Standing Desks

Adjustable Standing Desks: Which one is best for you?

 

 

If your standing desk research has left you with a case of paralysis by analysis, don’t worry… we’re going to make this easy!  

First off, you’re not alone!  With so many options available (and each one trying to tell you why they are the “best”), it’s no wonder that people get overwhelmed or frustrated.  We can’t let that happen.

Our mission is to help 1 million people find better health and happiness by getting them out of their chair - and if you’re overwhelmed, you’re unlikely to take action and buy the stand up desk that you need.  So we’re not going to discuss the dozens of standing desk benefits on this page, because you’ve likely read or heard plenty of that. Instead, we have 2 simple goals.

  1. Give you a simple overview of your options
  2. Guide you right down to the exact desk that best fits your needs

Let’s get started, and explore the types of standing desks you need to be familiar with. 

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Standing Desk Collection - Standing Desk Nation


Standing Desk Converters

 

 

Standing Desk Converters

The term “Standing Desk” is often used interchangeably with standing desk converters, so it’s important that we share this option right off the bat to avoid any confusion.  Standing desk converters are a fairly recent innovation, and were made popular by Varidesk. These converters sit on top of your current desk, “converting” them into a sit to stand desk.  They’re inexpensive, easy to set up, and a great option for anyone looking for a fast and simple way to start standing at work.


Pros: Affordable, Easy to set up, Fastest way to start standing

Cons: Less height-adjustable work space


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Electric Standing Desks

Now we’re onto the true height adjustable standing desks, where the entire surface adjusts from sitting to standing.  A vast majority of sit to stand desks used today are electric, and with good reason: the obvious benefit of using an electric desk is that you don’t have to do any manual lifting. If you purchase a desk with a memory controller, they also remember your favorite settings, and adjust there with the simple push of a button.  How nice is that?! However, there are some drawbacks, such as the need for local power, immobility, and speed.


Pros: No lifting required, 1-touch adjustment (if memory controller)

Cons: Needs to be located near an outlet, Slow to adjust


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Electric Standing Desks


Crank Standing Desks

 

 

Crank Standing Desks

We generally don’t recommend the use of crank stand up desks, in most circumstances.  They are slow and take quite a bit of effort to adjust, which usually means that the user is less likely to move between sitting and standing… which defeats the whole purpose of the desk!  On the other hand, they can serve well in a couple of circumstances: 1- when the budget is REALLY tight, and 2- when access to power is an issue (although we would recommend using a pneumatic standing desk, if possible).  For example, if you would like a sit to stand desk for a flexible classroom layout, the crank style might be perfect.


Pros: Cheap, Don’t require power

Cons: Slow to adjust, Cumbersome to adjust, Disincentivize movement


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Pneumatic Standing Desks

These desks are our favorite style of standing desks, because they adjust so quickly!  A pneumatic stand up desk is lifted manually, but with the help of a counter balance that makes adjustment almost effortless.  The user can simply depress a handle (much like a desk riser) and then move the desk surface up and down (without any power), as if it were weightless.  The speed of adjustment is important, because it encourages more movement between sitting and standing than the other styles of stand up desk (electric or crank).


Pros: Fast and easy to adjust, No power needed

Cons: Expensive (and the lower cost versions don’t always work as well)


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Pneumatic Standing Desks


Corner Standing Desks

 

 

Corner and L-Shaped Standing Desks

There’s no mystery to what you’ll find here, but it’s worth noting that we recommend avoiding some of the lower cost options when purchasing an L-shaped standing desk.  Many L-shaped stand up desks require that 3 legs all work in sync with one another, and if those motors fall out of sync in any way, it can permanently damage your desk.  We highly recommend spending the money on a quality brand (like iMovR).


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Budget Standing Desks

We understand that budget often plays a big part in the shopping process, so we’ve put this collection together to lay out some of our lower cost options.  As you would expect, these desks often come with a down-side, and generally don’t offer the same lasting quality as our top brands (like Focal, iMovR or Vivistand).  But they do accomplish mission #1: less sitting and more standing!


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Budget Standing Desks


Recommended Best Sellers:

iMovR Lander Standing Desk

iMovR Lander Desk

No tools required. This high quality sit-stand desk snaps together in minutes, and comes with an advanced paddle control and blue-tooth adjustability.

Vivistand Quattro 4-leg Standing Desk

Vivistand Quattro

Hi quality 4-leg standing desk with the unique Vivitrack storage system for organization and easy access to accessories.

Focal Upright Locus Standing Desk Bundle Pro

Focal Locus Desk Bundle

The latest innovation to hit the sit to stand industry, these desks incorporate a unique leaning seat to keep you active while sitting AND standing.


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