A Vintage Singer Sewing Cabinet Re-Purposed as a Desk

A Vintage Singer Sewing Cabinet Re-Purposed as a Desk

Eee058b3188ecfedf6381b6a529a2f4b360e8b3c?w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Taryn Williford
Jun 6, 2011

Signs that you're growing up: You're listening to talk radio, you keep more food in the fridge than beer, and everything in the IKEA workplace section is starting to look the same. It's time to set your office decorating sights higher, and here's a bit of vintage inspiration. Check out this Singer-sewing-cabinet-turned-desk under the jump, then find out where to grab your own.

We spotted this vintage nook, the home office of Rachel in Windermere, England, on the Simple Desks Tumblr.

Instead of grabbing some dime-a-dozen desk from a local big box store, she decided to re-purpose a vintage Singer sewing machine and cabinet. The result, when coupled with a few antique cameras on display, is a perfectly curated office space with tons of character.

Want to re-create this look in your own office nook? Here are a few places online you'll want to keep an eye on:


  • EBAY: Always a good place to hunt down vintage treasures, eBay has a stock of sellers who'll let you bid over their antique sewing cabinets. Check out this post on How to Find Exactly What You're Looking For on eBay for tips.

  • ETSY: It's a handcrafted heaven, but Etsy features tons of un-touched vintage wares, too. Like this 1926 Singer machine (an exact match for Rachel's desk above) for only $150.

  • CRAIGSLIST: Search your local Craigslist site for "vintage sewing machine" or "vintage sewing cabinet" to scout out your neighbors' antique offerings. Make sure to check out our Secrets of Craigslist before you go shopping.

  • GOOGLE SHOPPING: Search several sites at once and get a snapshot of what's out there for how much.

Created with Sketch.