Airstream Introduces New Standing Desk Options
Airstream has been a big player in the RV industry since its debut in 1936. Over the years they have continued to change and adapt their trailers to the needs of modern consumers. Their newest addition is perfect for people who want to enjoy the freedom of the open road, but still need to do online work from time to time.
This newest feature is a height-adjustable standing desk that is now available in 2 different floor plan designs. This standing desk was added after the success of the Flying Cloud 30FB Office floor plan. This model was designed for working RVers who needed a bit of office space built into their trailer. This floor plan offered a desk, a spot for an office chair, and lots of handy storage and outlet options.
This was a step in the right direction, but Airstream is always innovating and looking for new ways to improve the user experience. Thus we now have the standing desk! This idea was in the works when they introduced the Flying Cloud 30FB, but they wanted to refine it a bit before releasing it to the public. Well, now it’s out and it looks great!
Airstream models with the standing desk
Airstream has been working on perfecting their office setup for a while and their new standing desk is another great step in that direction. They currently have two models that offer this new feature: the Flying Cloud 25FB and the Flying Cloud 27FB.
You can choose to include the standing desk option, or go for the more traditional dinette setup. The standing desk does not come standard with these models, but it can be added on during the ordering process. If you choose a floor plan that offers a standing desk, that feature will replace one of the sections of the couch in the living room. It’s space-efficient either way!
The Flying Cloud family of products is one of the most popular Airstream brands. This model is 25 feet long and it offers all the space and comfort you need, even without slideouts! The front of this floor plan contains a queen-sized bed, a wardrobe, and curtained windows on every side.
The bathroom layout is interesting because the shower stands apart from the main bathroom. On one wall there is a small bathroom with a toilet, sink and vanity. Across the small hallway is a standalone shower. This makes it easier to host multiple people, so one person doesn’t have to wait to shower if someone else is in the bathroom.
The rest of the trailer is occupied with a combination living room/kitchen. The kitchen appliances are situated within an L-shaped counter. A long couch spans against one wall, and it’s all capped off with a small dining table at the back of the unit.
If you get a model with a standing desk, it replaces the couch section that is closest to the kitchen area.
Below is a video walkthrough of this floorplan. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover the standing desk option, but you can get a good layout of the rest of this trailer.
The Flying Cloud 27FB is similar to the 25FB in most respects, except it is 2 feet longer. As such, it offers a bit more room throughout the cabin. Wardrobes are a bit more spacious and there is a larger amount of storage. The refrigerator is a bit larger as well, which is good news for food lovers and chefs!
Another major change is the direction of the bed in the main bedroom. While the 25FB has the bed situated horizontally (with the headboard flush against the right wall), the 27FB places the head of the bed at the very front end of the trailer. So when you enter the room, you are at the foot of the bed. This setup leaves more room on either side of the bed, and so in this floor plan, there are built-in bedside tables.
The 27FB standing desk is located in the same place as the 25FB. It is across from the kitchen counter and next to the refrigerator (which is nice if you want to grab a snack while working).
Why choose a standing desk?
You may have heard of the recent studies that warn about the side effects of sitting in an office all day. Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time can lead to weight gain, poor blood flow, sore muscles, bad posture, and a variety of other consequences.
One of the most popular ways to fight these workplace problems is the introduction of a standing desk. This is exactly what it sounds like: a desk that is tall enough for you to stand in front of instead of sit. Standing desks help users burn a few more calories in their day, as well as make it easier to stretch and move around while you work. This improves your circulation and your overall health.
There’s a reason why you sometimes feel like you need to walk around, stretch, or take a break when you sit all the time. Getting up and moving a bit is great for the body and mind. You will be able to focus better when your body has been taken care of.
Many offices have begun to incorporate standing desks into their workplaces, but now you can even take this innovative design on your next family road trip! There’s no need to shut yourself away in a tiny office or spend hours hunched over your laptop with these new Airstream designs.
Airstream’s standing desks
The new standing desks are versatile and can be raised and lowered to accommodate the user’s height. The workspace itself is 29” x 43” so it offers plenty of work space. You can even use it for a dining table, a food prep station, or a place to craft. If you’ve already been on your feet for a while and would prefer to sit down, that’s still an option too. Just lower the desk and sit in an office chair or the nearby padded seats.
The desk rises and lowers electronically, so you won’t need to manually lift it to the level you’re looking for. This gives you even finer control over the height placement. Some desk models are also outfitted with extra outlets and a set of storage shelves that are the perfect size for office supplies.
These standing desks are also placed out in the open of the living room, so you can enjoy the natural light from the windows and all the elbow room you could want. Once you’re done with work for the day, all you have to do is shut your laptop and stroll outside. No after-work stretch is needed!
Overall, this new feature from Airstream looks very promising. RV manufacturers continue to push the limits of what is possible. As more travelers turn to the open road and the freedom of RV life, I believe we’ll continue to see more home office innovations like this one.
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