Best Minimalist Desk Setups

7 Best Minimalist Desk Setups for Your Workspace

In Blog by Nick LeLeave a Comment

Nothing is more satisfying on the eye than seeing a clean minimalist desk setup. I’ve enjoyed looking at minimal desks so much that I previously created an account called @desktour on Instagram that showcases the best desk setups that I’ve come across. Yes it is pretty weird that I started this account, but about 10k people followed along for these *almost* daily updates, so it helps that I’m not the only one obsessed…

Anyways… upon going through thousands of submissions for almost a full year now, I’ve seen the best, the worst, and the most minimal desks across the internet. I’ve created a list of some of the best ones and showcase the minimalist desks that have been engaged with the most on @desktour. Along with the desk setups, I’ve included and linked some of the minimalist desks below to help you decide the right table for your needs!

1. The Minimalist IKEA Desk Setup

From all of the photos I’ve seen of minimal desk setups, the IKEA table top and table leg combo is by far the most popular. Both affordable and comes in a variety of different colors and styles, IKEA has made it a no brainer for desk junkies to choose this minimalist desk. Here are two of my favorite setups from James and Stephaen.

Minimalist desk setup by James McdonaldSetup by: @__jamesmcdonald

Here is a similar desk setup from Stephen Proctor who describes his setup as a clean and breathable workspace. Stephen has since updated his setup slightly by adding in a couple new desk accessories and setting his laptop on a Twelve South MacBook stand. A space grey Magic keyboard and a Magic mouse were also added to his desk. Check out his Instagram for more photos!

  • Table Top: IKEA
  • Table Legs: IKEA
  • Chair: Poly & Bark
  • Lamp: Southern Lights Electric in Nashville
  • Plant: Succulent which was a gift from friends
  • Desk Accessory: Zen Garden with black sand from Iceland & Maui
  • Computer: 15 inch MacBook Pro (Space Grey)
  • Monitor: 30 inch Thunderbolt Display 

Minimalistic Desk from SproctorSetup by: @sproctor

2. The Aesthetic Ultrawide Monitor Workspace

Alex is a developer from Romania and his desk setups are perfect. The balance between aesthetic perfection and functionality. Using the IKEA setup we mentioned earlier, he replaces one of the sides with a table drawer. Instead of a monitor holder, he uses a minimal drawer to hold up the ultrawide LG monitor. Alex’s setup is the right combination between the IKEA setup and the minimal ultrawide setup.

Best minimalist desk by @alexcaeaSetup by: @alexacea

3. The Night Owl Workspace Desk Setup

This is another favorite desk setup of mine. Different from the other ones because it looks like the perfect night owl setup. I’m personally more productive at night and I love the addition of the neon lights here which add such a cool vibe to the whole home office.

neon light minimal desk setupSetup by: @dsonlch

4. The Designer’s Minimalist Desk Setup

I loved this minimal desk setup from Marcelo because of how designer like it was. I’m no professional designer, but it seems like such a perfect setup for a designer. The use of brown to compliment the white setup and the minimal desk accessories is very nice. Are you really a designer without design templates on your screen and design sketches on your desk?

  • Office Chair: West Elm
  • Computer: iMac
  • Earphones: AirPods
  • Mouse: Apple Magic Mouse
  • Keyboard: Apple Magic Keyboard
  • Speaker: Apple HomePod
  • Monitor Stand: Grovemade
  • Wooden Desk Accessories: Handmade by Grovemade

Marcelo Silver Minimal Desk SetupSetup by: @marcelo14silva

5. Minimalist Desk With a Window View

The third desk setup I chose is one with a nice large window and luckily a beautiful view. The glass desk makes it perfect for the glass window view and I love the use of space. Books, laptop, and other desk accessories are stored under the glass table top and all of the essentials are placed where they need to be on top of the desk. The symmetry of the desk aligned with the window is also a nice touch!

  • Speakers: Bowers & Wilkins
  • Desk: John Lewis
  • Chair: Herman Miller
  • Desk Calendar: John Lewis
  • Mousepad: Grovemade
  • Lamp: IKEA
  • Pencil Cup: Amazon
  • Laptop: 13 inch MacBook Pro 2015

Scott's minimal desk workspaceSetup by: @gr8scott_90

6. The Minimal Ultrawide Monitor Workspace

The ultrawide monitor workspace has to be one of the minimalistic desk setups and personally my favorite. Gabriele does it just right by keeping the desk simple with two simple Bose speakers, one of the best desk pads on the market, and minimal cord usage. The MacBook Pro and ultrawide monitor combo seems like the way to go if you’re looking to keep the clutter low.

Gabriele Design Minimal Desk SpaceSetup by: @gabrieledsgn

7. The Photographer Apple Desk Setup

The moment I see a Lacie Rugged Hard Drive, I just think photographer or videographer.  This desk setup looks like the content creators workspace. The minimal all white with black monitor and MacBook accessories seems like it creates a perfect productive environment.

Minimalist setup for desk by PierreSetup by: @pierreetienneferraro

Best Workspace Desk Setup Ideas

Haven’t found a desk setup or minimal workspace that you like? Check out our Pinterest board on minimalist desk setups for more ideas and inspiration. We try to update it as often as we can with some of the best workspaces we can find.

Minimalist desk setup ideas pinterest

Which one is your favorite minimalist desk setup? Let me know down in the comments below. Also if you have any minimalist desk photos, feel free to submit them by emailing