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5 Standing Desk Alternatives For a Tiny Workspace

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5 Standing Desk Alternatives For a Tiny Workspace

I’ve been there - Browsing through Pinterest posts of expansive office spaces with a cork board wall, floor to ceiling windows and a coffee station. Then I remember that my home office is the size of a closet (literally a repurposed closet) and I’m daydreaming again. For many of us living in big cities and elsewhere, this is our situation. Smaller living spaces are gaining in popularity and smaller living spaces means tiny offices. Let’s not forget those of us confined to cubicles or a shared office space. If you’re ready to transition to a healthy office life but lack the space for the average standing desk, here are five alternatives that will inspire you to get standing!

1.  Desktop Riser

desk top riser

You can turn almost any surface into a standing desk with a desktop riser. These height adjustable, easy to assemble workspaces effortlessly raise and lower to your preferred height with gas springs. There’s even an integrated keyboard tray and tablet/smartphone holder. Best of all, you get all of the benefits of a standing desk without the use of electricity. It’s low impact, semi - portable (can be on the heavier side but portable none the less) and most importantly, small.

Where to buy: StandDesk Riser

Price: $299+

Setup time: 0 - 10 minutes (Comes pre-assembled in the box!)

Things to consider: Desktop riser size and height range

2.  Mounted Shelf

For the DIY aficionados out there, a shelf mounted securely to your wall is a super easy solution if you lack the space for a desk. You can find custom desktop surfaces and mounting brackets at most hardware stores. For a project like this, it’s important that you mount heavy-duty brackets into a wall stud and always make sure that the brackets will be able to support the weight of your desk items. The fun part about this is that you can totally customize the size and style of your desk. You could even use folding shelf brackets to stow away your desktop when not in use!

How to do it: Tutorial by OpenSoul

Price: $40+ (Price will vary depending on materials used)

Setup time: 30 minutes + time shopping for materials

Things to consider: Weight of desktop items, location of wall studs

3.  Laptop Stand

laptop stand

Bring your workspace to new heights with something as simple as a laptop stand.

This allows you to place your laptop on surfaces of any height for a portable, comfortable and space saving workspace. Pair it with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’ve got yourself a workstation worthy of most jobs that can fit in a backpack. Your future self will thank you for raising your laptop to eye level too. Experts agree that raising your screen to a comfortable height neutralizes the spine, minimizing the risk for back and neck strain.

Where to buy: HiRise Macbook Stand

Price: $40+

Setup time: 0 - 10 minutes (Most come pre-assembled!)

Things to consider: Laptop stand height range

4.  Tablet Arm

standing desk laptop arm

This is an simple and versatile solution for any tiny workspace, mobile office or as an addition to your existing setup. One end attaches securely onto your tablet and the other end clamps onto any surface up to one inch thick such as a countertop, or desktop riser. Add your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, adjust the flexible arm to your liking and you’ve got yourself a mobile standing desk! It takes up almost no space and can double as the ultimate tool for watching Netflix in bed.

Where to buy: Hover Bar 3

Price: $60+

Setup time: 0 - 10 minutes (Most come pre-assembled!)

Things to consider: Mobile charging, cord management

5.  The Bookshelf Hack

book shelf as standing desk

If you’re limited on space and your books, printer and brick a brack need some real estate too, this is the solution for you. Bookshelves with adjustable shelf heights can easily be hacked into becoming a multi-purpose, DIY standing desk perfect for small spaces. Simply choose a lower shelf for your wireless keyboard and mouse, and higher shelf for your laptop. Just be sure sure that the shelves can support the weight of your items.

How to do it: Tutorial by Off Beat Home

Price: $0+ (Bookshelves have a wide price range. Don’t rule out repurposing one you already have!)

Setup time: Varies depending on the bookshelf.

Things to consider: Shelf weight capacity, cord management.

Whichever solution works for you, be proud of your micro office! Taking a stand for health and productivity can be done regardless of the size of your space.

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