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Stand Up For Your Health!
I started getting nervous because my work and hobbies have me sitting at the computer for many hours every day. I thought about investing a lot of money in a standing desk, which have been shown to improve your health, burn more calories, and even make you 10% more productive.
But standing desks stay in one place, and I like to use my laptop at home, the office, the library, the dining hall, the cafe, everywhere—that’s literally what they’re made for!
So I invented StandStand.
- Easy to use
- Engineered for strength
- Sustainably made in the USA
Portable. StandStand (patent pending) is the only truly portable standing desk: there's nothing like it on the market. It collapses to the size of a laptop and fits easily into your bag or backpack, allowing you to take it anywhere. Dowels hold the three panels together when stacked, so they become a unified object that won't get lost in your bag.
Weighing less than two pounds, you won’t even know it’s there! Ben Schiller at Fast Company writes:
Picture yourself being "that standing desk guy" not just at the office, but at a coffee shop, library, and wherever else you happen to be.
Affordable. At $50, StandStand costs a fraction of most standing desk options, even as it does a lot more. Check out Trevor's article at notsitting.com to see a comparison of our less portable competitors that range between $250 and $550.
Easy to use. StandStand consists of three wooden pieces that slide together and lock into place. I've handed it to people who say, "I'm no good at this sort of thing," but even with no instructions, they can often figure out how it works.
One base panel passes through the other and slides down. Then the eyes of the top panel slot onto the notch on top of the base panels, holding them at a stable right angle. Check out the video below:
Stable. StandStand provides a sturdy working surface. Wood can flex like a bow if you twist it--that's part of what protects StandStand from breaking. But the solid wood construction means your computer won't bounce as with other laptop stands. StandStand is hard to tip over too. Whenever your computer is sitting on the top platform, its weight is centered somewhere within the large stable trapezoid formed by the base.
After testing the product, Aaron Kraus of Technology Tell writes:
While there is some rotational play in the StandStand, it never gives or bows under pressure; I’d feel comfortable using this to elevate an iMac without worrying that my hardware would take a tumble...under normal type, mousing, or swiping it’s rock solid.
Engineered for strength. StandStand weighs less than two pounds and each panel is only 3/8” thick. You’re probably thinking that something that weighs less than 5 bananas couldn’t possibly support a few NFL linemen or a young elephant, right? Well, check out the gif below to see how I stacked over 900 pounds onto StandStand, and it didn’t even break! (I’ll ask the gym to buy more weights for another stress test in the future, but until then we’d love to hear your guess on how much StandStand can hold.) Then watch the video (viewed best in full screen) to see a torque test, where I push StandStand as hard as I can. It can flex about 10 degrees before finally breaking under the stack of weights! (For safety's sake, don't try this at home!)
What makes StandStand so strong? Glad you asked! I started with an especially strong Baltic birch plywood that has seven layers glued together to coordinate the strength of the fibers. During the design process, I experimented with ancient woodworking techniques like halved joints and mortise-and-tenon joints to assemble the stand. These methods are so old that they have been found in ships buried in the pyramids by the ancient Egyptians, and even earlier in pre-historic wooden wells thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old! While StandStand's joinery is tried and true, it’s how these ancient joints are combined that makes StandStand unique. When the panels are locked together to harness the engineering magic of triangles, you have a product that is capable of supporting over 500 times its own weight. Incredible!
Ergonomic. StandStand gives you the freedom to stand anytime you use a laptop. By ordering the right height, you can also keep your elbows near the optimal ninety degrees that experts recommend. However, laptops have an inherent ergonomic flaw: the screen is next to the keyboard, so you always have to look down. StandStand can help in two ways. With a detached keyboard, you can use StandStand to elevate the screen to eye level whenever you sit to type. You can also order a tall StandStand to use with a detached monitor whenever you stand.
Sustainably made in the USA. It gives me great satisfaction to know that StandStand will be manufactured in the United States using sustainable materials. Paul, my football and mock trial teammate from high school, now runs Rob’s Custom Cabinetry in my hometown of Superior, Wisconsin. Paul’s dad, Rob, gave me a good job in the shop for two summers during college, allowing me to learn basic woodworking skills and shop safety. By teaming up with Rob’s, every Stand Stand will help provide work for the people who live where I grew up.
Based on his expertise in architectural woodworking, Paul recommended Baltic birch for our initial production run because of its strength and aesthetic appearance. Baltic birch is more attractive than most plywood varieties, and its core layers are more consistent, contributing to its strength. (There’s a good reason this type of wood is popular with the aircraft industry!) At first, I was hesitant to use an imported material, and I’d welcome suggestions for domestic options. But after considering the differences between carefully managed forests in northern Europe and the rain forests of south-east Asia and South America, it was clear that the birch we selected was a responsible choice.
The second material we’re using, bamboo, is perhaps the most sustainable building material in the world. It has the strength of wood with the growth properties of grass, meaning that when it is harvested properly, the roots simply send up new shoots. Our bamboo supplier qualifies for LEED credits for this product. With its gorgeous appearance, StandStand in bamboo makes a perfect gift.
In addition to making the health benefits of a standing desk more widely available, the employment of US manufacturing and the use of sustainable materials are founding principles of StandStand.
What size should you order?
StandStand is not adjustable, but you can buy the size that fits you. (Like a pair of socks!) That's because almost all tables and desks come in a standard height of 29-30 inches. Just measure the height of your hands above a table when you stand in typing position and pick the height that is closest. Or follow our recommendations below:
We'll send a survey to ask the height you want at the end of our campaign in October. If you're not happy with the height you choose, you can contact us for details on sending StandStand back for a replacement size.
We Need Your Help!
Paul and I, together with my wife, Lindsay, want to start a company to bring StandStand to everyone who wants an affordable standing desk. We believe that the StandStand standing desk is a unique solution to the problem that most of us sit too much for our own good. By donating to our Kickstarter campaign, you will not only be the first to own this one-of-a-kind product, but you will also be contributing to the development of an elegant, low-cost solution.
The Kickstarter campaign will show whether there's enough demand to go into business, and it will allow us to invest in a CNC machine that can cut the panels faster than we can do it using hand routers. That will bring StandStand to more people and help us create exciting new designs. Support us today, spread the word, and stand up for your health!
Immediately following our Kickstarter campaign, we will order the CNC machine. It will take several weeks for delivery, installation, and training before the skilled workers at Rob's can use the machine to make StandStand. As soon as we begin manufacturing, we will start shipping! We have budgeted enough time to make StandStand available as the perfect holiday gift.
The StandStand Story
One morning during a meditation session, the thought crossed my mind that I could make a portable standing desk, something I could carry as easily as my laptop and set up on any table and desk. Since tables and desks are found everywhere, I only needed to raise my computer about twelve inches.
I made my first prototype within a week. I thought a trapezoid would give stability, but it pivoted back and forth a lot. When I added two sticks to brace it, that was already six pieces—too many to carry easily.
So I got in touch with my friend Kenny, an MIT-trained engineer who now runs a lab for NASA. Kenny liked that I was using wood because of its high strength-to-weight ratio, but he said I should start with triangles, not trapezoids, since triangles provide strength in multiple directions. Sure enough, you find triangles in bridges and skyscrapers everywhere, and the triangles formed by the braces in my first model were what gave it strength. Following his suggestions, my next two prototypes looked like a hinged wooden book and something I called the “offset-T.”
I liked the aesthetics of the offset-T, but there was a problem: if you knocked one of the bottom panels, the mortise-and-tenon joint would separate, even after I added magnets. My friend Paul suggested a clever combination of traditional wood joints to pass one base panel through the other. That locked the base together, and when I added the top, it provided even more rigidity by preventing the base panels from pivoting. I spent a week developing these ideas in the shop where Paul's dad had given me a job for two summers during college.
When I decided to add a handle, the material I removed combined with the mortises to create a face, giving some unexpected personality to the design. Dimples appeared when we added dowels to hold the panels together for transport. (Hello there, friend!)
We couldn’t figure out what to call it until my brother-in-law, Travis, proposed “StandStand” because that’s what it is: a stand that lets you stand anywhere you take your computer.
The StandStand Team
We could never have gotten where we are without the help of a lot of friends. Lindsay's cousin Jordan has designed the perfect packaging for StandStand, something that highlights our playful logo and the stand's slim profile. Thanks, Jordan!
Other uses for StandStand
How many times have you wished for a side table to set your drink? A footstool? A seat at the party when all the chairs are taken? A pizza stand? How else will you use your StandStand? We'd love to hear your stories!
Sitting is Killing Us!
Standing is Good for Us!
We recommend using StandStand to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day while you work. Use StandStand for short periods only at first, and don’t push yourself to stand longer than feels comfortable, especially if you have not used a standing desk before. Ask your doctor how a standing desk can best help you!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing any item takes a lot of work, and things sometimes go wrong. Fortunately, Paul has seven years' experience producing top-quality products on a deadline, so he'll be watching for potential problems and ready to deal with any that arise. It means a lot to us to meet our December 20 deadline, and we'll do everything in our power to do so. The carpenters have already practiced building StandStand prototypes with jigs, and once our campaign is over, we'll purchase the CNC machine we need to fill the rest of the orders on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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