Since working from home has become normalized, you are probably not alone in looking at alternatives to the classic sitting-at-a-desk setup. Today’s even more sedentary lifestyle calls for implementing a standing desk.
While this new piece of home office furniture allows you to alternate sitting and standing during working hours, most examples of them tend to take up more space. If you’re thinking about bringing one into your home, make sure that you declutter your office area by putting some of the household items into self storage first. A 10×10 storage unit can accommodate small furniture, but larger sizes are also available if need be.
If you’re not quite sure which model to pick, we’ve put together a list of some of the best standing desks to help you find the right one for your needs.
1. Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric
Varidesk is one of the best well-known brands of standing desks. It is designed with commercial-grade materials, but there’s no reason why it can’t be used at home. Its laminated finish and strong steel frame makes it a sturdy product that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. A stability crossbar is added for extra sturdiness. In fact, the desk can take up to 250 pounds of weight, which means that you can comfortably place several monitors, a printer and all your other office paraphernalia on it.
Adjusting the height of the desk couldn’t be more straightforward: You simply press the up and down arrow and the LED display will indicate the height. With Pro Desk’s three programmable settings, you can save your preferred height.
Varidesk doesn’t major solely on stability but also on improving the assembly process – which only takes five minutes of your time. Using the tools included, all you have to do is secure the legs in place, attach the cables and the stability bar, and install the cable tray. As this is a heavier piece of equipment, it will probably require two persons to flip it safely.
While this furniture item is definitely in the high price range, it is one of the best models on the market. If the product is not to your liking, the company provides an easy return policy.
2. Fully Jarvis Bamboo
Fully Jarvis Bamboo has been a favorite in its category for the past few years. Furthermore, you get the best bang for your buck when you buy this product. With a weight capacity of more than 350 pounds and a wide height adjustment range, this is a product you don’t want to miss, and it comes in a large variety of colors and sizes. Additionally, the Jarvis desk includes a control unit with presets allowing you to save your height settings. This way, you can safely return to that perfect height you were using previously.
The Jarvis has undergone improvements to its frame that increased its stability for all height options. Customization – such as adding extended legs – is available for an additional cost. It also comes with a 30-day guarantee and a free shipping return policy.
3. ApexDesk Elite
Another contender in terms of value for money, the Apexdesk Elite is perfect if you need more desk real estate for all your things, like multiple desktops or peripherals. It comes in walnut and other types of wood — and did we already say it’s nicely priced?
The ApexDesk has a little bit of everything from a superb frame to a control unit with four memory presets. It features an ergonomic desktop shape and a design that makes it easier for you to manage cables. With a weight capacity of over 220 pounds, it provides more than adequate lifting capabilities. Although setting the desk to your optimal height might take a little longer, this standing desk features a smooth mechanism. The Elite boasts a sturdy frame for increased stability without a crossbar underneath.
You can buy it in either the 60-inch or the 71-inch versions. If you’re in need of a larger desk space, you might want to consider the latter, which also has a depth of 33 inches. Shipping is free and the product includes a great warranty.
4. Uplift Standing Desk V2
Uplift V2 is another standing desk that boasts a sturdy frame and great stability. With its built-in stability braces, this model promises the same sturdiness when extended to higher levels. The Uplift V2 is a great option for shorter users as it can go as low as 22 inches.
With the latest version, users enjoy the perks of a dual motor, which means that the desk can change heights quickly, with very little noise. The six-way accelerometer incorporates anti-collision technology – as you adjust height, the desk is able to detect any object that stands in its way and automatically stops.
You can choose from various desktop sizes and colors and from curved or corner desk models. Additionally, cables come with an in-built management system. You can get either the commercial or the home version. There is also a seven-year warranty attached to the product.
5. SHW Electric
The SHW Electric is one of the most affordable options on the market. With a simple yet effective design, this model offers many of the features reserved for the more expensive desks in its category. The SHW comes with electric height adjustment and memory settings, allowing the user to save their height preferences. There are four preestablished memory options which can be accessed through the digital display handset.
This model is fully motorized and can be adjusted from 28 inches to 46 inches in height. The SHW offers a combination of features that is difficult to find in a desk at a lower price range. With its positive reviews and free shipping, this model is well worth considering.
6. Renew Sit-to-Stand Table
A household name in ergonomic chair design, Herman Miller’s newly released standing desk is a top-notch product in the higher-priced range. You can easily adjust the Renew desk to your preferred range of movement. Furthermore, the desk can switch seamlessly from sitting to standing.
This model adjusts from 27 inches to 46 inches in height. As an added bonus in the design of the Herman Miller, its height-adjusting system uses less electricity than a cell phone charger, which shows the care that the environmentally conscious design team has put into the making of this product.
As all cables are incorporated inside the columns, you automatically get extra legroom and you no longer need to fight with the jumble of wires underneath the table. Moreover, fumbling under your desk to reach for the power outlet is no longer necessary. As it turns out, the Renew desk benefits from charging ports on the actual desk surface. The Herman Miller Renew comes in various finishes that include ash, light, walnut and white.
7. Stir Kinetic Desk M1
This high-end standing desk does more than stand. As a matter of fact, it moves with you while you work, which makes it a great addition to your home office. It has motion sensors that can detect your presence as you approach it. What is even more surprising is that it adapts to your habits and it suggests times to move that best suit your work style.
This desk couldn’t be easier to assemble as all that has to be done is attach the legs with the bolts using the tools included in the package. The Stir Kinetic adjusts from 25 inches to 50.5 inches using a steel electric lifting mechanism. It boasts an ultra-quiet operation, with minimal to no surface vibration. For the user’s convenience, four AC outlets are available for use.
The Stir Kinetic M1 comes in powder coat finishes of either black or white. If a cutting-edge standing desk is what you’re looking for, this model should definitely make your list.
8. Flexispot M2B Standing Desk
Another great desk for those wishing to work while standing, the Flexispot M2B offers a sleek design and features at great value. Almost no assembly is required as opposed to other traditional standing desks. It takes very little time to get working while standing with Flexispot. Whenever you adjust most standing desks, they expand upward and forward, but this model only goes up, without occupying additional horizontal space. It’s easy to raise the desk using the side handle.
This model is able to hold 35 pounds in weight, which is enough to accommodate two 23” monitors and a large laptop. With a comfortable surface area, the Flexispot also has a cell phone and tablet slot — very handy if you need to keep them in upright positions. It comes in several sizes to best suit your needs.
9. IKEA Idasen Desk
The IKEA Idasen is an updated version of the Bekant model. Switching to Danish manufacturer Linak for their electrical parts has turned this model into a high performer. Fitted with two-gear systems and an optimized glide mechanism, you can adjust the Idasen model from 24 to 50 inches.
When assembled as parts of the desk, the legs fit rather tightly which vastly improves stability. This feature has definitely brought the IKEA Idasen into the realm of the best-performing desks in 2020. As you assemble the columns, make sure not to fit them too tightly, as this can interfere with the collision avoidance systems – they can be triggered by false positives.
With a rock-solid design, the Idasen features a weight capacity of 165 pounds. While it offers less lifting ability than other high-end models, it can still accommodate most of your desk equipment safely. The Linak technology offers Bluetooth connectivity to an application allowing for three memory settings. The model comes in two colors and sizes and boasts a 10-year warranty.
10. Halter Adjustable Stand Up Desk
Our latest recommendation for home standing desks is the Halter Adjustable Stand Up Desk. This low-budget alternative can assist you perfectly if you decide you want to work while standing. The model supports up to 44 pounds of weight so you will probably be able to safely store your monitors and the rest of your desk equipment on it. The desk comes with two levels that measure about 36 inches, which makes storage of your input devices quite comfortable.
The desk comes fully assembled and all you need to do is to place it on top of a table or a desk in order to start using it right away. In order to adjust its height to the preferred level, you need to squeeze its handles. It is easy to switch from a sitting to a standing position as it only takes seconds to make the transition. The model can fit most desk spaces in any cubicle or office and it comes with a one-year warranty.
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