Good Questions: Where Can I Find An Inexpensive, Nicely Designed Desk?

Good Questions: Where Can I Find An Inexpensive, Nicely Designed Desk?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 24, 2008

Dear AT,

Is it really that hard to find a cheap desk without compromising on design?

I'm talking under $400, including shipping.

I'm moving into a tiny studio (less than 300 square feet).

I will be starting graduate school and need a desk that's less than 45" long and has actual storage, at least two or three good drawers.

The need for more than just a pencil drawer disqualifies pretty much all of the desks in my price range - the West Elm Parson's desk is a great design, but useless for someone who needs more than just a place to rest their laptop...

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I've looked at C&B, CB2, West Elm, PB, Ballard Designs & Target.

Appearance wise I would like something in a light or medium wood (or white or black), with an interesting shape and a mid century feel, but of all the requirements, this is the one I am most flexible on.

Am I really being too picky?

My last resort is the IKEA Mikael workstation, which looks like a monster to put together.

I'd prefer to avoid that IKEA look if possible.

Any ideas or suggestions would be MUCH appreciated.

Thanks! Blythe

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