Campaign Furniture

Both Anna and I have a love for Campaign Furniture. According to the blog Matters of Style, Campaign Furniture originated in the British Army. It was collapsible, compact, and designed by expensive furniture companies to furnish rich gentlemen soldiers. The use of this furniture was at its height in 18th-19th century England.

Take a look at this Campaign Wardrobe by Ross & Co.

I would love it if furniture currently was made like this for apartment-dwellers. That’s almost as temporary as an army tent…

With the price point of antique campaign furniture coming in around $1,000+, imitation campaign furniture is much easier on the wallet. Much of this was manufactured in the 60’s and 70’s, and is becoming popular along with other vintage 60’s and 70’s furniture.

Anna and I have both picked up vintage campaign desks. Hers was $15 from the Goodwill, mine was free from the side of the road. Jerod spotted it for me, and I was so proud of him for remembering what a campaign desk was. Vintage campaign furniture is easy and fun to paint. Check out the sweet campaign redos below:

Copy Cat Chic‘s campaign desk redo:



Beautiful, right? And how cute is that desk chair – I want one! This one made me nervous at first, because the original looked like it might be an authentic British antique. But when I looked closer it doesn’t appear that it comes apart for portability, so it must be a reproduction.


Little Green Notebook’s bookshelf redo:

And some other painted campaign furniture out there:

From Lonny Magazine:

Via Bryn Alexandra:

See Anna’s post on removing campaign hardware here, priming her campaign desk here, and my campaign-style painted end table here.

Watch for Anna’s completed campaign desk coming soon, and down the road I will be painting mine as well!




  1. Megan Henchel
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just wanted to let you guys know I’m sure enjoying your blog as we look forward to building a new place – I really enjoy the posts on making thrift store furniture look new! God’s gifted you guys with great eyes for making a house a home! Thank you!! 🙂

    • Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Megan! I’m so excited for you!

  2. Sallie
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the furniture. I’ve been looking for bedside stands like yours. Where can I find them?

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

      That one is actually from Bryn Alexandra (another blog) – one of her readers found it on Craigslist. Most of that campaign furniture is vintage, so keep an open eye at Goodwill and on Craigslist and I guarantee you’ll start spotting some pieces! Even garage sales have them.

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