Standing Desks

Sometimes, when I’m at my desk and my legs are bopping up and down at a million miles an hour, I feel like I’m in grade school again. I just can’t sit still and all I want to do is spring up, run around, and burn off some extra energy. But instead of changing into my gym clothes at lunch, I’m tempted to try working at an adjustable standing desk. The concept is really simple: a crank or lever allows you to move the work surface up and down, so throughout the day, you can easily transition from sitting to standing to be more comfortable (and less slouchy). The idea being that sitting for hours at a time really isn’t very healthy (or productive), and standing for a few hours at a time might be quite good for the mind and body. Some big companies like Facebook and Google are already trying it in their offices.

The problem for me is finding a standing desk that looks good. It’s hard! A lot of the versions I’ve checked out are too corporate or mechanical looking. The problem is that I’m not looking for an office desk, but one for my own apartment, so the aesthetic is particularly important. I’ve rounded up three options below, but if anyone out there has any leads, please let me know!

Ohio Design’s Adler Table is by far my favourite. It’s unfussy and simple, but still has character thanks to the exposed gears and hardwood top.

The look is a bit industrial but very contemporary.

Humanscale’s Float Table is also very simple, but a little more sleek.

It’s incredibly easy to adjust with this simple hand lever. The construction looks clean-lined and thoughtful, which I definitely appreciate. has a more affordable, practical option with its basic black table. It’s not terribly fancy (like the two above), but it’s all I’m looking for.

Above is the corner of my small apartment where the desk will likely go (after I find a new home for the easel and the CB2 Scan chair). The wall is a pretty bold red, so I need the desk to be fairly unobtrusive so as not to compete.

What do you think?

See more inspiring home offices in Seema Persaud’s blog post.

Photo credits:
1. Ohio Design
2. Humanscale

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