Open Up Your Workspace with A Small Desk

Create the airy, inspiring workspace you've always wanted -- regardless of space -- with a small desk. By selecting thoughtfully designed furnishings, you can easily build out an alcove or even just a section of a wall to be a creative and productive hub in your home. Get a modern workstation set up in no time with smart solutions from west elm.

Design A Laptop or Writing Station

In some homes, a laptop station gets your desk tasks done. If you do all or most of your career's work at your company or in the field, your home office set-up can be simple and streamlined.

  • Secretary desks have space for writing notes, journaling, drawing or other manual pursuits or tasks. With space to store a few pens, notepads or basic office supplies, you can stock everything you need into one small desk with a big sense of modern-classic style.
  • Two drawers are about right for a small desk. You can keep writing or drawing utensils, device chargers and maybe a coaster or other personal items neatly tucked away, but conveniently at hand.
  • Minimalist legs help maintain a low profile in a compact space. Look for tapered styles that maintain a small footprint.

Create A Full-Fledged Home Office Station

Other families have bigger home office needs. Maybe you work from home or stay involved in lots of creative or other projects that require desk time. Students need a robust workstation with little more surface space, too.

You can still choose a small desk and design out and around it to make a home office for your deeper needs.

  • Include bookshelves with a combination desk that consists of rails and shelving over your small desk. This lets you store reference materials, inspirational books or objects, plus overflow office supplies.
  • Configure mixed-use towers with shelves and cabinet bases. These functional furnishings are the perfect complement to a small desk.
  • Go modular with your own mix-and-match style. Add filing cabinets, shelving units or towers next to your desk to create a space you love.

Select A Chair for Your Desk

Pick a seat that means business -- especially if it's an exceptionally comfortable seat.

  • Executive chairs have higher backs and four-prong legs with wheels. These are the classic office chair. At west elm, executive chairs impart a modern style but are inspired by traditional silhouettes.
  • Swivel chairs let you spin around while your chair's base stays stationary. These are great if you like to turn around to survey your space for inspiration or to confer with others while you work.
  • Other occasional chair styles can be moved around the room so that your small desk takes up as little room as possible when not in use.

Enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from having a small desk all your own within your home -- plus everything you can do at it.

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