Secretary desks—much like telephone benches—are a pretty cool piece of furniture, and they've evolved quite a bit over time. Antique secretary desks look more like a very traditionally styled cross between a dresser, a hutch, and a desk. Basically, they were filled with drawers and cubbies and all sorts of secret compartments, all behind a drop-down or roll-down panel that, when opened, acted as a desktop.
Plenty of brands sell secretary desks now, but they tend to have a more modern twist—some still look closer to the giant, dresser-like desks of the past, but there are also tons of smaller, less-bulky options out there that still have drop-down desktops and hidden cubbies for a similar-but-updated vibe.
If you're looking for an antique secretary desk, and are the best places to look (outside of your local antiques shops). But if you're looking for a newer take on the secretary desk, here are 10 of the chicest ones you can find online.
This walnut secretary desk is great if you want a more traditional look and have some space to spare—plus, all those drawers mean you'll have plenty of storage.
This fold-out mango wood secretary desk is simple and on the smaller side, but it adds a bit of a boho twist to the usual design.
For a super small space, this mini secretary desk is pretty much the perfect option—it only takes up 28 inches in width.
The metal frame and wooden hutch and cubbies give this secretary desk a more modern, industrial aesthetic.
If space isn't an issue, this larger desk offers up a sleek, more traditional look and plenty of storage. Plus, it also comes in white.
The V pattern on this secretary desk (both on the hutch door and on the frame) adds so much interest.
Go for sleek, simple, modern, and space-saving with this espresso fold-down desk.
If your style leans more farmhouse, this rustic gray secretary desk is the perfect way to show it off.
You can even fit a secretary desk in your kids' room, with this white and walnut option from Target's Pillowfort line.
It might be out of your price range, but this desk is too chic not to include. The cream and mint color combo, the brass details, the mirrored interior panel...it's all pretty stunning.