ISSUE 35  |  The Organized Life

High/Low: Portable Laptop Stand

September 02, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Two adjustable laptop stands at different ends of the price spectrum (one is pretty enough to be on permanent display).

Above: Erin Strater, a Pratt Institute grad, came up with the idea for Plunk, her handsome, portable standing desk, when she became “frustrated by the desks that were available. I knew the health implications of sitting for hours on end, and that was a factor, but I didn’t just want a standing desk. Our computers were rapidly becoming lighter, faster, and more portable, while our desks remained the same.” The height of her design can be adjusted from a seated level of 25 inches high up to 42 inches high, and the desk weighs just over 8 pounds.

Above: All components are made in Los Angeles, where Strater is based; prices start at $495 for the Plunk Walnut & Nickel Desk and go up to $795 for the Plunk Carpathian Elm Burl & Nickel Desk. The base is made of aluminum with either a brass or nickel finish.

Above: The desk disassembles and can be toted in the Plunk Desk Custom Carrying Bag ($295) made from waxed canvas (“Outside the office, there are a ton of other uses for the Plunk,” says Strater, by way of explaining its portability. “It’s ideal for keeping your laptop nearby while giving a presentation, for instance.”).

Above: Ikea’s adjustable (and admittedly less attractive) Svartasen Laptop Stand is $21.99 and is available in black or white. It can be raised to a maximum height of 30 3/8 inches and lowered to 18 1/2 inches.

Interested in more desk ideas? See 5 Favorites: Longevity-Promoting Standing Desks. And on Gardenista, see the gardener’s equivalent: 10 Great Potting Benches.