Perfect to blend with the rest of your furniture in a home office but a real treat in other work environments too, a credenza desk combines traditional designs and modern commodities.
Confused about its quirky name? Derived from the Italian for 'belief' or 'trust', credenza tables were used by servants in the 16th century to taste the food and drink reserved for important people, just in case they were poisoned.
With a crazy origin story like that, it's no wonder that credenzas have preserved their intriguing aura, despite the different use (thank God for that!).
Let's make sure you choose a credenza desk that fulfills its modern practical function, offering you some extra storage while still looking fab.
What type of credenza desk is right for me?
Much like traditional models, credenza desks are available in lots of different shapes and designs. Think of their designated space and the layout of that room in order to find the right one for you:
A classic rectangular shape is a versatile option that will easily fit in the smallest rooms by keeping the desk against the wall and squeezing it in a handy nook or in-between other items; it will also make it effortless for your new credenza desk to blend in with the rest of the furniture;
L-shaped desks are a functional solution that provides a wider top surface and can work particularly well in two main scenarios: either as space-optimizing corner models to make the most of the smallest studios, or as bigger designs that extend towards the center of the room to define a specific work area in a larger setting;
U-shaped credenza desks are a bulky but functional solution for the largest rooms where space isn't a problem and having a wide work surface virtually surrounding you is your main priority.
What is the best material for a credenza desk?
That's an easy one, as credenza desks are mostly made of wood! What you can ponder over is what finish you should pick.
As well as considering the rest of your existing furniture to strive for a cohesive look, keep in mind that:
Lighter wood like oak is a wise choice for smaller rooms because it makes them look bigger;
Walnut and other darker wooden finishes work particularly well in large rooms or traditional settings, conveying a more old-style and intimate feel;
Painted wood will make it easier to match the room's palette, even if you're going for unusual colors.
If you'd like to add a more modern element or create an airier illusion of space, you can consider a wooden model with a glass top. However, you must be prepared to dust it and wipe it more often. Keep in mind that a glass surface isn't as solid and durable as its wooden counterpart, especially if you're planning on placing very heavy items onto it.