Convert your regular desk into a standing workstation.
A couple of years ago, I worked for a communications company that designed marketing solutions for pharmaceutical companies. My client’s parent company was located in Japan and so the U.S. division implemented a lot of features of the Japanese work culture like shared workspaces, open floorplans, and of course, standing desks. The standing desk was included as a way to help employees be more active while they worked. It gave them the opportunity to keep moving while they worked and engage muscles that typically become dormant when you have a stationary working environment. This was all part of their company culture and I became fascinated with it. At the time, the only way to have a standing desk was to spend thousands of dollars on entire workstations, but now, there are desk converters that get the job done just as well as the full workstation.
FlexiSpot, a company that prides itself on the philosophy that there’s a healthier way to work, has a lot of standing desk solutions. The offer Desk bikes, height adjustable desks, and standing desk converters. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out the ClassicRiser Standing Desk Converter M2 at work and I’ve loved it. I have an older style business desk. It’s the kind you would see a high school teacher or banker have. It’s got the Formica top with the metal body. I have it formed in the shape of an “L” and have my monitors positioned in the corner so that I’m not blocking the view of my doorway. Until I started using the standing desk converter, I did have a monitor riser for one of the monitors I use, but not the other. Needless to say, my desk wasn’t very ergonomic. Now my two monitors sit on the ClassicRiser and I can rise it up as needed when I feel a twinge in my back or when my Apple Watch tells me it’s time to stand up every hour.
The ClassicRiser is tough. It’s made out of fiberboard and steel and can hold up to 35 pounds. It’s really meant for monitors and accessories only, but all-in-one units, like the Apple iMac, could easily fit on the desktop. The version I have is 35 inches wide and almost 26 inches deep. There is a keyboard tray that easily snaps into place and can easily be removed if needed. The entire unit comes preassembled with the keyboard tray being the only part that needs to be attached when needed. When it’s completely put together, it weighs over 50 pounds. It’s a very sturdy piece of furniture. There is even a slot built-in as a tablet stand (FYI – I also use it for my iPhone).
Since the riser is all in one piece, installation on a desktop is very easy. I do recommend making sure you have a solid, flat desk. My desk at work has a little bit of a lip on it so if the riser isn’t sitting on the desk just right, it will rock back and forth a little. That’s not very conducive to a comfortable working space. The ClassicRiser allows for an easy transition between desktop and standing desk. There are hand bars on the sides that activate the gas spring on the riser. To use them, you simply squeeze them and pull up to raise it and you squeeze them and push down to lower it. It does require 13 pounds of force to lift the rise up, but only 3 pounds to lower it.
The ClassicRiser should work for people from 5’1″ to 6’5″. I am 5’8″ and I’ve found that when I raise it up as far as it will go, it’s just the right height for me. I’m not sure someone much taller than me would be comfortable with it unless they had a taller desktop. If you have a 31-inch desktop or higher than a taller person would be able to use it comfortably. Another thing I really like about the FlexiSpot design is that it rises and lowers vertically instead of outwardly.
I really love the option to use a standing desk instead of just a flat, sitting desk. When you work on a computer for 8 hours a day, it can really become tiresome to sit all day. The FlexiSpot ClassicRiser gives users a second option. You no longer have to leave your desk to be active or spend thousands of dollars to make a viable standing workstation. FlexiSpot is a perfect solution for stagnant, old-fashioned desks.
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