ISSUE 19  |  Working It

5 Favorites: Longevity-Promoting Standing Desks

May 15, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Ever since we heard the bummer stats about the dangers of sitting and working (really? we’re 40 percent more likely to die in the next three years by perching while we blog?), we’ve been thinking about standing desks. Here are five we’re considering in hopes of extending our lifespans.

Above: From San Francisco-based Ohio Furniture, the Adler Table takes its cue from “machinist tables built at the turn of the century.” Made with hand-rubbed, gun-blue finish steel legs (a process that creates a black/blue patina finish and protects the raw steel against rust), the table can range in height from 27 to 42 inches, making it easy to change positions throughout the day. Prices for the Adler Table start at $1,950.

Above: The ModTable from MultiTable can be adjusted to a minimum height of 27 inches up to a max of 46 inches and comes in a variety of combos (the base is is available in black, white, silver, or red, and the top in a variety of colors and finishes); ModTable combinations start at $599. Other configurations are also available, including a desk with a built-in Lifespan treadmill.

Above: A custom Standing Desk from Tinkering Monkey is $750.

Above: A good budget option is Ikea’s Gallant Desk, which comes with a choice of four different tops (white, gray, black, or birch veneer); $130.

Above: The solid oak SMI Wooden Drafting Table from Blick Art Materials doubles as a standing desk; prices start at $429 for a 42-inch-high, 30-inch-wide model.

For more office ideas, browse our Image Gallery of Home Offices and Work Spaces, and out posts: 5 Favorites: Cheerful Desk Lamps, DIY: A $75 Desk with a Stealth Touch of Glamor, and 10 Ways to De-Clutter Your Tech Experience. The ultimate gardener’s work table? See  Gardenista’s Design Sleuth.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 6, 2012 as part of our Get to Work issue.