Just what we needed dept: A $25 standing desk

Oristand desk
© Oristand

We love our standing desks, and used to cover them constantly, but they are pretty mainstream now. They are also pretty expensive; even the cheapest are a few hundred dollars. Then Ryan Holmes came along. He's the CEO of Hootsuite, had a sore back and his doctor recommended that he try a standing desk. He started with a really sophisticated standing desk: a cardboard box and a phone book. “It was always falling over and kind of crappy,” he tells the Globe and Mail. So he found architect and designer Steve Suchy and together they came up with a two-level cardboard standing desk, which was refined with industrial designer Nathan Martell. And now they are calling it the Oristand and selling it for all of twenty-five US bucks.

Ryan Holmes tells the Globe and Mail : “I anticipate we’ll see a lot of brands that want to use this as their stand-up desk solution,” said Mr. Holmes, who is executive chairman but not involved in day-to-day operations. “We’re disrupting IKEA.”

Oristand from Carofina Creative on Vimeo.

It actually is a clever design, with a lower level for the keyboard and an upper level for the computer, which is ergonomically the way it should be. This is really important; most standing desk setups are designed for desktop computers, where the Oristand is an acknowledgement that more people are working on notebooks. However when standing you really need an external keyboard, with your arms flat and your eyes looking straight ahead, not down at the screen. That's what separates it from a cardboard box. Holmes tells VanCity Buzz (where he is described in comments as " a stand up guy")

Many companies want to provide stand up desks as an option to enhance the work environment and promote the overall health and well-being of employees, however cost is a big barrier. The investment is simply not feasible for many small-to-medium sized businesses. We wanted to create a product that would solve this problem for both companies and employees.

It is also small enough that if you want to move from standing to sitting you don't have to go far; just pick up your notebook and move. This is also they more people are doing it instead of spending lots of money on adjustable units. (It's what I do at my standing desk)

It's not height adjustable, but I suppose given that it is cardboard, one could cut it down to size with a matte knife. Sure, it is basically a cardboard box, but if you want to try out a standing desk without spending a lot of money or building it out of Kleenex boxes like TreeHugger Mike hilariously did, it's a good way to go.

Just what we needed dept: A $25 standing desk
Is that a cheap standing desk, or an expensive cardboard box? Hard to tell.