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We currently have in stock desks that are variations on Akanegbu's Steel-and-chrome and the Old-is-new-again desks dating from the 1960s through 80s.
We have desks in the sleek all-welded all-metal Heywood Wakefield vein: tops are fixed on this version. They come in a couple different colors of book boxes as well as lamination on the tops.
Newer 1980s desks feature bolt-on tubular legs with chrome shins that have deeper adjustment capabilities than the HW desks. This allows your desk to be used for a wider range of child sizes, up to adult size. Metal book tubs.
Interestingly, some of the old is new again desks feature octagonal tops, giving a bit more surface area for those students who need it.
Finally, there are the economy desks with plastic book tubs mounted on metal adjustable legs.
All of these desks are easy to customize and refinish. With a hex wrench, remove the chrome leg portions. Carefully unscrew the wood top from the book box: Remember, those screws have been through decades of use. Paint, wax, distress, etc the book box and top leg portions; then reassemble. You might need a bit of screw tightener when reattaching the tops. Adjust your leg height to match your student or other need (people all over the world use these desks as end tables, nightstands, little patio tables and storage cabinets, TV or computer stands, etc etc etc)
School desks now available. We also have book-rack chairs and lots of other classroom-inspired furnishings that are functional, solid, and made in the USA.