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.
We've used a similar corner shelving unit to create space in a small 7 by 9 ft room. It's a great, easy shelving solution for small spaces (although installing it was a bit tricky as the walls weren't plumb.