An affordable desk is more than just a pipe dream! Making a desk with pipe and salvaged wood is a simple and low-cost project. If you're feeling adventurous, forgo the wood and place a glass top on the pipe base.
bookshelfporn: DIY Ladder Bookshelves To get this look, all you need are two ladders and some wood planks. Paint the ladders and the wood if you want, then slide the wood planks through the ladders so they are resting on the ladder steps.
10 Small Space Solutions from the 2012 IKEA Catalog In a small space, vertical storage can be a life saver. I never would have thought of this - a BYGEL rail and small shelf becomes an easy bedside laptop holder.