Standing desk configurator

An interactive 3D presentation to explain furniture functionality.
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What is a desk configurator?

The standing desk configurator can be used during the prototyping phase (embed to Figjam or Miro) or as digital marketing content (embed into a website). When connected with an API, the configurator can also function as a pricing calculator and can be seamlessly integrated into a shopping cart workflow.

Concept development

This configurator should represent the digital twin of a standing desk with three interactive components to explain the product functionality. The interactions should show:

  • How to adjust the height
  • How to change the size
  • Different material options

The final variation should also be previewed in Augmented Reality (AR) to view it in a real physical location.

How to design a 3D desk configurator?

Setting up the model

The desk was modeled in CAD software Plasticity using NURBS, then exported as .step file and imported into Vectary Studio. Imported CAD geometry was adjusted to meet lower number of polygons and baked into mesh geometry. Table top was UV unwrapped in Substance Painter where its textures were also made up.

Interactions setup

Every interaction in this scene is being controlled and triggered by 3 hotspots.

1. Material switcher

Trigger the visibility of Floating UI by clicking on the hotspot. This interaction will open FUI, where you see the name and color swatch of that particular material. In this case, FUI consists of 3 images only, so the text was not made in the FUI itself but imported all as one image. It's a great tip when you want to speed up the process and skip playing around with the layout in Floating UI itself. Once you click on one of these images another interaction - Materials, is being triggered. Here you can select any amount of objects and specify which material should become active. Since this configurator has two different tabletop sizes, you need to change materials for both of them.

2. Movement

The movement is controlled by hotspots that trigger ‘Transformation’ up or downg along the Z axis.

Tip: Create one group with all objects you want to affect by transformation. If you want hotspots to move with particular objects, include them in the group as well.

3. Size

The last hotspot controls the size of the tabletop, as it triggers either small or large size but also hotspot changes. That is because both hotspots are in the variant which creates an infinite loop. Click on the large hotspot to trigger the large table top and small hotspot. When you click on a small hot spot it's vice versa.

Tip: Each tabletop has a separately baked lightmap, ensuring shadows remain in the correct location during size changes.

Lighting setup

The lighting setup includes three lights - two rectangular and one directional - along with an HDRi environment. The objective was to illuminate the top area to create a pleasing reflection on the table surface, while also achieving contrasting edges from other angles. The directional light evenly disperses light across the scene, allowing full control over its direction via a pivot point. Rectangular lights were utilized for smaller areas on the table. 

A tip: After baking, disabling the shadow cast by each light can improve performance.

Materials & baking

In terms of materials, the aim was to achieve a neutral studio-like scene with an infinite background, soft shadows, and wood as the main focal point. The legs feature a simple non-metallic material with a white color on top, while the tabletop employs a single unwrapped texture. Additional material types were created by duplicating this base material and adjusting hue, contrast, and brightness settings. This approach significantly reduces file size and loading time when sharing the file.

Once satisfied with the scene's appearance and lighting, start the baking process. Baking enhances the scene's realism by adding small shadows and ambient occlusion.

A tip: Bake at a higher resolution and then downscale. For instance, bake at 2K resolution and then set the final resolution to 1K. Don't forget to enable denoising. Before baking, preview the scene with Lightmap preview mode and pay attention to moving elements like the legs to prevent undesirable shadows.

Augmented reality:

The final variation should also be previewed in Augmented Reality (AR) to view it in a real physical location. It's important to work with proper dimensions, as the model will be translated into augmented reality at a 1:1 scale. AR settings allow you to enable or disable scaling once you are previewing the file. Currently, the only way to animate your scene in AR is via animations. The first animation in the Animation mode will be the one looped and showcased in AR. In this example, we looped the movement of the desk to go up and down.

Learn more about Vectary configurators

The benefits of having a 3D configurator for standing desk


The main advantage of a standing desk is the ability to tailor it to your needs. By using a 3D configurator, you can customize: size, shape, materials, colors, and other special features.


By using a desk configurator on the website lets the customers preview the design in 3D and AR before ordering, letting them make better decisions, which reduces post-sale returns.


A standing desk has a variety of ergonomic features that the designers can explain to the manufacturer or to the retail teams using the configurator settings.

Case studies

case study

How beflo used a 3D configurator and AR to present their award winning product

This premium furniture manufacturer used the Vectary platform to build an immersive configurator for their website. It was all done by a single person - their product designer - who had no previous experience working with Vectary.

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