Tidy or messy, psychology gives definite meanings to the process of working at a desk. Without a desk, work may get done, but it lacks a certain coordination.

A desk helps create a workspace, and a workspace helps work get done. This near tautology of thought compels most of us to look for a desk whenever we need to get some ideas out fast or put together a letter or email.

Though doctors and ergonomics experts tote the benefits of standing over sitting, both camps continue to support desk over no desk offices.

If you want a desk, but don't have a lot of space, hope exists! check out these tips on buying desks for small spaces.

Desks for Small Spaces

Putting a desk in a small space requires a little more nuance than just buying whatever catches your eye. The space must both accommodate the deks, and the person at the desk comfortably or it will very much impede work, not help it.

The following tips will help you find the best desks for small spaces by arming you with some parameters to consider upfront.

1. Fold Out/Pull Out

First off, a desk that can be made smaller when not needed will help control your space. Second, that smaller desk space when stored means less clutter, for those tidy desk types.

The two major ways to save space when not in use are to have the desk fold out from a nook. Some DIY Murphy style desks can nearly fit flat against a wall and use hinges to fold out into a workspace in seconds.

Desks with pull out work surfaces or drawers provide more space as needed while maintaining a low profile the rest of the time.

2. Depth and Width

Measuring the space that a desk will fit into helps gauge the overall size/workspace ratio. A desk will take up space in three dimensions: height, depth, and width.

Most of the time, you won't face height as a factor unless you have a short or slanted roof area.

Depth reflects how far into a room the desk will sit. When considering desks for small spaces make sure the depth gives you enough workspace but doesn't obstruct walk spaces.

Width can also obstruct walk spaces but should be considered for what might go on top. A desk without enough width leaves no room for the various small office supplies that make life easier.

3. Corners

Consider, if you can, putting a desk in a corner so you can maximize the lost space. corner desks provide a sense of extra area and work great when you have multiple projects. A corner desk can feel like having two desks in a small area.

4. Visual Size

Utilizing the art and engineering concept of size perception, you can make a desk obstruct less of an area visually. Clear materials such as lucite, especially when paired with translucent chairs can practically vanish into the background.

Mid-century wood or materials matching the flooring or walls will help keep attention away from the desk. These tricks work well when in a shared space or trying to keep a desk in a bedroom or living space.

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