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Affordable, portable standing desk that packs flat and assembles in seconds without screws or tools. Sustainable and locally made! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 24, 2014.

Affordable, portable standing desk that packs flat and assembles in seconds without screws or tools. Sustainable and locally made!

About this project

Forbes – "How To Make A Standing Desk For Under $200: MIT Grads Go Digital"

BostInno – "MIT Students Create an Affordable Standing Desk You Can Assemble in Seconds"

Fast Company – "This Affordable Standing Desk Fits Together Like A Jigsaw, No Screws Required"

Core 77 – "Lousy Non-Industrial-Designers Eating Our ID Lunch"

eHow – Top Kickstarter Campaign of the Week!

Gizmag – Press Fit Standing Desk Slots Together in Seconds

Gadgetify – Press Fit Standing Desk Packs Flat

We set out to design a better standing desk.

  • Press Fit Design – The Press Fit Standing Desk is made from precision-cut parts that assemble like a jigsaw puzzle without any screws or tools. It's so simple there's no instruction manual.
  • Digital Manufacturing – Our completely digital manufacturing process allows us to produce an entirely new type of furniture locally in Massachusetts with the highest quality materials but at a lower price.
  • Affordable – We searched everywhere but couldn't find a standing desk we could afford. By using a one-step digital manufacturing process, we're able to reduce costs and pass those savings down to you.
  • Portable – It comes apart into lightweight pieces that pack flat, so moving is fast and easy.
  • Sustainable Materials – We've worked with a local supplier to use the highest possible quality prefinished maple plywood that is grown and milled in the northeast and 100% Formaldehyde-free, so together we can cut down on pollutants and carcinogens in our homes and water supplies.

3D printing and digital manufacturing have the potential to redefine what it means to be "Made in America". Stand with us and together we can start making things locally again.

Rewards

Digital Design and Manufacturing

Everything we make starts as an 8' x 4' sheet of beautiful prefinished maple plywood. The wood is placed on a computer controlled router that precision cuts parts which press fit together.

Sustainable Materials

We've worked with a local supplier to use the highest possible quality prefinished maple plywood that is grown and milled in the northeast and 100% Formaldehyde-free. It uses a natural, biodegradable glue to bind the layers. This makes it good for the earth and easy to recycle.

Plus, since all our designs pack flat into small packages and don't rely on a complex supply chain or delivery from Europe or Asia, we minimize fossil fuel use on shipping.

You may not want to hear this, but most other affordable furniture is made of compressed particleboard, the hotdog of wood products: it’s made of ground up scrap and trimmings that are mixed with yucky chemicals like Urea Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. They then apply a thin wood veneer to hide what’s on the inside. We leave the edges of our furniture unfinished so you can show off the beautiful wood. We have nothing to hide.

Engineered for Stability

Although each individual piece fits together and comes apart easily, the assembled structure constrains itself so it is more stable than any desk you've ever owned. As engineers by training, we've used the latest computer aided design tools to optimize our design for rigidity while minimizing weight. The first time you put your desk together, you'll be amazed by how light and strong it is. The arching leg design distributes load to the legs without straining the press joints, and the added cross supports mean the desk won't bend or sag, even under stacks of books, computers, or whatever else you pile on it.

Built to Last a Lifetime

The wood we use is designed to last decades and is resistant to the elements. The pristine maple surface comes with a UV acrylic coating that defends against scratches and stains. Unlike any other desk you've owned, if you accidentally damage the top, you can always flip it over, press it in the opposite way, and have a spotless second desk surface. It's like having a free insurance policy for your desk!

Made in America Keychain

Show off your support for digital manufacturing and "Made in America" with a beautiful laser engraved wooden keychain.

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Mini Desk and Stool

Show off your support in style with these small models that are perfect for stuffed animals or dolls. They are made with a laser cutter that produces beautiful charred edges, and the pieces press fit together just like our furniture for humans.

Press Fit Stool

Not ready to splurge for a new desk? The Press Fit Stool is super sturdy and easy to transport. The legs are slightly tapered outward which makes it remarkably stable while providing a clean modern look.

Standing Desk

The Press Fit Standing Desk comes in two sizes:

  • 36" x 24" – Plenty of room for working with a monitor, paperwork, and more.
  • 48" x 30" – Perfect for those who live in larger spaces and want to stack up shelves, multiple monitors, large speakers, or other equipment.

In our backer survey we will send a sizing chart to help you choose one of the available heights so that your desk is a perfect match for you. We will offer desks in the following heights: 36", 37", 38", 39", 40", 41", 42". Looking for something custom? Get in touch, we'll work with you to make it happen!

Sitting Desk with Stool

For those who like to sit, we have a sitting desk that comes in the same two top sizes as the standing desk: 36"x24" and 48"x30". All sitting desks are 30" high and come with a Press Fit Stool.

Production Timeline

As soon as the campaign ends we will place a large order from our local plywood supplier near Boston. The wood will be shipped directly to our digital manufacturing partner in western Massachusetts where we will begin production. We are able to produce hundreds of desks per week and are estimating that backers will receive their rewards in late September.

Special Thanks

While Isabella and David are the only ones in the video, this project never would have come together without the behind the scenes help and guidance of some of our closest friends.

  • Mike Madoff
  • Ian Cinnamon
  • Kevin Rustagi
  • Will Seltzer
  • Greg Makrigiorgos

Risks and challenges

We have worked hard over the past few months to reduce the risks associated with manufacturing as much as possible. We have multiple suppliers we can source our wood from, and have quotes and are receiving samples from several other manufacturers should any issues arise. To keep quality control tight, we are only working with local suppliers and manufacturers and we will be there on the factory floor to personally oversee every step of the process.

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FAQ

  • In order to give each of our backers the lowest possible rate, shipping for desks and stools will be charged after the campaign is over. Until we know how many desks and stools we are shipping and where they are going, we can’t get an accurate volume-discounted price quote from FedEx or UPS. Rather than charging everyone a “best-guess” flat rate, we’ll instead charge the exact discounted price the carrier charges us. In our backer survey after the campaign, we’ll include a link where we’ll give you the opportunity to choose from a number of shipping options, including local pickup so those who live near Boston can save even more.

    Thankfully, the desks pack flat and are very light: the regular sizes are around 30lbs and the large around 40lbs, so shipping rates will be lower than most other furniture!

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  • Yes, definitely! We already have backers from Canada, Europe, and Asia. We're so excited to ship desks around the world!

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  • Yes, definitely! Just add up the pledge amounts and choose "no reward". After the campaign ends we'll get in touch to clarify exactly what you want! For example, if you want a standing desk and a stool, pledge $199 + $49 = $248 and choose "no reward". If you want two large standing desks, pledge $279 + $279 = $558. For larger quantities, get in touch about a discount!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    17 backers

    Show off your support for digital manufacturing with a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Plus, we'll add you to our list of backers on our website. Thanks for your support!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    9 backers

    The Mini Desk And Stool: One stuffed animal sized desk and stool so your miniature friends can move their furniture with ease. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    21 backers

    Do It Yourself! Have access to a Makerspace? Get the files for any desk in any size, even something completely custom, and make it yourself!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    23 backers

    One Press Fit Stool at our special Kickstarter price. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $149 or more

    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    SUPER Early Bird Standing Desk! Be first in line and get one of the first standing desks produced at the lowest possible price. We'll send a sizing chart in our backer survey to help you choose the perfect height. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Since you were here first, we'll even laser engrave your name on the keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $179 or more

    20 backers All gone!

    Early Bird Standing Desk! Be second in line to receive a Press Fit Standing Desk. We'll send a sizing chart in our backer survey to help you choose the perfect height. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $199 or more

    30 backers Limited (20 left of 50)

    One Sitting Desk and Stool at our special Kickstarter price. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $199 or more

    149 backers Limited (1 left of 150)

    One Standing Desk at our special Kickstarter price. We'll send a sizing chart in our backer survey to help you choose the perfect height. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $279 or more

    16 backers Limited (34 left of 50)

    One Large Sitting Desk And Stool at our special Kickstarter price. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $279 or more

    40 backers Limited (10 left of 50)

    One Large Standing Desk at our special Kickstarter price! We'll send a sizing chart in our backer survey to help you choose the perfect height. Plus, we'll send you a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $895 or more

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    The Startup Set! Choose any 5 desks, either sitting or standing, and keep your workbenches as mobile and agile as your new venture! Want something custom? Get in touch! We'll work with you to make it happen. Plus, we'll send you a mini desk and stool and a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $999 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Custom Laser Engraved Standing Desk! We'll produce a standing desk with a design of your choosing engraved on the top surface. We'll schedule a Skype call to work together with you to prepare the design and make sure you get exactly what you want. You are only limited by your creativity here. We can engrave text, logos, even a full desk sized image. Whatever you can imagine we can make. Plus, we'll shoot a video of your desk being made so you can share it with all your friends. We'll send a sizing chart in our backer survey to help you choose the perfect height. Plus, we'll send you a mini desk and stool and a laser engraved wood "Made in America" keychain! Shipping paid separately, see FAQ.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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