Although standing desks are just now experiencing a renaissance among office workers they have been a popular item throughout much of history. Standing desks date back all the way to Leonardo da Vinci in the 1400s. Not only did da Vinci paint some of his most prominent masterpieces (such as the Mona Lisa) while working at a standing desk he also dreamed up parachutes flying machines and armored cars behind the same desk. He stated that standing helped his creative juices flow freely. Da Vinci was one of the most famous and talented inventors of his day so maybe he was on to something! He was the first in a long list of famous people who used standing desks.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the first prominent individuals to use a standing desk in America. In between serving as a Founding Father writing the Declaration of Independence and serving as the third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson found the time to order a height adjustable desk from a famous Williamsburg cabinetmaker. Jefferson requested that the desk be made with six peg legs to increase stability. The desk boasted a flat lined writing surface that could be used for reading or drawing. The height of the desk could be adjusted with a ratchet stand. Many of Jefferson's most famous writings occurred at this mahogany and yellow pine desk. Perhaps Jefferson should have gotten a patent for creating the first height adjustable desk. Thomas Jefferson standing desk connoisseur penned one of the most famous and important documents in the history of mankind. Did the standing desk help increase his productivity creativity and efficiency? No one can say for sure but we certainly like to think so.
As America became more industrialized most offices chose sit down desks as the standard. These uniform desks were less expensive and reduced office expenses. Most Americans began to think it was normal and acceptable to sit for at least 8 hours a day while at work.
However an excess of scientific research in recent years has shed light on the immense dangers of standing desks. Research has shown that sitting at work increases the risk of depression increases the risk of serious diseases and decreases energy. Armed with this new knowledge many employees and employers are wisely choosing to switch to stand up workstations. As more and more individuals learn about the benefits of standing desks their popularity continues to increase.
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