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History of the Adjustable Standing Desk

Autonomous Autonomous | Oct 3, 2017

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Adjustable Standing Desk: Old News

Adjustable Standing Desks: Old News

What do Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo da Vinci, and Charles Dickens have in common?

Well, yes, all are historical figures and all lived well over one hundred years ago. But at one time or another, all of them used an adjustable standing desk!

But that's impossible, you think. Standing desks weren't around until recently.

It might seem that way since they are growing in popularity due to the consistency of studies that show the health impacts of prolonged sitting, but actually standing desks have been around for hundreds of years.

Newspaper ads dating back to the mid- to late-1800s advertise different types of standing desks; even ones that were adjustable!

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The health detriments of sitting were realized way back then and before; a Presbyterian minister said in 1797: "A sedentary life may be prevent [a stooped head and bent breast}, you should get a standing desk."

Jefferson had an adjustable standing desk made for him by request! The height of the desk could be adjusted by a ratchet mechanism and was made durable with six legs.

But why didn't these types of desks, favored by those notable figures mentioned in addition to others such as Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and Napoleon Bonaparte, ever catch on?

America Chooses to Sit Down

Basically, sit-down desks simply became the norm over standing desks as America industrialized and office jobs boomed.

We were no longer a race of active beings. Unlike our ancestors, who spent time laboring under the sun, we became more and more sedentary. Office jobs, TV, video games, computers...we simply in many ways and for many reasons devolved into non-physical creatures. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions relating to a sedentary lifestyle grew...and grew exponentially.

Over time, chairs and conventional desks simply became cheaper to produce...and the Era of Prolonged Sitting began!

Even today, despite their health benefits and praise, standing desks are typically more expensive than other types of desks; thus, it seems that those working in Corporate America are ultimately doomed to a lifetime of sitting down on the job!

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Stand Up to Sitting Down!

If you're able, however, you should definitely join Jefferson, Dickens and the others and get yourself a good, adjustable standing desk.

The SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous, for instance, has all the features you need in a standing desk:

  • Single- and double-motor height adjustability
  • Quiet motor operation
  • 30-in. desk surface area
  • Sitting/standing option
  • 300-lb. lifting capacity

Standing desks sure have come a long way since Thomas Jefferson's made-to-order model, but the reasons for them have not.

Break from the crowd and get yourself an adjustable standing desk like the SmartDesk 2.

It's not to say you'll write like Dickens, or influence the growth of the nation like Jefferson, or lead armies into battle like Napoleon.

But with the improved posture, focus, and circulation that you'll enjoy from an adjustable standing desk, you just might feel like you can do any of those things!

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