Floating desks typically refer to a wall-mounted desk. These desks have a sleek, modern look and save a significant amount of floor space. However, the category of floating desks also includes desks with floating tops. These versions typically have streamlined legs, relatively minimal storage, and thin work surfaces.
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Is A Wall-Mounted Floating Desk Right For You?
As the name suggests, wall-mounted floating desks affix to the wall by way of wall cleat installation or suction cups. They lack traditional legs, which helps significantly open up floor space. For many, the work from home lifestyle is here to stay, making a floating desk a perfect option for small apartments with limited space. Simplified and streamlined, these tables give a work space a clean, no fuss look. Wall-mounted floating desks are also generally more affordable than a traditional desk.
It’s worth noting that wall-mounted floating desks typically reduce work surface space. Also, to make sure they are firmly attached to the wall, drilling bolts into a wall is usually necessary. In some apartments, that’s understandably a no-go. In general, if you live in a small studio or one-bedroom, a wall-mounted floating desk is a great option. If you have space for a home office or need more tabletop space, a traditional floating desk may be a better choice.
Why Pick a Floating Desk with Legs?
Floating desks with legs imbue a work space with sophistication and elegance. Many furniture makers from the Mid-Century Modern era pumped out floating desks. Typically made out of teak, elm, mahogany, or walnut, Mid-Century variations have sleek legs and jutting tops that allow for plenty of leg room. Designers also constructed double pedestal desks with a parallel set of drawers on each side underneath the top. L-shaped desks, burl wood writing desks, and heftier executive desks also make up the wide ambit of Mid-Century Modern floating desks. Respected furniture makers like Finn Juhl, Jens Risom, and Sergio Rodrigues sold floating desks.
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