizes, you can use the desk to store your laptop, bags, calendars, mail, keys, and more. The handy cable management system makes it ideally suited for a tablet or laptop. It is made from solid birch and birch plywood.
With a maximum load of 22 pounds, the Knotten isn't for everyone. Also, because it comes from IKEA, be aware of the inevitable assembly required.
- Various storage locations
- For laptop or tablet use
- Includes cable management system
- Requires lengthy assembly
- Might not be your style
Best Corner: Furniture of America Romy Solid Wood Corner Office Table
Weighing 59 pounds, this solid wood corner office table is cozy and convenient. It's crafted from wood solids and veneers and comes with a versatile black finish. With a pullout keyboard drawer, the desktop has just enough room to hide things to eliminate clutter.
The Romy is ideally suited for a home office or spare bedroom with a clean and simple design. Use the stand below to store books, periodicals, and other items.
If you don't like the color, you're out of luck since it's only available (currently) in black.
- Good price
- Unique look
- open shelves
- Only one color choice
Best Retro: Ingram Executive Desk
Defined by a textured anigre veneer facade and accented with stacked silver and brass hardware, Anthropologie's Ingram collection is the epitome of contemporary luxury. Perched on sleek brass legs and outfitted with power outlets to accommodate your monitor set-up, this executive desk is a welcome centerpiece for a home office or workspace.
Ingram Executive Desk weighs 102 pounds and offers six drawers on metal slides. Sealed with clear lacquer for protection. The desk is finished on all four sides.
Available in light gray, indigo, and white, you're sure to find the choice that's right for your home. The one downside: this is the most expensive desk on our list. So, if you are looking for something a little lower on the price scale, you may have to look elsewhere.
- Easy assembly
- Protective surface
Best Modern: Salvaggio Desk
The Salvaggio Desk is a classic secretary desk that's been redesigned with a mid-century upgrade. Made from solid wood, the desk measures 47.25-inches wide and weighs just over 55 pounds. The desk includes a built-in storage unit with a shelf and six cubbies along the back. The legs are flared and tapered.
Ideal for small spaces, the Salvaggio Desk looks great and easy to assemble, although you can have professionals do additional costs.
Overall, we like this desk because of its retro-goes-modern look. Nonetheless, the price could play a huge factor with some would-be buyers.
- Unique look
- Solid wood
- Requires some assembly
Best small desk
The Micah from Mercer41 is our favorite desk for small spaces. Economically priced, the 52 pound Micah can hold up to 220 pounds and offers a modern mix of golden metal and manufactured wood. Chic in its design, the desk can be assembled with a screwdriver. It's available in black or white and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
To add to the desk's look, we recommend buying a matching chair or ottoman. Wayfair offers an excellent selection of each. So find the perfect fit for the space you have with a little bit of style. No one said that small spaces couldn't have character. Whatever you decide, happy shopping.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Bryan M. Wolfe is a dad who loves technology, especially anything new from Apple. Penn State (go Nittany Lions) graduate here, also a huge fan of the New England Patriots. Thanks for reading. @bryanmwolfe
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