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How to ‘Hook’ Your Office Desk

Founded in Martinsville, Va. in 1924, Hooker Furniture Corporation has a long history of setting a high bar for luxe, comfortable and well-made pieces for the home and office.

Sitting behind one of their famous desks offers a sense of authority and demonstrates that your business has style, class and an eye for quality, which is why a Hooker desk is the perfect way to both reward company executives and impress clients and investors.

The trademarks of a Hooker desk include intricate carvings and moldings, uniquely shaped legs, hardwood solids and wood veneers, leather tops and rich finishes. You can find styles that range from traditional and small-scale to modern and eclectic to powerful.

While Hooker desks often boast classic lines, many models also include modern conveniences like charging stations for phones, MP3 players and other portable devices; power ports to easily plug in computers, printers and other electronics; built-in task lighting and grommets to help manage cords and wires.

If you’re looking to Hook up your office, here’s a look at some common Hooker styles to help get you started.

Executive Office

The Beladora Collection from Hooker.

If you want to fully outfit your CEO’s office in style, then there’s not better place to find inspiration than Hooker’s executive suites. They feature large, ornate executive desks with complementing writing desks, credenzas, bookcases, hutches, and lateral files. You can mix and match pieces to create the optimal office for your needs and budget.

For a rich, old-world setting, look no further than the Beladora collection, which focuses on traditional forms, beautiful curves, and artistic handwork. The pieces have maple and ash veneers with walnut inlays and its classy carmel finish with gold tipping helps accent the carving details. For a more conservative appeal, check out the Adagio line, which incorporates European design (think scrolls, rope-twist moldings and leaf carvings) and is topped with a rich, dark finish.

Kneehole Desks

For those unfamiliar with the term, a kneehole desk is simply a desk where the top is supported by two banks of cupboards or drawers with space between for the legs of the person seated at the desk. They offer more storage than a writing desk and are bit more compact than an executive desk and they can be placed either against a wall or in the middle of a room.

The Grandover desk by Hooker is a great compromise for someone who wants the look of a heavy executive desk, but doesn’t have the room. It features a kidney-shaped, leather-topped writing surface; center drawer with drop-front for keyboard use; two top drawers with optional dividers; a pencil tray, and writing insert for use on either side; two locking file drawers; two drawers with optional dividers; and a bookcase back with one adjustable shelf. If you’re looking for something that’s a little more utilitarian, the Classique model might be a good fit. It features softer edges, curves and beveled turnings and comes in a medium chestnut-colored finish.

Writing Desks

A unique mirrored writing desk from Hooker.

The design is simple: Either four-legs or pedestal-style legs with a table top and a center drawer with a drop front that can be used for keyboards (some models also boast utility drawers as well). They’re ideal for smaller offices where a more traditional executive desk might take up too much space. Writing desks have an ample work surface, but not much storage, so if you’re prone to clutter, you might want to opt for a different model with more drawer space or purchase a credenza and or shelving to complement the desk.

Hooker carries a wide variety of writing desks. If you’re looking for a more sturdy, rustic style check out the model made with poplar solids and hickory veneers and featuring mission-style pedestal legs. However, if you’re looking for a more opulent, Versailles-inspired style, check out this with mirrors and curved legs.

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