19 Wall Mounted Desk Ideas Perfect For Small Spaces

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Blue built-in shelves mounted over a pinboard backsplash lining an l-shaped blue built-in desk with a white top seating white task chairs on a gray tiled floor.


In today’s world, many people find themselves working from home more than ever before. With this shift in the way we work, creating a functional and comfortable home office space has become increasingly important. Wall-mounted desks are a great space-saving solution for those who are short on space or want a clean and modern look in their workspace.

Not only do they free up floor space, but they can also be customized to fit any style or need. Discover ingenious wall-mounted desk ideas to optimize your space effectively. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to stylish, space-saving solutions in your home!

Blue built-in shelves mounted over a pinboard backsplash lining an l-shaped blue built-in desk with a white top seating white task chairs on a gray tiled floor.
Workspace in a cottage nook features a brass picture light above a wood desk with metal brackets and chains completed with backless stools for practical storing options.
A lucite chair on wheels sits in a girl's bedroom at a white floating desk mounted in a nook against walls clad in purple lotus print wallpaper. Styled white floating shelves are fixed above the desk and over a gold framed art piece.
Homework room with a wall to wall desk features three task chairs, a framed pin board and sconces illuminating the space. A light brown cowhide rug layers over hardwood floors for a contemporary touch.
Kids' playroom with long wall mounted wooden desk lined with kid sized yellow Tabouret chairs with wall mounted pencil holders above.
A tan and black cane chair sits at a wood floating desk on striped wall paper lit by a brass sconce flanked by white built in cabinets with brass knobs.
Beautifully appointed homework room features an l-shaped green desk with a wood top seating black vintage desk chairs. A green wooden picture shelf is lit by glass and brass sconces and mounted beside floor-to-ceiling green cabinets.
Long and narrow beautifully designed home office boasts walls clad in Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper lit by a drum flush mount. A wood top floating standing desk is mounted on an adjacent wall above a built in two-person two-tone desk accented with brass hardware and seating two black desk chairs.
Salmon pink curtains cover a kid's desk nook featuring a skirted desk chair placed at a white built-in desk fixed beneath a lighted art piece hung from a wall clad in shiplap trim. The desk is flanked by white shelves.
Powder blue molded plastic chairs are placed at a wood top wall mount desk fixed beneath a blue linen pin board hung under a wood shelf.
Wood floating shelves are mounted against taupe wallpaper and over a two-tone built-in desk paired with an off-white spindle chair.
Bedroom features a pink wall mount desk as a bedside table with a gray chair and a white and gray bed with a pink velvet bolster pillow.
White and gold mini flush mounts mounted under green plank cabinets light a green plank built-in desk matched with cane and leather chairs.
A pink stool sits at an l-shaped bench boasting a glass top and mounted under an aerial beach art piece hung from a gray wallpapered wall.
A heather gray desk chair sits on a gray rug in front of a white floating desk fitted in a nook beneath styled white floating shelves mounted under white cabinets to a wall covered in Graham & Brown Jiao Blue Wallpaper.
A blue stripe rug lines a cottage hallway boasting a white built-in desk matched with a white bamboo desk chair and positioned beside a white built-in bench with turquoise blue ikat cushions. The desk is fixed beneath stacked art mounted to a white tongue and groove wall beneath white overhead cubbies and lit by a cage sconce.
Blue tolix stools at a floating kids desk mounted on a white wall with black triangle decals creating a fun accent wall for black metal wall shelves displaying kids' books.
Cozy family room features a vintage wood and metal desk chair placed at a light gray floating desk fitted with drawers donning oil rubbed bronze knobs and fixed beneath green glass task lights mounted under gray cabinets.
Cottage style workspace designed with a shiplap wall displaying a wooden desk with a metal chain decorated with framed wall art. Two round wood and metal stools add seating to the workspace perfect for the cottage appeal.

A Better Option for Small Spaces

Wall-mounted desks are a great option for those who are tight on space. They are designed to be mounted directly onto the wall, freeing up valuable floor space. They are also a great choice for those who work from home, as they can be easily integrated into any room in the house.

Cottage style workspace designed with a shiplap wall displaying a wooden desk with a metal chain decorated with framed wall art. Two round wood and metal stools add seating to the workspace perfect for the cottage appeal.

Photo Credit: Two Hawks Designs – Cottage style workspace designed with a shiplap wall displaying a wooden desk with a metal chain decorated with framed wall art. Two round wood and metal stools add seating to the workspace perfect for the cottage appeal.

Wall-mounted desks come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can choose one that best fits your needs. Also, they can be installed at a height that is comfortable for you, making them a great option for people of all heights.

Cozy family room features a vintage wood and metal desk chair placed at a light gray floating desk fitted with drawers donning oil rubbed bronze knobs and fixed beneath green glass task lights mounted under gray cabinets.

Photo Credit: Amy Storm Co – Cozy family room features a vintage wood and metal desk chair placed at a light gray floating desk fitted with drawers donning oil rubbed bronze knobs and fixed beneath green glass task lights mounted under gray cabinets.
Kids' playroom with long wall mounted wooden desk lined with kid sized yellow Tabouret chairs with wall mounted pencil holders above.

Photo Credit: Collected Interiors Blog – Kids’ playroom with long wall-mounted wooden desk lined with kid-sized yellow Tabouret chairs with wall-mounted pencil holders above.

Different Styles to Fit Any Room

There are many different styles of wall-mounted desks to choose from. Some are simple and minimalist, while others are more elaborate and feature unique designs. Depending on your taste, you can choose a desk that complements the decor of your room or one that makes a statement all on its own.

Blue tolix stools at a floating kids desk mounted on a white wall with black triangle decals creating a fun accent wall for black metal wall shelves displaying kids' books.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Brooke Design – Blue tolix stools at a floating kids’ desk mounted on a white wall with black triangle decals creating a fun accent wall for black metal wall shelves displaying kids’ books.
Bedroom features a pink wall mount desk as a bedside table with a gray chair and a white and gray bed with a pink velvet bolster pillow.

Photo Credit: Alder and Tweed – Bedroom features a pink wall mount desk as a bedside table with a gray chair and a white and gray bed with a pink velvet bolster pillow.
A tan and black cane chair sits at a wood floating desk on striped wall paper lit by a brass sconce flanked by white built in cabinets with brass knobs.

Photo Credit: Alison Giese Interiors – A tan and black cane chair sits at a wood floating desk on striped wallpaper lit by a brass sconce flanked by white built-in cabinets with brass knobs.

One popular style of wall-mounted desks is the “floating” desk. These desks attach directly to the wall and have no visible supports, giving them a sleek and modern look. They come in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and glass, and can be customized to fit any decor style. Some models even have built-in storage solutions to keep your workspace organized.

A blue stripe rug lines a cottage hallway boasting a white built-in desk matched with a white bamboo desk chair and positioned beside a white built-in bench with turquoise blue ikat cushions. The desk is fixed beneath stacked art mounted to a white tongue and groove wall beneath white overhead cubbies and lit by a cage sconce.

Photo Credit: Pineapple Palms – A blue stripe rug lines a cottage hallway boasting a white built-in desk matched with a white bamboo desk chair and positioned beside a white built-in bench with turquoise blue ikat cushions. The desk is fixed beneath stacked art mounted to a white tongue and groove wall beneath white overhead cubbies and lit by a cage sconce.
Homework room with a wall to wall desk features three task chairs, a framed pin board and sconces illuminating the space. A light brown cowhide rug layers over hardwood floors for a contemporary touch.

Photo Credit: Kelly McGuill Home – Homework room with a wall-to-wall desk features three task chairs, a framed pin board and sconces illuminating the space. A light brown cowhide rug layers over hardwood floors for a contemporary touch.

Another style of wall-mounted desk is the “drop-down” desk. These desks are hinged at the top and can be folded up and out of the way when not in use. They are typically larger than floating desks and can accommodate a wider range of work tasks. Some models even have built-in lighting and charging ports, making them a great choice for a home office or study area.

A lucite char on wheels sits in a girl's bedroom at a white floating desk mounted in a nook against walls clad in purple lotus print wallpaper. Styled white floating shelves are fixed above the desk and over a gold framed art piece.

Photo Credit: DAG Design – A lucite chair on wheels sits in a girl’s bedroom at a white floating desk mounted in a nook against walls clad in purple lotus print wallpaper. Styled white floating shelves are fixed above the desk and over a gold-framed art piece.
A heather gray desk chair sits on a gray rug in front of a white floating desk fitted in a nook beneath styled white floating shelves mounted under white cabinets to a wall covered in Graham & Brown Jiao Blue Wallpaper.

Photo Credit: Lux Design – A heather gray desk chair sits on a gray rug in front of a white floating desk fitted in a nook beneath styled white floating shelves mounted under white cabinets to a wall covered in Graham & Brown Jiao Blue Wallpaper.

When it comes to functionality, wall-mounted desks are hard to beat. They are perfect for creating a workspace in a small room or for providing a surface for your laptop or tablet. Many wall-mounted desks also have built-in storage solutions, such as shelves or drawers, which can help you stay organized and keep your workspace clutter-free.

Workspace in a cottage nook features a brass picture light above a wood desk with metal brackets and chains completed with backless stools for practical storing options.

Photo Credit: Two Hawks Designs – Workspace in a cottage nook features a brass picture light above a wood desk with metal brackets and chains completed with backless stools for practical storing options.
A pink stool sits at an l-shaped bench boasting a glass top and mounted under an aerial beach art piece hung from a gray wallpapered wall.

Photo Credit: Erica Bryen Design – A pink stool sits at an l-shaped bench boasting a glass top and mounted under an aerial beach art piece hung from a gray wallpapered wall.

Another key benefit of wall-mounted desks is their versatility. They can be used in a variety of settings, from home offices to classrooms to coworking spaces. And because they are mounted to the wall, they can easily be moved or adjusted as needed, making them a flexible solution for any workspace.

White and gold mini flush mounts mounted under green plank cabinets light a green plank built-in desk matched with cane and leather chairs. Stacked green plank cabinet are inset into a green plank wall.

Photo Credit: Collective Studio – White and gold mini flush mounts mounted under green plank cabinets light a green plank built-in desk matched with cane and leather chairs. Stacked green plank cabinet are inset into a green plank wall.
Blue built-in shelves are mounted over a pinboard backsplash lining an l-shaped blue built-in desk with a white top seating white task chairs on a gray tiled floor.

Photo Credit: MMI Designs – Blue built-in shelves are mounted over a pinboard backsplash lining an l-shaped blue built-in desk with a white top seating white task chairs on a gray tiled floor.
Beautifully appointed homework room features an l-shaped green desk with a wood top seating black vintage desk chairs. A green wooden picture shelf is lit by glass and brass sconces and mounted beside floor-to-ceiling green cabinets.

Photo Credit: Design Shop Interiors – Beautifully appointed homework room features an l-shaped green desk with a wood top seating and black vintage desk chairs. A green wooden picture shelf is lit by glass and brass sconces and mounted beside floor-to-ceiling green cabinets.
Long and narrow beautifully designed home office boasts walls clad in Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper lit by a drum flush mount. A wood top floating standing desk is mounted on an adjacent wall above a built in two-person two-tone desk accented with brass hardware and seating two black desk chairs. A window is located above the desk, while behind it, art hangs on a white shiplap accent wall.

Photo Credit: Charlie and Co Design – Long and narrow beautifully designed home office boasts walls clad in Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper lit by a drum flush mount. A wood-top floating standing desk is mounted on an adjacent wall above a built-in two-person two-tone desk accented with brass hardware and seating two black desk chairs. A window is located above the desk, while behind it, art hangs on a white shiplap accent wall.

Tips for Designing or Choosing a Wall-Mounted Desk

  1. Determine the size and shape of your desk: Before you begin creating your wall-mounted desk, you need to decide on the size and shape that will work best for your needs. Consider what you will be using the desk for and measure the space where you plan to mount it.
  2. Choose the right materials: The materials you use for your wall-mounted desk will depend on your personal preferences and the style you are going for. Some popular materials for wall-mounted desks include wood, metal, and glass.
  3. Consider the design of your space: Your wall-mounted desk should fit seamlessly into the design of your space. Consider the colors and textures of your walls, flooring, and other furniture when selecting materials and finishes for your desk.
  4. Invest in quality hardware: Since your desk will be mounted to the wall, it is important to invest in high-quality hardware to ensure that it is secure and stable. Consult with a hardware professional to ensure that you are using the right type of hardware for your desk and wall.
  5. Add storage solutions: To maximize the functionality of your wall-mounted desk, consider adding storage solutions such as shelves, drawers, or cubbies. These can be built into the desk itself or hung on the wall above or beside the desk.
Salmon pink curtains cover a kid's desk nook featuring a skirted desk chair placed at a white built-in desk fixed beneath a lighted art piece hung from a wall clad in shiplap trim. The desk is flanked by white shelves.

Photo Credit: Marie Flanigan – Salmon pink curtains cover a kid’s desk nook featuring a skirted desk chair placed at a white built-in desk fixed beneath a lighted art piece hung from a wall clad in shiplap trim. The desk is flanked by white shelves.
Powder blue molded plastic chairs are placed at a wood top wall mount desk fixed beneath a blue linen pin board hung under a wood shelf.

Photo Credit: 12 Chairs Interiors – Powder blue molded plastic chairs are placed at a wood top wall mount desk fixed beneath a blue linen pin board hung under a wood shelf.
Wood floating shelves are mounted against taupe wallpaper and over a two-tone built-in desk paired with an off-white spindle chair.

Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design – Wood floating shelves are mounted against taupe wallpaper and over a two-tone built-in desk paired with an off-white spindle chair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are wall-mounted desks, and how do they work?

Wall-mounted desks are a type of desk that is attached to a wall instead of standing on legs. They can be folded up when not in use to save space. They are typically attached to the wall with brackets or screws.

What are the benefits of using a wall-mounted desk?

Wall-mounted desks can save space in a room, making them ideal for small apartments or home offices. They can also be more ergonomic than traditional desks, as they can be adjusted to the height of the user. Additionally, they can be used as a standing desk to promote better posture and reduce back pain.

What materials are wall-mounted desks made from?

Wall-mounted desks can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. The choice of materials will depend on the style of the desk and the user’s preferences.

How much weight can a wall-mounted desk support?

The weight capacity of a wall-mounted desk will vary depending on the design and materials used. However, most wall-mounted desks can support up to 50 pounds or more when mounted correctly.

Are wall-mounted desks easy to install?

Installing a wall-mounted desk can be a DIY project for those with basic carpentry skills. However, if you are not comfortable with installing the desk yourself, it is recommended that you hire a professional to do it for you.

Can wall-mounted desks be used in commercial settings?

Yes, wall-mounted desks can be used in commercial settings such as offices, schools, and libraries. They are particularly useful in areas where space is limited.

What is the price range for wall-mounted desks?

The price of a wall-mounted desk will depend on the materials used, the size of the desk, and the manufacturer. Prices can range from as little as $50 for a basic desk to several hundred dollars for a high-end model.

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