I love starting a new year with new stationery, new notebooks and a crisp, blank planner – it always gives me a wonderful sense of back-to-school freshness and anticipation. But for 2018, I’ve gone one step further with a sparkling new desk for my home office.
I first shared a glimpse of my office a few months ago, not long after I started working from home. I loved the look and feel of the room, but the more I used it the more I realised that the desk I’d chosen was just a little bit too small – I didn’t have space for anything other than my laptop, and knocking over a full cup of coffee when reaching for my mouse was the final straw. So, when the Hairpin Leg Co got in touch asking if I’d like to try out one of their bespoke tables, it was the perfect solution.
As you might have guessed from the name, the Hairpin Leg Co produces furniture using hairpin legs, which were first created by American designer Henry P. Glass back in the 1940s. They were initially developed as a solution to the wartime need for sturdy pieces made from minimal materials, but their elegant simplicity and canny blend of form and function mean they work just as well in modern interiors.
The company’s tables come in two different sizes (prices start at £170 for the smaller option shown here), with a range of leg colours and formica-covered birch tops which allow you to build exactly the look you want – I chose a white top and white legs to match my existing furniture. You can also buy legs on their own to make stools, benches, coffee tables and more, as well as hairpin-style shelf brackets.
My home office is tiny and doubles as a guest bedroom, so the desk has to slot into a tight corner between the bed and the window. Because hairpin legs are so slim and the table needs no other supporting frame, I was able to go for a wider desk top than I previously had without taking up any additional floor space. The white surface also bounces light around the room, making it seem larger than it is, and the fact that it’s wipe-clean is a big bonus as my cat likes to wander across it and often leaves a trail of muddy paw prints in his wake.
So there you have it: a calmer, brighter working environment with more space for me to spread things out and move my mouse. And no more coffee all over my keyboard and the floor…
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the Hairpin Leg Co, but as always all words and opinions are my own.
All images by Abi Dare