These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

A Desk…In The Kitchen?

Some already know about kitchen desks, which are tiny work stations built into the kitchen. Most of the time, kitchen desks were part of a Hoosier cabinet, free-standing kitchen cupboards that doubled as a work station.

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Since early nineteenth-century kitchens didn’t have built-in cabinets, a Hoosier desk fulfilled this need. Hoosier cabinets (sometimes called Hoosier cupboards) became popular around the 1890s. But by the 1920s, new homes began installing the wall cabinets we know today. Some homes have a similar design–a kitchen desk with hanging cabinets–built into the wall, replicating the classic Hoosier cabinet.

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