This minimal IKEA-worthy folding desk doubles up as a decorative shelf

I spend a substantial amount of my day on my desk, typing away to glory. Most of the time I also end up eating my meals on it! And binge-watching on Netflix as well. And I’m sure that’s the case with most of us, since working from home became the new norm, and our home offices became our new hang-out spots. But having a great desk is really important. Simply a ‘good’ desk won’t do either. A great desk helps us work comfortably and effectively. It puts us in the right mindset, helping us achieve our daily productivity goals and checkmark all the tasks on our to-do list! Not only should our desks be clean, but they should also sport an ergonomic and functional design. And good looks are an added bonus. And finding a desk that does all of the above can be a Herculean task. But worry not. I recently came across a super cool desk called the Alada folding desk.

Designer: Daniel Garcia Sanchez for Woodendot

Designed by Daniel Garcia Sanchez for Woodendot, the Alada folding desk is a nifty space-saving desk that doubles up as a super cute decorative shelf. Within seconds you can transform the Alada desk into a display shelf that can hold your favorite souvenirs from picture frames to even potted little plants. All you need is one swift movement! Sanchez designed the Alada desk, as he witnessed an ever-growing need for smart and flexible desk designs for working at home. Since work from home is a pretty common norm nowadays, it’s important to have a transformative and space-saving workspace at home – one that can be neatly tucked away when your workday ends!

Sanchez hopes that with the Alada folding desk users will be able to efficiently distinguish between their work time and private home, allowing them to strike a perfect work-life balance, even while they’re working at home. “Separating your personal time from your work time when doing home office can be challenging. The need for that closing time, for that literal act of saying ‘work is over for today’ was something I couldn’t find no matter how much I looked. This is where the idea for Alada was born. What if you could just close your workstation and forget about it until you need it again?” said Sanchez.

The multifunctional desk has also been equipped with hidden storage spaces when it is folded up, to provide neat hiding spots for your laptop and notebooks. It can be mounted onto any height, and since it occupies a minimum amount of space it’s a great design for homes with space constraints. The desk is available in a natural or white lacquered finish, as well as in ash wood with an option of white or black lacquer.