Mackenzie Dunn
Updated Apr 29, 2020 @ 1:57 pm
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It’s getting to that point in quarantine when working from your couch, bed, or kitchen table just might not be cutting it anymore. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and subsequent stay-at-home orders, it may also be the first time you’ve had to work from home, without the organization of a proper desk or office chair separating your work life from your home life. Your normal office settings may have desks and chairs that provide more structure and support than the soft, ill-fitting furniture you have at home, so your body might be feeling the adjustment.

There are real benefits to creating a designated workspace at home, though. It can help you stick to a routine and gives you a place to keep all your work essentials organized. Even if you don’t have a designated desk, there are simple solutions to creating a healthier, more comfortable place to work.

From desks for small spaces to easy standing desk options, we rounded up some work-from-home solutions that are made for dwellers of even the smallest apartments.

8 Desks for Small Spaces:

1Wayfair Adjustable Standing Desk Converter


Turn any table into a standing desk—even your coffee table or kitchen counter—with this adjustable tray that changes height based on your needs. When you’re done, simply fold it back down or store it away.

2Urban Outfitters Franklin Desk Riser

Urban Outfitters

If you have a designated table or office area but need to give it a little boost, one of these desk risers is an affordable way to double up on space. It’s also most ergonomic to have the top of your laptop screen or monitor at—or slightly below—eye level, so adding a simple riser like this one may reduce neck and eye strain.

3Wayfair Height Adjustable Desk


A compact desk like this one won’t take up too much of your precious apartment square footage. Its adjustable height lets you work standing up or sitting down—or a little bit of both—while added storage at the bottom helps keep everything you need in one place.

4Urban Outfitters Cory Folding Desk

Urban Outfitters

If you’re not ready to commit to a permanent piece of furniture in your home, this simple, cozy desk folds away when you need easy storage.

5Pottery Barn Laddered Standing Desk Converter

Pottery Barn

Maximize whatever space you do have with this thoughtfully designed one-piece desk organizer. You’ll be able to keep notebooks and other materials in the built-in storage area at the bottom and adjust the shelves to fit your laptop, iPad, and any other work-from-home necessities. Plus, this handy piece creates enough height to allow you to work standing up, should you choose to.

6West Elm Ladder Shelf Desk

West Elm

This dual-purpose desk/shelf combo was made for small-apartment living. With built-in storage and a compact footprint, it’s worth the splurge (if only for taking those important Zoom calls from somewhere other than your bed).

7Overstock Rolling Laptop Cart

$57.79 (orig. $67.99)

Give yourself (and your body) the freedom to move around with this mobile laptop cart that can be used anywhere in the house. Adjustable height settings can easily turn it from an over-bed tray table into a fully functional standing desk, while a tilt of 35 degrees reduces neck strain.

8Crate & Barrel Laptop Quickstand Eco Standing Desk Converter

$319 (orig. $399)
Crate and Barrel

Switch from sitting to standing in a snap with this sleek and minimal desk converter. With up to 19 inches of height, you can adjust it to your personal needs.