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Space Saving Furniture: Ladder Desks

Space saving ladder desks

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For anyone living in a tiny space, having a home office can seem like a bit of a pipe dream. If every square metre is seemingly already accounted for, how are you going to squeeze in a desk as well? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways of creating a workspace in even the tightest of spaces, and a ladder desk is possibly the most versatile, space-saving desk of them all.

Ladder desks have a very minimal footprint, so they don’t need much floor space. The worktop is sufficient for a laptop and the additional shelves above, provide extra storage. Aesthetically they would not look too ‘worky’ in a small bedroom and could double up as a dressing table. If you live in a rented flat or don’t have the budget to build custom shelves, a ladder desk would slot into an alcove or nook, and you would barely notice it was there. Whether you like scandi design or more traditional styles, a ladder desk works well in most interiors. Here are 5 of our favourites:

Oak leaning ladder desk, Futon Company - £229


Despite the name, the Futon Company do so much more than just futons. They have a great range of affordable, small space solutions, and this desk is a perfect example. As they say, it’s the ‘ultimate in space saving cleverness.’

Size: W75 x H177 x D43.5cm

Desk W71.5 x D43.5cm

Ladder shelf storage desk, West Elm - £349

This West Elm number has been designed specifically with small spaces in mind, and would work with a mix of bedroom or living room styles.

Size: W71 x H194 x D46cm

Anton Leaning Desk, John Lewis - £199

This desk can be paired with matching shelving units for a double dose of space-enhancing storage.

Size: W70 x H190 x D50cm

DREW, Habitat - £150

Ladder Desk small spaces

For a more industrial vibe, this bamboo and black lacquer desk hits the spot. The extra cubby is ideal for stashing your work at the end of the day.

Size W70 x H189 x D40cm.

Authentic Models, Houseology - £212

If you find that you only need a workspace occasionally, then this Houseology desk could be the one for you. This desk is completely foldable making it perfect for those with teeny spaces.

Size: W89 x H100 x D50cm

You can discover our full range of ladder desks and other ideas for small space home offices here.