We’re all working in different ways – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, BYOD, remote working via ‘the Cloud’; it was only a matter of time before the desk was reinvented to accommodate this new ‘workstyle’.
IKEA has launched a desk called the Bekant which rises to enable stand-up working, then lowers back down to the traditional seated height for those days when you just need to sit down.
I must admit, I would absolutely welcome a desk like this – there are some days where standing is far more efficient and the health benefits are far greater than sitting down all day. The fact that this desk can function as both a tall and standard desk makes it a truly useful investment.
Of course, IKEA aren’t the only supplier of height adjusting desks, there are many out there featuring electric or manual cranks and a quick Google search brings up several.
What about those moments when you need a pop-up office, quite literally.
Fortunately, a highly unique project on Kickstarter, called ‘Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk’ raised $70,700 to bring this idea to life!
Ideal for when space is in short supply, or for an office move, or even if you are a freelancer who needs to be office-based just for the duration of a particular project. Outside of an office environment, they could also be useful for schools struggling to finance furniture, or as part of a disaster-relief package to get a school up and running again (the developers are currently working with UNICEF).
The desk is sturdy enough to hold the weight of a person standing on it, assembles in around two minutes using four pieces and even comes in three sizes for different heights. What this video on Vimeo for a full demonstration.
Have you heard of a kinetic desk? The Stir Kinetic Desk ‘learns, quantifies and breathes’ according to its manufacturers.
Like the IKEA desk, this is adjustable enabling users to sit or stand, however this is done via the built-in touchscreen. Just double tap to change position – it even has a calorie monitor to tell you how much more energy you use by varying sitting and standing. It is also smart enough to remind users to change positions to keep them energised. This video is certainly worth watching.
The desk has integrated cord management which enables users to plug several devices directly into the desk – it even recognises users as they approach! At the moment, the Stir Kinetic desk is only available in the USA, priced around $4,000.
Would you consider a standing desk?