Pullman Desk

A flip-down, pull-out shelf turns this sleek dresser into a handsome desk that has the size and style to be able to grace any room in your house or apartment.

I named this desk after the old Pullman railway car, which could be quickly transformed from a coach to a sleeper. My design can change equally fast from a chest of drawers into a compact desk. It’s perfect for an apartment, guest room or dormitory. To make the change, you just fl ip up the front portion of the desk’s top and flip down the upper drawer front. Then you pull out a generously sized writing surface. Pulling out this sliding shelf gives you plenty of elbow room, just like you'd get with an old slant-front desk or secretary. The sleek mid-century look of the Pullman desk is accented by an unusual base that raises the case about 8" off the floor. This space lightens the desk’s appearance and provides room for a sitter’s feet. I built my desk from cherry—its light but warm color will deepen over time to a rich, coppery hue.

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