Standing desks are all the rage right now, and for good reason — but unless you’ve got an extra grand (or four) to dump into a new workstation, a full-fledged motorized standing desk might not be the best way to go. If you tend to do most of your work on a laptop, often work in changing environments, or would simply rather not spend so much on a desk; a podium-style stand might be more your speed. There are dozens of these products already on the market right now, but in most cases they aren’t designed to be very mobile.
That’s where StandStand comes in. Designed with the non-static computer user in mind, StandStand is an ultraportable laptop podium that can turn just about any table into a stand-up workstation. It’s made from three pieces of wood that fit together like puzzle pieces to create a stand that’s lightweight, stable, and extremely sturdy. And best of all, when you’re done using it or feel like moving to a different workspace, StandStand breaks down into three flat-pack pieces for easy transport.
Even if you’re still rocking one of those hulking, ten-pound laptops from circa 1985, this stand can handle it. Creator Luke Leafgren went through a handful of different design iterations before he landed on the final prototype, and it’s about as sturdy as a stand can be. Despite weighing in at just under two pounds, StandStand’s interlocking triangular design and multi-layered wood construction allow it to support more than 500 times its own weight. In a pinch, it’d probably make a pretty good stool as well.
Leafgren is hoping to raise $15K to kickstart production of his creation, and if you back the project now, you can lock one down for anywhere from 50 to 190 bucks, depending on size and wood type. That’s a fraction of what you’d typically pay for a traditional standing desk, and considerably less than even the cheapest laptop podium. And the best part? Since StandStand’s design is so simple, it’s ridiculously easy to manufacture. The first units are expected to ship to backers just two weeks after the the product meets its funding goal.