Men in History Stood at Standing Desks
by Kenny Rhoads
The standing desk has a long pedigree of use by some of our most revered writers, thinkers, and innovators. MultiTable standing desks give you the ability to enjoy the same benefits that helped the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill do their best work. MultiTable standing desks put you on your feet, and in so doing, they let you walk in the footsteps of giants. If you’re on the fence about a standing desk, consider this history of working on your feet at a desk job.
As many as 200 years ago, communal desks in offices featured areas for seated and standing work, and employees moved between the two as they saw fit. At the same time, lots of other professionals only had standing desks, or “tall desks” where they did all their work – record-keeping, accounting, and writing communiqués between partner companies for example. These trends were also present in state legislatures, copying the trend started by Thomas Jefferson when drawing blueprints for his state legislature’s buildings.
This trend was copied in elementary schools throughout the 19th Century, sometimes because they believed that sitting was bad for physical and mental health. They even developed convertible desks to make the transition easier to help students stay mobile and focused. Writers such as Charles Dickens and Vladimir Nabokov were also advocates of the standing desk, believing they reinforced personal vigor and enabled them to channel their focus better into their writing. In recent years, Donald Rumsfeld was an advocate, preparing his vice-presidential memos from a standing desk that borrowed its design from ergonomic adjustable tables.
Some experts are quick to point out that there’s a reason we made the transition from standing to sitting in the 20th Century. Standing for hours and hours on end is also bad for your health. That is why MultiTable ergonomic standing desks are so popular. They allow you to combine sitting and standing, switching back and forth between the two for maximum health, comfort, and focus. The emergence of convertible desks accompanies a rise in its popularity, first from techy office workers interested in workstation efficiency, and now, increasingly, in more conventional workplaces.
And more advanced studies seem to support theories that people have had for nearly two centuries about the various health benefits of standing. This is especially interesting because the science and the technology had to catch up with the common, almost folksy understanding that people have had about what their bodies should do. Not only does spending half your day, instead of basically none of your day, improve basic bodily functions like circulation, metabolism, and muscular development, it also gives you basic energy that tends to improve focus and mental acuity so you can work more effectively and efficiently.
It’s great to have history on your side, and in the case of ergonomic standing desks, you don’t just have momentum, you’ve also got some of the most successful, intelligent, influential men in history in your camp. When data, technology, historical trends, and the intuition of veritable giants all coincide, it’s a good idea to go with it, and a great idea to try an adjustable standing desk for your workstation.