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August 14, 2014

The Lift desk can be adjusted to different heights when you've been sitting down for too long

The Lift desk can be adjusted to different heights when you've been sitting down for too long

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If the amount of crowdfunding being thrown at standing desks is anything to go by, it won't be long before the office chair goes the way of the typewriter. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they are certainly gaining in popularity due to the apparent health benefits of not spending all day on our butts. The latest standing desk to tower over its Kickstarter goal within days of launching is Lift, a stylish wooden unit designed to improve posture and productivity.

Much like the UpStanding Desk we covered earlier in the year, the Lift from home office specialists iSkelter isn't a standalone desk, but a unit that sits on top of your existing work station. With the entire unit measuring 37 in (94 cm) across, 22.5 in (57 cm) deep and 16.2 in (41 cm) high, the desktop shelf is adjustable in height from 3 to 15 in (7.6 to 38 cm) thanks to a series of grooves in the side panels.

The standard Lift is made from either natural (light) or hazelnut (dark) bamboo and features a bottom shelf with two felt storage trays for items such as coins, keys and pens. Beyond this, the desk can be personalized through a selection of custom features.

These include a built-in mouse pad that sits flush with the surface, a dry erase board for note-taking (or doodling), a recessed drink holder and display docks for phones and tablets. The desk also comes with special clips to keep your cables neat and tidy.

At the time of writing, pledges of US$248 are available and will have a Lift sent your way in November if all goes to plan. This makes Lift a little pricier than the UpStanding desk, which you can pre-order for $200, but still a more affordable way to stretch your legs than the StandDesk, which will set you back $449.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

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I like the innovation and the fact that its a "bolt-on" to a traditional desk or table. Would have concerns of when its in desk mode, resting your arm upward from the desk to this surface that looks to be about 4" higher.

But... might go to my basement and make one myself :)

Rann Xeroxx

Mass produce, sell via Ikea, Office Max/Depot/Staples alone Test in hotels, motels, resorts alone Airport business centers worldwide

Stephen Russell

How about some real information. Like the weight of the top which appears to be about 2-1/2 feet deep and 4 feet wide x 1" thick. So is this supposed to be for body builders only? From the looks of it, it would be considered a "simply supported beam". To overcome the bending moment of its own distributed natural weight + whatever is loaded on top, it would have to be really stiff and dense. I wonder how long it would last in real life without sagging !


This is an awesome setup for any size room, it looks very beautiful. I was trying to find an idea how to setup my work station at home and this is where i stopped. Thank you all.

Danish Rafiq

Standing up while working has proven to better stimulate the brain, allowing workers to really think (on their feet – literally!) and participate in the meeting. Stand up desk are much cheaper and widely available now that they were ever before.

Emma Harris
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