We all know that sitting in front of our computers for hours on end can expand our waistlines and, at worst, shorten our lives. A standing desk can help you stay healthy. These nine compact ideas are perfect for small workspaces and offer great opportunities to get you out of your seat and on your feet.
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A Desk That's Made to Grab and Go
The Storkstand is an easy-to-carry, doctor recommended option that weighs only 4.2 pounds. To use, just attach to your office chair. When you’re done, the Storkstand folds into a sleek 17-inch by 15.5-inch by 2.25-inch rectangle. The desk fits either a 13-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch laptop, and it can support up to 50 pounds.
Tip: To reap the health benefits associated with using a standing desk you just need to get out of your chair every 20 minutes and stand for at least two minutes.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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A Desk That Mounts to a Wall
If you need to create a micro-home office, the Podpad is a solution that mounts to a wall using a provided French cleat. When open, this compact system reveals a small desk and filing area for papers and mail. When closed the unit turns into a charging station for all of your electronic devices.
Tip: When using a computer on a standing desk, keeping your wrists straight and your upper arms close to your body slightly below elbow level can prevent injuries like carpal tunnel.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Automatic Height Adjustment
Automatic standing desks can cost thousands of dollars. The StandDesk is a game-changer. Not only does it automatically adjust its height with the press of a button, and costs hundreds less than a standard automatic desk.
Tip: To avoid foot pain, wear shoes with cushioned insoles while using a standing desk.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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A DIY Standing Desk System
Modos is a modular furniture system that will let you create shelves or a standing desk without using tools. The Modos Standing Desk Kit includes boards made from sustainably sourced FSC-Certified wood and easy-to-use metal connectors.
Tip: Using a standing desk can help you burn hundreds of calories. To estimate how much you'll burn, use the standing calorie calculator at Juststand.orgContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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A Modern Desk with a Vintage Twist
The Adler Table by Ohio Design has a look that hearkens back to the industrial era. What makes this a real stand-out is that it uses an old-school machinist crank to adjust the table height from 27-inches to 42-inches.
Tip: An anti-fatigue floor mat can make standing at your desk more comfortable.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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The Cardboard Standing Desk
The Chairigami standing desk is lightweight, durable, and environmentally friendly. Chairgami is a cardboard furniture company that manufactures here in the U.S. Their standing desk, like all the pieces they create, is crafted from a three-ply corrugated board — and that's it, no glue, staples or resins. Better still, this 42-inch long by 24-inch wide by 42-inch tall workstation is made from renewable resources: 70 percent recycled cardboard and 30 percent FSC certified virgin fiber.
Tip: Here's how you can prevent neck pain when using a standing desk. First keep your computer screen an arm's length away, directly in front of your body. Next, adjust your desk height, so your computer screen is a tad below eye level.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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This Floating Desk Is Perfect for Standing
The Cutter is a compact work area that you mount to a wall at your preferred height. It includes two storage cubbies and a built-in cord management system that eliminates cord clutter.
Tip: While sitting all day is not healthy, standing all day can make knees hurt and at worst cause varicose veins. To avoid these potential health issues, alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.
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