When it comes to desks, standing is the new sitting. The latest trend in desks is the movement away from traditional, stationary desks to desks that can be adjusted by height, allowing users to either sit or stand at their desk. Not only are standing desks great ways to make your office space more comfortable, but they’re also good for your physical health.
Sitting for extended periods of time has been shown to result in health risks, with research showing that a high level of physical exercise is needed to offset the detrimental effects of sitting for hours on end. Physical activity is a necessity for every individual to lead a healthy life but sitting for extended periods of time can be especially difficult on your body, with some studies showing the possibility of an increase in the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or cancer, as well as obesity. Studies on the effects of sitting versus standing are still new, but the American Cancer Society recommends that reducing the amount of time a person spends in a sedentary position each day is beneficial for their health.
For years, the barrier to entry for standing desks was a high price point, something that made standing desks an option only for businesses and professional settings. Many employees were only able to request standing desks with a note from their doctor stating that a standing desk was pertinent to the health of the employee, with those who suffered from back, shoulder, neck, hip and leg pain finding huge benefits in the ability to stand for part of their day. As standing desks became more common in the workplace and the benefits were felt firsthand by office workers, the demand for affordable standing desks has now made them a viable option for home use.
Standing all day can also be hard on the body, causing foot and back pain, but one our favorite things about the three standing desks we’ve reviewed below are that they can be used both in standing or sitting positions, with the desks easily transitioning between the two. Check out our top picks below.
1. Seville Classics AIRLIFT Gas-Spring Height Adjustable Standing Desk
Engineered for ergonomic comfort, the Seville Classics AIRLIFT 35.4″ Gas-Spring Height-Adjustable Standing Desk is ideal for anyone who uses one or two monitors and a full-sized keyboard, with the desk measuring 35.4″ x 23.2″. Because the Seville is divided to hold a monitor and keyboard, it’s not a great fit for laptop users, but its wide bottom base makes it ideal for fitting a keyboard and mouse. The pros of the Seville include its ability to be raised higher than traditional standing desks, adjusting from 6.2″ to 19.1″ high, which makes it a great option for taller users. The desk also adheres to BIFMA standards and can hold up to 33 pounds. The desk can go from the sitting to a standing position vertically without tilting forward, safely moving upwards without the risk of monitors tipping over. We also like that the desk is built with a heavy-duty steel frame and comes with a tablet or smartphone slot that can display your gadget on the monitor level.
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2. VARIDESK Height-Adjustable Standing Desk
Designed with an easy-to-use ergonomic movement that goes from sitting to standing in seconds, the Varidesk ProPlus 36 is ready to use out of the box, a big pro for anyone who wants to avoid spending hours putting together their standing desk. Much like the Seville, the Varidesk offers two tiers, with the top tier big enough to hold two monitors, or one monitor and a laptop, measuring 36” x 12.25”. The Varidesk has 11 height settings to allow users to find the perfect height, with users able to easily adjust the desk with a two-hand control. A pro of the Varidesk is that the bottom tier is deep enough to hold a laptop, something that isn’t possible with the Seville. The Varidesk can also hold up to 35 pounds, which is two pounds more than the Seville. One con that comes up with the Varidesk is that it isn’t a good fit for taller users.
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3. Executive Office Solutions Portable Adjustable Aluminum Laptop Desk
Perfect for laptop users, the Executive Office Solutions Portable Adjustable Aluminum Laptop Desk won’t hold a monitor and keyboard like the Seville or Varidesk, but it can be easily moved to different locations and used while sitting on a couch or bed or standing at a desk or table, allowing users to stand and use their laptops. Lightweight with fully adjustable legs that rotate 360 degrees, the Executive Office Solutions desk can collapse flat for easy storage when not in use. Pros of the desk include a silent USB powered CPU cooling fan that can be connected to your laptop to keep it cool. It also has many uses in addition to a standing desk, including a TV tray, writing desk, book holder and more. The desk has a detachable mouse piece that doubles as a mousepad. The tray has a textured surface and a lip that runs along the bottom to stop laptops from sliding off when placed on an angle, but some users found that the laptops can still slide off when the desk is being moved, something to be cautious about. Primarily designed for use as a lap desk, the Executive Office Solutions is also a viable option for a standing desk but is not as robust and impressive as the Seville and Varidesk.
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