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How are Standing Desks Made?

June 10, 2022

how are standing desks made

Standing desks are excellent for anyone who spends more than three hours a day behind a desk, staring at their screens. How our standing desks are made is informed by sustainable production and quality products, so you know you’re only getting the best.

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There’s been a rapid increase in the number of people working remotely, which has caused a spike in the  popularity of standing desks.

If you’ve ever wondered how these magnificent creations are put together, you’ve come to the right place. After reading our review, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of how these desks are made. You may even decide to make one yourself.

How Standing Desks are Made

The first step in any production process begins with sourcing quality materials. You can employ the most skilled craftsmen in the world, but if you’re using inferior wood, it’s not going to mean much in terms of  how long your standing desk lasts.



how is a standing desk made

In an age where sustainability and environmentally-friendly farming are becoming increasingly important, using bamboo for furniture has taken off.  What you need to know about standing desks before you buy one is whether the materials used are viable in our ecologically-conscious world.

Bamboo makes an excellent wood for desktops for several reasons. Firstly, it’s naturally resistant to moisture and pests. If you live in a particularly damp climate, the humidity can make your countertops and desks warp and can attract insects that will chew through your expensive furniture.

With bamboo, this is less of a concern as it will naturally repel the pests without any additional varnish or treatment.

Its ecological impact is also significantly lower than other forms of lumber. It grows quickly and it grows tall, which means that less space is needed to cultivate it. Bamboo can be grown to meet global demand in a space a fraction of the size of larger trees like oak or mahogany. It also needs less water, which is an equally large concern in sustainable farming.

Despite all of these astounding benefits, it also makes for a fantastic countertop that’s hard and resistant to scratches. You only need to buy a bamboo desktop once and it’ll last you a lifetime.


how standing desks are made

Melamine is a versatile organic carbon compound that’s used in everything from laminate flooring to camping gear. One of the perks of melamine is that it can be moulded into almost any shape, and is completely firm once it’s set.

Our melamine standing desks come in either beech or white, giving you the choice to fit however your office is styled. Beech melamine brings lightness and natural tones to a space, whereas white is clean and chic.

Melamine is relatively heat and scratch resistant, but the laminate covering needs to be cared for. If moisture is left to sit on the surface, it can cause bubbles and warping, so it’s best to wipe down and spills as soon as you can to keep your desk in top-notch condition.

Our melamine tables are built with precise measurements and specifications, so they’re exceptionally sturdy. 


materials for standing desks

There are over 1,000 species of acacia (wattle) across the continent, more than even eucalyptus. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people used the seeds, sap, and wood of the acacia as a way of life, and we’re happy to do the same.

All the acacia in our products come from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified to ensure you get a product that’s not only good for you, but good for the planet.

It also means that you can rest assured about ethical labour practices, as all our forestry partners prioritize sustainable employment with a focus on worker safety and community upliftment.

We incorporate a designed-for-environment approach (DFE) in our supply chain, which means that every stage of the process, from forestry to shipping, is carefully thought out in terms of its carbon footprint.

90% of the packaging is made from recyclable cardboard, so there’s little excess waste. We’re also proud of the 100% tree-extract finish used on these surfaces. This means that every part of the tree is used, so no extra trees are being felled to finish the product.

It’s more than just sustainable, too. Acacia is a beautiful wood with a range of caramel colours, from straw gold to dark brown. It’s a little softer than materials like bamboo or melamine, so you need to be careful of scratches or dents.


materials used for standing desks

Messmate is an indigenous lumber from eucalyptus growing in Southeast Australia. It has beautiful, deep grains and natural knotting that make any desktop stand out as a centrepiece in your home or office.

We offer   Australian made standing desks of either recycled or brand new messmate, with both options being sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our partners are FSC and PEFC certified, ensuring a transparent supply chain and ethical production.

Each brand new messmate standing desk is hand-made to order, which makes these  standing desks more expensive than others, but the quality and design are well worth the added cost. If you’re worried about your expenses, don’t forget that  standing desks are tax-deductible provided you’ve kept your receipts.

Our recycled messmate comes from one of Melbourne’s leading timber recycling operations and is sourced from old restaurants, retired offices, and iconic buildings like the MCG.

Luckily, recycled messmate offers all the same qualities as brand new, so you don’t have to worry about getting an inferior product. Recycled messmate is just as durable, moisture resistant, and beautiful as the new stuff.


standing desks materials

One  standing desk tip for anyone on the market for new office furniture is to carefully inspect the frames of your desk. These take all the weight of your desk, and the elevated centre of gravity can cause your  standing desk to wobble if it’s not properly built.

Our standing desk frames are made to last, so they can hold an astonishing amount of weight.

Manual Desks

Manual standing desks are raised and lowered by hand. This is perfect for any space where you can’t conveniently run a power cable.

Our hand-crank tables use sturdy gear mechanisms that can support upwards of 150 kg safely. What’s more, installation is simple and you’ll have your new desk up, up and running in under an hour.

Electric Desks

Electric adjustable standing desks are the cream of the crop for office furniture. Our designs utilise dual-motor systems which give our tables not only increased lifting power, but also near-silent operation. 

You can raise your desk countertop to over a meter without ever breaking 40 dB, which is about as loud as a library.

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