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My favorite adjustable tables for working from home

From our friends at The Strategist, how a laptop desk helped change a writer’s quality of life

The author, in her home office, hard at work using her tray.?Photo: Courtesy of Liz Carey

6D彩票网开户Over the course of my career as a , I have probably spent the cost of my son’s future college tuition to have physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and crystal healers (sorry, I live in LA) all tell me a version of the same thing: “You wrong while you work.” My job is a literal — and frankly, my top left shoulder, too. When I am on a job that expects me to work outside of my (which is where I ), I can find a little relief from the fancy that lots of writers’ rooms are furnished with. But I work from home a lot, and a standing desk would never work for me at home, because they tend to be quite large. They can also be very expensive and, to be honest: I hate standing. (I hail from the Midwest, where, at least in my experience, the feeling is pretty much mutual).

Having ruled out a standing desk, I began to search for some sort of alternative that would allow me to follow another piece of advice that all these specialists agreed upon: any desk I use should allow me to rest my elbows on it while I tap away, to help take the tension out of my neck and shoulders. Armed with this wisdom, I headed over to my (retail) therapist — Amazon — where Avantree’s adjustable laptop table caught my eye. Not only did it look like something that could help lift up my so that it’s level with my gaze (eliminating the need to tilt my head down), but , it also appeared to have enough space for elbow-resting. At less than $50, it is also half the cost of one hot stone . “Worth a try,” I thought.

The table comes in three sizes. I went for the medium size, which has a tabletop that’s 21 x 12 inches and can be raised between 9.4–12.6 inches. (The smaller one has the same size tabletop and can be raised between 8.3–9.8 inches; the larger one a bigger tabletop of 24 x 13 inches and can be raised between 9.4–12.6 inches — thank God I took math.) The tabletop can be tilted, and you adjust its height via two buttons on either of its legs. If I put it on top of the regular I work from in my bedroom, the setup affords me enough height that you could call it a makeshift standing desk. But since I hate to stand, I will just mess with the table’s height until it’s ideal for my neck and elbows while seated. Or the tray table and I will shimmy off to , where I can get really comfortable with it — perched on my , the table stands tall enough that I can extend my legs beneath it or sit cross-legged. And no matter where I put it, the thing is sturdy enough to support both my MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, a small bowl of chips, and a margarita. (I am sure it would just as easily accommodate a green juice and a bowl of raw almonds, I just don’t keep either in the house.)


Avantree adjustable laptop table

6D彩票网开户After I started using the table, I noticed that I could work for hours without having to lie on a tennis ball and that I no longer needed to hang my head upside down off my bed every hour. (As kooky as these things sound, both were recommendations from my chiropractor for alleviating tension.) And my table TED Talk is not over yet, people. Another plus is that the table is collapsible, making it easy to bring along if I want use it outside of my home. And when I am not using it to write, I use it for my son when he’s , as sort of a hospital tray. It has a detachable lip designed to stop your laptop from slipping off, which we have found to be just as capable at stopping a bowl of Froot Loops from sliding onto clean . Do you know how long it takes to change a ?


More Strategist-approved laptop stands

The Roost Laptop Stand

6D彩票网开户, “the ultimate status symbol at , a women’s social club and co-working space in New York,” is this “ergonomic laptop stand.” She adds: “The Roost is an adjustable, portable stand that raises your computer 6 to 12 inches. It puts you at eye level with your laptop, relieving the strain on your neck and making you less of a hunchback.”


Executive Office Solutions portable adjustable aluminum laptop desk

6D彩票网开户When , chiropractic sports physician Dr. Caleb Ridgway pointed us to this less expensive Roost-esque model. “It is adjustable, lightweight, and has CPU fans to prevent overheating,” he told us, noting that “it’s important to find a laptop stand that is sturdy, adjustable, and allows you to easily manipulate the height so you can seamlessly transition from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa.”


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