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Vintage Writing Bureaus and Secretary Desks

Sophisticated. Decorative. Functional. Shop our hand-picked selection of vintage writing bureaus and vintage secretary desks. Find the perfect item for your home or office. Our curators have styles for everyone in a range of warm timbers and other materials. Whether you’re looking for an ornate item with chinoiserie or a more subtle piece, we have the vintage writing bureau for you.

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Vintage writing bureau


A vintage writing bureau can add characterful, original, and unique interest to your home and provide a wonderful alternative to a modern desk. This style commonly includes a set of drawers with a desk that hinges out on the top. Many writing bureaus also have hidden compartments, such as built-in bookcases. They are often taller than they are wide and make practical use of a smaller space.

Our vintage secretary desks are built to last and are most commonly constructed from woods like mahogany, walnut, teak, and rosewood. Constructed by skilled craftsmen, they have stood the test of time. From secretary desks with ornate and decorative facades to more modern slimline designs, browse our collection.

Vintage secretary desks: a huge choice of styles


A vintage writing bureau isn’t just simply a desk. These desks are steeped in history. The vintage writing bureau has evolved over the years to become a unique item of furniture. The ‘secretaire’, or drop-leaf desk, derived its origins from the French writing cabinet. This style became popular during the 18th century. And in the 19th century, secretary desks became central to middle-class homes, where they made use of smaller spaces. You’ll find hand carvings and little pieces of intrigue, including compartments for diaries, letters, documents, and other activities.

There are a huge variety of styles when it comes to vintage writing bureau and secretary writing desks. From Louis XVI period desks to art deco and mid century modern styles, find the ideal piece for your home. Each has a unique character and history of its own.

How to style your vintage writing bureau?


If space is at a premium, our vintage writing bureaus will provide a hero item that will last. Place up against a wall and match with a chair of the same or a different era, to add interest. Take advantage of natural daylight or add vintage pendant lights or floor lamps for additional lighting.

Bookshelves can be placed next to a vintage writing bureau for extra storage. Or create texture beside your secretary desk with bright wallpaper, a lamp, or vintage rug.

Shop now for vintage secretary desks


Vinterior is an online marketplace packed full of interesting vintage items. We make the process of finding a new vintage writing bureau or secretary desk easy. Sort through our carefully curated collection by age, material, budget, style, and more. We will help you find that extraordinary and unique item from one of our 1,800 boutiques in just a few clicks.