Since I failed to keep any of my previous New Year’s resolutions… It is time to set up a standing/treadmill desk in the home office.
The best idea that I’ve seen is the Steelcase Sit-to-Walkstation. Since I am a big Steelcase fan, why not just buy it?
- the treadmill has a maximum speed of 2 mph, making it unsuitable for getting a little more of a workout when desired
- the treadmill cannot be inclined like a regular treadmill, again making it tough to get a workout
- the treadmill is of unknown provenance
- the product gets a bad review (but from a site that is run by a competitor, without very clear disclosure of the fact)
- the desk has a plastic top (good for durability but maybe not the best aesthetic for home)
- the monitor arm costs extra and might not work that well for a serious monitor, such as a 30- or 32-inch 4K display
Some of the advantages of the Steelcase product include treadmill controls that can slide underneath the desk, a great width (78 inches), and presumed sturdiness.
An alternative is to get the treadmill from a company that specializes in treadmills and a separate desk and any monitor supports.
The Human Solution manufactures its own standing desk, the UPLIFT, and puts a LifeSpan treadmill underneath. This is a well-regarded treadmill company. The treadmill costs about $1000 and could be swapped out easily if an improved treadmill becomes available. This treadmill won’t incline but it will run up to 4 mph and the belt is bigger than on the Steelcase (20×56″ versus 18×53″). The desk can be ordered in 80×30″ solid maple or cherry. It doesn’t have the big cross-brace of the Steelcase so it is tough to see how it can be as rigid. I haven’t found any independent reviews of the UPLIFT.
Instead of a monitor that swings back and forth between the treadmill and standing/sitting side I was considering just getting two monitors, two keyboards, and two mice. Hook them all up to one computer and then program in a keystroke command to swap which is the primary monitor (I think Display Changer from 12noon.com will do this on Windows; is it easy to do the Mac as well?).
One idea might be to combine the presumably bomb-proof Steelcase desk with the LifeSpan treadmill. One has to dig a bit but it seems that Steelcase does sell the 78×29″ height-adjustable desk separately (dimensions). And it might even be possible to get the Steelcase base without the plastic laminate work surface (and then get a solid wood desktop of one’s choice?).
What do readers say? Has anyone used the Steelcase or the UPLIFT or some other packaged system that will do treadmill, standing, and sitting?
[Note: IKEA has been playing around with a height-adjustable desk, but it is not wide enough to compete with the Steelcase or UPLIFT products.]