I’ve never before thought of a desk as being decorative, especially if it’s my kids’ desks covered in snack wrappers and eraser shavings, but the more I see writing desks, the more in love I become with them.  Not only are the often beautiful pieces of furniture , but they are multi-functional, and I love, love, love furniture pieces that have more than one use, don’t you?

{via Susan Glick Interiors}
{via Susan Glick Interiors}

 

The type of writing desk that I’m referring to is one that doubles as a sofa table.  It’s different from having a desk in a home office because when used as a sofa table, the work area is part of the living space and central to the rest of the house.

{via Valorie Hart}
{via Valorie Hart}

 

When not in use, the desk acts as a sofa table holding decorative items and functional lighting.

{via Martha O'Hara Interiors}
{via Martha O’Hara Interiors}

 

{via Lisa Luby Ryan}
{via Lisa Luby Ryan}

 

These types of desks are smaller in scale with limited storage, so they are best suited for laptop work or a small writing area, but they provide maximum function in a minimal footprint, so they are ideal for apartments, lofts, or other small spaces.

{via HGTV}
{via HGTV}
{via Lauren Leonard Interiors}
{via Lauren Leonard Interiors}

 

 

Longer sofas can accommodate longer desks which would also be ideal as a kids work station for after school homework!

{Photographer Phillip K Erickson}
{Photographer Phillip K Erickson}

 

 

Depending on the size of the room, you can actually use a regular desk or table placed behind a sofa as well.  This is one of my favorite spaces I’ve come across and my dream for my living room layout!  {I just have to vault my ceiling, add planking, enlarge my windows….Lol!}

{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}

 

Also, changing out the type of desk chair used really changes the entire feel of the piece.  A larger chair makes the desk feel more like a functional desk, whereas small stools provide function but look more decorative when not in use.

Desk with Large Chair
{via Ballard Designs}
{via Orrick and Company}
{via Orrick and Company}

 

I came across a beautiful writing desk in a local consignment store a few months back at that time, intended to keep my baby grand piano in the living room and so there was no space for a desk.  Since then, I’ve decide that it’s time for the piano to go since {sadly} no one plays it and it’s taking up a lot of space in the room.  I currently write my blog at my kitchen table because I like to look around the entire house as I blog so that I feel connected to and inspired by my home.   Of course, come dinnertime, I’m always shoving my laptop to the side to set the table and worried that a glass of milk might spill and ruin the computer.  Perhaps it’s time for a writing desk!

I love this one from Stanley Furniture because the top opens up to create a larger surface, allowing it to double as a dining table.  This would be perfect for me to use year-round as a desk and during the holidays as a buffet or kids table.  I’m hoping I can find a table that functions similarly on Craigslist…

{Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse Split Top Valet}
{Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse Split Top Valet}

 

Not only would a writing desk be functional and pretty, but it would give me an excuse to buy another beautiful vintage chair!  {Although, since I have a slight obsession with vintage chairs, I don’t really need another excuse to buy one…}

{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

 

Even a sofa table that’s not intended for use as a desk will work so long as the height is right for a work surface {and of course for the height of the chair that you pair with it}.  Around 30″ tall, plus or minus, is fairly standard, so look for one that it about this height.  You’ll also need to make sure there isn’t a bar or shelf running lengthwise along the bottom that might interfere with pushing in a chair.

 

Off to search Craigslist now!
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12 comments on “The Writing Desk – A Stylish Solution”

    • Hi Marty – I’ve been looking on Craigslist every day but so far no luck. I’ve sometimes seen the kind that expands called a “flip top table” and sometimes a “split top table.” Do you know if there is an official name for them?

  1. KIM! You’ve truly outdone yourself .. In a GREAT & fantastic way! I have been struggling with what to put behind my couch as we have a HUGE livingroom with really high ceilings … I was “okay” with the idea of a console table but none of them were amazing or inexpensive enough for me to purchase … NOW I am going to run with this writing desk idea! Thank you! I’m sure my husband will thank you once I tell him that the writing desk will solve multiple problems and it’ll be less expensive!

    • Yay! I’m so glad this post helped you with your dilemma. I really do love furniture pieces that are multi-functional because as you said, they solve multiple problems. Good luck with finding one you love!

  2. Kim,
    There are some great examples here. I did wonder about the height. The table that can be made larger is really great since it could double for a dining table or buffet table for a large crowd. I’ll be saving some of these to my file and pinning, of course.
    Karen

    • Hi Karen – My hope is that I can find one that will expand but I’m having the hardest time finding one at a price I like! :) Thanks you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and for pinning! Have a wonderful weekend. :) Kim

  3. Bingo! This post is exactly what I needed today. We are building a house with a large great room and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out where to put a desk. thank you so much!

    • Hi Kathryn! I’m so glad that this post gave you some ideas! How fun {but I’m sure stressful at times} to be building a house! I’ve never lived in a house that we built, but I can imagine that the process of designing exactly what you want must be fantastic. How long do you have until you can move in?

  4. Hi! What else can you tell me about the one credited to Photographer Phillip K Erickson? What brand is it? I can’t find it on his site, and I WANT IT. Thanks!

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