Putting together a clean, minimalist desk setup is one of the best things you can do for your home office. A simple workspace can help increase productivity and improve your day-to-day by focusing on what adds to it, and getting rid of what clutters it.

Not everyone works the same way and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Some need a desk setup for casual browsing, while others’ setups are their work-from-home office. Whether you’re a full-time professional, gamer, photographer, college student, or anything in between – a minimal setup is for all. We’re always curating the best desk setups across the web, from Instagram to Reddit – and have done just that, complete with full-on product guides to help you pick the right desk, chair, tech, and décor for your minimal setup. Get scrolling and get inspired for your 2021 home office setup!

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The Designer’s Minimalist Desk Setup

For designers, it’s important a workspace is as clean and aesthetically pleasing as their work. We love the white and wood accent combo for a designer setup, along with decor pieces like plants, or even a Pantone book.

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Designer's Minimalist Desk SetupPhotos by @ugmonk and @marcelo14silva

Colorful Home Office LED Light Setup

If you find yourself working late into the night, stay focussed and add some ambience with LED office lighting. The most popular use for LED desk light strips is behind your monitor to create a nice glow and backlight, which will also help reduce eye strain for those long working sessions. If you want to go all out, add some LEDs under your desk, and even a NanoLeaf or galaxy projector! Better yet, no matter what your budget, all of the LED strips and bulbs below are smart home-ready for Google or Alexa.

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Colorful Home Office LED Desk SetupPhotos by PC Battlestations and @ahmxd94

The Minimalist Wood Top IKEA Desk Setup

With all of the minimal setups we’ve seen, IKEA desk setups are by far one of the most popular – and probably one of the easiest and most affordable places to start. IKEA carries tabletops and legs separately, giving you lots of flexibility to mix and match. For a setup with a little more function, many opt for an under-desk drawer unit, doubling as support and storage for your desk. IKEA even has a desk planner tool that lets you preview tabletop and leg combos!

Looking for more IKEA setup ideas? Check out our full guide on IKEA gaming desk setups!

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Minimal Wood Top Desk from IKEA

The Night Owl Desk Setup

Whether you operate better at night, or just need to pull long hours – crafting your setup to cater to the night owl lifestyle will help you make the most of those late night sessions.

The key here is lighting – not only to stay alert and focused, but to create a cozy, inspiring atmosphere that will motivate you to keep going.

Mounting a light bar on your monitor is a great place to start. Monitor light bars illuminate your workspace, all while de-cluttering (great for small surfaces) and reducing eye strain. BenQ’s ScreenBar Monitor Light is great for illuminating your setup, freeing up space on your desk, and maintaining a minimal look with an all-matte black design. It even has auto-dimming and a patented design to ensure zero screen glare off your monitor.

In addition to a monitor light bar, incorporating LED desk backlighting, candles, and even a notebook to journal those late night thoughts will create the perfect environment ready for any night owl’s late grind.

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Night Owl Desk SetupPhoto #2 by @jeremie_thequirky

All-White Desk Setup

There’s nothing more minimal than going all-white everything. It’s as simple as picking a white desk, along with your favorite white accessories and décor to accompany. If you want take it to the next level, you can even opt for white colorways for your devices

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Minimalist All-White Desk SetupPhotos by Apartment Therapy and @ldmartin

All-Black Desk Setup

For some people, black is a lifestyle. If you want to make a bit more of a statement while keeping a consistent color scheme, an all-black setup may be for you.

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All-Black Desk Setup IdeasPhotos by @carlbarenbrug and @maxrusso.design

Monochrome Desk Setup

Can’t pick a lane for a single-color theme? Well, you can have both! A monochrome desk aesthetic looks great, and is pretty easy to achieve – all you need to do is mix and match different white, black, and gray desk components and tech. Tip: pick a white or black desk, then go with the inverse color for your accents. For example, for a white desk, go with black desk legs, a black chair, and black desk cover – and vice versa.

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Monochrome Desk SetupPhotos by @minonearth and @morgan.codes

Modern Minimal Battlestation Gaming Setup

In a world of extravagant battlestations, minimalist gaming setups often fly under the radar. Whether you’re team RGB or RGB-free, get inspired by these understated battlestations that make a statement.

Looking to amp up your gaming setups in other parts of the home? Check out our full guide and moodboard for your gaming entertainment center.

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Modern Minimal Gaming Desk SetupPhotos by @ultralinx and u/gr1zbot

The Photographer’s Desk Setup

Why use lens mugs when you can show off your own lenses? Store and show off your hard-earned gear while keeping it clean – floating shelves and pegboards are perfect to keep your workspace clutter-free, while adding some personality to your workspace. For wall art, what better images than ones you’ve taken? You can print your own photographs easily thanks to services like Posterjack!

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Photography Desk Setup & Home Office IdeasPhotos by Michael Soledad and Justin Henton

The Filmmaker & YouTuber Desk Setup

Between shooting b-roll and meticulous color sessions, filmmakers need a workspace that accommodates their busy lifestyle and long hours. Make your setup feel like home by decking it out with comfort and late-night ambience in mind. Also, incorporating lights and a mic for last minute footage and V/O is never a bad idea.

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Filmmaker & YouTuber Desk SetupPhotos by @dsonlch and @andyto

The Transparent / Glass Desk Setup

A transparent setup goes a long way, opening up your home office, and keeping it bright and airy. Clear furniture (glass or acrylic) goes with any style or aesthetic, making this a versatile pick for your home office. To keep it bright and airy, go with white or light decor and tech. A desk cover is also a good idea to avoid any scratches on the desk.

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Glass Desk for Aesthetic Home OfficePhotos by Stephanie Sterjovski and Decoredo

Developer & Programmer Desk Setup

Get your setup cleaner than your code. To minimize any distractions while programming, best to get your desk organized and clutter-free. Any developer’s workspace should also offer enough screen real estate with either dual monitor setup or an ultrawide monitor – whether you want multiple windows up in your code editor, or see the backend side-by-side with the frontend.

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Developer & Programmer Desk SetupPhotos by @chau_codes and @morgan.codes

The Ultrawide Monitor Desk Setup

Even with a minimalist setup, you can still be a maximalist when it comes to screen real estate. Besides being a productivity-booster, an ultrawide monitor is a great upgrade if you currently have a dual-monitor setup, and are just wanting to clean up your setup.

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Minimalist Ultrawide Desk SetupPhotos by @feriktantomi and @quentincougniot

Productivity Desk Setup

Who doesn’t want to get more done in less time? From reducing clutter, to adding a second monitor and desk clock – up your productivity game with a few simple modifications to your setup.

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Productivity Desk & WorkspacePhotos by Ultralinx and @justinnngyn

Plants & Natural Theme Desk Setup

We couldn’t ignore the fact that several the top desk setups on Reddit featured copious amounts of plant life. Whether you want plants that thrive in light, are low-maintenance, or better yet: no-maintenance, get inspired by these oxygen-filled setups.

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Plant Themed Home Office Desk SetupPhotos by u/daphenejtor and u/seanBCi

College Student Desk Setup

College rooms are typically small to begin with, especially if you live in a dorm or have multiple roommates. When setting up a college student desk setup, you’ll want to make sure your space is used efficiently by utilizing shelves, pegboards, drawers to help organize your school supplies and textbooks. If you’re in a dorm setting, covering up that dreary concrete wall makes a world of a difference.

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College Desk Setup IdeasPhotos by u/lucas_talbert and Overstock

Small Desk Setup & Compact Workspace

Whether you’re in a small space, or just want your workspace to have less of a footprint, you can still house all the essentials with minimal square footage. To no surprise, a compact desk is the best place to start. From there, simple modifications like mounting your monitor and switching to a 60% keyboard will help free up as much space as possible.

If all you need is your laptop, you can save even more space with a folding desk or ladder desk!

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Small Desk Setup & Compact WorkspacePhoto by @thericebucket

Aesthetic Desk Setup

Make your workspace a vibe with an aesthetic desk setup with cute desk decor to match. You can’t go wrong with neutral or warm tones to create a calming atmosphere. And of course, the brighter the better — parking your desk by a window to take advantage of any natural light will instantly make your setup look and feel great.

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Aesthetic Desk & Home Office IdeasPhoto by @taannamadwochsynow

Dual Monitor Setup (Multiple Monitor Desk Setups)

Gone are the days of day traders and developers being the only ones rocking a multiple monitor desk setup. Monitors have evolved to take on a smaller footprint on your desk and have become more slick, and less intrusive – making the multiple monitor setup more and more common. You can free up even more desk space by using monitor arms.

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Dual Monitor Office Desk SetupPhotos by @alogiccorp and @gku_aus

Standing Desk & Ergonomic Home Office Setup

In the age of sedentary work, standing desks are a great way feel a little more active throughout the day. With a sit/stand hybrid desk setup, you can adjust the height of your desk for more mobility and avoid sitting for long periods of time.

Cushioned anti-fatigue floor mats are also an essential for a standing desk setup, keeping you comfier on your feet for longer. To go the extra mile for your ergonomic setup, adding a comfortable desk cover will keep your wrists padded throughout the day.

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Ergonomic Standing Desk SetupsPhotos by @haversnail and @spawnpoiint

Minimal Hypebeast Desk Setup

No hypebeast room is complete without a desk setup to go with it. From adding Bearbricks and KAWS figures, to hypebeast wall art and rugs – there’s lots that can be done, while still keeping it clean and minimal. For more ideas for your hypebeast room, check out our full guide on must-have hypebeast essentials.

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Minimal Hypebeast Desk Setup IdeasPhotos by HYPEBEAST and Justin Tse

More Modern Home Office Desk Setup Ideas

Want more minimal workspace inspo? Check out our minimalist desk setup Pinterest board for more home office ideas and work-from-home inspiration – updated regularly with some of the best workspaces from around the world.

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Which minimalist setup is your favorite? Do you plan on doing a home office overhaul this year? Let us know in the comments! If you want to show off your minimal setup this year, make sure to tag us on Instagram at @desktours and @gridfiti to be featured!

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