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 desks. Not only are standing desks great ways to make your office space more comfortable, but they’re also good for your physical 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.
There are two major kinds of workstations that get called standing desks. The VariDesk is emblematic of one kind of standing desk — it sits on top of your existing desk and can be moved up or kept mostly flat on the tabletop. Another kind of standing desk is a full-size table, with motorized legs that move the entire tabletop up and down. These each have their advantages, so we’ve included both kinds in our roundup. Check out our picks for the best standing desks below.
1. 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. 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.
Pros: Ready to use out of the box, and has 11 height settings to find your desired position.
2. ApexDesk Elite Series Adjustable Standing Desk
If you take your home desk setup seriously, then it’s worth investing in the ApexDesk Elite Series. It has a motorized lift that’s discreet but easy to access, allowing you to control the height to anywhere between 29″ and 48″ tall. You can also set presets so the desk will go to your desired height. The surface of the tabletop is a generous 60″ in length, providing ample working space. Holes on the top corners of the desks can be used for running cables or installing outlets.
Pros: Motorized lift quietly raises the desk to your desired height. You can set up to four presets to easily get to your preferred height. Available in numerous colors and finishes.
Cons: Somewhat expensive. Some colorways may be limited in availability.
3. RIF6 Adjustable Height Standing Desk Converter
If you already have a functioning workstation, it can be worthwhile to invest in a standing desk that works with your existing desk. This desk from RIF6 has two tiers, allowing you to place your keyboard and mouse on one tier and the monitor or laptop on the second stand. It goes up and down pneumatically using the X-frame, with similar mechanics to an outdoor lawn chair, but smoother.
Pros: Affordable option if you already have an existing desk. The two-tiered setup makes it easier to manage space. Built-in phone and tablet holder.
Cons: May be small for some uses.
4. SHW Adjustable Computer Desk
This desk has a simple, rectangular shape with a cherry wood top and black legs. It has an electric motor, and a convenient panel under the desk allows you to easily adjust the height to your desired setting. You can also set four presets so the unit will remember your preferred height. There are two slots on the top corners to make cable management easier. Behind the desk, there’s a basket that can also be used for cable management.
Pros: Reasonably priced electric-motorized desk. Has four settable presets for automatically adjusting to your desired height.
Cons: Tabletop comes in two pieces, meaning there will be a seam on the surface.
5. Rocelco Standing Desk Converter
This desk from Rocelco sits on top of a desk and goes up and down using the X-frame design. The pneumatic lift makes it move up and down more smoothly and quietly. There’s a small lower tier that can accommodate a keyboard and mouse, and the top tier can be used for monitors or for a laptop. The top portion is 40″ wide and 23.6″ deep, and the tray is 25″ wide and 11.25″ deep. A single grommet at the back can be used for cord management or to mount a monitor stand.
Pros: Affordable option that can be adjusted to 5″ to 20″ tall. Includes a tiered tray for storage or a keyboard.
Cons: Tray is only rated for 5 pounds, so you’ll have to be careful not to put too much force on it while using it.