Bureau Desks

Bureau-style desks may be considered old-fashioned but, when you think about it, are actually perfect for use as an occasional home office. Not only do you get a fair amount of built-in storage for your money but, when the desk space is folded back up, you’re left with an attractive furniture piece that doesn’t dominate your living area, like some other home office furniture choices so often can.

Contemporary oak bureau desk
Grayson Oak Bureau

Furthermore, you’re not limited to traditional styles either since there are quite a few modern alternatives. Plus, there are bureaus that combine the best of both worlds with all the features you’d expect with the benefit of modern styling.

Bureau desk with walnut finish
Grayson Bureau
A traditional-style bureau with modern influences including soft close doors and smooth operating roll-top.
W84 × D40 × H100 cm
Available in oak or walnut
£799 from johnlewis.com
Hemingway bureau desk detail
Hemingway Writing Bureau
Classic-style desk with a drop-down lid/work surface, wide drawer and 2-door cupboard. Made from a combination of Mindi (a dense tropical hardwood) and pippy oak veneers.
W75 × D40 × H115 cm
£1,199 from johnlewis.com
1960's writing desk with black painted exterior
Mid Century Painted Writing Bureau Desk
A restored Harris Lebus writing desk complete with leather writing pad and original brass handles. Repainted externally with F&B black eggshell which adds a contemporary twist
W79 × D41 × H98 cm
£475 from yellowpigeonbespokefurniture.co.uk
Restored oak bureau with carved drawer fronts
Georgian Carved Solid Oak Bureau
A solid oak bureau with carved pattern drawer fronts and antique brass handles
W100 × D52 × H106 cm
£925 from yellowpigeonbespokefurniture.co.uk
Polished mahogany bureau with brass drawer handles
Large Antique Mahogany Bureau
A large format Georgian-style mahogany writing desk with the original brass handles
W114 × D55 × H107 cm
£3,245 from pamono.co.uk
White pine bureau
Briolette Bureau – Blonde
A classic French-inspired design with 3 wide drawers and a collection of internal storage
W103 × D52 × H121 cm
£2,995 from oka.com
See Also
Oak writing desk and green rattan chair
Clemence Compact Desk
Oak desk with storage hutch and spindle legs
ercol Shalstone Desk