If you have a small space, like an apartment, a child’s room, or a guest-bedroom-turned-home office, you may be looking for a traditional desk alternative. Luckily, there’s no need to rearrange your entire life to fit a bulky piece of furniture in whatever space you have available. Wall mounted desks provide a perfect compact workspace.
Here are 17 favorites to consider.
This super-affordable desk folds away so that it looks like a sleek piece of furniture that just so happens to be hanging on your wall. When you fold it down, however, you’ll find a tabletop desk space that offers just enough room for your laptop and a cup of coffee, plus several storage areas perfect for stowing away office supplies.
If you don’t necessarily need something that folds up and away, you can go for this floating desk that still manages to not take up too much floor space, while still providing both a workspace and shelving. The sleek, curvy design will look great among any minimalist decor and the Amazon ratings speak for themselves. In addition to using this desk as, well, a desk, reviewers also report that it comes in handy as a vanity.
For something super simple, you might want to opt for this wall-mounted folding table. It’s just one surface that folds up and down as needed, and it can be used in so many ways other than just as a desk. Use it as a simple desk in your child’s room for the time being, and then, when they’re off to college, snag it for use as an extra workspace in your laundry room or even the kitchen.
Another budget-friendly desk option, this floating desk gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s packed with storage options. In addition to your workspace, you get five cubbies up top, and then another three shelves below the desk. There’s lots of room for extra decor, office supplies, books, cords, you name it.
For more of a rustic or industrial feel, try this wall-mounted table space that’s just one solid wall shelf, but that comes with a lot of style. The butcher block-esque top is sturdy and measures 18 inches out from the wall by 40 inches long, and the metal brackets holding the desk to the wall give the desk that industrial vibe.
If you like the rustic look, but you do need something with a little more storage space, consider this option from Urban Outfitters. It is on the pricier side, but truly is a gorgeous piece of foldable furniture. The bottom half folds down to create a small, laptop-friendly workspace, while the top folds out to reveal storage and even a cork board for pinning notes and photos. The top provides a cute shelf area.
A similar, but more affordable, option, this murphy desk folds down to reveal multiple shelves, a cork board and a slot to hold books, notepads and magazines, while the folded portion acts as your workspace. Beneath it all is a pull-out drawer for extra storage.
This space-saving computer table doesn’t fold away, so you will need to keep the extra width in mind when planning your home office layout, but if you do have enough space, it makes an awesome option for those needing a little extra storage. It features three deep shelves on the bottom and then you get an option to add on a separate floating shelf that’s intended to hang above the desk. The floating storage shelf features two open shelves and one hidden shelf.
Okay, yes, this table was technically designed with dining in mind, but if you can overlook that, you’ll find a great desk option that offers a unique feature. While most hanging or floating wall desks are designed for the user to sit facing the wall, this table is designed for you to sit parallel to the wall — allowing you to look out into the room. And if you spend eight hours a day sitting at your desk, you know how nice it is to finally have a view other than your wallpaper or landlord’s poor paint job.
If you’re a fan of all things IKEA, then go for this similar drop-leaf table that allows you to sit facing in a variety of positions (though, sure, it’s also big enough to be used as a small dining area for two). When not in use, the majority of the table folds down, but a small area still remains that can easily act as a shelf or spot to store some small office supplies or decor, like a pencil holder, stapler or photo frame. The best part? It’s under $50.
Another wall-mounted folding laptop desk with a modern look, this option features a wooden workspace that folds down from a metal, cage-like base. Two industrial chains keep the workspace attached, while an extra metal bar allows you to store books and notepads in the back of the desk, nearest the wall. The desk comes in nine colors.
This wall-mounted desk looks like a simple chalkboard when it’s just hanging on your wall, but unfold it to reveal a workspace and six hidden shelves. This is another desk that’s designed for you to sit parallel to the wall. The chalkboard remains visible (and acts as a desk leg of sorts) once the desk is folded outward, for a fun feature.
This super simple desk has an industrial vibe. Stylish, it’s neat and sleek, and just the thing if you want a wall desk that’s going to work when you need it, but then look just like a modern piece of everyday furniture when you don’t.
Get the upscale look of a mahogany desk, without the mahogany desk price tag or size. This wall-mounted option folds away into a compact box when not in use, but when you do need it, just fold it down to reveal a laminate workspace and a small storage area ideal for books and notepads. The workspace is very easy to keep clean and not something you’ll need to worry about if you happen to spill a few drops of coffee.
So this desk isn’t exactly floating, but it is hanging, so it still counts. This very modern desk features two long poles that attach to the wall on both sides and then extend to the floor. The main work space juts out at about waist height, while a smaller shelf sits a bit higher up. The whole thing looks, yes, like a stairway or a ladder desk.
Did you know you can find affordable wall mounted folding desks on Etsy? Grab this hand-crafted, solid wood desk option for a higher quality than what you might find elsewhere. The workspace is made from one-inch solid oak, ash or hickory and mounts to your wall studs with structural screws for extra sturdiness. You can use either chains or brackets to fold the desk up and down, whichever your preference.
Just note that this isn’t probably the best option for renters, as you will need to access your wall’s wooden studs for hanging. The desk is just too heavy to be held up by your drywall and some drywall screws alone.
Lastly, if you like the idea of a wall-mounted desk, but you really do need the full desk experience and space, consider this glass option. It’s a full-size desk, with a sleek glass look, but it mounts to your wall on one side.
How to Choose the Best Wall Mounted Desk for You
Not sure which of the above options is right for you? Here are a few factors to consider.
You’re looking for a wall-mounted desk because you need to save space, right? Well then you’ll want to consider size even when shopping for something as small as a wall-mounted desk. Measure out your space before you start shopping — and don’t forget to measure how much space you have out from your wall as well. You don’t want to find yourself needing to squeeze between the desk and your bed every time you walk past.
How was your preferred wall-mounted desk built? Or, rather, how were the various pieces of your wall-mounted desk built? Is it a sturdy piece of solid furniture that you can hang immediately after purchase? Or does it come in all sorts of pieces that you’ll need to assemble before you can get to work?
Are those pieces heavy or lightweight? How does the desk attach to the wall? If you’re living in a rental unit or apartment, you may want to opt for a wall-mounted desk that will cause the least damage to the wall, so as to better keep your security deposit safe.
Of course, price is always a factor. You can find wall-mounted desks at a range of price points, from super budget-friendly and under $100 to luxurious and sturdy and going for several hundred dollars. Take your budget into account as you shop.
What are you going to be putting on your desk? Do you just need to use it for your slim laptop, or do you plan on using it for extra storage or even a heftier desktop computer? You want to consider your desk’s weight capacity before settling on a firm choice. The last thing you want is for your wall desk to come crashing down under too much weight.
Some wall desks are simple and come with minimal storage and shelving. Some wall desks are a little more complex and offer lots of storage options, and maybe even extra features like USB ports. Think about how you want to use your desk and what storage, shelving and other features you might need for peak productivity.
Your Work Style
Of course, you want to purchase a desk that’s going to work for your personal work style. If you hate facing a wall all day and need to be able to look out the nearest window, you probably want a desk that allows you to sit parallel to the wall, versus perpendicular. If you always like to have a cup of coffee by your side, you want a desk space that can hold both your laptop and your coffee mug, without feeling crowded.
Think about what you need personally from a desk and shop accordingly.
If you’re dealing with an exceptionally small space, like a studio apartment, you may want to consider buying a desk with multiple uses. For example, several of the desks on our list are actually designed as dining tables, so you could use them both for your dining space and your workspace.
Get To Work! No Extra Space Needed
If you’re struggling to work from home in your small space, stop settling for working from the couch or bed and put together a true, separate workspace that meets your needs. It’s as easy as investing in one of the above hanging desks. You’ll get the work area you need, without sacrificing a huge chunk of space.
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Our 17 Favorite Wall Mounted Desks:
- Tangkula Wall-Mounted Multifunction Desk
- Prepac Kurv Floating Desk
- Wall Mounted Folding Table
- Haotian White Floating Desk
- FOF Industrial Rustic Wall-Mounted Table
- Murray Wall-Mounted Desk
- Brown Mahogany Wall-Mount Laptop Desk
- Basicwise Wall Mounted Office Computer Desk
- Way Wick Drop Leaf Dining Table
- Bjursta Wall-Mounted Drop-Leaf Table
- Walker Edison Modern Wood and Metal Wall Mounted Writing Desk
- Tangkula Folding Wall Mounted Desk
- Burke Decor Rail Desk
- Wooden Mallet Wall Desk
- CB2 Stairway Desk
- Wood Wall Mounted Rustic Folding Desk
- Rialto L Modern Wall-Mounted Glass Desk by Fiam