28 Responses to “GeekDesk”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Gotta be honest, I think you solved the wrong problem. I just got a non-adjustable standing height work surface and a comfortable draftsman’s chair. Much cheaper and easier to switch from sitting to standing over the course of the day.

  2. Lenny Dee says:

    How do you deal with your feet going to sleep when using this desk? I can see the health benefits of a standing desk, but it doesn’t seem comfortable to use for extended periods of time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To Anon re: motor sound — someone posted a video of their GeekDesk going up and down, here:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please tell/show me how loud the motor is? Maybe record it and post on Youtube.

    The only reason I never got one of these, is because I’m scared the motor will be noisy and I will drive my cube-mates insane (we have a relatively quiet office). I could see someone complaining about me if this thing makes more noise than keyboard typing.

    I’ve wanted to get something like this for years. My body refuses to sit straight for 10 minutes, and I find myself fidgeting a lot and getting up and stretching/walking a bit every hour or so anyway. I would love to be able to simply adjust my desk once an hour or more.

  5. Cool Tools says:


    One of the things that quickly occurs is that you find yourself shifting. It’s not a static stand. Instead, you shift weight from one leg to the next, you lean, you move you walk around, bend your knees. So nothing ever goes to sleep.

    The first two weeks or so aren’t easy. By that I mean you can feel yourself adapting to it. A few aches. A few pains. But after that initial period it feels just as normal as sitting down, but with the added benefit of feeling more awake.

    – oliver h

  6. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone out there seen anything cheaper, or a DIY solution?

    I spent some time a couple years ago looking to buy an adjustable workspace, including the GeekDesk (which is the bee’s knees). But I’m kind of a cheapskate and couldn’t get myself to drop $500+ on an electric one, which is all I could find.

    I figure there’s gotta be a cheaper manual one (using a screw crank or ratcheting lift) but I never saw anything like that.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I went this way a decade ago. I bought an electric draughting table at auction for $300. The adjustment range goes from just above normal desk height to just under armpit height, and the top tilts as you would expect a draughting table to. I don’t use the tilt function, but being able to shift from sitting to standing just by hitting a foot control is totally worth it. I put a couple of foam pads under my chair to raise it to match the desk height.

    After 10 years the table has sprouted accessories the way a hull sprouts barnacles: I’ve got speakers bolted on stands attached to the table to raise them above my monitors, so they’re always at the same height relative to my ears. My cat hated me when I replaced my old monitors with flatscreens, so I built a cat platform that places the cat just above the monitors so he can still absorb heat. I’ve got power bars bolted to the underside of the table, and on and on.

    I wouldn’t go back to working at just one level if I had a choice.

    • turn_self_off says:

      I keep envisioning that drafting tables will be the future of computing, now that multi-touch is the buzzworld.

      Basically, take the concept of a computing tablet but scale up to cover surface of a drafting table.

  8. Zig says:

    Three jobs ago I worked in an office where the desk/work stations could go as high as letting a 6′ 4″ person such as myself work standing up. It also would depress far enough that one could drop one’s chair down to floor level and work. It was great.

    I would work sitting down for a while and then raise the entire keyboard tray and monitor stand to a level where I could work standing upright. It was great to be able to go back and forth and really did help my productivity.

    The best programmer in our group worked with her workstation on the floor basically. She really loved to sit at ground level and grind out elegant perl scripts. I miss her. I really learned a ton from her.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ikea sold nearly an identical desk a few years ago then STOPPED! I missed it.
    Somehow, we need to get Ikea back in this standing motorized desk game… it is the only way I could afford one.

  10. Anonymous says:

    A cheaper alternative would be to buy a bar like this:

    Not adjustable, but you can get a drafting stool for when you want to sit down. And it’s under $100.

    Might not go over well in the office. Your boss might not like an employee who appears to be Isaac, ship’s bartender.

    But it’d be a cheap way to try out an elevated working height.

  11. ckaminski says:

    I’ve had a geekdesk for about a year now. I tend to sit in the morning and then stand in the afternoon. When i stand, i wear no shoes and stand on a thin foam mat. Also, when I sit I tend to adjust the height of the desk by an inch or so every hour to adjust my posture slightly. This desk has completely solved all of the aches and pains I had in my arms, back, neck and butt from sitting at a traditional desk for 20 years.

  12. ProgrammerP says:

    re: Post #1, the main thing that misses is how easy (and quick) the GeekDesk is to change position — takes less than 20 seconds and just pushing two buttons to go from one position to another, w/all your stuff (papers, computer, etc) coming along for the ride. I started out doing exactly what your propose, but have had one of these almost three years now (the exact same Mini model tested), and will probably never go back.

    I DO use a drafting stool though — rotating it easily into the mix of positions throughout the day. :) FWIW, highly recommended.

  13. Jory88 says:

    Great article. I’ve been doing the same for a few years with a used Ergomation Workstation (aero-motive company).

    I started standing when recovering from a bad back.. Sitting wasn’t an option, I found standing was the only way I could be comfortable. I enjoyed it and have been standing while working for about 4 years.

    My physiotherapist at the time suggested that sitting all day is terrible for core strength.. and makes you prone to bad back issues. So he recommends standing if possible…

    To make it easier on my feet and legs I used a workstation pad to stand on.. this made a huge difference.

    A couple of years ago I brought in an exercise wobble/balance-board to stand on. Don’t do it all day.. but its great when I’m on a call.

    I did add a drafting stool a few months ago.. and prefer that now to changing the work height when I want to sit.

    Also an added benefit.. A standing desk is a great informal meeting venue in the office. It seems to be easier to share a PC screen with a group of standing people.

  14. idyll23 says:

    if anyone’s in SF, our company is going to be selling off several of our Workrite Electralift cockpit style desks (black, all electric, 2 memory positions)in the next few months.
    I know it doesn’t help everyone but drop me a line if you’re in the area. I think we’re just selling them for $300.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I currently live in the UK where apparently no one has heard of desks like this. We started getting them in workplaces in Denmark over 10 years ago. It really is nice to be able to shift from sitting to standing and it is useful if you have to show things on your screen to other people. There is room for more if you are all standing.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Good stuff, and long overdue. Though standing all day has its problems too. Just ask factory workers.

  17. Daniel says:


    There is a new product out called The Kangaroo Desk. It sits on your existing desk, and allows you to alternate between standing and sitting while you work. Priced as low as $359.00 and up to $599.00 for units that hold two monitors and shipping is FREE.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The adjustable ikea desk legs are still available in Europe :

    I just bought the geekdesk used for half the price, looking forward to using it soon.

  19. myke says:

    Late to the comments, but I’ve been using a sit-stand monitor/keyboard station for a few weeks and like it quite a bit. I’d like to try a desk at some point but the different monitor stands made by are generally cheaper than any lift desks I could find ($400 range, so not cheap, but not $1K+ either). I’ve been using the laptop/monitor combo stand and have been pretty happy with it. Even if I did not want to stand up, having a dual monitor setup that includes my laptop is much nicer than the stacks of books and jack I was using before.

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