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A desk is a staple piece of furniture in every home. They are often sentimental pieces and passed down as an heirloom through families. Secretary desks are a long-standing antique design that are typically seen in mote traditional settings. However, they make for beautiful and high quality desks for the modern home too - discover why below!

Vintage secretary desks for sale at Vinterior

Secretary desks are characterised by the fact that they are often taller than they are wide. Those for sale on Vinterior are typical of antique secretary desks the world over with a clever hinged desk that folds out. Other models have a surface which you can pull out. Due to the period in which these secretary desks were made, they often feature beautiful intricate motifs carved into the legs or facades. Add a flair of originality into your home today and introduce an antique secretary desk to your home office.

Why place a secretary desk in your home?

Why choose a secretary desk for your home? For starters, they are very practical - especially in compact spaces where space is as a premium. Secretaires are designed to contain a variety of hidden storage pockets, which are tidily obscured by the fold down desk surface. Secretary desks are an antique design and therefore most of them have been made by skilled craftsmen using solid materials - they are built to last. It is impressive that the hingeing on secretary desks still works so well after decades, if not centuries, of use. Choose a secretary desk for your home and you will have a truly unique desk for life.

The history of the secretary desk

The secretary desk has a long and interesting history. It is a staple among the canon of antique desk designs and originally takes its name from the French term for writing desk: ‘secretaire’. Who was the creative brainchild behind the first secretary desk? It is thought to have been designed in the 18th century by Jean-Francois Oeben, who was the royal cabinetmaker to Louis XV. It was radical at the time due to the ‘drop leaf’ mechanic whereby one could fold down the desk surface. Thus Oeben established his reputation as a master in the creation of marquetry and mechanical desks.

How to find vintage secretary desks

Finding good quality secretary desks can be difficult if you’re not an expert yourself. That’s where Vinterior comes in — we feature over one thousand trusted sellers of antique, vintage, reclaimed and bespoke furniture.
So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our listings today and find the perfect secretary desk for your home.