Kneehole Desk. A type of small pedestal desk, in appearance not unlike a chest of drawers with a central recessed section enabling the user to draw a chair close to the writing surface. The recess was usually fitted with a cupboard. Kneehole desks date from the early Georgian period and usually have three drawers on either side of the kneehole and either one long or three short drawers across the top. There was some variation to this rule among 19th century pieces. Chests of drawers are very susceptible to conversion into kneehole desks, which are several times more valuable.