Tabletop Standing Desk

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Project by flossy posted 12-14-2011 12:18 AM 2376 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spend eight or more hours a day at a desk job and, aside from not being the healthiest way to spend a day, it’s not particularly comfortable, either.

To try to remedy this situation, I designed and built a small tabletop stand that holds my laptop at a height appropriate for use while I’m standing. Now, tasks like email, writing, researching, etc. can all be tackled while on my feet, while still reserving the option to sit for work that might require being in a more relaxed physical position.

It’s a simple table made from 3/4” and 1/2” maple. The ventilation holes in the top provide for additional cooling to the laptop. The top stretcher is set lower than flush so as not to interfere with the air flow. The simple design of it works nicely with the rest of the workstation.

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 01:31 AM

Great looking table, I certainly know the feeling about sitting most hours of the day…

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 03:08 AM

Thank you, Kelen.

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 11:43 AM

Excellent idea flossy! I’m thinking about doing something similar for my cube, except mine will have both monitors on it and a separate stand for my keyboard. Thanks for the idea!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 12:25 PM

Thank you for the kind words, rhybeka. I have to say, having had six months to put this to use, I like it more and more every day. Expanding to support a fuller workstation sounds like a great idea. Best of luck.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 11:42 AM

Good idea to prevent fatigue from sitting too long. Cooling holes will make the electronic last longer. I am told by electronic gurus that heat is a big cause of failure of modern electronics. Nice project and thanks for sharing. Other might want to “duplicate” your idea.

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 10:24 PM

Great points and observations. Thanks for the response, knothead62.

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