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Campaign desks are classic, innovative items of military furniture designed to be both functional and most importantly, portable. In fact, furniture can be described as ‘campaign’ furniture if it breaks down into smaller pieces, making it easy to travel with. Campaign desks, therefore, are generally pared back and simplistic in style and they often break down into two or three pieces, which meant that they were easy for the soldiers that owned them to transport. Nowadays, the campaign desk has evolved from its military history into a desirable, chic item of furniture that looks quite at home in the most elegantly decorated studies, bedrooms and sitting rooms. Explore our collection of vintage campaign desks here at Vinterior today.
What to look for when you shop for antique campaign desksCampaign desks vary massively in size and are available in a wide range of wooden finishes, from mahogany to walnut. They are eminently usable and highly desirable collectors items. There are several key manufacturers to keep an eye out for when you start your search for an antique campaign desk. The Army and Navy stores created early British campaign desks from the 18th century onwards, and as demand for these items grew, Sheraton, Gillows and even Chippendale created campaign desks. Ross & Co. of Dublin were considered the “Victorian Army’s Cabinet Maker of Choice”, whilst many British luggage manufacturers, such as J.W. Allen and Day & Son branched out into campaign furniture.
How to style your campaign deskWhen it comes to styling your campaign desk, the possibilities are endless. Of course, they make a commanding addition to a study or workspace, but because they can be broken down into several pieces, it’s possible to use the individual parts differently. Every aspect of the campaign desk is designed for its utility, so they often feature useful drawers which provide a great opportunity for tidying away papers if your home office has to double up as a spare room when guests come to stay – and if you really want to turn an office into a bedroom in no time at all, the campaign desk’s ability to be broken down in minutes allows you to do exactly that.
The two chests of drawers that act as the legs for some campaign desks make amazing bedside tables or storage units in homes with limited space, meaning that the desk surface can be used as and when it’s needed. If you have a large living space to play with, the addition of a well-placed campaign desk can add a welcome touch of antique interest to virtually any room.