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You’ve never seen a happier girl than the day I brought home my white, vintage desk with red pulls. After a few fresh coats of paint, it became one of my favorite pieces of furniture. (It doesn’t hurt that I found it for $20 on Craigslist, either.) I love it so, but it never gets used. Not once have I sat down at my beautiful desk to work or read. I head straight to the sofa and never look back. I thought I would just have to continue in my productivity struggles on the sofa until I saw this space-saving floating workspace. It’s still a desk, but it doesn’t feel so desk-like. Plus, you can tuck it in ANYWHERE (under the stairs, in a closet, by the kitchen, etc.). And when you’re not using it, it disguises as a floating shelf. Genius!

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Design Happens featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn created this flexible workstation as the perfect solution to small-space dilemmas. Floating-style furniture can be found in many rooms of the house to create the illusion of more space or keep everyday items nearby. “By applying this same principle to a workspace, the same light, airy, space-saving illusion can be achieved to support multiple functions, including working from home,” Brian says. We like that idea. Because who has extra space to spare these days?

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We love that this built-in has a flip-down door front to store laptops, books and other desk accessories. But when it’s not in work-mode, the door can be closed to turn it right back into a functional wall shelf. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

For more small-space solutions, from hiding clutter to finding the perfect furniture, check out our Small Space Design Guide.

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  1. [...] How-To: Make a Space-Saving Floating Desk HGTV Design Happens Tue, January 17, 2012 10:00 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate Share (function(){var [...]

  2. [...] on Pinterest the other day, and it struck me as the fantastic version of the space-saving floating desk how-to that Kayla posted earlier. They’re both space-saving and do double-duty as desks or shelves, but MAMBA has a [...]

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  5. Natalie says:

    Why do HGTV build a new house and give it away, why cant they just pick a viewer and remodel their home ???????????

  6. Marlene Shepard says:

    I keep hoping to find something on indoor and outdoor decorating for mobile homes and yes, single wides. Why do you not cater to this market? I live in a very nice complex and there are set rules for everyone for its maintenance. It's hard to think of new ways to decorate in such compact spaces. I am a gardener, and would love to see suggestions for flower and vegetable gardens.

  7. This topic seems very well! Keep up the good job and pls post much more stuff like this! you can al so view ours 2.

  8. […] Living on the coast has many advantages, location, lifestyle, lovely views. There are some draw backs as well and one of them is space, most coastal homes aren’t super-sized. So how can solve some of these space saving dilemas, to make your small space seem bigger, yet not over-powered by decorating? Floating-style furniture can be found in many rooms of the house to create the illusion of more space or keep everyday items nearby. Use this small-space decorating tip to maximize your home with savvy decorating.  It’s still a desk, but it doesn’t feel so desk-like. Plus, you can tuck it in anywhere (under the stairs, in a closet, by the kitchen, etc.). And when you’re not using it, it disguises as a floating shelf. Genius!  Check out full story and step-by-step instructions: Click Here […]

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