Desks Buying Guide
Roll Top Desks Then and Now
Roll top desks are almost always made of wood. Its signature rounded cover or roll-down lid provides added protection to the desk’s contents, while creating privacy. Essentially a standard pedestal desk, the three-sided cabinet that forms the lid typically includes tracks along the side and top edges. Whether it’s a high quality or a discount roll top desk, these tracks are usually made out of plastic or metal so that the tambour or wood lid can slide easily up and down.
The finish is what gives a classic style writing desk like the roll top its unique character. Real wood like walnut, mahogany or teak create sophistication. The warm golden hue of an oak roll top desk lend the room an entirely different vibe than a a black roll top desk.