The throes of Covid-19 and lockdown have made most of us very familiar with the rhythm of working from home. These work-from-home policies have forced living rooms, bedrooms, dining room tables, and even closets to function as makeshift offices. However, balancing your laptops or computers on your kitchen table, on your bed, or coffee table can cause a lot of havoc to your health. Positions that encourage your shoulders up towards your ears or your wrists or elbows excessively flexed may result in more discomfort. And still, desks can be an expensive piece of furniture and this work-from-home situation is probably temporary, so maybe you don’t want — or don’t have the room for — a permanent study corner in your apartment or house.
If you’re looking for creative ways to merge work duties with home life, space-saving alternatives to traditional desks, now’s the time to look for something more stable – not least to save yourself from a host of future back pain issues. Enter the foldable desk.
Foldable desks are ideal for small spaces, especially for those without a dedicated home office if working from home. As well as cleverly folding up after use, fold away desks are compact, neat, and incredibly easily to set up, with little or no assembly required.
And there are other benefits: a folding desk will help to separate work from downtime, as it can be simply packed away at the end of the working day. Some folding desks have built-in shelves for storage, while other available options include wall-mounted folding desks too. Whatever you need, there is plenty on offer to suit every home — and job.
Folding desks are currently flying off the shelves, so you’ll have to be quick if you want one for your home. Here we round up some practical folding desks you can buy right now.
17 Stories Alondra Desk
With its strong MDF and a steel frame, the 17 Stories Alondra desk redefines the desk. It boasts a simple folding system where the table top can be set up half up or fully up to suit your space.
There are also four shelves beneath the table top to store papers and office accessories so you don’t have to clear everything away when you’re finished. Measures 169cm when fully extended.
Adjustable Folding TV Tray
This no-frills table is an affordable option if you’re just looking for something basic to get the job done.
Tangkula Wall Mounted Desk
This wall-mounted storage cabinet allows you to create a home office that folds down into a desk. Made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), this unit features multiple storage compartments in various sizes and a safety lock that keeps it closed when not in use. It measures approximately 2 feet square and comes in white, black, and red-brown finishes.
Folding Computer Desk
This desk is both simple in use and space-saving. It has a wide board with large space to withstand a heavy load. Its x-shape frames ensures a solid construction. And its water-proof cover and well-treated frames increase durability, ease of cleaning
Tyonna Folding Desk
Compact, sleek and modern, this classic wooden desk is perfect for smaller spaces. It has a simple metal frame and a desk top made from laminated manufactured wood. Simply fold up and pack away again at the end of the day.
Eccostyle Solid Bamboo Frame Foldable Wood Desk
This desk folds completely flat, so you can tuck it inside a closet, behind the sofa, or under the bed after work. The simple design includes a matte white tabletop and a sturdy bamboo frame. When folded out, the work surface measures 32×22 inches.
Two Tier Foldable Desk – Folding Desk
This foldable two-tier desk has room for knick-knacks, home accessories, photos, and houseplants. With no assembly required, it’s great for those wanting something quick and easy.
Andersonville Floating Desk
When work is done, this desk folds back up into a compact wall cabinet complete with shelves, file storage compartments, and a corkboard. A hinged leg provides additional support for the pull-down desk surface. When folded up, it measures 58×22 inches.
Brayden Studio Ferro Desk offers a similar design. Technically designed as a dining table, Brayden Studio’s folding table has all the features you need for a compact home office.
It’s made with multi-functionality in mind; wall-mounted, it folds down to reveal cubby holes and shelves that are great for storing papers, pens and other stationery, and a tabletop that offers plenty of space to work.
There’s even a chalkboard on the underside of the table to jot down your to-dos. You will need to fix this to the wall, but the upshot is a completely clear floor space once it’s packed away.
$180 | Buy Andersonville
KARVD Hitch Wall Mounted Laptop Desk
Measuring less than 20 inches square, this wall desk can help you create a workstation even in the smallest space. The carved wood cabinet door opens to reveal a flip-down desk surface, smartphone stand, cord storage area, shelves, and circular corkboard. Made of birch plywood, the unit is available in gray and brown finishes.
Mid-Century Mini Secretary Desk
This secretary-style desk features a flip-down compartment that forms a perch for your laptop and reveals storage inside. Inspired by midcentury designs, the eucalyptus and engineered wood desk has a sleek profile that measures 28 inches wide. With the door closed, it extends only 15 inches away from the wall.
Harbour Housewares Wooden Foldable Desk
In a wooden style, this compact table folds flat so you can hide it away at the end of the day. A great one to consider if you need a more suitable working-from-home set-up.
Walker Edison Industrial-Style Wall Desk
This fold-down wall desk includes a fluted wood front that attaches to a metal industrial-style frame with a magnetic close. A horizontal bar across the back keeps books, notepads, or files upright and in place. It comes in a range of wood finishes, including dark walnut, warm oak, and weathered gray.