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Antique Desks

Having an inspiring home office—whether that be simply a desk squeezed into the corner of your bedroom or an entire home study set up, is now a modern-day essential. Don’t simply bring the office home with corporate-style furniture, and instead, why not create a home office that you love spending time in? Why not design one that really reflects you and your personal style? Antique writing desks are the perfect solution for the modern-day home office, giving you somewhere comfortable to work whilst not compromising on your interior’s style. You can add an abundance of character and unique charm that inspires productivity and boosts morale.Our selection of antique desks has been hand-selected by our team of antique furniture experts, bringing you the very best designs, materials and makes from all across the centuries. With designs dating all the way back to the 1500s, our collection features a huge range of styles from many different periods. Browse bureau-style antique writing desks, leather-topped tables, Victorian, Georgian and mid-century styles in maple, mahogany, oak or pine.Whatever your style or space, we’re sure to have the perfect antique office desk for you and your home working needs. Shoop Vinterior’s edit below.

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Why choose an antique writing desk?

Mass-produced furniture can feel too clinical for the home study where the idea is to create the anti-office. Instead, a stunning antique writing desk can offer character and charm so that you never resent the time you spend sitting down and working hard. Antique ladies writing desks appear to have first been used during the 1600s with their sole purpose being for reading and writing. During the Victorian era, more exotic types of wood were more readily accessible which led to a change in the design of writing desks to develop a thicker veneer and much more ornate and elaborate shape. By using woods like cedar, oak and mahogany the era is characterised by more elegant styles for writing desks that were large and heavy. The designs serviced the need to have more expansive space when copying books by hand, with slots and hooks also included for bookmarking and writing paraphernalia. It is these small touches of the time that make antique writing desks so delightful and, as a result, so popular today.

The appeal of antique desks

Antique mahogany desks made are high quality due to their strength and durability, which is why they are one of the most popular and sought-after types of antique furniture. Some pieces, particularly ones built for the wealthier classes of the period have original leather writing surfaces. This classic addition to a writing desk is hard to come by nowadays and symbolises prestige and elegance. Some of the writing desks available have a bureau-style closing lid which is useful in maintaining privacy and as storage for papers and stationery. Victorian-era writing desks also often feature unique and characterful additions, such as locks, partitions, drawers and pigeonholes for added charm.

We sell antique-inspired furniture, too

While the benefits of antique furniture are significant and we are huge fans of heritage furniture at Vinterior, we understand that not everyone will be able to purchase an antique writing desk that works for their home. However, browse the range of bespoke and artisan furniture here at Vinterior and you will find a number of independent furniture makers able to craft stunning antique-inspired pieces that share the same quality and style elements as an antique writing desk. So, whether you want a piece that looks like a Victorian bureau or an Edwardian writing table, you’ll find the right solution here.

Shop for antique office desks at Vinterior

Here at Vinterior you can discover thousands of antique, vintage, retro and artisan items of furniture from more than a thousand sellers around the country, including the best antique desks for sale from across the U.K. and Europe. Our collection is constantly evolving as new pieces become available and we aim to bring the best selection of popular furniture and home furnishings to our customers. Explore our listings now.

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