Wow! That was my first reaction when I opened the box for my Levitator stand up desk. Was it a desk or art? The acrylic panels are so bright and airy, and cheerful!
My office is not, it has more of a quiet and peaceful vibe to it, I wondered how the Levitator would fit in. I put the Levitator desk in place immediately. Unlike some of my other review items, there really is no installation or configuration! Just set it where you want it. I didn’t even have to clean off my desk; it went right on top of my sedimentary filing system (ie; stacks of paper), I did clean up before taking the picture though. I don’t use a laptop so I put my wireless keyboard and mouse on top and tilted both my monitors up a bit. This may not be the perfect solution but it works. And I get to stand up. These last few weeks have been heavy on the sitting tasks, which can be a literal pain in the butt.
I’ve tried the kneeling chair, ugh. The novelty was interesting for a while but it really made me feel more like church than office. The exercise ball ‘chair’ was fun, but a little like chewing gum; boing-boing-boing. I found that bouncing is not conducive to thinking, at least for me. Other standing desks I’ve looked at seem heavy, complicated and expensive. Plus I don’t want to redesign my office around a new desk. The Levitator standing desk promised more stability and a more natural, simple, approach.
The Levitator desk is made of an aluminum frame 12” tall, 13” deep and 33” wide with colored acrylic panels. The lower shelf is 7.25” off the desk and 25” wide. The top shelf is generous enough for my keyboard, mouse, a coffee or bottle of water and a note pad. I put my iPhone on the bottom shelf. I’m not sure if I’m actually more organized, but it looks less cluttered, or maybe it’s just that “I’m above it all” now.
When/If I want to sit, moving the Levitator is easy. It’s not attached to anything so I can just move my keyboard and mouse and set the Levitator desk to one side.
I’m 5’6” and the desk brings my keyboard and mouse to a very comfortable level. I asked my 6’ tall husband to take it for a test drive. He didn’t spend the hours with it that I have, but the fit seemed to work for him as well. The Levitator can be ordered in 3 different heights, 8”, 12” and 14”, to fit your body and your desk, and comes in 4 color combinations; Spring, Bluebird, Clementine and Mint.
The first day I used it for about four hours. By that time, my feet needed a rest as I was not used to standing so much. Day two, I was in and out of the office and the standing position felt more natural. On day three at the Levitator desk, besides tapping my feet, stretching and general wiggling, I danced a little.
It didn’t take me very long to forget I was standing. Yesterday I was standing at my desk, writing, when the doorbell rang. I was a little surprised to realize I didn’t have to stand up to go answer the door. Not that the act of standing up is that big of a bother, it’s just a little different. I’d really forgotten that I was standing.
My Levitator desk is already a favorite. It’s like having a translucent Mondrian painting under my keyboard! I suppose I could build a similar structure out of plywood for a lot less money, and it would hold my keyboard and mouse the same. But my environment is important to me. I like to have beautiful things around. The Levitator stand up desk is beautiful, functional and healthy.