The Partners' Desk

The Partners' Desk

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Regina Yunghans
Feb 4, 2011

The partners' desk is a form that you see more often available as an antique than as a contemporary piece. It's an extra-deep desk (often 5' - allowing 30" of depth for each "partner") that seats two facing one another:

We love the setup of a partners' desk, as it allows you to sit face-to-face with your significant other in a home office or your business partner at work. Which, in turn, allows for casual meetings, conversations, and the sharing of some important things like a power source (which could come up through the center of the desk) and space (two desks in one saves space!).

We've used this setup in the workplace before and, while we just extolled its positive attributes above, we also learned its negatives in our own experience. We were assigned to a partner. It can feel uncomfortable sitting face-to-face with an almost stranger at first. We did, however, get to know one another faster than if we'd been sitting with our backs to one another.

Partners' Desks shown above:
1. From Abbey Nova's Sneak Peek on Design*Sponge
2. From a 1920's home on House Beautiful
3. The DK-28 Desk by Antoine Proulx at CustomMade
4. Building Your Own Double-Sided Desk on Small Furnish
5. A woodworker's post about creating a partners' desk on Dorset Custom Furniture

Do you love a partners' desk as much as we do? Ever used one for work at home or the office?

Images: Design*Sponge, Victoria Pearson/House Beautiful, CustomMade, Small Furnish, Dorset Custom Furniture

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