Ninja Standing Desk: A Low-Cost, Portable Standing Desk

October 3, 2012

11:00 am

After multiple studies about the perils of sitting all day, the Ninja Standing Desk has come to rescue us – for a mere $159.

Created by Dan McDonley, this standing desk hangs from a door or wall and can adjust to your height. It holds 30 pounds per shelf, and you can add a third shelf for occasional sitting, for $60 more. When you travel, just pack it up into its case and carry it like a laptop.

McDonley, a one-man team, was inspired by his own struggles. Working on a computer every day, he experienced back pain and numbness in his legs and elbows. Different sitting positions didn’t help. But after one week of using a standing desk, the pain was gone.

Doing everything “from CEO to janitor,” McDonley oversees the desk manufacturing in the Bay Area and has basically built a whole desk himself as a prototype.

“I was surrounded by all the Chinese ladies in a really great sewing house here in the city, and they were all surprised and excited that a young white boy could actually sew,” recalls McDonley, who went to demonstrate what he was looking for. He’s also the creator of the clever ninja fridge magnets that come with the desks.

The Ninja Standing Desk was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $33,000 of a $10,000 goal. You can pre-order desks now for December shipping.

Ninja Standing Desk was a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail San Francisco mixer in September.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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