Double-Duty Desks

Double-Duty Desks That Deliver


I’ve always longed for a home office like designer Darryl Carter’s photographed by Elle Decor–so big it would hold all of my favorite things yet leave enough room for me to dance a jig between deadlines.

Equally admirable is Jamie Drake’s work space for the character Hank Moody, the unfocused (yet brilliant) writer in Showtime’s hit series, Californication. Filled with creative cues like a textural tower of classic books, a shimmery chandelier of interlinking paperclips and a thought-provokng  psychodelic painting, this is a writer’s dream.

Home office of Darryl Carter

Home office of Darryl Carter. Photo credit: Simon Upton,

Jamie Drake’s work space

Jamie Drake’s work space for Californication TV series. Photo credit:



Gorgeous as this home office furniture is, these offices require more room than I have in my home.  If that’s the case for you, too, no worries.   It’s easy to create a functional (and fashionable!) work or study space if you have…a double-duty desk. These split-personality pieces work anywhere and everywhere, including studio apartments and dorms for college students who will soon be starting the Fall 2013 Semester. Thanks to these home office furnishings, you can say goodbye to boring desks.  Here’s how.

Hooker Furniture Jacobean Twist Leg Flip-Top Desk

Hooker Furniture Jacobean Twist Leg Flip-Top Desk

History buffs will love the nod to Tudor times served up by the Jacobean Twist Leg Flip-Top desk. Its wood/leather flip top reveals a luxe brown leather writing surface with gold tooling and handy pigeon holes.  This desk is sized right to double as a foyer or bedside table.

Or, you could add a touch of Old Hollywood glam with the Fluted Kidney desk.

Hooker Furniture Fluted Kidney Desk

Hooker Furniture Fluted Kidney Desk

The shimmering desk also makes a chic bedroom dressing table. It has a center drop-front keyboard drawer, one locking file drawer with a Pendaflex® letter/legal filing system and wallpapered drawer interiors.

In between projects, this leg desk can also work as a small-scale dining table.


Hooker Furniture Leg Desk

Hooker Furniture Leg Desk

It has a center drop-front drawer for keyboard use, two drawers and one removable writing insert for use in either drawer.

Hooker Furniture Northampton hutch

Hooker Furniture Northampton hutch

The Northampton desk and hutch has a built-in incentive for finishing work early.  Above the desk are two double-hinged wraparound doors that open to reveal an entertainment center with adjustable/removable shelves and a thick back panel made for mounting plasma/LCD TVs.

Desk & hutch can accommodate large TV

Desk & hutch can accommodate large TV

There’s also a center task light about the desk, ample drawer space; plus a charging station with three electrical outlets and three compartments for phones, cameras and music devices.

This double-duty piece that meets both office and entertainment needs is perfect for small spaces like a kitchen area or in small living spaces like condos and apartments.

By Carla Jordan


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