It’s hard to practice good posture when we’re slumped over our computers and smartphones all day. I think the condition is called Tech-neck–we all do it. Whether it’s for work or for play, slouching over, staring at these screens is not all that great for us.
What’s a solution for this problem? Replace the standard desk with a sit-stand desk and make sitting an option. That’s a great idea, but these sit-and-stand desk are often very expensive and requires replacing your current desk, which puts people off from trying them out. Now, there’s a sit-stand desk on the market that’s both affordable and sets up quickly on any type of desk.
The Oristand is a collapsible sit-stand desk made entirely out industrial-grade cardboard which, of course, makes it’s %100 recyclable. It’s also easy to set-up; no tools or screws needed. Weighing at two pounds, it supports up to 60 pounds, strong enough to hold some laptops, a large screen and a few cats, and wide enough to use a mouse and keyboard.
When you’re done with work for the day the desk folds up for easy storage. So what’s the price? Just a cool $25 (A cooler $15 would be more like it) or five for $100. The desk was designed by Steven Suchy after Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes, who wanted a standing desk himself after recovering from a back injury, but scoffed at three figure price tags.
“Many companies want to provide stand up desks as an option to enhance the work environment and promote the overall health and well-being of employees, however cost is a big barrier. The investment is simply not feasible for many small-to-medium sized businesses. We wanted to create a product that would solve this problem for both companies and employees.”
Before landing on this practical design, the desk actually went through several variations before they found the one that worked. They also met with several factories and eventually found one that could make the product locally for customers in North America. Though we don’t have the name, we do know the manufacturer they picked, located near Seattle, has experience making complex shoeboxes for Nike.
Standing all day while working at a computer? How is that beneficial? In general, standing is better than sitting down for long stretches of time. A report by Joseph Stromburg, published in the Smithsonian magazine in 2014, stated that using standing desks instead of traditional ones can reduce risks of obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type-2 Diabetes. But this doesn’t mean you should be standing all the time. Various experts actually recommend switching between sitting and standing, since standing all day can cause foot, back, and knee problems.
With this in mind, the uniqueness of the Oristand desk design is in the ability to quickly fold out or fold up the desk to sit or stand quickly. While it’s more practical for laptops, it can hold up to 60lbs, so it’s feasible that you could set your 30lb monitor on it, and move it down when you wanted to sit. It folds down flat to tuck away nicely.
My only complaint… it looks like the screen ledge is a bit far away. Perhaps the guy in the photo has telescoping glasses on, VR glasses maybe, but I doubt I could see a laptop screen that far away. Hey Oristand, want to send me one for testing?
If you’re on the computer a lot, you may want to think about getting a stand-up desk–you can buy the Oristand here. Or just remember to get up and walk around every once in a while. Like now.