Study Furniture for the home



As more people work from home some or all of the time and because of smart phones and lap top computers, we are always connected to where ever you want to be connected to.  So a study or a place to work from when at home has become essential.

At the very least most people require something to put their lap top and paper work on and, usually, somewhere to store it all is also required.


The choice is vast – from a standard desk in flat pack form, chip board glue and plastic veneers, to the ready made desk that the larger furniture stores sell. 


However, if ‘home work’ needs to be given space in your own home, it’s important that you feel comfortable about the look and functionality of whatever you decide on.  You really cannot go wrong buying an antique desk for this purpose. Not only would you be buying a useful piece of furniture but also an item to enhance the look of your home, making it look much more than just the office or work area.  An antique desk will always be beautiful to look at even when not in use – with not a plastic covered piece of saw dust and glue in sight!


First give some thought to the available space you have and what you require from a desk – desks not only come in different materials but also sizes and storage capacity. The most common desk will have a flat writing surface, if an antique most likely with a leather covered top, pedestals to each side of the knee hole where you sit and in the pedestals a selection of drawers, usually graduated with thinner drawers to the top and deeper storage to the bottom. Some desks have cupboard storage on one side with a shelf or two inside for storage.


There are also partners desks where the desk has another set of drawers on the reverse side, so that “business partners” could sit opposite each other. The large partners desks look great if you have enough space and most times were only used for one to sit at but provide a lot more storage capacity – it’s surprising how much can be stored in 18 drawers which is the number some of the partners desks have.

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If your need is mainly just for a writing surface rather than drawer space, a writing table might suffice – most of these still have a couple of drawers in the frieze and stand on four legs . The advantage of the writing table is that you can sit anywhere around the table and are not restricted by the pedestals hence they have a ‘lighter look’ than a desk.

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The desk photographed above is an 18th century mahogany partner’s desk made during the reign of George III around 1770. Made from solid mahogany brought from the Caribbean or South America and the drawers are lined with oak from the United Kingdom.  The desk has fifteen drawers with brass handles and a black leather covered writing surface with a gold tooled decoration to the edges.

This desk has recently been used as a film “Prop” in the ITV detective series Vera staring Brenda Blethyn and was used on location up in Northumberland.

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The Bureau as a piece of usefull furniture has been out of fashion for quite a while because with large home computers, desk tops, they needed more writing space than a bureau could provide. Now with the demise of the desk top computer every one is changing to lap tops or tablets, which can be put away in a drawer if not needed the bureau is making a come back.  All of the cables that you needed with the printer having to be wired to the computer and most now are wire-less and can even be in another room and do not have to stand on the desk as they did before. The bureau can even have the writing flap closed up for an instant “tidy up” and of course all of the large drawer space and interior pigeon holes and smaller drawers they can hold as much as the pedestal desk.

Graham Smith Antiques has been established for 14 years but Graham has been in the antiques business for 40 years. We trade on line and from showrooms on the edge of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and all  the items shown on the website are available to view at the show rooms where they are set out in four room settings – for ease of viewing. As long time members of LAPADA [the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers], the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, we want all our customers to be confident to buy from us on line or in person and make every effort to make each sale a pleasure.  Please take some time to read our Testimonials page which can be found on the home page of our website.


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