5 Alternative Uses for a Desk

5 Alternative Uses for a Desk

Sarah Coffey
Jan 23, 2008

Yesterday we blogged 5 pieces that double as a desk. Today we're inverting that idea and looking at 5 alternative uses for a desk. Although some of these might seem obvious (a desk can usually double as a table and vice-versa), we love looking at ways that furniture can be flexible in a space...where to place things, how to make the most of the furniture you already own, and how to think beyond something's traditional use...

We've used our own desk as an entryway organizer, a sideboard, and a sewing table. It's a piece of furniture that's changed as our home changes. Another option: use it as a console table behind a sofa (top image: Andover Desk from Room and Board, $999). More below...

Use it as a vanity, or keep it in the bedroom as a place to stash odds and ends. Image: Silhouette Desk from Brocade Home, $699.

Move it into a dining room and use it as a sideboard or buffet substitute. Image: Polka Dots Wallpaper from Ferm Living.

Switch out the computer for a television and use it as a media console. Image: Go Cart Desk from CB2 ($149)

Use it in an entryway, either to delineate the space (as shown in the photo above from Ferm Living), or push it up against a wall and use any storage compartments to sort mail or hold gloves and scarves.

Add your own ideas in the comments below.

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