The New Corner Office

Trouble fitting your home office into your home? We've partnered with Chris and Julia Marcum, founders of Chris Loves Julia, to show you how to create a productive corner office even when space is tight.

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White leaning desk with wood and white desk decor near window

A year ago, we got to a point where we had to find a place for me to work in our home. Not only am I the CFO of our family (bills, bills, billz), my workload for the blog and other projects I had taken on expanded and I really needed a place to work that wasn’t the dining room table for my laptop and the top of the microwave for paperwork.  There was a small wall, less than 40 inches wide, in our front room that we deemed "the study" because of the wall to wall bookshelves we installed when we moved in. This little 40" wall opposite the shelves had a piece of art on it for awhile, but after discovering Crate & Barrel's leaning wall desk at just 28" wide, this corner now packs more functionality and gets more use than any other in our home.

Grey upholstered desk chair at white leaning desk

I love this desk! I love the height it adds to the wall, I love that there is storage space, but the smaller size helps me keep clutter to a minimum. I love being right next to all the windows in the study, near our front door so I can open it before the fedex guy knocks and our big dog, Charly, barks and the whole house wakes up. I love working late at night at my desk with the little linen desk lamp lighting up my workspace. But mostly, I love giving such a small space in our home a big dose of functionality.

Drawer organizers holding pens, markers and papers in desk drawer

The desktop easily fits my laptop and the lamp and usually a stack of mail ends up there for me to sort through, too. There's a drawer containing my office supplies and a sturdy napkin holder that I have found to be the perfect, in drawer, paper holder. Whether it's bills, mail or notes, paperwork lives in the holder until I can address it and file it or trash it.

Wood and white desk decor on shelves of white leaning desk

The shelves have the ability to pack in extra storage if needed, but besides my little change dish and the letter box I use as additional interim paperwork storage, I've opted to keep it mostly decorative with pieces that inspire me. Although keeping a container of my treat-of-the-week handy has its purposes, too (pistachios, anyone?).

Girl working on laptop at small white leaning desk

My office chair has made working so much more comfortable, productive and enjoyable. It’s soft on the back, but the seat is firm so I don’t sink too low while tying to work. It swivels (is there anything more enjoyable than a swivel chair?) for easy movement and the low-slung arms feel natural to rest on and tuck easily under the desk. In short–it’s wonderful.

So this is where you can find me most hours of the day--in my own little corner, in my own little chair--doing my thing. As it turns out, you don't need more than 28" of space to work, happily.

Want more tips for organizing your space? Check out our entryway organization tips.


  1. Haley McCaslin

    This is so cool! I love how tiny it is to keep clutter to a minimum. But, where would you buy one of these desks?

    November 23, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi Haley,

      Glad you like it! This is our Sawyer White Leaning Desk. Let us know if you have any questions!

      November 23, 2016 | Reply
      • Jan

        Can this be ordered online ?

        December 7, 2016 | Reply
        • Crate and Barrel

          Hi Jan,

          Absolutely! You can view and order the product on our website here:

          December 7, 2016 | Reply
  2. Ryan

    Love the wall colour… What colour is it and where did you get it from?

    December 5, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel


      The paint color is Clark + Kensington Pine Grove. Hope this helps!

      December 6, 2016 | Reply
  3. Lisa

    Very functional – nice job. Where did you purchase the chair?

    December 6, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel


      The chair pictured is our Harvey Chair Black. Here’s a link to shop:

      Let us know if we can answer any other questions!

      December 6, 2016 | Reply
  4. Jamie

    Does it come in black?

    February 26, 2017 | Reply
  5. Rob

    Can the drawer be converted into a laptop shelf or is that part pre-assembled / fully constructed?

    April 24, 2017 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi Rob,

      Are you wanting a space to store an additional laptop?

      May 2, 2017 | Reply
  6. Janae

    Does this bolt to the wall or just lean? Thanks!

    July 6, 2017 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel


      It leans, but there is anti-tip hardware included if you want to attach it to the wall.

      July 10, 2017 | Reply
  7. sora

    The place where I would like to purchase is South Korea. Is it possible to ship overseas?
    Do not need to fasten to the wall?
    Can I keep a heavy book on the shelf?

    July 10, 2017 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel


      We do ship to South Korea. Visit our website here for more information.

      July 11, 2017 | Reply
  8. Hannah

    What the chair called and does the desk come in black

    August 13, 2017 | Reply

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