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Believe it or not, your tidiest desk yet doesn’t have to be the most modern or tricked out with tech. In fact, an antique desk can spiff up working quarters quite nicely, especially if you know what you’re looking for. Antique desks, including roll top desks, writing desks, and secretary desks, all possess the sort of doors, pockets, and pigeon holes required to keep clutter at bay. While that won’t be enough to endorse antique desks to the most staunch ergonomists, that’s not to say an antique desk still doesn’t have a place in the modern, permanently out-of-office world. In fact, when partnered with a body-aligning seat (on wheels to easily maneuver it in and out of a neighboring coat closet, of course), a vintage desk can pass virtually any best desked test.

Which is all to say that if you’re looking to reinvent your at-home workspace, you should leave the document-checked desktop to your laptop and consider investing in a proper antique desk. Especially if you’re trying to integrate a workstation that doesn’t ostracize your other decor, an antique desk can be a stylish savior. To help narrow down the options for your home, we’re highlighting four vintage desk options that are sure to enrich any space.

Antique Secretary Desk

If you’re looking to shimmy a desk into a public living space like a living room, why not consider one that was designed precisely for that purpose? The antique secretary desk, which is essentially a hybrid between a cabinet and a desk, was originally designed to seat male estate secretaries who would have worked out of their employers' living rooms. Its unique design features a drop-leaf sandwiched between a stack of lower drawers and upper cabinetry. The leaf can be folded out to turn the secretary into a proper desk during the day and can be clapped up at night to convert the secretary back into a more clandestine case piece. While there’s no denying the secretary is a stately station, it nonetheless epitomizes “business casual.” Drop one into a living room, bedroom, or entry and it easily masquerades as a bookcase, media cabinet, or bar until called upon as a location laptop dock zone for a bit.

Only a few decades ago, when monitors and modems ran mammoth in size, the secretary desk was all but assumed obsolete. Laptops, however, sleek and virtually weightless, have brought the secretary back into vogue. With cabinetry and drawer space to house all of modern tech’s trappings and the occasional file folder, an antique secretary might just be the desk of the 21st century.

Antique Roll Top Desk

Those who admire the secretary desk’s now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t wizardry, but are looking to do a bit more than peck away at a laptop, are likely to be enticed by the roll top desk. The antique rolltop desk features a tanker-like base, making it perfect for those looking to break out a robust project— presumably of the less digital variety. Its work surface is backed by a corral of pygmy-sized drawers, slots, and pockets which can all be concealed by rolling down a tambour style door. Ideal for those looking to optimize their organization, or those simply looking to revel in the childhood nostalgia of hidey-holes and rabbit-like burrows, the roll top desk is yet another antique desk that (thanks to its shape-shifting capabilities) that presents similar enough to a case piece to be seamlessly integrated into any living room or entry.

Play up an antique roll top desk’s excessive conglomerate of cubbies by displaying your own collection near or atop a vintage roll top desk. Try a collection of miniature framed art or a mash-up of pottery to give your vignette enduring appeal.

Antique Writing Desk

Petite enough to be popped just about anywhere, the antique writing desk is really nothing more than a table bestowed with a single undercarriage drawer for stowing the most slender of writing instruments (which is all to say, despite its pared-down form, your laptops still has a near custom-sized parking space). Antique writing desks come in all shapes and styles, although it tends to be the curvy, cabriole-legged ones that reign largest in our collective consciousness. Most antique writing desks tend to be table-height, making them more difficult to disguise than antique desks like the roll top or secretary. If you are looking to integrate one into a common space, consider a particularly compact model that can function much like a console or bar when not in use. Forgo a chair when not working and hang a tassel from a drawer handle to lend the piece decorative appeal.

An antique writing desk can also be cozied up to a bed side in lieu of a traditional nightstand. Especially if you opt for a small antique writing desk, traditional proportions won’t be toppled. Suffice to say, an antique writing desk is almost always the write stuff.

Antique Portable Desk

It used to be that working from your bed was the ultimate dream. With that now firmly a reality for many, the next best thing is getting busy in the great outdoors. Working en plein air brings its own set of quandaries—mainly, how does one procure power for any length of time?—but for those leaving the house with a full battery charge and bit of WiFi-be-damned determination, the open air can be a rewarding locale to clock a few hours. Those with outdoor aspirations would be remiss not to consider an antique portable desk. Yes, there are newfangled contraptions that can be packed and carried with ease, but the antiquated charms of the portable desk run deep. Featuring box-like construction, the antique portable desk is by no means the most practical, but it does conjure up the romantic airs of penning a novel amid the swaying pastoral grass. Look for a model wide enough to support a laptop and lots of under the hood storage space for all of the accouterments needed for a day networking in nature, including headphones, phone, and snacks. When not in use outdoors, an antique writing desk can be stowed atop a console or cabinet, so be sure to look for antique portable desks with exteriors finished in parquets, burnished burl woods, and the like.