Engineer & Designer
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Standing Desk

Standing Desk

A compact, space-saving workplace solution

As I mention in the Layered Assembly page, I have been working in Columbia’s Creative Machines Laboratory for the past two years. Though I love CML and its modern, comfortable, and functional workspace, I found that the space itself can be quite cramped. As an undergraduate (only PhD students have a designated desk space) I’ve often found myself working with my laptop delicately balanced on the three inch edge of a cubicle. Due to these less than ideal circumstances, I felt compelled to improve my working environment. The result is my Standing Desk design:

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The Standing Desk is designed to tighten around the edge of a cubicle and project the working surface outwards to the user. The tightening is accomplished by a supporting plate which is free to slide in a slot on the base of the desk. This feature allows the user to fit the desk properly to any cubicle edge (up to five inches thick) then fasten the nuts and bolts to secure the desk. The working surface is attached to the base with a rotating joint and supported by two triangular braces. The braces can be loosened and rotated ninety degrees, allowing the surface to rotate around its connection to the base and fold downwards. The collapsibility of the Standing Desk is its key characteristic; in its collapsed state, the desk protrudes fewer than two inches outwards from the cubicle, allowing the user to leave the desk attached to the cubicle without intruding on walking space in the workplace.

The Standing Desk in its collapsed state.

The Standing Desk in its collapsed state.