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How do you dress up a big, ugly desk?

  1. pbsandwichofdoom profile image95
    pbsandwichofdoomposted 6 years ago

    How do you dress up a big, ugly desk?

    I just moved into a new apartment, and we've coordinated the living room furniture as well as we can in red and black, but the living room was also the only place to put my boyfriend's HUGE brown, L-shaped desk. It sits in a corner and juts out into the room, moving the couch off center from the TV and just generally being an eyesore. Any ideas as to how we can camouflage it a bit and make it look less obtrusive/more in sync with the rest of the room? The desk will store a computer with two flat screen monitors once we're finished moving.

  2. kittythedreamer profile image98
    kittythedreamerposted 6 years ago

    Cute storage containers...maybe some awesome retro looking pictures hanging above the desk? That's kind of a hard one! Is there a big ugly desk chair or could you add a sort of modern stool or even a retro looking stool (depending on what type of look the rest of your house is)?

  3. SammySammo profile image60
    SammySammoposted 6 years ago

    If you have any plants in the room, try to move them to the desk.  A cute way to decorate it would be to buy a glass top and place pictures between the wood and the glass top so that it's covered with pictures.  It's a hard situation because it's more in the way than anything, and you can't really hide that.  Maybe you can get a curtain or a dressing screen to hide it when it's not being used?

  4. Jennuhlee profile image61
    Jennuhleeposted 6 years ago

    Oh stickers! You can get sweet ones at Hot Topic. Or you could get a plastic covering and layer the top with pictures and fun memento. Or if you're a painter? Just things I would do:]

  5. opusmith profile image59
    opusmithposted 6 years ago

    How about a screen of some sort?  You could get one that you put your own photos in to really personalise it, or one that you decorate yourself, or a pre decorated one.  There are lots on the market at reasonable prices these days.  Does he need such a big desk?  Is it wood or a composite material?  If it is wood why not sand it down and either use a white wood stain on it or re-paint it to match your red and black theme?  If he is willing to let it go, buy some legs from Ikea or whichever store you have near you, and some simple MDF cut to size and make a new desk that fits the area you have for it. You only need basic DIY skills as your supplier will cut to the size and shape you need (get them to curve the corners too, less painful when walking past!!).