Keep An Eye Out For: Vintage School Desks

Keep An Eye Out For: Vintage School Desks

Beth Zeigler
Jul 23, 2010

While vintage school desks can be found at most thrift stores and flea markets, they might be passed over or disregarded because of their unique shape and original function. But for those who've ever caught themselves wondering, "should I or shouldn't I?" — we've uncovered a handful of interesting uses for these charming finds.

We actually have two of these vintage beauties in our home--and they're perfect for storing excess books that don't fit on the bookshelves. And we were surprised when one desk recently doubled as a spot for Scrabble (sort of as a make-shift coffee table) during a get-together. The pair also works great as extra seating during a party (which is perfect since our living room is bite-sized). If our bedroom were larger, we'd position the desks as bedside tables where a reading light, books and other necessities would land. In the past, we've spotted vintage school desks (the kind where the desk top opens up) showcasing flowers in the garden (love). Or plop one in your homes entryway for gathering incoming mail or storing outbox items in the container below.

Images: 1,6 Beth Zeigler, 2. Look! School Desks As Side Chairs, 3. Roundup: Homeschool Looks, 4. Flickr member Crunchy Footsteps licensed for use under Creative Commons License, 5. Flickr member back_garage licensed for use under Creative Commons License

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