When it comes to home furnishings, a bed, dresser, table, chairs, couch and coffee table are considered essentials. A desk is often overlooked — but in an era when remote work is increasingly common, and the average American spends nearly half their day staring at a computer screen, a designated workspace is arguably just as necessary as a bed.

The set-up doesn’t need to be complicated, nor take up precious space. Some of today’s best desks are designed with limited square footage in mind, with ample storage in spite of small footprints. Below, find three space-conscious styles conducive to better work and more productive browsing (or at least the illusion of productivity).

MASHstudios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk

The wall-mounted unit. Pulling double duty as a shelving unit and work surface, MASHstudios’ wall-mounted desk is made from oil-finished English walnut — and looks as unobtrusive as they come. Cord holes on either side of the desk keep unsightly wires organized, and a sliding powder-coated aluminum sheath conceals cubby contents and desk mess.

Under $200: Woodlyn Folding Desk Shelf $159

CB2 96-Inch Stairway Desk

The ladder-style option. What the ladder desk lacks in surface area, it makes up for in vertical shelving. Stretching eight feet tall, the CB2 Stairway desk is made from powder-coated aluminum, with lacquered shelves and hidden hardware, drawing the eye upward to make a small space feel larger.

Under $200: Crate & Barrel Sawyer White Leaning Desk $179

West Elm Mid-Century Mini Secretary Desk

The secretary desk. Distinguished by a vertical hutch that drops down to act as a flat surface, the secretary desk hit its stride during the ’50s and ’60s, concealing a workspace (and its associated mess) while offering impressively capacious storage. West Elm‘s version measures just 28 inches wide, and is made from eucalyptus wood with bronze detailing and spindly legs for an airy feel.

Under $200: IKEA PS 2017 Secretary Desk $159
A High-Quality, Flat-Pack Desk That Comes Together Tool-Free

Built with your own two hands and made locally, wherever you might be. Read the Story