Best standing desks of 2021
Whether you’re a professional, a student or somewhere in between, the “new normal” has meant trading in a proper desk for a work-from-home space. It could be your kitchen tablet, a small hallway turned into an office or even tossing together something in the bedroom. But what about a standing desk or convertor desk? The trend that has taken the professional industry by storm is now readily available — with literally countless options — and could be the perfect solution for working from home.
That’s why we’ve been testing a handful of standing desks for weeks, no months, on end — from assembly to entire days spent on each, we’ve found four that rise to the top.
Best standing desk overall
With a solid and wide desktop, the Branch Adjustable Standing Desk is a near-perfect desk that can handle multiple monitors, dual laptops and a plethora of knickknacks. It’s also incredibly sturdy, with one of the best builds we’ve encountered and a smooth ascent or descent.
Best customizable standing desk
Best budget standing desk
The SHW Electric Height-Adjustable Computer Desk is a surprisingly functional, sturdy desk at an incredibly affordable price, comparatively.
Best standing desk converter
The Flexispot Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Converter (starting at $99.99) is an excellent converter that’s available in several sizes to accommodate a range of workspaces. Both its desktop and keyboard tray provide ample space, and it adjusts with the push of a lever.
Branch’s standing desk might only come in two sizes and a handful of colors, but it doesn’t corner the product into oblivion. Instead, it keeps a high level of craftsmanship in a standing desk that ultimately rises above the best with seamless motion, a sturdy build and a design that doesn’t distract.
It starts with the desktop — in this case, a 48-inch wide by 30-inch depth particle board laminate. You can also opt for white or a dark walnut finish. Either route, though, you’re stuck with a set of legs in white. What’s especially lovely about the Branch option is that the depth is wider than the average desk. This makes it easy for multiple monitors, a laptop (maybe a tablet as well), a notebook with plenty of room to spare.
While it’s not curved with an ergonomic cutout in the front like our previous overall pick — the ApexDesk Elite Series — we feel the Branch Standing Desk is a better overall package. Setup as a whole took about 20 minutes, and found a drill sped things up a bit.
Heights range from 25 to 52 inches, and you can make adjustments by the centimeter at most heights. Whether adjusting up or down, the transition was one of the smoothest we tested no matter how heavy the items we had atop the desk. The Branch comes standard with a control switch that’s on the left-hand side that features an LED dot display showing the exact height, an up and a down switch and four presets. Those presets are easy to set and one touch to operate.
The Branch was also one of the sturdiest desks we tested, never rocking side to side or back and forth.
Uplift V2-Commercial Standing Desk
The Uplift V2-Commercial Standing Desk is a handsome desk that we found supremely sturdy, easy to use, relatively straightforward to assemble, and as ergonomic at all heights as any of the other electric standing desks in our pool. When it came to wobble factor, we found it a tad less sturdy than the ApexDesk, particularly at higher heights, but nothing that interfered with our ability to use it comfortably. Where it truly shines, however, is in its many options for customization.
Then, you’ve got a staggering 22 desktop finishes to choose from (including a whiteboard option, which could be fun for the kiddos). We tested the walnut laminate, and couldn’t be more pleased with its quality and appearance. Solid wood and bamboo options are also available, as well as a contoured shape in four finishes; that will run the price tag up a bit more than the contoured ApexDesk at the same size, which is why the latter ultimately took top honors.
As for the keypad, there are options here too (colors being one of them): The standard desk provides a no-frills keypad with just an up and down arrow. You can upgrade to the “advanced comfort keypad” — akin to what the ApexDesk comes standard with — or splurge for the advanced paddle keypad, at an extra $59.
To determine the extent of this desk’s functionality, we chose the advanced paddle keypad and were wholly impressed by its breadth of features. In addition to displaying heights within 0.1-inch increments, from 22. 6” to 48.7”, the largest range of all desks we tested, the advanced paddle includes a standing reminder, which can be set to 30-, 60 and 120-minute intervals, plus a child lock feature, the ability to set minimum and maximum heights and, of course, memory presets. We found there is a bit of a learning curve with this keypad. We had some trouble lowering it from an elevated position, resetting it and setting up the memory presets. But after some tinkering and regular use, we did get the hang of it. TL;DR: You’ll definitely need to consult the instruction manual for how to use this keypad, and possibly reset it a few times.
Like our top pick, the Uplift arrived in four separate boxes, and assembly took nearly an hour due to all the parts required. Note that the instructions provided include those for two different models of the desk, so you’ll just want to make sure you follow the instructions for the particular model you’ve purchased. A Phillips screwdriver is necessary, and again, because of how heavy-duty its parts are, it’s definitely helpful to borrow a second set of hands and tackle assembly together. The desk comes standard with two grommets at the back corners as well as a cable management tray, though we found the tray to be a bit flimsy once installed.
The Uplift also comes with one of the best warranties of all the desks we tested, which is 10 years for the frame components, mechanical parts, motors and electrical components, and five years for the desktop.
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line standing desk designed exactly to your specifications that will last years to come, the Uplift V2-Commercial Standing Desk is the desk for you.
SHW Electric Height-Adjustable Computer Desk
If you’re on a tight budget — or you’re just looking for a standing desk to use temporarily or infrequently — there is not a better option under $250 than the SHW Electric Height-Adjustable Computer Desk.
First off, we were surprised by just how sturdy this affordable desk was once assembled, with minimal wobble from front to back and side to side at all heights. Assembly was easy-breezy, clocking it at roughly 25 minutes when all was said and done (note that you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver). The desk is lightweight enough to move around a room with one set of hands, and building it solo is more than feasible, even for the furniture-assembly-averse.
This desk comes standard with a digital keypad featuring four memory presets; while programming the memory presets was not as intuitive as it was with some of the other desks we tested, once you know how to do so, it’s a breeze. Adjustable from 28” to 46” high in round-number increments (though reflected on the LED screen as 69 to 114, which we can only explain as being a roughly accurate conversion from inches to centimeters), this desk moves smoothly up and down without a hitch. It also comes standard with one small, uncovered grommet at the left back corner as well as an under-desk mesh tray at the front.
We should note that the desktop is actually two planks of wood rather than one solid piece as the product photos may lead you to believe.
This desk efficiently supported our monitor, laptop, books, desk plants and more — including a spry cat frequently jumping on and off of it — without issue. It’s offered in just one size, 47.25×24”, a bonus for anyone working with limited space for their office setup. The desktop is available in black, oak, light cherry and walnut finishes, and while we found that the black desk easily showed smudges, you get, as they say, what you pay for.
While a few customer reviews mention the motor slowing down over time, we experienced no such issues; we’ll report back and update this piece should we notice any failure in that regard. The desk offers only a one-year warranty, but for an additional $30, an extended three-year warranty will cover any motor issues.
Sure, it looks and feels a bit cheaper than the $500+ models in our pool, and, well, that’s because it is. But if you’re looking for the best electric standing desk at an under-$250 price point that’s sturdy and easily goes up and down as promised, with presets for multiple users — and particularly if you’re a fan of the metric system — you can’t go wrong with this SHW desk.
Flexispot Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Converter
If you’re in the market for a riser that will convert your standard desk into a standing one, we recommend the Flexispot Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Converter for several reasons.
This converter is available in eight widths, from 27” to 47” (you can find the larger models here) to accommodate a variety of workspace sizes. Note, however, that it is only available in black. We tested the 35” model, which can comfortably fit two small monitors, or a monitor and a laptop, and measured the depth of the desktop to be 18.75” and the keyboard tray to be 12”. Like any standard riser, a simple lever attached to a hydraulic device is used to raise it up or down, with a maximum height, from top to bottom, of 18.5”.
The only place the Flexispot converter lost major points was in ease of adjustments; while it moved smoothly upward with a press of the lever, pushing it back down proved a bit more difficult, and some elbow grease was necessary. For that reason, it might not be the best choice if the intention is to share it between people of varying heights. That caveat aside, we were more than pleased with our experience using this product, which we found ergonomically designed and comfortable to use in every way.
The testing process for these desks lasted nearly two months. We unboxed and assembled each desk, paying special attention to the amount of time each unboxing and building process took. We noted how long it took to put each one together, how clear the product’s instructions were and if any special tools were needed. Once each electric standing desk was fully built, we used it at both sitting and standing heights; desk converters, of course, were used only in standing positions. We used each product for at least three full workdays and carefully noted how each desk performed in terms of ease of adjustments and ergonomics. Overall, we evaluated them on what we considered the most important factors: function, build and length of warranty. After tallying up scores for each product, we also took value into consideration, factoring the starting price of each desk with regard to the features it delivered on, to determine our final winners.
We broke the testing into the following categories and subcategories:
- Comfort: We made note of whether the desk provided proper ergonomics at all heights, and, where applicable, in both sitting and standing positions.
- Number of different height adjustments: We noted the range of heights the desk was capable of reaching.
- Ease of adjustments: We considered how easy it was to adjust the height of the desk, noting how smoothly it was able to move up and down as well as how easy and intuitive the keypad, if there was one, was to operate.
- Sturdiness from front to back: We noted how much the desk wobbled, if it all, from front to back.
- Sturdiness from side to side: We noted how much the desk wobbled, if it all, from side to side.
- Organization: We noted if the desk came standard with any slots/grommets to organize wires, cable management trays, extra outlets. etc.
- Build quality: We looked at the quality of the desk’s materials, assessing whether it felt cheap or flimsy, as well as whether the desktop was prone to scratches and/or smudges.
- Ease of assembly: We considered the time it took to unbox and fully assemble the desk, how clear the instructions were, if any special tools were necessary as well as if the included tools were efficient in the building process.
- Appearance: We assessed the aesthetics of the desk — how it looked in a room/home office, if it was available in different colors and if so, how many.
- Size: We noted how much equipment could fit on the desk, how much room it took up and whether it was available in more than one size and if so, how many.
- We looked into the warranty for each product and noted the length of coverage and what parts were covered.
Fully Jarvis EcoTop Standing Desk (starting at $519 for 30×24”; fully. com)
Fully Jarvis EcoTop Standing Desk
Let it be known that we adored this desk, for myriad reasons. A newer model produced by Fully’s Jarvis line, the EcoTop is the brand’s most eco-friendly design to date, crafted from locally sourced fiber in Oregon that’s a minimum 92% pre-consumer, recycled or recovered, meeting the Eco-Certified Composites (ECC) Sustainability Standard. Beyond this new desktop, it’s identical in build and function to the customer-favorite (and also earth-friendly) Jarvis Fully Bamboo Standing Desk — and it’s easy to see why it’s so beloved. It scored top marks for its range of sitting and standing heights (25.5” to 51.1”, the second largest range of all desks we tested, displayed in increments of 0.1”) as well as its ease of adjustments, with the industry-standard four memory presets being intuitive to program. This desk felt high-quality — according to Fully, it can support upwards of 350 pounds — though a bit more wobbly from side to side at higher heights than our best overall pick. Similar to the Uplift’s warranty, Jarvis desks are covered by an impressive all-inclusive 10-year warranty on all frame components, including motors and electronics, and a five-year warranty on desktop surfaces, excluding normal wear and tear, and damage caused by improper assembly, disassembly or repair.
Ultimately, this desk lost points when it came to assembly. It was one of the most complicated builds of our pool, taking the most time and clocking in at a bit over an hour; particularly we found that the giant allen key, with prongs of equal lengths, made things clumsy to assemble. While the EcoTop features two uncovered grommets at the back corners for your cables, if you’d like to attach cord organizer, you’ll need a power drill to do so, as there are no pre-drilled holes. (We did appreciate that it came packaged with a surge protector, however.) The EcoTop is available in six sizes, and in black and white finishes.
This is a solid desk — and was indeed a solid contender for winner — particularly if you value sustainable, earth-friendly materials.
Vari Electric Standing Desk (starting at $650 for 60”; amazon.com; starting at $695 for 60” models; officedepot.com)
Vari Electric Standing Desk
Another one of our favorites, the Vari is a classic electric standing desk, and there’s a reason — well, many reasons — why you may have seen it in myriad office spaces throughout the country as the standing desk du jour. For one, it’s impossibly sturdy, racking up top marks in that category during our testing. And despite its heavyweight build, it was by far the easiest of the non-budget-priced electric standing desks to assemble, taking approximately 20 minutes to do so. The Vari moves up and down smoothly, from a minimum height of 25” to a maximum of 50.2” (the highest maximum height of all desks we tested), and its LED keypad displays increments of 0.1. Programming the four memory presets is easy as pie; we didn’t even need to consult an instruction manual for that. And while there wasn’t much difference among all our standing desks in terms of motor noise, we’d contend that the Vari was noticeably quieter than the others in our pool. It has a five-year warranty for all components.
The Vari Electric Standing Desk is available in two sizes, 60×30”, 48×30” (starting at $550 at Amazon and Office Depot for the latter) as well as five finishes. Really the only place where it lost major points was in the category of organization. It features no grommets to contain wires, but rather a slightly indented back should you want to place it flush against the wall, so you’ll still have space for all your cables to comfortably hang; an additional wire tray is sold separately. (We did appreciate the complimentary bag hook that was included with our shipment.) The Vari came in just one point behind our overall winner, the ApexDesk Elite, so suffice it to say that we would recommend this desk in a heartbeat, so long as you can make do with that caveat.
Readydesk 2 Adjustable Standing Desk ($154.99; amazon.com)
Readydesk 2 Adjustable Standing Desk
It fell short in a few categories, however: It’s available in just one size and color, and doesn’t provide as much room for equipment as other converters in our testing pool did. Its unfinished edges had us worried we might snag the fabric of our sleeve on it (a valid concern among reviewers as well, as we later learned). Because of the lack of grips at the base, depending on the surface beneath it, it could be prone to sliding, although we had no issues in this regard. And, given its unique design, it’s not the most ideal product if two or more people of different heights are sharing use of it, as you have remove the piece of wood and manually move it to a different slot if you’d like to change up the adjustments, which is easy enough, but obviously not as simple as raising or lowering a lever.
Flexispot Standing Desk 48×30” ($249.99; amazon.com)
Flexispot Standing Desk 48×30″
The Flexispot Standing Desk is another budget-priced standing desk model, similar to the SHW. It’s available in black, white and mahogany finishes, and while it does look quite sleek, and the desktop is indeed one solid piece rather than two narrow pieces assembled side by side, for the same price as our best budget winner, it comes with some noticeable downfalls. For one, the basic model includes a keypad with only an up and down button; the desk has a standing range from 28–47.6”, but in order to know what height you’re standing at (if that’s important to you), you’ll have to tack on another $90 for the “standard” model, which is 55” long and includes a digital LED keypad with memory presets. There’s also a smaller, 42×24” model, for $244.99.
We also noticed significant wobble once fully assembled, mostly from side to side but also from back to front. And on the topic of assembly: this desk arrives in two boxes, both pretty lightweight, but the instructions were confusing at times. A particularly baffling example: One step was to loosen bolts and stretch a rod, but the instructions didn’t specify to what length to stretch it. So we guessed, and when it came time to add the desktop, we had to loosen the bolts once again and then measure it to the correct length. Another step also required backtracking and unscrewing screws from a previous step. This desk comes with a five-year warranty for the frame, motor and other mechanisms, and a two-year warranty for the controller and switch, electronics.
Seville Classics 27. 8” Tilting Sit-Stand Height Adjustable Mobile Laptop Computer Desk Cart with Mouse Side Ergonomic Table ($44.99; homedepot.com)
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Seville Classics 27.8″ Tilting Sit-Stand Height Adjustable Mobile Laptop Computer Desk Cart with Mouse Side Ergonomic Table
If you’re looking for a simple sit-stand option with enough room for your laptop and a mouse, and a laptop and a mouse alone, this Seville Classics desk is one worth considering. At just a hair under $50, unsurprisingly, you’re not getting a super-sturdy, smart standing desk option — but you are getting a product that gets the job done (the job being: providing the option to stand while at your computer), and on wheels to boot. Assembly was easy enough, as the desk is lightweight, and though the flimsy hexagon key wrench proved a bit difficult to use, we were able to build it in approximately 25 minutes. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.
The desk adjusts from a minimum of 27.9” to a maximum of 40.7”, so if you’re above, say, 5’9”, we can’t imagine you’d find this the most ergonomic product to use. We should also note that the desktop’s tilt is not adjustable, i.e, you cannot position it parallel with the floor, and the manual twist-lock knob can be a bit annoying to use to make adjustments to heights. Bottom line: If you’re on a tight budget and looking for something that’ll allow you to take standing breaks from time to time, this is a perfectly adequate solution. It’s a desk that’s perhaps best suited to students, children, and those with minimal space.
Vivo Height Adjustable 32-Inch Standing Desk Converter (starting at $109. 95, originally $119.95; amazon.com)
Vivo Height Adjustable 32-inch Standing Desk Converter
This Vivo converter was quite similar in both build and function to the Flexispot converter. Assembly required only attaching the keyboard tray to the base, which was simple enough, and adjustment is controlled via lever. It’s a standard desk riser, and we found its sturdiness to rival Flexispot’s as well, but ultimately we didn’t select it as a winner for a few reasons: We took value into consideration, and the Vivo is available only in one size, at a starting price of $119.99, versus Flexispot’s $99.99 for its 31-inch option. (For $159.99, you can snag the Vivo in light wood or white finishes, or dark wood for $179.99.) The width of both the keyboard and desktop are a bit smaller than the Flexispot converter we tested, at 10” and 15. 75”, respectively, though it does rise to a maximum height of 19.5,” one inch higher than our winning converter does. It comes with two cable clips to stick to the underside of the product, and it has a three-year warranty. If you’re seeking a finish that isn’t solid black, could make use of another inch of height as a tradeoff for some desktop space, and you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash, we think the Vivo is a fine option.
Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Junior ($399; amazon.com)
Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Junior
This desktop converter is unique in its design, and we appreciated the dual ergonomics at play here: Basically, the desktop work surface and your attached monitor adjust separately, allowing you to customize the setup more so than typically possible with a traditional desk riser. The desktop surface, which measures 24×18” — enough to fit a laptop, or a keyboard and mouse — is adjustable to 14.5” above your desk. You’ll have to mount your monitor, and though it took us a bit to figure out the twist-knob situation in order to adjust our monitor, we no sooner got the hang of it. However, we found the removable stabilization leg to, initially, be quite confusing, and ultimately, a crucial design flaw; while the adjustable rod is meant to provide extra stability to your desktop at all heights, we found it difficult to stay put, and ultimately not a reliable source of stability after all. The Kangaroo Pro Junior does, however, take up minimal space, and if you’re working with a single monitor and a keyboard, we could see why you might be interested in this product.
High Rise Height Adjustable Electric Full Standing Desk DC840B (starting at $499. 99, originally $609.99; victortech.com)
The highlight of the Victor Technology’s High Rise standing — available in 4-foot top or 3-foot top versions — features a deep work space paired with various height levels. All of this allowed us to comfortably fit a laptop, phone, papers, water bottle and iPad with space to spare. Made from materials including wood and metal, the build is sturdy no matter the height at which it’s set. Taking less than 20 minutes to assemble, the desk came with tools to put it together and straightforward directions.
There’s a memory function which lets you save four preferable heights — just tap the button and it adjusts to that exact height, ranging between 28. 7 to 48 inches. Better yet, for anyone who works around other people, the desk is quiet when moving between heights.
The High Rise does lack additional perks, like desktop customization, options for additional accessories or a curved design like the ApexDesk. The price is very similar to our top-ranked standing desks, but for the same price, many of those desks offer unique features that create an individualized experience for customers, including white board and laminate desktops.
Read more from CNN Underscored’s hands-on testing:
Best standing desks in 2020: Uplift, Jarvis, Vari, FlexiSpot, and more
If you’re concerned about sitting for long periods during the workday, perhaps consider getting a standing desk. While there is little evidence to suggest a standing desk can help you lose weight, as you’re not burning too many more calories per hour when standing versus sitting, it will certainly help you to be less sedentary. And sedentary lifestyles are not only linked with a higher risk of obesity but also cardiovascular disease and a myriad of other ailments.
To help you figure out which standing desks are worth your money, we’ve hand-picked 12 well-rated options that satisfy a range of wants and needs. We first looked at all the top brands, then combed through dozens of standing desk listings at different price points across several retailers, and absorbed what the user reviews had to say. Ultimately, we landed on this bunch, which are among the absolute best standing desks you can buy online right now.
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Price: Starts at $539
The Uplift V2 is among the most top-rated standing desks. There are two factors that help make it stand out: It’s sturdy with a functional design, and it has endless options for customization.
The desk can be adjusted between 25.3 and 50.9 inches tall. (You can also get a commercial version of the V2 frame that lowers the desk by two inches, making the height range from 23.5 inches to 50.9 inches.) Many reviewers have remarked that the Uplift V2 is extremely sturdy at any height. The desk’s height is controlled through a keypad on the desk, and the motor is said to be quiet. The desk also has a nifty anti-collision feature that stops the desk from raising or lowering if it hits something.
But one of the best features about the Uplift is you can tailor it to your specific needs. All models are 30 inches deep but range in length from 42 inches to 80 inches. You also have the option to add wire grommets or power outlets to the desk. The desktop itself comes in 21 styles and even the electric keypad that controls the height is available in three different options. These customization offers are available through the Uplift website, but there are dozens of different models already available to buy on Amazon. Uplift’s Amazon store also sells standing desk frames and desk converters.View Now at Amazon Uplift
Price: Stars at $549
Fully’s Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk is similar to the Uplift V2.
It has an adjustable frame that goes from 24.5 inches to 50 inches, while the desktop is 24 inches or 30 inches deep, ranges from 30 inches to 78 inches long, and is .75 inches thick. It also has a 350-pound lifting capacity, so it should be hard to overload.
You can get the desktop in regular or dark bamboo colors. The adjustable frame is available in a couple more colors: Black, silver, white, and alloy. There are also options for wire and power grommets, as well as the ability to add drawers if you would like extra space for storage.
A big plus for the Jarvis Standing Desk, in our opinion, is the option to add an arm that lets you mount up to two computer monitors right to your desk.$549 at Fully
Price: Starting at $650
The Vari Electric is another great standing desk that many reviewers literally stand by.
It’s supposedly ideal for individuals up to 6 feet 6 inches tall — with the adjustable frame going from 25.5 inches to 50.5 inches tall. There are fewer options in terms of the size for the desk, as the only choice is between a 48-inch or 60-inch long desktop that is 30 inches wide. It can handle weights of up to 250 pounds and has a motor that operates at under 45 decibels.
Another positive is the desk is really easy to set up. Vari said it should take under five minutes.
The Vari Electric Standing Desk comes in five colors — black and white — as well as stunning wood finishes like Butcher Block, Reclaimed Wood, and Darkwood.$650 at Vari
Price: Starts at $1,200
Xdesk is the creme de la creme of the standing desk industry. The company claims to have the most awards for standing desks — with over 27 awards.
These desks are gorgeous, stable, and powerful, but they’re also expensive. Handmade in Texas, some of their models offer really standout features, such as the Loft, which is a platform that holds your monitor and speakers. There’s also the Nest, which gives you storage space under the tabletop, and the Artesian Bar, which has a footrest attached to the frame.
All the models are custom power-adjustable desks that come in a number of shapes, styles, sizes, colors, and stains. Just be prepared to pay thousands for the more premium options.View Now at Xdesk
This is a well-rated electric adjustable height computer desk from SHW. It can automatically adjust between 28 inches and 45 inches tall. It also offers a digital display with memory settings, so it can be set to instantly toggle to your preferred heights.
If you like what Uplift and Fully both have to offer, but prefer a standing desk that costs a couple hundred less, the SHW is the alternative to consider. Reviewers have used the desk with up to three monitors and reported that it maintained its sturdiness and held up well.
The desktop comes in cherry and oak finishes and measures 55 inches long by 28 inches deep.View Now at Amazon
This is another affordable standing desk option. It’s best if you already have a work desk that you love. The E7 sits on top of an existing table and adds up to 21 inches of height. The desktop itself measures 30 inches long by 21.5 inches deep. It has a built-in electric keypad, too, which controls the height of the desk and can be programmed to save the heights you prefer.
The E7 also offers single or dual mounts for your monitors. It’s capable of lifting up to 110 pounds. It has a detachable tiered keyboard tray, as well, which means your keyboard and mouse can stay at hand level while the monitor is higher up at eye level.
The desk surface comes in four colors (black, white, bamboo, and rubberwood), while the base and monitor mounts are only available in black and white.View Now at Amazon
Price: Starts at $250
If your main concern when it comes to finding a standing desk is price then the Flexispot ClassicRiser Standing Desk Converter is a more budget-friendly option. It starts at $250 for the smallest 27-inch option and tops out at $300 for the larger 47-inch model.
The ClassicRiser adds between 5.9 inches to 19.5 inches to an existing desktop, but unlike the previous standing desks on this list, it’s not electric. In order to switch between heights, you use a lever located on the side of the desk converter. It’s not strenuous at all, but it’s also not as easy as clicking a button either. There are a lot of other additional features, like monitor mounts, but if you’re just focused on the cheapest desktop, this might be your best bet.View Now at FlexiSpot
The StorkStand is known for two things: Affordability and portability.
It simply unfolds and attaches to the back of your office chair. It can hold up to 50 pounds and has a 17-inch by 15.5-inch surface that’s perfect for most laptops. The 2.25-inch thick rectangle table weighs only 4.2 pounds, too, so you squeeze it into larger laptop bags and take it on the go.
If you’ve got a desk chair and work primarily on a laptop, this might be a perfect fit for you, especially with $20 off its usual price of $150.View Now at StorkStand
Price: Starts at $2,500
The Adler Adjustable Desk is a premium desk from Ohio Design. It’s inspired by a machinist’s work table from the early 1900s. Each piece is handmade upon order, and you can request different sizes and finishes. The desktop measures 30 inches wide by 60 inches long.
Keeping with the time it’s inspired by, the desk’s operated manually by a cast iron crank. The desk’s height can be adjusted between 27 inches and 42 inches.
The main issue is, of course, the price. But if you’re willing to spend the extra money, this one-of-a-kind table that’s as much a work of art as it is a workspace.View Now at Ohio Design
This is the true bargain version of a standing desk. It has a wood desktop that measures 23.6 inches by 16 inches. The height can be adjusted to anywhere between 20.5 inches to 33 inches tall. This being a cheaper desk, you have to adjust the height manually using a twist-lock knob, which might make switching back and forth between sitting a standing a little more cumbersome.
Still, though, this desk costs under $35. It’s sturdy, and thanks to lockable castor wheels, it’s pretty portable. So, if you’re just looking for something so you can stand and work for a few minutes at a time throughout the day, then this might be the best option for you.View Now at Amazon
This is another affordable option.
The SHW Height Adjustable Mobile Laptop Stand has a no-frills design that’s built for functionality. Its height can be adjusted between 28 inches and 33 inches tall. It uses a locking knob in order to adjust the height. Its desktop is a little wider than the Seville Classics desk cart at 26 inches.
It’s not much to look at, honestly, but it works if you need to move a laptop around with you all day.View Now at Amazon
This is a fixed-height standing desk, meaning its a standing desk that can’t move, but it’s also not at all expensive. The desk is 46.1 inches tall and has two tiers — the main higher tier is for desktop monitors or laptop, while the lower tier for your keyboard and mouse.
There’s also monitor mounts available at additional cost. It features lockable castor wheels, too, so it can be moved around your workspace.View Now at Amazon
Now that you’ve picked out your new standing desk, you’ll need to start figuring out which accessories you need to complete your new workstation. Here’s a rundown of all the cool add-ons you should consider.
So, if you’ve already leaped standing while you work — why not start walking while you’re typing, too? They work pretty simply. It’s just a treadmill that sits underneath your desk.
Get those steps in!
Anti-fatigue standing desk mats
Standing, even for just a few minutes per hour, is so much better for you than sitting all day long. There’s only one problem with it: You can get sore standing in place. So, one of the must-haves for standing desk owners is something comfy for you to stand on while you’re working.
Balance discs are inflatable cushions that you can stand or sit on while working. Don’t be fooled by the name — you’re not going to fall over while you’re working. The discs are designed to activate core muscles while you stand.
Best standing desk converter for 2021
A standing desk is widely considered to be healthier than sitting all day. It can help you maintain your energy, increase your productivity levels and maybe even give you some longevity. These are all potentially relieving benefits for anyone who has a job that requires sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.
That said, making the switch to a standing desk doesn’t mean you need to ditch your current desk altogether. And you certainly don’t need to crowd your workspace with a separate full standing desk. With a standing desk converter, the transition to a standing desk can be smooth and effortless.
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While there are a handful of DIY standing desk conversions that work well if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there’s no shortage of quality commercial standing desk converters for those who prefer not to pick up a hacksaw and hammer to update their current desk situation.
Many standing desk converters have sit-stand (that’s sitting and standing) capabilities and features, with varying texture and build options, from beveled wood to aluminum. Some come with an adjustable height range and a keyboard platform (one even has a removable keyboard tray!). Other adjustable standing desk converter options have surface area for a keyboard and mouse mat at the same height as the computer monitor. Others are much smaller, with a laptop riser and just enough room for the essentials (sorry about your keyboard and your dual monitor setup). Ultimately though, you’re going to want a sit-stand desk that will get you out of your traditional seated desk and lead to a healthier, less tired, happier you and a quality working session.
If you’re ready to upgrade your regular desk with the best standing desk converter, the following are our top picks.StandStand
Most standing desk conversion kits are semipermanent and solely seek to raise your existing desk workspace.
Place it on top of your current desk; add the monitor or laptop, keyboard and mouse; and adjust the riser to the proper height adjustment that you want for your work surface.
StandStand is an entirely different stand desk converter experience. From its inception, it was intended to be a truly portable quality standing desk converter. This stand up desk converter is meant to be assembled or disassembled in a few seconds and users can effortlessly pack the desk riser away in a backpack.
Another benefit is the desktop converter is very strong, yet lightweight. It is smooth and effortless to employ. This standing desk converter is also one of the most affordable workstation conversions available.
- The StandStand is incredibly affordable, starting at just $59 for the baltic birch model and $89 for bamboo.
- While this standing desk converter does exhibit some “rotational play,” it’s very sturdy. According to the Kickstarter campaign page, StandStand was able to withstand a load capacity of over 900 pounds (408 kilograms) without breaking.
- It’s very lightweight and packable, making it one of the only truly portable stand desk solutions around.
- StandStand comes in four different sizes between 9 and 16 inches (23 and 41 centimeters).
- With StandStand, there is no additional surface workspace at standing height, only enough room for the laptop.
- It only features one working surface for desk space, which means either your keyboard is going to be too high or your monitor will be too low (unless you have a laptop, in which case your keyboard will still be attached to your monitor).
If you were to take StandStand and turn it into a more permanent stand up desk solution, you would end up with Readydesk, a wooden workspace elevator that comes with two adjustable height shelves.
Readydesk has a work surface wide enough to hold two 27-inch monitors, with an adjustable height to suit most people between five feet, three inches and six feet, three inches (1.5 and 1.8 meters) tall, and even features some built-in cable management.
You can also purchase an additional shelf or a laptop rise if you want additional workspace or need tilting ability to raise your laptop a few inches.
- The Readydesk is easily assembled (without tools) and highly adjustable.
- Quality cross-braces keep the riser from shaking.
- At $155, Readydesk is still one of the cheaper standing desk converter options.
- Readydesk height adjustable standing desk is a semi-permanent standing desk conversion, meaning you likely won’t be switching your desk back and forth between sitting and standing for short periods of time or even on a daily basis.
- Adjusting the surface height of your keyboard and mouse or monitors means removing an entire shelf, making it slightly more tricky and time-consuming than other adjustable solutions.
Varidesk Pro Plus is one of the most compelling desk conversion kits available today, which is why it’s one of our top picks for the best standing desk converter. This stand-up desk converter boasts excellent desk riser quality and standing height stability for an overall smooth experience for its users and no wobbling. This adjustable standing desk converter is a two-tiered system that adjusts your monitors and keyboard and mouse together, in one swift motion, making it one of the best standing desk converter options for your workstation.
Varidesk Pro Plus comes preassembled and ready to use out of the box. Sit the desk riser on your existing desk, place your monitor or laptop on the top shelf, keyboard and mouse on the lower shelf and raise the desk to one of the preset height settings.
The Varidesk Pro Plus adjustable standing desk converter comes in three different models: 30, 36 and 48. The 30 is meant for a single monitor setup, while the 36 offers a dual monitor setup. The 48 is meant for people up to 6 feet, 1 inch tall and features work surface space for a dual monitor setup, as well as accessories on the top shelf and a keyboard, mouse and tablet on the lower shelf of the steel frame.
- The benefits are that this standing desk converter adjusts more easily than other standing conversions, with the entire desktop surface workspace (the top and bottom tiers) moving in tandem. The 30 and 368 have 11 different surface height adjustments, and the 48 features nine height settings for lowering or lifting your workstation.
- The Varidesk Pro Plus sacrifices very little work area at standing or sitting heights.
- Varidesk Pro Plus is very sturdy and, depending on the model, can hold between 35 and 45 pounds.
- Starting at $295 and going up to $500, Varidesk Pro Plus is one of the more expensive stand desk conversions around.
The Ergotron WorkFit-T and the Varidesk Pro Plus are direct competitors. The WorkFit-T has a similar design with comparable features and variations. The major difference between the WorkFit-T and Varidesk Pro Plus is that the WorkFit-T moves vertically, whereas the Varidesk shifts outward (toward users) when raised. If space is a tight squeeze, the minimalist WorkFit-T may be a better fit.
- The Ergotron WorkFit-T adjusts vertically with the press of two buttons, and it has 15 inches of vertical adjustment.
- This standing desk converter ships preassembled and ready to use out of the box.
- Unlike the Varidesk Pro Plus, the surface height adjustment on this uplift desk is entirely vertical with no lateral movement.
- The Ergotron WorkFit-T holds up to 35 pounds and features a fair amount of workspace at standing or sitting height. The updated model, WorkFit-TL, has a weight capacity of up to 40 pounds and adds a few inches in all dimensions, offering slightly more monitor and keyboard space than the T model.
- The WorkFit-T sells for $389 and the WorkFit-TL can be purchased for $399 from ErgoDirect, making it even more expensive than the similar Varidesk Pro Plus.
WorkEZ is the middle ground between Varidesk Pro Plus and StandStand. This adjustable sit stand desk provides a smooth, small and lightweight conversion that can be easily installed or removed, but it’s also highly adjustable and has a keyboard tray.
WorkEZ features three pieces: the laptop or monitor mount, a separate keyboard tray and a detachable mouse pad. The laptop and monitor riser can be adjusted to virtually any angle and up to an adjustable height of 18 inches above the existing desk height. The laptop stand, keyboard tray and mouse pad are all independently adjustable, making it one of the most customizable conversions available.
- At $100, the WorkEZ Standing Desk is adequately priced between the StandStand and Varidesk Pro Plus.
- It is easily added or removed from a traditional desk surface, making the height adjustable desk ideal for both sitting and standing.
- With individual desktop surface adjustments for the laptop or monitor, keyboard and trackpad angle and height, it’s easily the most customizable sit stand workstation, with plenty of adjustable conversions offered.
- The downside is that the WorkEZ is not the most smooth and stable stand up conversion option.
- Like the StandStand, the WorkEZ features no additional workspace at standing height.
- WorkEZ only fits one monitor or a laptop, and it can only hold up to approximately 13 pounds. If you have an additional monitor or a heavy duty monitor that exceeds that weight limit, you’ll need something like LIFT.
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We’ve been using and recommending height adjustable desks since their invention, so it was only natural that we would use the knowledge we gained to design our own. Our team developed UPLIFT Desk to be the standing office desk for everyone. Build your UPLIFT Desk by choosing from dozens of different desktop options paired with a two, three or four-leg height adjustable desk frame, and then add ergonomic accessories to complete your perfect ergonomic desk.
Each UPLIFT Desk is designed to have industry-best stability and low energy consumption motors that smoothly and quietly move the surface up and down in seconds. We offer a wide variety of electric adjustable height desks to fit any budget and space with an industry leading all-inclusive 15 year warranty. So check out our high end UPLIFT solid wood & bamboo desks or our value priced UPLIFT laminate and recycled desks.
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Adjustable height desks are a wise investment for any person who spends more than a couple hours at a computer every day. A typical American can spend as much as 90% of their day sitting, and research has shown numerous health benefits associated with standing more. Standing burns more calories, increases circulation, and improves productivity and alertness. And studies show that hitting the gym a few times a week doesn’t offset the damage done by sitting too much.
We also offer every desk accessory you could need to allow you to work in perfect ergonomic comfort with a unique style that is all your own. Our experts have carefully selected, tested, and even designed accessories for each desk type. These accessories are available for your convenience as options as you build your UPLIFT Desk on our website. You can even add a desk treadmill to help you get even more active during your work day!
We are happy you are considering sitting less by upgrading your office to an adjustable height desk. Prolonged durations of sitting have been shown to reduce productivity and increase health related work absences. For more detailed information, please read our blog entries that explain how everyone from students, office workers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals can “stand to benefit” from a stand up desk.
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All bodies are not created equal, so any desk where we park ours for much of the day should offer some level of personalization. But most of us sit at the same desk despite what’s most comfortable for us individually (and we probably have no idea that things could be different). Enter: adjustable desks. The best adjustable desks will accommodate varying heights and body types of multiple users.
You can maneuver height adjustable desks by lifting and lowering them to suit whatever you happen to be doing or your mood on any given day. Do you like standing during virtual meetings, but sitting when you do deep work? An adjustable-height desk can meet you wherever you are.
Maybe you just want to take a stand. For those who suffer from back issues or become uncomfortable after long periods of sitting, an adjustable office desk can be transformed into a standing unit that allows you to stretch. And research shows that alternating between standing and sitting throughout the day is good for you. That’s why adjustable standing desks are touted for their ergonomic benefits, which include relief from back and neck pain as well as increased comfort and the potential to take standing breaks without having to stop working.
Features to consider when shopping for an adjustable desk
The best adjustable desk for you will depend on your specific needs. How many people will be using it? How high and low do you need it to go in order to stand and sit comfortably, and how heavy are the items you’ll be resting on top of it? Will you be working at your computer or gaming or both? What special features do you need? That’s a lot to consider, so read on for the questions you should ask yourself when choosing the right one for you.
How important are reviews when shopping for the best adjustable desk?
When making any major purchase, it’s always a good idea to seek input from others who have had experience with the type of product or specific brand you’re looking to buy. Sometimes it may be the best way to narrow down myriad options into a shortlist. But should the best-reviewed adjustable desk always win?
Well, sometimes. As important as it is to know how a particular adjustable desk has worked for others, it’s still a very personal purchase. Every user will have different requirements and preferences, and there’s often little definitive consensus. A good approach is to start with a few desks that get the highest marks from reviewers, and then evaluate those based on your own personal preferences and requirements. This will lead to more informed buying while leaving you less vulnerable to inaccurate reviews. Ultimately, the only way to know for sure if you’ve found the best adjustable desk for you is by sitting or standing at it yourself.
Best-reviewed adjustable desk: Vari Electric Standing Desk
This item supports up to 220 pounds, and it has four programmable height settings. AmazonCheck Price
The combination of reclaimed wood, T-style legs, and heavy-duty steel feet ensures dependability and durability for this adjustable desk. The height range is between 25.5 and 50.5 feet, the dual-motor is quiet, and it takes only about 10 minutes to set up.
Do you need an electric adjustable desk?
The best adjustable standing desks are either electric or pneumatic. Electric ones move more smoothly than pneumatic models and require just a single press of a button to raise and lower. Some also come with a built-in power board that has both USB ports and plug sockets, so once you plug the desk into the wall outlet, all your electronic equipment can be powered by the desk.
Also, many electric adjustable desks have memory presets so you can save your favorite heights and switch between them with the push of a button.
With pneumatic desks, you press down a lever to activate a gas cylinder that causes the desk to go up or down. There’s no need to plug it in, and since you don’t need an outlet to power it, you don’t have to feel limited only to spots near a plug. Pneumatic desks are also faster and quieter than electric adjustable desks, and sometimes lighter and easier to put together.
Best electric adjustable desk: Flexispot Standing Desk
Rise and Fall
This desk changes its level at a rate of one foot every 12 seconds, and it can hold up to 154 pounds. AmazonCheck Price
This electric adjustable desk has separate up and down buttons that can take it anywhere from 28 to 47.6 inches high. The frame is made with powder-coated steel tubing that resists scratching and staining, and while you’re adjusting it, the motor keeps the noise level relatively unobtrusive, at under 50 decibels.
What about an adjustable gaming desk?
Adjustable desks aren’t just for work. Gamers may want an adjustable desk to stay comfortable while playing and keep them from sitting too long during marathon sessions. Since it’s a sport that requires certain equipment, they’ll need a play station that can carry the load of the monitor and any other items needed for successful gaming, like keyboards, computers, laptops, controllers, headsets, and monitor arms for multiple screens. A design that matches the gaming equipment is always a nice bonus.
A standing adjustable desk offers gamers many of the same benefits it offers people who use it strictly for work. One that comes with memory settings will allow them to spend less time achieving the perfect height and more time gaming to win. Last but not least, when gamers get fired up and start pounding and shaking the tabletop, they’ll need an adjustable gaming desk that offers enough stability to withstand the excitement.
Best adjustable gaming desk: Mr IRONSTONE Gaming Desk
Packed with Features
The R-style legs are made of durable metal, and the table has its own built-in energy source for easy charging. AmazonCheck Price
This adjustable gaming desk can comfortably fit a monitor, PC, laptop, speakers, and all your gaming equipment, and it comes with a headphone hook, cup holder, and adjustable leg pads to keep it from wobbling. It can also double as a computer desk, writing desk, or general workstation when you’re not in-game mode.
What will you be putting on your adjustable desk?
Even if you’re not a gamer, you may have a lot of things to store on your table space so make sure your height-adjustable desk can take the weight of your monitor(s) and anything else you might need to set on top of it. As a general rule, the higher the lift capacity, the more weight your desk will be able to handle. Electric adjustable desks with top boards up to five or six feet long can comfortably carry between 220 and 330 pounds.
The good news is that the weight of whatever you put on your adjustable desk probably won’t even begin to approach that vicinity, especially if your heaviest piece of equipment is your computer. Just keep in mind that if you exceed the “ideal use weight” of, say 30 to 50 pounds, when you adjust the height, the transition may not be as smooth and effortless as when you’re in the target weight range.
If you’ll be using a lot of electronic equipment, consider the potential for cord overload creating unsightly entanglements that get in the way. Cable ties are a good solution, but a desk with a built-in cord management system will help keep everything in order. Finally, if you’ll be spending a lot of time on the computer while at your adjustable desk, a top with a beveled edge will give your forearms a more comfortable resting place.
Best adjustable computer desk: SHW Electric Memory Preset Height Adjustable Computer Desk
This dark and lovely model has a grommet and basket for cord organization and bottom glides to keep it level and stable. AmazonCheck Price
This adjustable computer desk features a minimalist design and can be fixed at any height between 28 and 46 inches, with the option to preset four different levels. The base is made of industrial-grade steel, so sturdy is a given. The best part: It can handle up to 110 pounds of weight.
What extra features do you want in your office desk?
An adjustable sit-stand desk is great to accessorize your personal style. It can also enhance the usefulness of the table. The options are endless: Rectangular, U-shaped, and L-shaped adjustable desks provide more working space, while drawers bring more storage to the table. A triple segmented steel frame can give you additional inches for desk height, and an expandable top offers the potential for more table space if you need it. A memory handset allows for advanced control functions, and you can even get a customized motor to go higher and lower more quickly—and quietly.
Best adjustable desk for customization: TOPSKY Dual Motor Electric Adjustable Standing Computer Desk
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The heavy-duty powder-coated steel supports up to 225 pounds, and you can complement it with a board that’s as big or small as you need it to be. AmazonCheck Price
The frame of this adjustable home office desk includes premium adjustable features, including an anti-collision function that protects it from bumps and scratches and an LED display that lets you know how high or low it is while it’s going up and down, in inches and centimeters. Top this best adjustable desk for customization with a simple flat board or add drawers, cabinets, shelves, a hook for hanging your headphones and attachments for keeping your cables in order. It’s truly got something for everyone.
Best cheap adjustable desk: What you get for under $200
Want an adjustable office desk that fits your budget, too? Although you’ll have to spend a little to get a little, there’s no need to go broke getting one. Sure, some topflight models can set you back thousands if you go for as many premium features as possible, but you can definitely get a decent cheap adjustable desk for no more than a couple hundred bucks.
Best cheap adjustable desk: SHW Electric Height Adjustable Desk, 40″
Value and Functionality
This option is finished with a rust-proof coating, and four rolling wheels allow it to be moved easily to different locations. AmazonCheck Price
This cheap, height adjustable desk features manual adjustment and five different heights that range from 27.9 to 42.5 inches. It has enough table space (45.7″ X 23.6″) for dual monitors and any other necessary office supplies. You’ll have to put a bit more effort into changing the height, but that’s the main trade-off for a price that’s well below average.
Best Adjustable Desks FAQ: people also ask
How do you choose an adjustable desk?
To choose an adjustable desk, consider how many people will be using it, what you will be putting on it, and whether you want to control it manually or electronically. Of course, you may also want to get one that matches the decor of the room where you’ll be using it.
How much is a good adjustable desk?
A good adjustable desk will require a bit of financial investment. You can get them for as low as $150, but a good electric sit-to-stand desk can run anywhere between $480 and $2,000. Around $500 or $600 is probably the happy space where you can get high quality without spending more than you have to.
Are adjustable desks worth it?
Adjustable desks are totally worth the investment. They offer a more comfortable and versatile working environment. At standing height, an adjustable desk can relieve upper back and neck pain and improve your overall mood.
A final word on shopping for the best adjustable desk
The best adjustable desk allows for a more versatile workspace, and along with a comfy, ergonomic chair, it might be the most important piece of home-office furniture your money can buy. An automatic adjustable electric desk gives your back a break while promoting overall better muscular and mental health. Whether you intend to be mostly working at the computer or using your adjustable furniture for gaming, there are plenty of options to enhance both your sitting and standing experience.
The Best Standing Desks To Upgrade Your Home Office
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Sitting for long periods isn’t recommended for anyone. And while you may not be able to get away from your home office as much as you’d like, the best standing desks give you a good excuse to get up and stretch your legs more than you would lounging back in your chair (no matter how good it is). Standing desks provide a variety of potential health benefits for the user, from aiding in alleviating back pain to potentially helping weight loss by increasing your caloric output.
You don’t even need to part with your current desk if you don’t want to—frames and convertible desk stands help get you standing while allowing you to keep the original desk. From electric models that remember your favorite heights to manual options with a crank handle that encourage physicality just that bit more, here are the best standing desks you can buy no matter what you’re looking for.
Best Standing Desk Overall
Seville Classics Airlift Tempered Glass
Standing desks that tick all the boxes are hard to find, but the Seville Classics Airlift with tempered glass top gets very close. It’s a sturdy sit-and-stand desk that can hold 160 pounds of evenly spread weight. Plus it has dual motors for fast and smooth height adjustment and a touchscreen height control panel that can store up to three specific heights. Once you’ve found heights that you like the most, you can return to them with the touch of a button. The tempered glass surface not only gives it a truly premium feel, but you can write on it with dry erase pens for quick and easy note taking and doodling, if you’d like.
It’s not the biggest standing desk out there, but there’s still plenty of desk space for a large monitor (or multiple), as well as a desktop computer or laptop and all your needed peripherals. It also has a handy storage drawer and USB charging ports for all your smart devices. Better yet, it does all that for under $500.forbes.comWalmart Coupons | 20% Off In March 2021 | Forbes Best High-End Standing Desk
Herman Miller Renew Sit-to-Stand Desk
Herman Miller is an innovator in the work-from-home space. From standing desks to ergonomic office chairs, the retailer develops products focused on problem-solving (and making you more productive). The Renew Sit-to-Stand Desk, one of the most popular adjustable standing desks, is sleek but functional. It has a motorized lift with an intuitive lever—all you have to do is pull up to raise the desk or push down to lower it—that adjusts from 27 to 46 inches. The die-cast aluminum legs support up to 250 pounds, while the beveled edges and concealed screw heads give it a polished, high-end look.
Although the standing desk isn’t totally customizable, there are some options. You can opt for it with or without cord management and it comes in four finishes and three different leg color combos, so you can mix and match to create a look that perfectly coordinates with your home office space.
Best Budget Standing Desk
AIZ Mobile Standing Computer Desk
Budget standing desks don’t offer the same ease of use or flexibility of the more expensive options, but they don’t have to be terrible, either. The AIZ Mobile Standing Computer Desk works well in both seated and standing modes, and offers fine tuning of each corner’s height on an individual basis, so you can slant the table slightly forward if that’s of particular use to you.
The desk surface measures 31.5 inches wide and 19.7 inches deep, giving you plenty of room for your laptop, keyboard and mouse and additional displays if you want them. There’s also a handy storage shelf underneath to put other items within easy reach while you’re working or playing. Unlike other budget standing desks, this solution is also relatively sturdy. With an 80-pound weight capacity, some larger desktop computers might be better suited on the floor next to it, but for larger laptops, multiple monitors or any PC peripherals you have, you shouldn’t run into any stability issues.
This desk is also a great solution if you want a new backdrop for your next Zoom call. Its built-in wheels make this standing desk easy to move around whether you’re on hard floor or carpet, and when you’re satisfied with your location, the dual brakes make sure it stays where you want it.
Best Standing Desk for Gamers
Evodesk Single Level Desktop
EvoDesk offers not only an amazing standing desk for gamers, but a heavily customizable one too. The base model isn’t cheap, but it can handle up to 355 pounds and has powerful fast-moving motors. Plus, it comes with a host of unique features like a mounting point for monitor arms, a cable management tray, integrated storage solutions and desktop PC mounts.
There are gaming desks that are tricked out with RGB lighting and gimmicky effects, but the EvoDesk focuses on what’s most important: a sturdy, powerful sit/stand desk that operates quietly, smoothly and without wobble. It has a programmable controller that lets you set a number of pre-defined heights, as well as control the desk height with a compatible smartphone app. It’s also compatible with optional extras which have a truly practical function, like a built-in treadmill and a Harman Kardon speaker system.
You can also customize your EvoDesk construction. While the standard laminate-coated wood is the most affordable option, you can pick from a wide selection of hardwoods and some recycled woods.
Best Frame-Only Standing Desk
Flybold Sit Stand Desk Frame
If you have a decent desk already but wish it would go up and down too, then buying a sit/stand desk frame is a great way to save some money. You’ll need to detach your desk from whatever frame it has now, but when you have it off, mounting to the Flybold Electric Sit Stand Desk Frame is relatively quick and easy.
This frame supports desk sizes between 41 and 85 inches wide, and has a maximum weight support of 180 pounds. It’s a single motor solution, so it isn’t the fastest at height adjustment. Dual motor options are available, but they raise the price considerably, so much so you might just consider buying a new desk altogether.
The controller features one-press up and down buttons, as well as three memory modes so you can store specific heights. It also has a built-in timer, so you can keep an eye on how long you’re standing or sitting in a single session—great if you’re trying to ease into standing more often. The Flybold Electric Standing Desk Frame also comes complete with its own anti-fatigue mat to help ward off any foot pain over long standing sessions.
Best L-Shaped Standing Desk
Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk
If you need some extra work space, the Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk is a modern solution that fits nicely into the corner, and holds up to 535 pounds. Designed by perfectionists, the Jarvis desk has an all-steel frame with upper and lower cross bars that help improve stability and widening lifting columns that ensure a sturdy base. It has a total of three motors (one in each leg) so the desk rises quickly and evenly, at a rate of 1.5 inches per second.
There’s an electronic, programmable handset that allows you to adjust the height from 23 inches to 48.5 inches with the push of a button and noise attenuation pads that muffle sound and vibration, so you don’t disturb anyone around you. And because the L-shaped top is made of two separate rectangular pieces, it can be assembled in either a left- or right-facing configuration.
Best Looking Standing DeskMcreynolds Height Adjustable Standing Desk
With some standing desks you have to sacrifice looks for function, but that’s not the case with the Mcreynolds Height Adjustable Standing Desk. This country chic standing desk has a French and English dovetail construction with warm antique finishes and distressing that are perfect for that modern farmhouse vibe. Because it’s made of a combination of real wood and manufactured wood, every desk has a slightly different grain color, finish and/or wood knots.
The top of the table lifts up, allowing you to adjust the height from 30 inches to 41 inches. The desk also has three drawers and a keyboard tray, so you can neatly pack away all of your office essentials and keep your work space looking clean and polished.
Best Manual Standing Desk
Atlantic Height Adjustable Desk
If you aren’t planning to adjust the height of your standing desk very often, or want an extra reason for physical activity during your day, then a manual standing desk is a good way to go. The Atlantic Height Adjustable Desk is a sit/stand desk that you can manually shift anywhere between 28 inches and 41.3 inches, giving plenty of scope for all sorts of users big and small. There’s a broad and deep surface, so there’s plenty of room for all your gadgets, monitors and accessories.
There isn’t the same kind of weight limit for a manual standing desk, as it all depends on how hard you can crank the adjustment handle. For the sake of your arms you’ll want to avoid putting over 100 pounds on there, but if you’re particularly strong you may be able to go beyond that. Some users have reported that going from the minimum to maximum height can take close to 100 revolutions, so you may want to make changes less frequently than you would with an electric standing desks.
Best Standing Desk Converter
If you want a standing desk experience without modifying or swapping out your existing desk, a desk converter is the next best thing. The Flexispot 32-inch converter lets you place your monitor(s) and peripherals on a height adjustable stand so that when you want to stand you can just lift them up with you. The 32-inch model here is the largest, giving you additional support for larger and multiple monitor setups, but if you don’t need that much room, there are smaller models you can opt for instead to save a few dollars.
The weight capacity is 33 pounds, so you don’t want to lean on this like you might a full standing desk—especially the keyboard tray, which has a weight limit of just four pounds—but the safety bracing system will prevent any of your hardware from crashing down to the desk if you happen to forget one day. The X-Lift structure design also helps you lower your electronics back down to ground at a sedate pace and the desk converter also offers sliding rails, so you can laterally move your displays left or right.forbes.comAmazon Promo Codes | 15% Off In March 2021 | Forbes
Does a standing desk really help?
Yes! While you may be used to it, sitting at a desk all day isn’t the best for your health. Among other things, sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a slew of health issues, including heart disease and stroke. That’s why many people have turned to standing desks.
A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health studied participants as they performed computer work, watched TV, stood and walked on a treadmill. The researchers found that, when participants sat, they burned about 80 calories an hour. When they stood, they burned about 88 calories an hour.
Yes, it’s not a huge difference, but those little calories can add up over time. If you used a standing desk for five hours a day, five days a week, you’d burn an extra 200 calories. After four weeks, you’d burn an extra 800 calories, and that can ultimately contribute to weight loss.
The Cornell University Department of Ergonomics also says that 90 percent more pressure is put on your back when you sit vs. stand, so standing may be able to help alleviate, or prevent, back pain too. There are no major definitive, long-term studies on the health benefits of standing desks, but there are a lot of shorter studies which suggest there is a correlation.
How long should you stand at a standing desk per day?
You don’t want to stand all day, especially to begin with, but once you’ve gotten used to it and built up your stamina, spending half your day standing and the rest sitting is a good way to stay active, burn extra calories and ward off chronic aches and pains.
What kind of standing desk should you buy?
The most important consideration here is how often you want to change position. If you only plan to change between seated and standing once a day or once every few days, then a manual desk is perfectly fine. If you want to change them more often than that, it’s worth considering an electric standing desk instead, as it not only removes some of the physical hassle of changing height, but also speeds up the process. It’s also a good idea to consider a model with height memory functions, so that you can quickly return to your ideal height for sitting or standing, once you’ve found them.
If you like your existing desk, or feel like changing it entirely would be a massive hassle, consider a desk converter instead. They’re an affordable way to get you standing while keeping your monitor and peripherals at a comfortable height that encourages good posture, all without needing to change anything about your existing furniture setup.
How much should you spend on a standing desk?
Like most furniture, you can spend as much or as little as you like—but you tend to get what you pay for. Two hundred dollar standing desks aren’t as sturdy as the more costly ones, though once you get beyond $400, you’re really paying for the types of materials used in construction. Real hardwoods can cost well over $1,000 in the most expensive standing desks.
A $300-$500 standing desk will typically give you all the power you need for swiftly raising and lowering the desk, and the surface will be attractive and functional. You just might need to wipe up any spills quickly to avoid damaging the laminate.
How I bought a table with adjustable height / Habr
not big post I would like to touch upon one of the important problems that any resident of Habr faces – the inconvenience of a constant “sitting” position and the inability to “stand” when working at a computer
Yes, some couple of years ago, Kotyamba in his post “The ideal table for daily work at the computer” proposed a solution to this problem, but I was upset by the lack of approximate prices, various comparisons, the table assembly process and other “ goodies “, without which Habr becomes dull and boring
Therefore, I decided to share my experience and information collected during the purchase of such an interesting table
How did it all start?
One fine day, after finishing work on another project and getting up from my workplace, I suddenly thought: “How cool it would be if the table adjusted to me, and not me to the table”
The thought seemed to me more than sound , and the whole evening of that day was spent looking for such a table and evaluating the proposals from the leading IMs offering such a miracle
What did this search lead to?
The huge availability of offers, of course, impressed, and in the end I stopped at a choice:
The lifting mechanism influenced the final choice of the table: I met many opinions that the gas lift is a rather inconvenient and not designed for a large load structure.Also, a small review on Lifehacker “hinted” that with such a table adjustment you can sweat a little:
The key word here is “electrically adjustable” – this means that you will not need to constantly move and unscrew something. Just press the button and the table will rise or fall to the desired height
Yes, I admit, the price of the Cartesian was pleasing, but I
I chose a table for myself for a long time, so I paid attention to the useful properties of the table from the point of view of its intended use.
At the same time in Duo I was bribed by the presence of additional gadgets in the form of a retractable socket and a cable pass. Little things, but damn nice.
And so, the choice fell on the ErgoStol Duo, which was subsequently successfully ordered.
A few words about delivery
Considering that I do not live so close to the capital (Stavropol), I was pleased with the relatively fast delivery of the table: the order was placed on June 4, and received on June 10.
Everything was packed in rigid cardboard.In addition, the store assured me that in case of damage to the goods by the transport company, a new copy would be sent to me free of charge.
Assembling the table is surprisingly easy
Armed with the tools anddownloading the assembly instructions
, I got to work.
The table was assembled in approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
I decided to comment on the assembly process itself, so that some points either did not agree with the instructions, or were poorly described in it.
And so, we unpack the parcel
Next, we connect the two legs to each other, getting a frame on which you can already put the tabletop
Then the most interesting thing: since the motor is built only in one leg, then we connect it with the second using a traverse. As they explained to me in the support service, the traverse can be made of any length (up to 180 cm), which allows you to order tables 2 – 2.5 meters long (for conferences, perhaps the very thing)
That’s it, the frame is ready
Now we put the countertop on the floor and attach the frame to it.We align the holes in the frame with the holes in the countertops and pull it all in with the self-tapping screws included in the kit
Then we connect the power, which consists of a power supply and a control panel
Adding the final touches
And the final version, to which we went for so long
I will separately say about the control panel: it is quite
smart-ass “cunning” (still, two buttons), and for the table to move, you need to hold down both buttons in the same direction …As they explained to me on the phone, this is not a bug, as one might think, but a feature – protection from accidental clicks and from children
I have been using it for more than three weeks – normal flight
Basically, I work at the computer by alternating positions: for example, I work sitting for about 1 hour, then standing for 20-25 minutes. You can also say during a change of position: “We wrote, we wrote – our fingers are tired …”. Although, probably, they only spoke like that in my school.Or not?
Finally, some interesting facts
- This post was written exclusively while standing
- Children like to ride on the table
- The table adds +10 to the talent of endurance
- Working at such a table, you are always in the center of attention of curious people around (relatives, friends, acquaintances)
UPD dated 02.12.2017
Several years have passed since the publication of the article, and I am still bombarded with questions on social networks and in the mail regarding the choice of such a table.
During this time, it was possible to assemble a few more tables to friends from different manufacturers, so those who have a desire to write to me, I suggest not to do this, but to read further.
My attention at the moment is attracted by the Shapdesk table model, which significantly benefits in cost and has the ability to complete tables with oak tabletops. The rest work so far only with laminated chipboard and, as it seems to me, this is not comme il faut.
The main point in this story: alternate between sitting and standing.Better yet, exercise and eat healthy foods.