Standing Desk Converters

Which Stand Up Desk Converter is right for you?

On this page, we're going to try and do three things for you:

  1. Help you understand exactly what an adjustable standing desk converter is
  2. Explain the different types of standing desk converters you can consider
  3. Help guide you to the ideal stand up desk converter for you or your company

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Because we work with so many different manufacturers, we maintain a completely independent and objective perspective on all of the products we sell and discuss.  So if you ever feel like you don't know who to believe... that's why we're here!

What is a Standing Desk Converter?

Standing desk converters are an easy and affordable way to turn your existing desk into a sit-stand desk.  Although there are many different types and styles, a standing desk converter can be defined by any product that sits on top of your current desk and allows you to adjust the height of your keyboard and monitors from sit to stand.  

(note: Standing desk converters are also sometimes referred to as just "Standing desks."  Confusing, right?!)

Some people are surprised to learn that a vast majority of the sit to stand products sold today are desk converters.  But there's a good reason for this: standing desk converters are much less expensive than the average standing desk (especially the good ones that last more than a few months), and they are considerably easier to purchase and assemble

Think about it... If you're buying a whole new desk you probably have a lot to consider: color matching and decor, dimensions and fit (particularly in a cubicle), proximity to electricity, etc.  Plus, you have to figure out what to do with your old desk (that one you've probably already invested a pretty penny in), and you may need some help assembling a new one.

Standing desk converters remove a lot of this complexity, and still give you all the wonderful benefits of adjusting from sit to stand.

InMovement Standing Desk converter on table


Which type of standing desk converter should you buy?

There are 3 key types of desk converters:

  1. Desk Risers
  2. Column-Style Converters (sometimes referred to as "Post & Base")
  3. Floating Arm Converters

Below we've put together a simple guide to explain the differences between each type.  When you find the style that is right for you, click the link or the image to learn more and to find the exact standing desk converter for you.  Or you can scroll down to find some more specific collections of desk converters, to fit your specific need.

Desk Risers

Flexispot Standing Desk Converter


Desk Risers are by far the most popular style of standing desk converter, because they are the easiest and most affordable.  Most desk risers come fully assembled, and range in price from $150 - $500. 

They typically feature a two-tier design, to help bring your monitors up to eye-level, for advanced improved ergonomics.

There are many different types within the desk riser family, but just to list a few - here are some of the most popular collections of desk risers:


View Desk Risers


Column-style Converters



Column-Style Standing Desk Converters (or post & base converters) offer the best ergonomics of the standing desk converter types.  Compared to a desk riser they offer a greater range of adjustment, typically allow you to adjust the monitor height independent of the keyboard tray, and offer a sleeker design that takes up less space on your desk.  

They are also one of the few styles of standing desk converter that can support three or four monitor setups.

If there is a down side to the column style, it's that they are typically a bit more expensive than a desk riser ($400 - $1000), and require some assembly.

Innovative Winston Workstation - Column Style Standing Desk Converter


View Column Style Converters


Floating Arm Converters

Humanscale Quickstand Lite - Floating Arm Standing Desk Converter



Floating Arm Standing Desk Converters are much less common than the other two styles, but work really well for three specific needs:

  • When space is VERY limited
  • If there will be a need to easily swing your monitors out of the way
  • If you will need to share your screen with customers or coworkers

Down sides to the floating arm style include a general lack of stability and the inability to rest your palms/wrists on the keyboard.  Most floating arm converters shake a little bit during typing, and are pretty sensitive to weight and pressure.


View Floating Arm Converters



Find your ideal Standing Desk Converter - more refined categories

Now that you understand the 3 primary types of adjustable standing desk converter, let's try and answer some of the more common questions, such as:

  • What standing desk will work best for 2 monitors?  Three monitors?  Four?
  • What if I want my standing desk converter to sit in the corner?
  • Can I use an electric standing desk converter?

In order to help answer these common questions, we've broken our sit to stand desk converters into even more refined categories.

So, here are some of the most popular collections of standing desk converters, based on those common questions and needs, as shared by our customers.  Click on the one that best applies to you:

Dual Monitor
Standing Desk Converters

Dual monitor standing desk converters collection

3 Monitor
Standing Desk Converters

Three monitor standing desk converters collection

4 Monitor
Standing Desk Converters

Four monitor standing desk converters collection

Standing Desk Converters

Corner standing desk converters collection

Standing Desk Converters

Electric standing desk converters collection

Standing Desk Converters

Compact standing desk converters collection



What are the Best Standing Desk Converters?

We created a fairly comprehensive guide to all the best standing desk converters of 2019.  On this page, we go over all the popular styles of standing desk converters, and give you the ones that we consider the cream of the crop.

Click here to take a look, and compare some of our most popular standing desk converters:

Best Standing Desk Converters 2019