7 Standing Desks and Workstations for Small Spaces

  • When It Comes to Desks, Standing Is the New Sitting

    four adults at standing desks
     Sam Diephuis/Getty Images

    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. We found nine compact ideas that are perfect for small workspaces. We’ve also included tips and ideas that will get you out of your seat and on your feet.

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    This Standing Desk Is Made to Grab and Go

    Storkstand Portable Standing Desk

    Looking for a portable standing desk? 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.

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    This Standing Desk Mounts to a Wall

    Podpad Wall Mounted Desk

    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.

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    This Standing Desk Is Automatic

    StandDesk SmallSpaces

    Automatic standing desks can cost thousands of dollars. The StandDesk is a game changer. Not only does it automatically adjust height with the press of a button, a standard version of this electronic desk costs that similar options that cost in the thousands.

    Tip: Got sensitive feet? Wear shoes with cushioned insoles while using a standing desk.

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    A DIY Standing Desk System

    Modos StandUpDesk Office

    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.

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    A Modern Desk with a Vintage Twist

    Adler Adjustable Desk
     Ohio Design

    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.

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    The Cardboard Standing Desk

    Chairgami Cardboard Desk

    Need a lightweight or temporary desk that’s durable and recyclable? Chairigami, a cardboard furniture company that manufactures here in the U.S., has the perfect solution. 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.

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    This Floating Desk Is Perfect for Standing

    Wall mounted desk called Cutter

    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 according to a 2005 study. To avoid, alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.

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