The StandUp: A standing desk for both kids and adults
If sitting is so bad for our health, why do we let our kids sit at a desk all day to do their schoolwork? Such is the reasoning behind the StandUp: an adjustable standing desk suitable for both adults and kids from the age of six up.
We've covered a lot of standing desks here at Gizmag, but this is the first that caters specifically (though not exclusively) to children. The StandUp, by Jaswig, is made from FSC-certified birch plywood and shipped in flatpack form, and the firm rates assembly and disassembly as a 10-minute job.
The desk comes in three sizes, and sports an additional storage shelf beneath. The desktop on the smallest measures 20.5 x 15.5 in (52 x 40 cm), while the largest measures 26 x 20 in (66 x 51 cm). Weight comes in at 14.6 lb (7 kg) and 26 lb (12 kg), respectively.
The correct size desk depends on the user's foot-to-elbow measurements, but the smallest is adjustable in height between 24 - 32 in (61 - 82 cm), and the largest between 36 - 48 in (92 - 122 cm). The desk slides manually into position and is locked with a bar. Jaswig also states that there's no pinch points for little fingers to get trapped in.
In order to raise funds to bring the StandUp to market, Jaswig has launched a Kickstarter campaign. As of writing, you'll need to hand over US$249 to hopefully receive a small kid's-size desk, while the medium will set you back $329. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated for December of this year.
Check out the video below to see more information on the desk.
Sources: Jaswig, Kickstarter
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As for children doing something other than playing, just imagine how hard it would be for them to learn to write neatly and do their first stage arithmetic and drawing standing up. They don't usually have the nervous motor control.