Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Desk. Edited.

From pen and paper to standard typewriter to electric typewriter to large computers to tube monitors to LCD monitors–the loads our desks bear has changed a great deal in the last 100 years. But today many of us have done away with almost all paper and we can get by with a tablet or laptop for a good portion of our work duties. If that’s the case, why use a desk designed to carry reams of paper and a big CPU and monitor? We found a few desks that better accommodate this new lightweight office.

The Free Stand by Stephan Copeland is the ultimate expression of the lightweight desk. It’s a stand that is just big enough for a tablet or laptop. Its height is adjustable from 19.5-27″ and can be positioned to fit over a normal chair, sofa or lounge chair. It can be folded and stowed away when not in use. The unit is scheduled to be available later this spring through Coalesse; no pricing info available yet.

The Flatmate by Michael Hilgers is a bit more of a comprehensive unit–i.e. it has room for your elbows, some minimal storage and plugs for your devices. When closed, it’s a mere 5″ deep. The unit is attached to the wall to maintain stability. The Flatmate is available for $1850 from Resource Furniture.

Michael Hilgers actually has several varieties of lightweight desk designs such as the HIDEsk, which is an easel-like desk, and the  balKonzept, a desk designed to fit over your balcony railing.

Of course, if you really want to stay lightweight, you can just use your dining room or kitchen table like this author does ;-).

image via coalesse and Michael Hilgers

  • I have found a TV tray does a fine job and fold away nicely too.

  • DianaBGKY

    I use my dining table, too, when I go to a desk, which is seldom. Most of the time I sit in a normal chair and use a lapdesk for my netbook. But I do like the idea of a small desk for the room where I do my best work or a contraption like the first one above.