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Splurge vs. Steal: Minimalist Desks

These two versatile desks are simple enough to fit almost anywhere in your home.


West Elm’s Parsons Desk is a master of disguise: In your foyer, it’s a modern front-hall table; in your home office, it’s a minimalist desk. Two slim drawers provide storage. Available in polished wheatgrass, white, black, or chocolate, the Parsons Desk costs $299.

West Elm, 1020 G St. NW, 202-347-8929; Tysons Corner, McLean, 703-633-0227.


IKEA’s Mikael desk is similarly streamlined. Available in black/brown or birch, this desk can be combined with add-on units to increase storage and desk space. And at $79.99, you won’t feel guilty buying cute desktop accessories.

IKEA, 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-345-6552; 2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, 703-494-4532.