Nathan Olivarez-Giles for the WSJ Digits writes:
If you’re considering investing hundreds, or even thousands, in a standing desk, don’t. Not yet, at least. A $25 alternative called the Oristand will help you figure out whether or not you even like standing while you work. Why so cheap? It’s cardboard.
When I was considering using a standing desk, I jury rigged a bookshelf (that had re-configurable shelves so I removed most of them and positioned a remaining one just right) that I had handy. I used it with my laptop for a couple days for my proof of concept, but this cardboard things works too (and not everyone has a spare bookshelf handy and in an appropriate place to stand at to work).
In my case, once the proof of concept showed promise, I purchased a couple of shelf mounts and a smooth piece of wood at the hardware store for my "occasional use" standing desk. Not everyone has a wall that can be integrated, and not everyone wants to bother even if they do, so this stand seems like a convenient option for a proof of concept and, for some, even a semi-permanent quick and dirty solution.
One thing: keyboard and monitor height matters a LOT and is very personal. Take that into account when prototyping, ether by accommodating it or doing your best to mentally exclude it from your evaluation if using something like the Oristand (which isn't customizable sadly... unlike my MacGyver bookshelf standing "desk" was).
Whether for yourself or a member of your team, even if one likes the idea of a standing desk, only trialing it will tell. A proof of concept like this or what I did is certainly cheaper and easier than an expensive permanent acquisition.
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