Our bodies are not designed for sitting. What we consider a regular working day can cause serious health problems as well as lower our productivity.
Surprised? We were. That's why we created the first ultra-portable, ultra-affordable sit/stand desk made out of high grade, industrial strength cardboard - Switch Stance.
Think about it. We, humans, never really were big on sitting in the past. We spent most of our time walking or running around, working in the fields, and when we were tired, we went straight to sleeping, only sitting down for just a few minutes now and then.
It's no wonder then that sitting is wreaking havoc on our health, causing problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, loss of concentration, back pain and is even called "more dangerous than smoking" by some scientists.
Research shows that sitting for as little as 3 hours per day can have a huge negative impact on our health, concentration and productivity. Sitting is associated with all sorts of health risks, from simple but annoying back pain to obesity, type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.
Most of us spend far more than just 3 hours per day in our chairs behind a computer screen. We are at great risk, even if we exercise every day.
The solution is simple...and fun. Switching between sitting and standing can reduce health risks, improve our productivity and even help us lose some weight. All you need to do is kick back that chair and stand up for your health.
That's right. Standing up while you work is one of the most effective and simplest methods to improve your health and productivity.
Experts say that we can avoid many health hazards by simply standing up for even as little as 2 hours per day. Idealy, we should aim to achieve 4 hours, switching between sitting and standing.
That's why you see more and more standing desks in startups and even in corporate environments all over the world.
Standing desk are great. Sit/stand desks that enable you to quickly switch between sitting and standing up are even better. But, they are not without their problems.
Standing desks are expensive. You can easily spend more than $1000 for a decent desk.
And even if you are prepared to part with that kind of money, there is still a problem of changing your old desk for a brand new standing desk.
Moving your old desk, getting a large piece of furniture and assembling it... It just all sounds like a lot of hassle, even if you have your own office. It's nearly impossible, if you work in open plan office or a co-working space.
You can use Switch Stance with your own desk or even kitchen table, to transform it into ergonomic sit/stand desk in just a few seconds.
Switch Stance is ideal for startup offices, co-working environments and home offices. Simply put it on your existing desk and unfold it. Or, even use your own kitchen table as a base and turn it into a home office.
Switch Stance can be used in two positions:
- Sitting down position lifts your screen or laptop just enough to align it with the height of your eyes, putting it in perfect position for work and relieving strain on your neck.
- With just a few simple moves, it can transform to standing mode, allowing you to work in comfortable and safe position. With your keyboard and screen in just the right height to combat that back pain and pump more blood through your body for improved productivity.
While designing it, we knew that we have to keep it minimalistic, clean and make it out of recyclable materials that are easy on the environment.
That's why it is made out of high grade, industrial strength cardboard. This isn't your average packaging box material. It's light, but still strong enough to handle everything you throw at it.
We also wanted to add some features we really like and use daily. Like:
- Velcro strips for easy handling and folding.
- Holes for cable management, so you don't clutter your desk.
- And, this cool phone holder, that always keeps your phone at your fingertips but neatly out of the way.
Switch Stance can be folded down to unbelivably small size. It's only 22" x 13" x 2" (roughly 55cm x 32cm x 5cm). That means you can tuck it away safely anywhere in your office or home or take it with you on a bus, train or bike.
But, it also provides enough space so it won't bog you down when you work on the next big thing. High grade, industrial strength cardboard and clever design ensure the same stability you would get from wooden desk.
Cardboard is stronger than you think. MUCH stronger. We made Switch Stance from high grade, industrial strength cardboad and designed it to handle all your gear with ease.
Laptop computers? Piece of cake. Ultra-wide LCD monitors? No problem. Even all-in-one computers are perfectly fine.
Switch Stance is made by a startup for startups. We understand that not every company is funded by a big VC fund. Sure, we would all love to have $2000, motorized desks with engraved glass tops and "J.A.R.V.I.S." like artificial inteligence.
But, lets get real. You don't want to spend much needed development or marketing budget on an overpriced piece of furniture. Not if you have an awesome, simple and environmentaly friendly alternative.
That is why Switch Stance is perfect for startups and small teams. We made special rewards just for you.
REWARDS AND OTHER GOODIES
- Natural, non-treated, non-bleached high strength corrugated cardboard. Recyclable.
- Easily foldable in just a few seconds.
- Cardboard carrying case.
- 2 modes. Sitting or standing mode.
- Velcro strips for easier handling.
- Phone or tablet holder.
- Cable management holes.
- Folded size: 22" x 13" x 2" (roughly 55 x 32 x 5 cm)
- Sitting mode: 22" x 21" footprint with 11" height (55 x 52.5 x 28 cm)
- Standing mode: 22" x 21" footprint with 20" height (55 x 52.5 x 50 cm)
- Weight: 1.8lbs (820g)
- Switch Stance was designed to safely support any laptop, keyboard and mouse if used correctly. It has been tested with computers up to 26 lbs (12 kg) used on the higher level.
Estimated timeline of the project
Products we like.
We would like to mention our friends at Wurf™ Board, you should really check them out.
The Wurf™ Board is the anti-fatigue mat for any budget or work environment. Lightweight, portable and easily inflated. Move through your day with Wurf to stand longer, feel better, & think clearer.
Exclusive for Switch Stance backers: 20% off any pre-ordered Wurf Board with coupon code: Switch20 (offer expires 5/15/16)
Risks and challenges
Switch is the first ultra-portable, ultra-affordable standing desk made out of high grade, industrial strength cardboard and it's designed to carry all your gear.
The product itself is simple and elegant by its design and there is not a lot that could go wrong.
Our team has a lot of experience with creating new products and we partnered with a local, family owned business with decades of experience working with cardboard. We are ready to start the production weeks after successful Kickstarter campaign.
Our delivery date estimates are realistic and our partnerships are solid, but, even the best plans don't always hold. If we experience any delays, you, our backers, will be the first to know.
Terms and Conditions
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