Trimming furniture to make it fit perfectly

Sometimes the perfect piece for a room is already lurking somewhere in your house, but you look right past it.

That’s what I discovered recently when I was helping a client convert an office into a guest bedroom. She wanted a small desk where she could plug in her laptop when she wasn’t using it, so we’d talked about building a slim floating desk near the door. (Similar to this floating makeup desk I’d built for our daughter’s room.)

DIY floating makeup table

Then, 10 minutes later, when we were traipsing through her basement, I said, “Wait, what about that desk?” It was home to a few kitty food bowls and the top was in rough shape.

She explained it was an old partner’s desk — designed to be shared by two lawyers. While she liked it a lot, she’d checked numerous antique shops and had never been able to find a chair narrow enough to slide underneath it.

“We can totally trim a chair to fit!” I insisted. I was already committed to making the old desk work.

In fact, she already had a great wooden chair to use — the front of the seat was just slightly too wide, but I knew it could be lopped off.

The perfect old chair, posing in front of the white-and-gold lockers in my home office
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The desk fits! The chair fits! Hooray x 2!
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