I'm usually not much of a desk studier. I'm more of a couch, chair, floor, recliner, you name it type of studier. I absolutely can't read in a desk. But when the next few years are going to be filled with hundreds of pages of papers, I have to adapt accordingly- either than or completely destroy my neck, back and carpel tunnels. So a desk quickly became a to-buy priority. My goal with this apartment was to buy furniture I really loved. I wanted to start collecting pieces that I would keep for years, even decades. I figure I might spend more now, but in the long run I'd save money by not buying several pieces I only feel so-so about.