A patented product of The Summerland Group
Handicapped Accessible
Double-Duty, Convertible & Mobile
Computer Furniture

Summerland is pleased to introduce our newest model line, The Learning Station. Our company focus is on logic, practical engineering, and user-friendly designs. We concur with the majority of ergonomics experts who believe natural viewing offers the safest and most practical computing environment.

Towards this end,
for younger students, we have created the LS-K4 model.

For older students and adults, there is the remarkably versitile and convertible LS-512 model

There are applications, however, for which a below-desk VDT model could be beautifully suited, providing the original concept of below desk monitors could be carefully re-evaluated, and the design properly re-engineered.

Now it is.

NEW LS-512P Below-desk VDT model

  • Monitor and keyboard tray are height adjustable.

  • Monitor viewing angle is adjustable. Accepts up to 21" monitor & 19" tower CPU.

  • Desktop is height adjustable.

  • Desktop pulls forward up to 17" in non-computing mode, offering maximum knee and leg room and comfortable working conditions.

  • It's convertible! You have the option to switch view styles.
    Optional conversion kit allows you to switch from below-desk monitor mount to natural viewing. See LS-512 model for natural monitor view style. Exterior dimensions are the same on both models.

In a class by itself.
The world's only fully adjustable below-desk VDT style computer desk.

Lockable function

Adjust it up or down to suit user

  • Lockable Function

  • Desk height, Monitor height, Keyboard height, Monitor View Angle and Leg Room are all User-Adjustable

  • Practical

  • Convertible

  • Beautiful

  • Available in laminate or fine furniture finish.

LS-512P model in Cherry

Recessed Summerlift Switches

Desktop adjusts forward for working comfort

Below-desk VDT style computer desks:
Pros and Cons to help you decide which model best suits your needs. WE OFFER BOTH.

While the overwhelming majority of ergonomics experts recommend adjustable computer workstations with monitors designed for natural viewing, the remaining group find "paralax" or below-desk VDT style desk designs appealing.

Offered by a variety of manufacturers, below-desk VDT type computer desks have received mixed reviews because of their historically inflexible design. Semi-recessed monitors have generated similar feedback, in addition to comments from users who regret the near total loss of desktop utililty.
See staff feedback offered by a representative of Michigan's Northville District Library (mirrored here for faster loading).

Prior to making a decision, to determine whether the below-desk VDT (video display terminal) style of computer furnishing will be appropriate for your application, we recommend the following test:

Open a newspaper and lay it flat on a table top that measures approximately 30" above the floor.
With a color marker, towards the leading edge of the newspaper, sketch an 18" x 18" area. This simulates your glass viewing port. In the middle of that simulated glass area, sketch a rectangle the size of your monitor screen. If you have a glass tabletop, so much the better. Scotch-tape the simulated monitor viewing area below the surface of the table, and turn on an overhead light. Now position yourself in a chair a full 8" away from the leading edge of the table to simulate keyboard spacing between you and the desktop.

Can you read the words on the newspaper comfortably or do you find yourself leaning forward to get close enough to see the text? Below-desk VDT's can add ten inches or more to the distance between your eyes and the below-glass monitor viewing area.

Changing the standard display setting on your monitor
from 800 x 600 to a 640 x 480 display will magnify screen typestyle, so will selecting "large fonts", but at the same time it will also distort on-screen page content. The change forcibly repositions graphics and text to make them fit into what is now a significantly smaller display area. In many instances, only the left portion of the page you wish to view will be visible on your screen, with the remainder requiring left and right scrolling to read each and every line of type. Picture holding an open newspaper behind the monitor screen and trying to read what's on the far right hand page.

Summerland's focus is on logic, practical engineering, and user-friendly designs. We concur with the majority of ergonomics experts who believe natural viewing offers the safest and most practical computing environment. For those applications which require a below-desk VDT, and many do, the adjustable, convertible LS-512P model of The Learning Station is the only below-desk monitor design which provides its user with ergonomically responsible, efficient, and practical working conditions.


ERGONOMICS and development of
models of The OFFICE™
A member of Summerland's engineering team underwent Carpal Tunnel surgery in the early '70s, long before most of the world had even heard of RSI's. We are particularly attuned to ergonomic considerations in product development.

Electro-entopic (from the Greek - entopos meaning: in its correct place), describes ergonomically correct placement, within the unit, of electric, electronic, and mechanical components, as well as functional task areas.

Courtesy of

Colorado State University

"Preventing Computer Injuries"

Ergonomics is the science that seeks to fit the job or task to the individual rather than expecting the individual to conform to the job or task.
It seeks to adapt work or working conditions to suit the worker.

Recommended Working Posture
1.Sit with your lower back against the chair and your feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
2.Adjust your table and chair so that your elbows are bent at right angles and your forearms are approximately parallel to the floor.
3.Keep your wrist neutral (straight) by using a wrist rest that is the same height as the keyboard.
4.Place your mouse on a surface close to and at the same height as your keyboard.
5.Position your monitor directly in front of you, approximately an arm's length away, with the top of the screen slightly below eye level. Tip the monitor back at an angle similar to that used when reading a book.
6.Use a document holder to position work at eye level.
7.Adjust your lighting and monitor to prevent glare or use an anti-glare filter.
8.Use adjustable tables and chairs to correctly position the keyboard or monitor.

Recommended Reading

Penn Printout, newsletter of the University of Pennsylvania Office of Information Systems and Computing

by Daniel A. Updegrove and Kimberly H. Updegrove
(Daniel Updegrove is University Director, Information Technology Services, Yale University, New Haven, CT)
Site location: http://pantheon.yale.edu/~danu/ce91.html
(initial page mirrored here for faster loading, links provided to authors current updates)

Computer assisted learning, melded with The Learning Station's functional workspace, is a practical system solution for education and training. Select the model which best meets your needs.

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K-12 Schools and Universities please inquire about quantity discounts for The Learning Station.

The Learning Station is a patented product of
The Summerland Group

Summerlift™ brings a significant breakthrough in lift & lower technology to a vast range of applications. The first low-voltage high torque lift designed for near-silent raising and lowering of up to 200 pounds (standard configuration). Precise positioning control, automatic dynamic braking and uneven load management are just the beginning. Summerlift™ was designed and developed using the highest reliability drive with engineered, geared, power transmission to produce extremely smooth load transition to move even sensitive equipment through a vertical range up to 60 inches at variable rates of speed - - tailored to each application. Summerlift™ is self-contained. All components are contained within its 5 ½" height powder-coated, heavy weight sheet metal lift platform. 27 ¾" in length, 20" in width, the lift platform upper surface holds computer monitors and CPU, or television. Lifting belts (2,000 lb. non-stretch rating) from four points secure to cabinetry or frame. Woven belts are internally capstan reel contained; guide rollers are incorporated within the lift platform. Summerlift™ electrical system includes a 5 year-life battery with integrated float charging system, travel limit switches, lift-lower control switches and, locking key-switch for system security. Summerlift™ adapts to a variety of installation applications. Product assembly benefits include easy mounting fastening with a range of conventional systems and hardware. Summerlifts™ engineers are experts in system integration and design. Product awards reflect our dedication to practical innovation. We even have the ability to conceal wiring internally within cabinetry utilizing patented Fibercore®. Summerlift™ systems are weather sealed. Indoors or outdoors, they provide reliable, economical, safe and facile solutions to raising/lowering. The range of application opportunities is unlimited.

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