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20 Space-Saving Fold-Down Desks

Fold-down desks are perfect for compact spaces. Not only do they maximize square footage by neatly folding away when the room is needed for other tasks, they allow even a cozy corner to be turned into an effective home office. Today we feature 20 workspaces where fold-down desks take center stage. From custom-built wonders to DIY solutions you can try at home, keep reading for a collection of eye-catching, practical and interesting fold-down desks!

Fold-Down Style

Let’s begin by exploring some popular fold-down desk options. One beloved model is the is the secretary desk. Classic and convenient, this desk has evolved over time to include clean-lined, contemporary forms and practical storage. Below we see the Intimo Birch Secretary Desk from CB2:

Secretary desk from CB2
Secretary desk from CB2

This Fold-Down Desk from West Elm is part of the brand’s Mid-Century Office Shelving. Once again, a fold-out desk saves space while providing a handy area for storing items such as office supplies:

Fold-down desk from West Elm
Fold-down desk from West Elm

Some people have their fold-out desks custom-built, as shown in the modern bedroom below. [photo from Churreria Photographers]

Modern bedroom with a fold-down desk
Modern bedroom with a fold-down desk

And others purchase fold-down desks with a custom feel, like this handy Southern Enterprises Fold-Out Convertible Desk available via Amazon:

Fold-out desk from Amazon
Fold-out desk from Amazon

This wall-mounted desk from Etsy shop Good Mood Wood is made to order and crafted from solid oak. Plus, the image below shows how easy it is to turn any wall into a home office with the help of a fold-down desk. Why not go for a wall with a view?!

Wall-mounted desk from Good Mood Wood
Wall-mounted desk from Good Mood Wood

There are also many DIY versions of the fold-down desk at the ready, like this desk from Bubble Wrapp’d. Would you build your own fold-out desk? Not only can these desks be used for office tasks, they’re perfect for craft centers, as shown below. [via Pinterest]

DIY fold-out desk from Bubble Wrapp'd
DIY fold-out desk from Bubble Wrapp’d

Let’s not forget about creative space-saving solutions that combine the fold-down desk with other features, such as a bed. In the next image, we see the Poppiboard Ponte Wall Bed Desk. Learn more at Lawrance Contemporary Furniture:

Eye-catching wall bed desk
Eye-catching wall bed desk

Bookshelf/Desk Combos

Many fold-down desks are part of larger shelving systems that maximize wall space in the office. The small home office below makes the most of its space by incorporating a fold-down desk into a built-in bookshelf. [from ZMK Group, Inc.]

Built-in bookshelf with a fold-down desk
Built-in bookshelf with a fold-down desk

Here’s another home office area that maximizes space by utilizing a built-in desk. And once again, the desk is part of the larger bookshelf. [from Kirkwood McLean Architects]

Contemporary office area with a fold-down desk
Contemporary office area with a fold-down desk

Anyone else noticing how white is a popular color for fold-down desks? Perhaps it creates a light and airy feel, especially when a large bookshelf is involved! [photo from Rosangela Photography]

Bookshelf with a fold-down desk
Bookshelf with a fold-down desk

Would you include a fold-down desk as part of a living room or family room? This next example makes a compelling argument for working a desk into a living area. [photo from Jeff King & Company]

Fold-down desk in a family room
Fold-down desk in a family room

For the Kids!

Next up: fold-down desks for kids! Sometimes all it takes is a simple work surface. This custom-built fold-down desk is the perfect size for a child, and it serves as an art station. Thanks to its convenient location, the parents can keep an eye on their daughter while they cook! [from BKBS via Houzz]

Fold-down desk and art area for a child
Fold-down desk and art area for a child

Got two kids? Try two desks! When they’re the fold-down variety, you don’t have to sacrifice space. Especially when they’re part of a large bookshelf that provides handy storage. Bonus points if the bookshelf is a vivid color! [photo by Andy Stagg for Paul Archer Design]

Two fold-down desks for two children
Two fold-down desks for two children

This Kids’ Fold-Down Desk built from reclaimed wood can be purchased at Etsy shop Kentucky Kentucky Reclaimed. Plus, it comes with a bench, making it the perfect compact work station:

Kids' fold-down desk from Etsy shop Kentucky Reclaimed
Kids’ fold-down desk from Etsy shop Kentucky Reclaimed

The Land of Nod offers a Three Tiers Wall Desk that mounts right to the wall. It doesn’t appear to actually fold up, but it still serves as a compact desk option with the look of a fold-down desk. A perfect choice for a child’s room:

Wall desk from The Land of Nod
Wall desk from The Land of Nod

Clever Configurations

Let’s end with some fold-down desk options that are as practical as they are amazingly clever! How handy is this fold-down desk solution for a tiny house?! When not in use, the desk becomes part of the wall. When in use, it resides over the couch, transforming into an instant work station with the help of a chain. Learn more at The Tiny Project:

Fold-down desk solution for a tiny house
Fold-down desk solution for a tiny house

Fold-down desks are perfect for any small-space situation, whether your house is tiny or the home office itself is lacking adequate room. Here’s another model that relies on a chain for added stability. [photo by Stéphane Déroussent for Geraldine Laferte]

Fold-down desks are perfect for small spaces
Fold-down desks are perfect for small spaces

This wall-mounted desk resides in a contemporary office where clean-lined style is a priority. Plus, it neatly folds into its indented wall spot when not in use. [photo from Paul Clemence Photography for General Assembly]

A fold-down desk that becomes part of the wall
A fold-down desk that becomes part of the wall

This fold-down desk is part of an unfolding apartment by Michael K. Chen Architecture that includes many built-in features. Check out the details at Houzz:

Unfolding apartment with a fold-down desk
Unfolding apartment with a fold-down desk

We’ll leave you with a DIY option: this Fold-Up Wall Desk from Crafted Fairly! Check out the details in the tutorial post:

DIY fold-up desk from Crafted Fairly
DIY fold-up desk from Crafted Fairly

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