Many of us don’t have the luxury of a separate office, and our “private study” also happens to be our living room, bedroom or hallway. For a work area that knows how to multitask, there’s no candidate better suited for the position than a secretary desk. Flip open the top when you’re ready to get down to business, then fold it away in time for happy hour.
Loring Secretary Desk at Target, $180
A sleek shape helps this fold-down desk fit in even the smallest of spaces, while open storage at the top provides a spot to stash office supplies.
IKEA PS Secretary Desk at IKEA, $199
Not only is this IKEA desk small, but the combination of white paint and light birch wood veneer cuts down on visual clutter.
Wooden Mallet Wall-Mounted Desk at Hayneedle, Starting at $91
If you don’t have an inch to spare in your apartment, this 4-inch-deep wall-mounted desk is the most space-efficient option on our list. Luckily, at less than $110, it also happens to be the most affordable.
Secretary Desk at World Market, $250
The top of this desk lifts up to reveal a shelf, two drawers and a pull-out tray for a keyboard. When you’re done working, close it up to keep the jumble of papers and books out of sight.
Mid-Century Mini Secretary at West Elm, $399
This adorable flip-down desk delivers serious mid-century modern style.
Oxford Chestnut Secretary Desk at Home Depot, $320
This classy desk would blend seamlessly into a new traditional style home, while its 31-by-16-inch base guarantees it will fit almost anywhere.
Mid-Century Fold-Out Desk at Urban Outfitters, $429
In an apartment where your living room also happens to be your office, this stylish option looks great whether it’s open for business or closed for the evening.
19th C. French Iron Secretary at RH, $1,850
Every detail of this iron desk modeled after an 1800s French neoclassical postal desk makes us feel like we’ve traveled back in time — right down to the lock and key that helps keep your love letters away from prying eyes.
Alden Office Armoire at Room & Board, $1,399
Made in Wisconsin, this steel and ash armoire has clean lines and a contemporary shape. If you’re looking for a streamlined option free of fussy details, this will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Graham Small Space Secretary Desk at Pottery Barn, $999
You’re going to want to keep this high-quality piece for years, and luckily, its small size means it will fit in any home you move into.
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