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Oristand, a $25 standing desk for the masses

Oristand unfolds into a simple-yet-effective standing desk capable of accommodating most laptops, keyboards and mice
Oristand unfolds into a simple-yet-effective standing desk capable of accommodating most laptops, keyboards and mice
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Oristand can be stored flat, and unfolded as needed
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Oristand can be stored flat, and unfolded as needed
Oristand unfolds in one swift movement, turning it from a flat piece of cardboard into an instant standing desk
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Oristand unfolds in one swift movement, turning it from a flat piece of cardboard into an instant standing desk
Oristand can be sat on top of any ordinary desk, instantly turning it from a sit-down desk to a standing desk
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Oristand can be sat on top of any ordinary desk, instantly turning it from a sit-down desk to a standing desk
Oristand unfolds into a simple-yet-effective standing desk capable of accommodating most laptops, keyboards and mice
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Oristand unfolds into a simple-yet-effective standing desk capable of accommodating most laptops, keyboards and mice

There is a wide variety of standing desks available for those who prefer standing to sitting while at work. From the Upstanding Desk to the Levit8, consumers have a lot of choice. Unfortunately, a lot of those choices are out of the price range of ordinary people. But not Oristand, which costs just $25.

Like offerings from Refold and Chairigami, Oristand is a standing desk made completely from cardboard. It can be stored flat, and unfolded as and when it's needed. It then sits on your desk, turning it from a sit-down desk to a standing desk.

Oristand was born when Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, found himself using a cardboard box and phone book as an impromptu standing desk. He then designed Oristand with a little help from architect Steve Suchy and industrial designer Nathan Martell.

Oristand unfolds in one swift movement, turning it from a flat piece of cardboard into an instant standing desk
Oristand unfolds in one swift movement, turning it from a flat piece of cardboard into an instant standing desk

Being made of cardboard gives Oristand some distinct advantages and disadvantages over the competition. On the positive side, it's cheap, light (2 lb/0.9 kg), portable, and 100 percent recyclable. On the down side, it's not the sturdiest or longest-lasting of products, and it will be liable to damage from even the smallest of drink spills.

On the technical side, Oristand can support up to 60 lb (27 kg) of weight and has a keyboard area measuring in at 10 x 21 inches (25.5 x 53.5 cm). It should be compatible with anyone measuring in between 5 feet (152 cm) and 6 feet (183 cm) when used on a table that's 29 inches (73 cm) tall.

Oristand is available to order online for US$25 plus shipping, which is pegged at $10 no matter how many you buy. Unfortunately, it's currently only available in the US and Canada, with international shipping an option for the future.

The video below shows Oristand in action.

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3 comments
JeJe
What might be good would be something that switched/folded/collapsed up and down easily giving both sitting and standing without having to move the thing on and off the desk as with this.
Volodymyr Lisivka
I use very similar cardboard desk for about 6 years. I made it from cardboard box of my old vacuum cleaner. Very handy.
Bruce H. Anderson
Corrugated plastic might be an option. Totes made of this are used in several material handling operations. No problem with water, maybe just as light as carboard, and also recycleable.