You don’t have to convince people that a standing desk is more beneficial than sitting on one’s fundament all day long. Who can argue against there being less back pain or the fact that calories will get burned that otherwise would be slogging inside one’s body? But since not everyone is using a standing desk, there must be some reason against their being adopted. Turns out that it’s not the price of a standing desk that makes it less likely to be acquired and used — it’s the issue of having to set it up and take it down every time. Toss that problem into the trash with the pages of that aborted novel because the StandDesk is here.
First though, for those who don’t really know what a stand up desk is all about, a bit of defining is in order. The most common type starts from a folded situation where you take it over to the table or some other flat surface. The stand up desk then gets unfolded in a manner similar to an accordion in which the various sections pull away from each other. This causes the top surface of the stand up desk to rise. After a few (or many) adjustments, the height of the stand up desk is set to where it makes the most sense for the person who is going to use it. After the desk has been used, it can be left as is but few do so — most people will collapse the desk and either leave it on the table/surface or put it away because it’s stability is in question (i.e., shakiness). Obviously that’s all about mechanisms in place that have the potential of lessening their stability over time as a result of repeated use. Not a great thing to contemplate. So the answer is a standing desk that is just that — a fully designed and functioning desk that is made for someone to stand up against from day one. Thats exactly what the –wait for it — StandDesk is expected to do. And does it ever deliver.
The StandDesk expects you to stand and so is designed with this in mind. But it’s not a mindless design that expects to be a “one size stands all.” The user is going to select exactly how the StandDesk will look as well as how it will function.
The frame is made of steel with choices of a black or grey. That was the easy part. As is deciding on which kind of top you want: a black or white laminate ($89.99 ea) with a surface area of 26″ X 56″ or the bamboo beige or brown ($225 ea) whose surface area increases to 30″ X 60″. But now comes the most important decision of which frame model to go with. That’s because this is where the mechanics come into play as the StandDesk doesn’t rely on screws or brackets or other kinds of mounts to insure that your hands will rest comfortably on its top. Instead there’s a controlling motor for raising the desk smoothly and efficiently and locking it into the desired position which is an adjustable range suitable for the majority of the public. The standard frame ($399.00) comes with a 2 button controller (obviously requiring a wall outlet for powering the motor), while the Plus frame ($468.99) adds cable management for keeping cords under your thumb (as it were) and a keyboard tray. For those who wish to vary the StandDesk’s height but retain that “perfect” positioning, the Deluxe ($518.98) adds a memory height setting that returns the desk to the desired and optimum position (according to you) no matter how much it is being fussed with. This serves a good purpose should the StandDesk be used by more than one person or as a tabletop for other purposes.
There are also additions that can be purchased separately (unlike the above) and which includes a monitor arm, integrated power strip, fatigue mat and others. Unlike the StandDesk itself, these accessories require being added by the purchaser, although the effort will be minimal.
The StandDesk needs assembly and comes in a few boxes: consisting of the frame and the top and the other parts necessary. All the tools are supplied and the instructions provided are straightforward so as to avoid confusing even the most novice DIY’er. It’s nothing as complicated as assembling a bicycle and can be done within an hour or two at the extreme. Contrary to what one might think, the addition of the motor does not make assembly more complicated (due to the motor/mechanism being integrated into the frame). Here’s a tip: disgorge the box in the area where the StandDesk is to be assembled so that you are not having to carry anything from one location to the other.
Once assembled you stand in front of the StandDesk, press the Up button and raise the top to where it’s comfortable. The range (minus the top) is 28” to 45” and a person up to 6’3″ will find the time spent just fine. When you’re satisfied with where the top of the StandDesk is, leave the button alone — unless and until you plan to change its positioning. The amount of noise generated by the motor is minor, being around 55 decibels, with the motor mechanism quite smooth, FYI, so this can be done even though there is stuff on it. It can hold up to 225 lbs. which should take care of a number of monitors, laptop, accessories and scores of knickknacks.
The StandDesk is not priced to be cheap and is itself a well made and useful product that will provide long service. For those who know that standing is better than sitting, selecting one of the StandDesk configurations will make the term “standing around” a compliment.