The GLTC Skinny Oxford Desk {not just for the kids}

Since I’ve been on the GLTC testing team I’ve come across so many of their products that cross over from being just a ‘kid’s thing’ to something that seamlessly fits into any location.

Take the Pigeonhole Wall Shelf that I featured a couple of month’s ago.

Use it in the hall, bathroom, nursery. Or pop it in the kitchen, study or garage.

It works everywhere.

So, these days, when I’m looking for a specific piece of furniture —even for a room other than the boys’ bedroom — the Great Little Trading Company is often my first port of call.

So many of their products are so much more than ‘just’ for the kids.

I decided just after Christmas that one of our guest rooms needed a little desk or dressing table. Although there is built in shelving and other storage in there, it felt a little bit basic and sparse.

It’s a lovely room, situated up in the eaves. But the quirky angles and beams — coupled with the fact that it’s not the largest space — make it tricky to find things that suit the scale and style of the room.

I took some measurements and the piece I needed had to be fairly short — and not too deep — as I wanted to pop it just behind the door.

GLTC came up with the perfect solution.

Meet The Skinny Oxford Desk.

This little desk may be diminutive in stature but it’s certainly no shrinking violet!

Made of a solid wood frame with MDF panels — all coated in a smooth, bright white finish. This little desk has slotted in so perfectly; it looks like it was made for the space.

Measuring just 80cm wide, it’s smaller than some of the other desks on the market but it has a generous draw that spans the width of the piece. This offers surprisingly generous storage; which is fantastic for hiding away all your bits and bobs.

No Degree In Engineering Required

It was easy to put together too. I did it myself and it took me about three quarters of an hour.

And given flat pack furniture has such a bad rep — and can cause so much grief and upset — I was pleasantly surprised!

I love the fact that it’s slotted so perfectly into the style of the room; particularly as I can see from the GLTC website listing that it would fit just as well in a bright, modern kid’s space as it does in our 17th century cottage.

Plus it’s versatile too.

As it’s name suggests, it’s a desk but pop a little mirror on the top and you’d have the perfect little dressing table.

The Perfect Little Work Space

My favourite thing about this new addition is the fact that it’s situated right at the top of house; out of the way of real life.

Not a child, husband or animal in sight.

No phones ringing and out of earshot of the doorbell; so it’s literally the most peaceful little corner of the cottage.

And with that lovely smooth white top, this little desk has provided me with the perfect place to photograph things for my Instagram feed too!

One of my lovely blogging buddies Fionnuala — from the blog Three Sons Later — kindly sent me a little package of treats last week to cheer me up. Lots of gorgeous stationery and — best of all — a packet of chocolate covered marzipan.

As I can’t get out to my she-shed at the moment, the little desk upstairs is the ideal place to photograph everything.

(And also one of the only places in the house to eat the marzipan without having to share it with anyone else!!)

So there we have it.

The Skinny Oxford Desk. Definitely not just for the kids.

This fabulous little desk usually retails at £200 but it’s currently on offer at a steal at £170! Be quick!! Grab a bargain whilst you can!

Thanks so much to the Great Little Trading Co for providing me with a Skinny Oxford Desk for the purposes of styling this post. I am proud to be a GLTC testing team member but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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22 Comments

  1. 10th April 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Oh that is awesome! I’ve been looking for a smaller width desk for ages now and this fits the bill perfectly! x

    • 27th April 2017 / 5:17 pm

      It’s such a great size Abbie! But doesn’t feel too tiny when you’re sitting at it. It’s perfect :)

  2. 11th April 2017 / 8:04 am

    You are so welcome Caro. Being laid up with a bad leg must be a massive pain, literally as well as metaphorical​ly. I’m delighted you like my gifts. Good plan hiding away with the marzipan. My boys spotted it and wanted to eat it before I got to parcel it up :D

    • 27th April 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Aaah you are SO kind — thank you so much again!!! The marzipan didn’t last 5 minutes — gosh I love the stuff!!!xx

  3. 12th April 2017 / 7:42 am

    Looks fab Caro! It’s just the perfect size. I will take a look at these, Noah needs one for his bedroom. I had bought him one of the Ikea ones that fold down flat agains the wall, but they look so tacky, I’m not keen x x x

    • 27th April 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Yep — it’s such a good size — not too big, not too small! Perfect :)

  4. 12th April 2017 / 10:15 am

    What a cute little desk! I’m on the look out for furniture for my eldest girl’s new bedroom and this has to be on the list x

    • 28th April 2017 / 4:42 pm

      The quality is lovely and I love the fact that it’s fits in so well with what’s already there! Gotta love a versatile bit of furniture!! :)

  5. Sarah
    12th April 2017 / 10:58 am

    I love Great Little Trading company items. Not only have I bought the children one to many things from there, I have fallen in love with things just for me or around the house. This desk is great. xx

    • 28th April 2017 / 4:39 pm

      They’re fab aren’t they? Definitely more than ‘just’ a kids’ brand :)

  6. 12th April 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Wow what a great find! I’m hoping that I can get away with a cheeky little dressing table area when I revamp our bedroom over Easter and this would be perfect for the space Xx #HomeEtc

    • 28th April 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Ohhhh I’ve tried and tried but can’t shoehorn a dressing table in our bedroom… and I really did try!!!! That’s on the wish-list for our nest house ;) xx

  7. 12th April 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Very sweet. That’d look nice in one of the alcoves in my son’s room. I often look at the GLTC stuff and quite fancy it for my grown up rooms

    • 23rd April 2017 / 10:44 am

      Their stuff is SO versatile! I love the fact that it’s simple and not covered with fussy kid’s styling :)

  8. 12th April 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Looks fab and what a lovely quirky room and hideaway bolthole. Love all your little bits and pictures. We have shared taste in cards with quotes. I do love a card! Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc – hope the leg is healing and that you are able to get up to the hideaway to have a munch on the marzipan x

  9. 14th April 2017 / 9:31 pm

    It looks super cute, Caro. We have to do redo our home office this year as I refuse to share a desk with Paul. We’re currently looking at how to fit both of us in to quite a small space. Small desks?

    • 23rd April 2017 / 10:35 am

      YES! Side by side desks!! You should ask Katie and Jon Ellison — they work together at home :)

  10. 16th April 2017 / 10:15 pm

    What a gorgeous little corner that is, proper English cottage style. That is really handy that the desk fits in so well, a mix of old and new, love it! x
    #HomeEtc

    • 23rd April 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thanks so much chickie — I’m so pleased with it!! I never thoughts we’d manage to find one that fitted! :)

  11. 20th April 2017 / 8:29 pm

    That looks a great little desk. And i’m jealous that you have a space just to eat marzipan ;) thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

    • 23rd April 2017 / 10:29 am

      It’s SO good!! Definitely not a kid’s desk, that’s for sure!! And YES to having a dedicated marzipan eating space!!!! ;)

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