My mom has a secretary and I've always loved it. She doesn't use it as a desk, which is disappointing, but the it's so beautiful in her sitting room. Secretary desks are so great for adding some function to a little corner. They provide plenty of concealed storage and the hinged desktop surface can be folded up when not in use. It's no ideal for a large work space but it's perfect for writing a thank you note or paying bills - plus a laptop can fit perfectly inside!