Standup desks are becoming increasingly popular in offices around the globe, as more scientific research is published stating that sitting for long periods of time is detrimental to our health. One recent study found that being sedentary for extended periods is associated with cardiovascular disease, and increases one’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by 90 percent.
“Many companies want to provide standup desks as an option to enhance the work environment and promote the overall health and well-being of employees, however cost is a big barrier,” said Ryan Holmes, who launched Oristand, a new standup desk company, on January 13th. Holmes’ innovative desk is made from industrial-weight cardboard, and sells for just $25. Yes, $25.
The idea stemmed from a doctor’s recommendation of standing more and sitting less. Holmes, who is also the CEO of startup social media tool Hootsuite, partnered with two local designers to create an inexpensive, portable standup desk that takes seconds to set up.
Speaking of the inspiration for a more affordable standup desk, Holmes’ states, “the investment [in more expensive desks] is simply not feasible for many small- to medium-sized businesses. We wanted to create a product that would solve this problem for both companies and employees.
The 2-pound stand is built to accommodate a laptop and keyboard. Although it is not height adjustable, it is intended as a one-size-fits-most product – designed to ergonomically suit people from 5 to 6 feet.
Though the $25 desk may not take hold in corporate America just yet, it is a viable solution for many companies looking for flexible, inexpensive workspace solutions. The $25 investment is also ideal for individuals and organizations who are looking to experiment with standing at work before making a significant investment in a $300-$1200 standup desk.
Game Changer? The innovative Oristand demonstrates a cost effective solution for a fraction of the traditional standing desk price. It will be interesting to see if Oristand’s basic desk will spark the race towards creating lower-priced desks and ultimately, less expensive office furniture. With organizations aiming to adapt to the “new economy”— one of change, innovation and uncertainty —executives are putting emphasis on doing more with less, while still supporting employees. The Oristand certainly pushes that envelope with its low price point and flexible frame, inspiring office workers to get out of their seats and onto a path to better health.
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