Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer, or otherwise, is very bad for our health. For this reason, standing desks have become quite popular. But since standing for long periods of time also isn’t advisable, it is best to get a desk that can be either/or. One great choice is the CrossOver desk made by US company Next Desk. It is not only gorgeous, but also made from sustainable and recycled materials.
The CrossOver can be used on any existing desk, since it is just a small tabletop that can be placed on any level, sturdy surface. It only takes a couple of seconds to raise it to the desired height, since it is digitally controlled. That also means that it can easily and quickly be adjusted from a standing to a seated position, should you get tired in either.
The CrossOver is made from fast-growing bamboo and is formaldehyde and other solvents free. Bamboo is fast-growing and sustainable, and also forty percent harder and 2.5 times more dimensionally stable than oak, according to the manufacturer. As such, it provides a very stable working surface.
The frame of the CrossOver is made of recycled aluminum, which requires 95 percent less energy than creating new aluminum. The company also offers a downgraded version of the desk, which has a steel frame. The frame itself weighs 40 lbs (18 kg) and can support a weight of up to 100 lbs (45 kg). The desk is also easy to assemble.
As with most standing desks, the price tag is quite steep at $447, though the long-term benefits of better health that using a standing desk brings about do justify it. The price is for the recycled aluminum version, while a steel frame one costs $50 less. There is also the optional $50 extra of adding another work surface to the setup on which the keyboard and mouse can be placed. If you’re considering getting a standing desk, this one is well-worth looking at. It’s also quite portable, meaning you’re not tied down to just using one desk with it.