There is a small but devoted faction of writers, designers, and miscellaneous desk workers who live and die by the standup desk. It’s better for your back, it’s allegedly better for creativity, and it definitely burns more calories than slumping in an office chair for 8 hours a day.
Famously, Ernest Hemingway always wrote standing up (wait, what?). Consider this quote as you consider your desk: “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”
Also, they just look cool. At the very least it’s a conversation starter, and at the very best it’s a new, more efficient, more stylish way for you to get some quality work done at home (or at work, depending on the generosity of your boss).
In the search for standup desks, there’s really only one site we found with consistently high-quality options. You can, of course, build your own if you’ve got the skills. Otherwise, check out our favorite three standup desks.
Stark and minimalist, not unlike Papa Bear’s writing, this desk is modeled after Hemingway’s famous desk. It is available in widths between 4 and 6 feet. It comes in 6 different kinds of wood, and includes a leather inlay on the angled portion which comes in Black, Navy Blue, Hunter Green, Oxblood, Brown, Taupe. There is no additional drawers or storage (even though Hemingway’s had at least one), but the 6 foot version should allow more than enough room for a laptop and auxiliary monitor with space left over for notes. Its base price is $1,295. [Buy it]
The Captain’s Desk
The Captain’s Desk, appropriately, is a little more compact, but with much more storage. The site says it’s the perfect piece for your home, office, or yacht. Which, of course, makes us want those all to be the same place. It also has a leather inlay available in a variety of colors, but its advantage over either of the other two desks here, is that it’s wheeled for easy movement, and includes 3 side drawers for storing maps regarding where be dragons. It starts at $1795. [Buy it]
The Benjamin Franklin
This Shaker-style desk is actually available as a sit-down station, but we definitely suggest the standup model. It features a more dramatically angled drafting area (again with a leather inlay), centered in the station. On either side is an 18-inch area more than wide enough for a monitor/laptop/lamp. It has three smaller drawers than the Captains desk, but it is the most affordable of the three stations starting at $1195. [Buy it] So, why is this called the Ben Franklin desk? It’s in part because it is congruent with the popular style of furniture in Colonial America during his lifetime, and partly because he was a super classy guy: