Caution: Long review post
So when I make a purchase over like… $15, I do some research. When I make a major purchase I do a LOT of research. My original drawing table was supposedly moved with all of our other stuff when we switched storage units. After searching for a few years I still can’t find it! And the unit is very tidy so either it is well hidden or it got left out (which is silly because I still have the chair for it).
All that aside, I needed a drawing table. It needed to be:
- Able to raise and lower to be ergonomically correct for my height (because I know that I will be spending a lot of time hunched over it)
- Come with an adjustable top to angle to at least 30°
- Less than $300 otherwise I’d just build one
The preferable features were:
- A stationary table top area that stayed flat while one side lifted
- A shelf or drawer for light storage
- As large as possible so I won’t kick myself for not having enough space
- Glass top was a viable option
And so I researched. And researched. Apparently the lifting legs is not a common option in drafting tables. Even though they are $800+. Okay then. I settled on a glass top model that was the closest match and I was just going to give up on the raise and lower. Then I found the Studio Designs Graphix II Workstation:
Image shamelessly ripped from Amazon
It’s not fancy. At all. But it has all the features I required and was cheaper than every other option (since I ordered the price has gone up a bit but it was originally $180. If that’s too much, there is a smaller model too).
It’s huge. But assembly was super easy since all of the parts are labeled. Seriously:
That’s a thing of beauty
It has 4 heights plus the very bottom (not setting it to a height). I am about 5’3″ so putting it at the very bottom allows my legs to be at 90° which is much better for my back. For standing I actually put it on the highest notch and it’s just about perfect.
The only issue is lowering/raising the table. The table top is pretty heavy and you have to unscrew the pegs on all four legs so it has a tendency to not move evenly. I keep a very clean desk so it’s no trouble to tip the whole thing over and change the height. But consider this if you have limited space or a messy desk.
Bottom line: This desk is amazing and being able to stand as I work is not as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I can work just as many hours and it encourages me to take more breaks and move around since I’m already standing up. It’s a great asset to my work flow.