Daily Archives: April 17, 2009

Downsizing or”appropriate sizing” when you have humongous furniture

I inherited a McGuire desk from my ex’s family, which probably cost a couple thousand dollars when it was new in the 1960s and may well still be worth that today.

As you can see, it is humongous – 72″ x 40″ – and heavy (oak). It’s appropriate for a beefy executive, but I am not one of those.  Moving it even an inch to unplug the phone from the wall behind it takes a team of horses. I have no team of horses.

McGuire Desk

McGuire Desk

McGuire isn’t making desks like this any more. They’ve gone dainty… in fact below is the only desk they make that isn’t just a delicate library table with a couple of drawers:

Current McGuire desk

Current McGuire desk

The trend is to desks that are truly minimalist and modular, so you can set them up or move them easily and add file drawers or other accoutrements below:

Glass desk on Craig's List

Glass desk on Craig's List

This sort of desk is much more suited to what will become my new light-on-my-feet lifestyle.  Though I confess I’ll miss the capacious surface of my current desk… you have no idea how many paper piles I had to file to get down to bare wood for the picture above.  (True confession… the McGuire sits behind me like a work table. I work on my computer at another desk almost as big.)

I’m hoping some beefy executive who sees my listing on eBay (once I get it up) will be thrilled to pay top dollar for it. McGuires ARE collectors items, if you like that sort of thing.

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