2014-08-06

Co.Exist

This Affordable Standing Desk Fits Together Like A Jigsaw, No Screws Required

The $149 maple plywood furniture can be assembled in seconds.

With all the talk about the dangers of sitting all day, we've seen designers come up with several new takes on the standing desk. Recently there was the StorkStand, a little tabletop you strap to the back of a chair. Before that, we've seen DIY desks and motorized desks, and even cardboard desks.

The Press Fit, a new idea from two MIT graduate students, ticks one box nicely: price. At $149 in its Kickstarter incarnation, it's cheaper than most of its competitors including the StorkStand, which is smaller. It's also portable. The jigsaw-like design assembles in seconds, no Ikea wrenches required. It's also made in America: The Press Fit's maple plywood is processed in the northeast and machined at a digital manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.

Isabella Tromba, who's marketing the desk with her boyfriend, David Yamnitsky, notes that buying local reduces the product's carbon footprint and supports the economy. "Usually, you have to pay a premium to buy American products, but our completely digital manufacturing process makes it cheaper to make locally than abroad," she says.

See the couple's Kickstarter video here:

Each piece is cut with a CNC router, a computer-directed cutting machine. And all the desks are made to order. The sizes range from 36- to 42-inches, which covers most people's height requirements.

"I had used a standing desk as a software engineer and wanted one for home but couldn’t afford to pay $1,000," adds Tromba. The Kickstarter campaign has already more than doubled its $10,000 fundraising goal.

Aside from being a palliate to the sitting crisis, Press Fit may show how American manufacturing can compete with lower-cost countries like China. With a crowdfunding campaign, an attractive design, and a simple cutting machine, there's no need to send the order to Guangzhou.

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  • Emma Harris

    This desk is quite interesting, and it looks good, too. Still, I have some doubts on it not now being able attached with screws or nails. If you are just starting out and want something that’s simple and does what it I supposed to do (which is letting you work standing up), try getting something like the http://tinyurl.com/p5jovp9.

  • James Moore

    Nice, but ergonomically the one size fits all is not good for you. Your elbows should be at 90 degrees and eyes level with the screen. A better option is something that is adjustable with a built in monitor stand, eg: http://zestdesk.com/

  • Eyes level with the screen is not a good idea for those who use bifocal spectacles. They tend to use the lower lenses to read and so the screen needs to be lower in order to maintain a neutral head angle. The correct check is to set the screen so that it is comfortable to read with the head held in a neutral position. This makes it far more important to have an adjustable mounting for the screen independent of the worktop surface. Secodnly with the advent of touch screens having the screen at eye level pus an unacceptable load on the upper arm, chest and shoulder muscle to keep the arm in a suitable position to operate the screen.