FAQs

Q: WHAT DOES THE ALTWORK STATION DO?

A: The Altwork Station redefines how people interact with their computers by allowing the computer screen and keyboard to physically conform to support the user’s body while working long hours on a computer. Unlike standard desk and chair workstations, high-intensity computer users can use the Altwork Station to sit, stand, focus (recline), and collaborate. In simplest terms, it allows you to work any way you want as the computer seamlessly moves with you, instead of forcing you to conform to it.

Q: WHO IS THE ALTWORK STATION DESIGNED FOR?

A: The Altwork Station is designed for high-intensity computer users, which we define as people who spend at least four hours a day working with their personal computer, focusing on complex tasks for extended periods of time—such as developing software and producing computer automated design work.

Q: HOW ERGONOMIC IS IT? HOW DOES IT IMPACT TOO MUCH SITTING AND STANDING?

A: Most ergonomic experts agree sitting for extended periods is not healthy. Standing desks have mixed data regarding health benefits/liabilities. Most of the studies that have been done are correlative rather than causal so it is hard to derive definitive prescriptions from them. However, most experts agree that people should change positions and move throughout the day. We believe movement throughout the day is important. While there is no formal ergonomic data we know of regarding the Focus (reclined) position our Altwork patented technology provides, many experts believe a large part of the health benefits from standing come from keeping the torso and legs at greater than 135 degrees apart to allow blood flow vs. the 90 degrees that a traditional chairs require.

Q: WHEN WILL THE ALTWORK STATION BE AVAILABLE?

A: Our very successful pre-order campaign closed on July 29, 2016. Pre-order customers will receive priority shipments. We plan to begin limited shipments in September 2016. We’ll roll out regionally starting with the SF Bay Area, closest to our manufacturing facility in Sonoma County, California. In Q4 2016, we will begin manufacturing new orders. We will contact customers 4 to 6 weeks prior to delivery to confirm address and additional shipping/delivery charges.

Q: IS IT AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY?

A: Yes, however, international shipments won’t happen until 2017. Shipping costs will be calculated as orders are received.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

A: The list price for the Signature Series Station is $6900, about the same as other quality American-made furniture configurations that include an electric sit-stand workstation, quality chair, monitor arm.

Q: CAN IT HOLD MULTIPLE SCREENS?

A: We designed it to be more about weight than number of screens. We specify 40 lbs. maximum for standard long-term operation. Two monitors are permissible, depending on their weight. We also offer an Upper Laptop Mount if you want to use your laptop screen as one monitor plus a larger monitor that stays connected to the workstation.

Q: WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?

A: Five years. The workstation is designed and tested to at least 10 normal working years.

Q: WHAT ARE THE COLOR OPTIONS?

A: Click here for our customization page where you can review all of the Signature Series Station options. Click here for our PDF. Final colors will be confirmed with each order prior to shipping date. Note that each computer monitor may represent colors differently. 

Q: HOW HEAVY IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS?

A: It is 34 inches wide, and can be easily moved through most doors. It is five (5) feet long, about the same length as a medium-sized desk. It weighs 210 lbs., about 20 lbs. more than vintage tanker desks.

Q: DOES IT FIT ALL BODY TYPES?

A: The Altwork Station works for the vast majority of people.
HEIGHT: Our recommended minimum and maximum height range is 5’1″ to 6’4″.
WEIGHT: The Altwork Station is rated for a 250-pound user. We are working on moving this number higher.
If you fall outside of these height or weight ranges, it would be best to schedule an appointment to come by our San Francisco office and take a “test drive.” The human body has so many variables. For example, one 6’4″ person may have a longer torso or longer legs than another 6’4″ person, so the adjustments would be different. The Altwork Station is very flexible and almost everyone has enjoyed working in it.

Q: WHERE DOES MY COFFEE GO?

A: Altwork Station works best with a side table for coffee, laptops, desktops, papers, books, and sometimes lunch. The Altwork custom side table is designed to match the Station style.

Q: DOES IT COME WITH A SCREEN?

A: No. A standard VESA (100×100) mount on the back accommodates various screens. A multiple screen mount can hold up to four monitors depending on the weight of the monitors.

Q: WHEN CAN I GET ONE?

A: Our very successful pre-order campaign closed on July 29, 2016. Pre-order customers have earned first priority shipments. We plan to begin limited shipments in September and complete all pre-order deliveries in 2016. We’ll roll out regionally starting with the SF Bay Area, closest to our manufacturing facility in Sonoma County, California. In Q4 2016, we will begin manufacturing new orders. We will contact customers 4 to 6 weeks prior to delivery to confirm address and additional shipping/delivery charges.

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON THIS?

A: Since 2010.

Q: DO YOU HAVE PATENTS?

A: Yes. So far we have one patent issued and two pending.

Q: WHAT KEEPS THE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE FROM FALLING WHEN YOU LEAN BACK?

A: The desk has a layer of steel under its surface. Magnets on the keyboard and keypad hold them in position on the desk. We provide specialized magnet kits for standard Apple products and a general-purpose kit to accommodate other products. The mouse pad has a ring of steel on its outer edge but no steel in the center. This allows the user to slide the mouse easily when mousing and store the mouse anywhere on the edge of the pad when not in use.

Q: WHAT EXPERIENCE DO THE FOUNDERS HAVE?

A: The founding team has been working together for over three (3) decades. Their collaboration has resulted in the sale of three aerospace hardware companies. All of those companies were based in Sonoma County and all of them are still in operation, employing hundreds of people in high-tech manufacturing. The team has a history of success designing, building, shipping, and supporting mechanical products. In addition, Che Voigt (CEO of Altwork) is an active angel investor and is currently head of the North Bay Angel investing group and is involved in multiple business organizations including the Sonoma County BEST, a public-private partnership for economic development.

Q: WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING DIMENSIONS?

A: The workstation ships in a 3’x4’x5′ crate weighing 330 lbs. total. If a Side Table is ordered, it will fit in the crate and add about 40 lbs.

Q: IS SHIPPING INCLUDED?

A: The buyer pays actual shipping and delivery costs before the workstation ships. If the Altwork Station is being shipped to a California address, the buyer also pays applicable sales tax. The actual cost of shipping depends on many factors—the distance from our factory, whether the user can pick the workstation up from the shipper’s depot, whether the Station is being shipped to a residence or a business having a loading dock, etc. In the SF bay area, we expect to deliver directly with an Altwork truck. Altwork will work to minimize shipping costs.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A SHEET SHOWING ADJUSTMENT DETAILS?

A: Yes we do. Click here.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

How big is it?
34″ wide x 55″ long (upright seated, leg rest not extended). Length extends to 72″ when fully reclined.

Will it roll through a standard 36-inch door?
Yes. When rolling, rotate the desk 90 degrees from the normal sitting position and it will easily fit through a 36″ door.

Weight?
The workstation with typical monitors and a laptop weighs about 250 lbs.

Who does it accommodate?
The Altwork Station works for the vast majority of people.
HEIGHT: Our recommended minimum and maximum height range is 5’1″ to 6’4″.
WEIGHT: The Altwork Station is rated for a 250-pound user. We are working on moving this number higher.
If you fall outside of these height or weight ranges, it would be best to schedule an appointment to come by our San Francisco office and take a “test drive.” The human body has so many variables. For example, one 6’4″ person may have a longer torso or longer legs than another 6’4″ person, so the adjustments would be different. The Altwork Station is very flexible and almost everyone has enjoyed working in it.

Monitor adjustment range?
9″ vertical, 10″ fore/aft

Desktop size?
29″ x 16″

Desktop adjustment range?
13″ vertical x 6″ fore/aft

Minimum seat height?
16″

Stand up desk height?
The desktop in standup mode can be adjusted from 36″ to 60″ from the floor. The support rises up to 18″ from seated position for stand up work mode.