Though many of us are returning to the office a couple of days each week, working from home is set to remain – in some capacity – for the majority. Whether you’re part of the full-time #WFH brigade or you’re doing so on a few set days, ensuring a practical yet stylish WFH set-up is paramount. That said, many of us aren’t blessed with space like those pesky influencers with dedicated home offices. Y’know, the type whose spaces don’t also double up as a kitchen/bedroom/dressing table. Ugh.
Enter: folding desks. Fold away desks are an actual LIFE SAVER for the space poor among us: slimline, functional and packed away within *seconds* when the clock strikes 5pm on a Friday. Gone are the days of killing your back by working from your sofa, or making do with a bed and lap desk combo. Folding office desks sit neatly in the corner of your room and can be stashed away in your wardrobe/under your dining table/down the side of your fridge when they’re not in use. It’s time for your home to feel like home again.
Folding desks fall into two main categories: bog-standard folding computer desks and their fancier counterparts – wall mounted folding desks. The former look as you’d expect. They have worktops spacious enough for your books/dried flowers/scented candles set on – most often – iron frames. They can easily be folded flat to allow for easy storage when not in use, allowing you to make the most of your space and set up a workspace anywhere in your home. The Evelyn concrete folding desk from Dunelm comes in at £39 and certainly doesn’t compromise on Instagram-appeal.
Alternatively, wall desks – or floating desks, as they’re sometimes otherwise referred to – are mounted to the wall to provide a compact and unobtrusive work space. When you’re done for the day, you simply lift up the drop-down door up to show the attractive, fluted front held by a magnetic close. No space lost.
What we’re saying is this: whether you live in a house share or have a one-bedroom flat to yourself, a lack of space shouldn’t mean a lack of space to get your job done. We’ve hunted down the very best folding desks to turn even the tiniest corners of your home into a photogenic AF office from the likes of Amazon, Wayfair and Dunelm. Most of them come in under £100, and most are available with speedy delivery. You. Are. Welcome.