Roll Top Desks Still Offer Unique Style And Benefits
Many years ago, somewhere between the 19th and 20th centuries, companies used to use the roll top desk because of the privacy it provided. They also enjoyed the top that conveniently rolls up and covers up workday clutter. Today, many home-based businesses in particular also enjoy the creativity and versatility of the roll-top desk over conventional flat-top desks.
An inventor from India, back in 1829, created the original roll top desk. His name is Jacob Alles and he started his own company making furniture at a young age. In an effort to sell his furniture, he traveled all over the United States. To have something to do in his spare time, he made some cuts. Hence the prototype of the roll top desk was born. Soon after, they were sold everywhere.
Conventional desks have large drawers for storage and a large work surface, but in addition to this, the roll-top desk also has many cubicles for organization and the top is a built-in feature. The roll top is supported by several columns of drawers on either side and cubicles lining the back of the desk.
There are also partitions that support the slat top on the sides of the desk. The roll top has slats that fit into grooves along the raised edges. That is why the top can easily go up or down.
Some of the benefits of the roll top desk are not just the top that covers the clutter of the day, but the numerous cubicles and compartments that line the sides of the desk, making it easy to keep things in place. There is a knee hole with drawers on each side and these often have locks, making the desk a very private place for important documents. When the lid is rolled up, it completely disappears into the desk frame.
Still a popular choice, roll top desks today come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes with so many finishing options. There are extremely modern versions that are massive in size, as well as desks that are just the right size for a child to use.
An example of options on the modern roll top desk is the deluxe version in solid oak. The drawers are made of solid maple wood covering the sides. The style of the desk is made to accommodate a PC with all the office equipment that goes with it. There is a removable tray for your fax or printer, letter and legal size drawers for your files, trays for your CDs and a large surface for your workspace. The top still rolls up and down but is made with precision quality steel ball bearings.
When choosing a desk for your home office, you may prefer the vintage design of the roll top desk also made in solid oak with solid maple drawers. This is a desk that looks a lot like the originals sold in the late 1800s. These pieces are so beautiful that they can easily become family heirlooms. The construction, while closely resembling the original desks, is made with steel ball bearings crafted with high-tech precision. The original design still makes it a beautiful addition to any office, especially the home office.