I’m a tall lady. I’m not talking “tall for a girl” at 5’9” tall. I’m talking 6 feet tall and all legs. Sounds fun, but not really. As long as I can remember, I have banged my knees on every desk I’ve had the pleasure to sit. All through elementary, middle and high schools, and continuing through university and my entire professional life you could hear me, at least once a day, yell “Ouch!” as I banged my knees under my desk. Embarrassing.

I’m currently the publisher and editor-in-chief here at Geek Girl Authority. Over the last seven years, readership has skyrocketed and my time sitting at a desk has grown from a regular eight-hour workday to 10–12 hour monster days. This has had a negative impact on my body. Last year, on the advice of my chiropractor, I purchased an adjustable standing desk set-up so that I could stand and sit at intervals throughout the day. This particular set-up went on top of the desk I was already using. So, yeah, I was able to stand throughout the day, but my knee-banging continued and actually put strain on my back. Enter the Autonomous SmartDesk 2.

Now, getting a full standing desk for a small workspace is tricky. Add to that, the fact that my space changed overnight with the COVID-19 pandemic. All of a sudden both my husband and I needed a workspace. And since my home only has one office and he needed to be on endless Zoom calls, it made sense that he would take that space. This left me working in the tiny space in between our dining and living rooms. Finding furniture for this tiny space was a challenge, but my new Autonomous small computer desk fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier.

the autonomous smartdesk 2 in a small workspace

Putting the desk together

The desk was shipped to my house in two large boxes, one containing the desk top itself and the other the legs and other components. The boxes state that the contents are heavy and that is a fact. So, it’s a smart idea to get a friend or family member to help move them to the location you want to assemble your desk.

The assembly itself was fairly easy. I’ve put together a lot of furniture in my day, so I am no stranger to Allen wrenches and bubble wrapped screws and bolts. You could probably complete this job with the included wrench and your own Philips head screwdriver, but an electric screw driver or drill with a screw bit makes the job easier.

I was able to follow the instructions and assemble the desk in about an hour mostly by myself. Again, some parts are heavy, so a second set of hands to hold things steady is advisable. The only downside to the assembly was that the instructions were not totally clear about how certain sections go together. But a little common sense and picture of the desk allowed me to sort it out. There are also online video tutorials for this desk that might make the job a bit easier. All in all, it came together well and looked very sharp when I finally had it up on its feet. Not bad for a DIY standing desk. 

What Makes This Standing Desk Unique

The Autonomous Home Office SmartDesk has five settings. I was able to commit to the desk’s memory my preferred sitting height and my preferred standing height. This meant, after decades of having to pretzel my body to unsuccessfully conform to standard desks, I now had a desk set to my physical needs. If I want to cross my legs under the desk, I can. If I want to stand my 72-inch frame and work, I can. It’s truly a game changer.

I also love the minimalist look to the desk. Since I had to create an office space between two rooms, I was worried that the desk would be an eyesore. However, the sleek and polished design did not interfere with my existing layout. In fact, it enhanced my work output. I placed the desk facing my front windows so now, I can work in comfort with a view. 

Bonus

I sew! With the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly became apparent that, as good humans, we would be wearing masks for some time. Rather than using disposable masks which would become bad for the environment, I wanted to make my own. The Autonomous SmartDesk was a game changer here too. NEVER HAVE I EVER been able to sew anything without some leg and back discomfort.

With my new desk, I was able to use my sewing machine’s presser foot with an ease that I never knew was possible. What was even better is that it wasn’t a hassle to move my computer set-up aside for my sewing set-up. It was a quick and easy transition. I was able to program an additional desk height to my SmartDesk’s memory just for sewing. Everything fit well, even the cords for the sewing machine. Homemade mask achievement unlocked.

the autonomous smartdesk 2 used as a sewing machine workspace

Cons

The only cons about the Smart Desk were the wires. There are cut outs in the desk to cleanly feed your cables and wires through, leaving a very clean and neat desk surface. The only issue then is “dressing” both the cables from your office equipment and the power cable for the desk along the underside of the desk. The design is quite modern and minimalistic, so it doesn’t leave much space to “hide” those pesky wires. The desk did come with wire wraps and stickies that would allow you to secure the cables to the underside of the desk, but the stickie quickly became useless and the wires began to droop. This can be remedied however, with after-market solutions or even good old tape. All in all, a tiny quibble for this attractive and functional addition to my home office set up.

If you’re looking for standing desk options, I would definitely check out Autonomous and all their furniture solutions. The website has sleek solutions for all types of workspaces and all sizes of folks, including this tall girl. 

 

Note: I received the autonomous SmartDesk 2 in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

Audrey Kearns