Six Famous Small Desks and Why Yours is Next in Line

When it comes to a small desk, all of us have different ideas come to mind. Some think of middle school and those hard, metal desks attached to the chair. Some think of the desk in their parents’ home – packed with knick-knacks and file folders. No matter your preconceived notion of a small desk, Unruh is on a mission to redeem its potential. What sort of potential, you ask? The potential to form and create a legacy at the foot of your own hardwood, handmade creation.

Your desk will serve as more than storage and make you forget middle school even happened. One day, when you pass your desk onto your children, they will know of the years you sat at that desk writing letters to loved ones, pursuing financial freedom, cultivating new hobbies and dreaming big ideas for family fun and bonding. You might even write a book or start a business at your new desk. We won’t limit you to anything less than a Pulitzer.

Desks that Changed the World

As for the following six individuals, a personal small desk is where their own dreams were realized. History looks back on these men and women for their contribution to society, but their big ideas started somewhere. Following the famous desks, we’ll look at three desks Unruh can get started for you as soon as you book a showroom appointment. We have many Christmas gift ideas, but a small desk is the perfect way for you to empower the loved ones in your life.

J.R.R. Tolkien

In 1927, Edith Tolkien gave her husband, John Ronald Reul, a gift that would impact the lives of many: a small desk to call his own. Nearly a century later and we have movie adaptations of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – both of which were written at this desk.

Alexander Hamilton

You know the musical and adhere to his financial systems, but did you know Alexander Hamilton had his own personal desk? He had to do all that writing somewhere. And when he was traveling, Hamilton took a smaller, portable desk (the briefcase-esque box on top of the table) with him everywhere he went.

Grace Hopper

When she wasn’t serving in the Navy, Grace Hopper sat at her desk and diligently created original computer coding long before it was cool. Truly ahead of her time, Hopper formed the base for COBOL which would go on to affect millions across the globe.

Walt Disney

How many wild ideas do you think conceptualized at Disney’s desk? Fact of the matter is that we’ve all seen many of them. Also, note how his desk sat a little lower to the ground. Disney liked to lean over the entire desk when laying out a new story concept.

Madam CJ Walker

Considered the first female self-made millionaire, Walker worked at a Wooton desk that certainly carried her the distance. This unique desk presents multiple drawers and shelves for storage space – between philanthropy and business, Walker certainly needed every bit of it.

John D. Rockefeller

Moving onto billionaires . . . Rockefeller was the first in America! And he did achieved much of his success through strong, steady work at his humble desk. A few pens, pictures of loved ones and some greenery – an environment fit to change the world.

The Briar Desk

None of the six desks we just mentioned, all created from hardwood, were famous to begin with – they became famous because of the hardworking individuals who spent time at their desks. And now it’s your turn. We’ll craft your desk to perfection, then it’s up to you to make it famous.

The Briar Desk is as high-quality a desk you will find – sleek with plenty of storage space. Like any of our available desks, you can choose from six different woods: Knotty Alder, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, White Oak, and Black Walnut. Functional forever, this piece will look amazing in your living room or home office.

briar desk

briar desk

The Olivia Desk

A condensed version of the Briar, the Olivia also offers ample storage space and a sleek design. But with a more minimalist feel, this desk is perfect for the more modern home. Customizable from start to finish – we promise she will not disappoint.

olivia desk

olivia desk

The Mid-Century Desk

In regard to the recent (and still growing) requests for modern mid-century furniture, you won’t find anything better than our Mid-Century Desk. Although true to its name, this piece is timeless and includes four drawers to store any and all of your most prized belongings.

mod-century desk

mid-century desk

No matter the desk you choose, we hope you consider one of these unique pieces for your home. A desk is more than a table-top. And if you’re used to sprawling out work items onto your dining room table, you deserve a more personal space for personal work. Don’t live the rest of your years without a dedicated home for your dreams to take root. Life is too short, and you have too many ideas to get to work on.

We’re not in middle school anymore (thank goodness). Workspaces should reflect one fact: you graduated. And it’s time to make your dreams a reality. An Unruh small desk will carry you to success.

By Will Severns

Will is married to Lauren and together they have one son: Branch. Will is a diehard Kansas City Royals fan, loves to read, and is always down to share a meal at Chick-fil-A (without sharing the actual meal of course).

Contact Unruh Furniture’s team today to customize the way you live.

Contact us