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Designing the Executive Assistant’s office for my commercial project turned out to be a little more challenging than I initially expected. With precise needs that couldn’t be met by most conventional desks–specifically, a large surface top, closed design in the front, and a lot of open space underneath, going the ready-made route didn’t seem likely. To solve all of her needs we opted to have a desk custom made using a long sheet of plywood and 3 basic metal file cabinets that the client already had in his warehouse. To finish everything off (and cover the rough construction) I had my seamstress make a tailored table skirt inspired by this one I found on Pinterest

                              Source: Uploaded by user via Dayka on Pinterest
but with slight a modification that make more sense for their commercial space (placing the white trim about 2″ from the edges so it doesn’t get absolutely filthy). So her 130″ wide x 36″ deep desk looks like this from the front:
and this on the backside:

And it’s all topped off with a custom glass top to protect the fabric. It took a few weeks, but we finally came up with THE PERFECT desk for her that she absolutely loves. And I love a happy client.


  1. Kristen
    January 24, 2012 at 10:32 am (6 years ago)

    awesome! i love it too, i wish i had a ginormous desk like that!

  2. Chedva
    January 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm (6 years ago)

    It looks great! Makes me want a skirted table in my home!

  3. Stacy Curran
    January 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Terrific solution! I love the color and the trim….so crisp and pretty!

  4. Cris Angsten
    January 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve had a big sheet of plywood over top of a couple of file cabinets as a desk before – and it IS a really comfortable solution – but I just thumbtacked fabric on the edge of the front so nobody could see my mess … yours is a MUCH classier solution!

  5. Holly
    January 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm (6 years ago)

    This is such a classy look and also so functional and practical. Your seamstress did a beautiful job on the skirt.


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