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About Us

Hi. We’re StandDesk, the happy desk company :) What if you loved your desk? What if it made you healthier? What if it was easy? Founded from a cardboard box inspiration, we’re building a product, a movement and a happier, healthier, more productive planet.

The StandDesk Story

Lifelong fitness fanatic Steven Yu wanted to do his roommate Ryan a solid and help him adopt a healthier lifestyle. After a month of training and meal plans, Steven’s roommate hadn’t lost a single pound. Ryan roommate decided to throw in the towel, go back to his old eating habits, and spend all day every day standing in front of the desk he built out of computer monitor boxes, a home fan box, a whiteboard and a piece of wood that happened to be lying around playing video games. After four weeks, Ryan was 10 pounds lighter.

Steven wanted to know why. Could you increase your health, happiness and productivity without changing your existing lifestyle? NASA says yes - standing periodically throughout the day is healthier than walking or daily exercise. Along the way, Steven also discovered standing could help the lingering back pain he had from a college motorcycle accident.

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StandDesks were created to fill a void.

Steven discovered that there wasn’t a standing desk available that was both affordable and automatic, so he decided to build it himself.

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Timeline of Events

October, 2011

Steven’s friend Ryan builds a standing gaming desk out of cardboard boxes and a whiteboard. Loses 10 pounds.

April 2, 2014 at 10:00AM, PST

StandDesk launches on Kickstarter

April 2, 2014 at 10:38AM, PST

Kickstarter funding goal reached

May 16, 2014

StandDesk closes Kickstarter campaign with $650K

September, 2014

First StandDesk Ships

May, 2015

StandDesk offers full service business installations to San Francisco startups like Optimizely,, and Crunchyroll

January 2, 2016

StandDesk moves home to Los Angeles in order to centralize Sales, Marketing and Fulfillment


Along the way, Steven developed a passion for lifehacking - discovering the easiest possible ways to a happier, healthier, more productive planet. Now the StandDesk mission is to make health easy, simple and engrained in our everyday.

The Desk

We believe a healthier lifestyle should be available to all.

Eco-friendly & Recycled Materials

Laminate tops are CARB Phase 2 formaldehyde compliant and Greenguard indoor air quality-certified for low chemical emissions.

Eco Friendly

4-button Memory Controller

Our favorite memory control settings:

  • 1. Good Posture
  • 2. Power Stance
  • 3. Your Co-worker Who Likes Your Window
  • 4. Netflix & Chill

Our well-engineered desk holds up to 225 pounds, but is built with 1/3 of the parts of a traditional standing desk.

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