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You deserve to be comfortable while at work, and staying seated for too long can be detrimental. Whether you’re working from home or commuting to the office, staying seated in an uncomfortable position puts pressure on the lumbar which can cause pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. Being physically uncomfortable and having to shift around in your seat all day can affect your productivity and, honestly, your mood.
Dealing with chronic back pain or neck pain is painful and uncomfortable, but one of the many lessons that we’ve all learned in the last year is to do what’s necessary to maintain good health. Switching from a standard desk to a standing one is a great step in improving your back health. This doesn’t have to be a permanent decision though, many of the standing desks on the market can be adjusted into standard desks so that you can have the best of both worlds.
What may seem like a small change to your office decor will improve your back health and can have lasting effects in productiveness. There’s a chance that standing while you work can make you more creative and increases blood flow to the brain. Another benefit, standing desks can help your back feel more relaxed, and you exert more energy when standing up – which means that you can burn a few extra calories without doing much.
Before you start looking for the right standing desk, there are some important factors to keep in mind, such as price, height adjustments, movability, and weight capacity. To aid in your search, we rounded up a list of the best standing desks for a range of budgets. See our list of the best standing desks below.
For the budget shopper, here’s a sturdy option at an affordable price. The mobile standing desk by Sdadi features a front panel for your computer with an adjustable stopper to ensure that the laptop stays in place. There’s also a back panel, which is a perfect space to put your coffee cups, or anything else you may need handy. This standing desk is just about perfect for drawing, editing, writing, and other work, but it also adjusts into one large desk if you need more space. The one step wheel lock keeps it from rolling around the carpet or floorboards. User Marie writes, “This is exactly what I needed in my classroom! I use it with my document camera, I use it with my MacBook Pro, I even use the angled section as a drafting board with a T square! The desk is VERY sturdy and rolls easily on carpet and solid surface. On carpet I don’t even need to use the wheel locks. The desk is easy to adjust and stays in place. Both sides go up and down, and one can be positioned on an angle and has a strip of material to keep materials from sliding off. When angled, the surface will move if too much pressure is applied. I use it very much like the company photo shows, half flat/half slanted. On the slanted side I will place a book or documents to show using a document camera, then turn it around easily and have my laptop on the horizontal surface. I also have a power strip that bends around the [two] crossbars so I can keep my laptop and iPad charged.”
Sometimes stepping into a wider price point will save you in the long run. For the eco-conscious buyer, FlexiSpot’s Willow Solid Wood height-adjustable standing desk is a $400 investment piece that’s easy to assemble. Made from environmentally friendly wood and high-grade steel, the stain and scratch resistant 48-inch x 24-inch desk comes in a sleek design that won’t overpower the room. This item won’t be available until May 31 but you can pre-order it now. User Stephanie writes, “I love this sit-stand desk. At its maximum height, the desk is perfect for me. If you’re on the tall side, this height adjustable desk is probably your best bet. Highly recommend!”
The standing desk from ApexDesk ranks among the best reviewed desks on the list, and it’s great for anyone in need of a large ergonomic workstation. The desk itself is made from a durable MDF wood top (that holds up to 225 pounds) with a smooth matte finish. The electric adjustable lift help you go from standing to sitting in a flash. Other features include a six-button programmable controller with four customizable memory presets so that you can lock in your desired desk height adjustments. User Nick writes, “Before purchasing this product I conducted [an] intense search. The ApexDesk seemed to be the best VALUE and after receiving and assembling this desk, I am pleased to proclaim the product everything I hoped it would be. I only found one table less expensive but when I looked at it I was left thinking ‘this table just won’t hold up.’” Most everything else I reviewed was much more expensive. I am working on my ApexDesk as I type this review….and I am standing…..for the moment. During the day I can raise and lower the working surface to an infinite number of heights that fit my project and mood. I stand to work [three] to [four] times during my working day and can say altering my position has done wonders for my back and concentration.”
One of the main draws of this adjustable rolling laptop desk is the design. The 31 x 23 inch mobile desk has two individual platforms with a board that you can tilt that has an anti-skid stripe to help stop things from falling. Like most designs listed, the desk height can be adjusted from 27.5 inches to 40 inches. User Nick Canby writes, “I highly recommend this affordable and versatile stand up desk! The two parts of the desk can independently be raised or lowered, and it can also be used for sitting. I use it with my laptop, and when I am standing the screen is almost directly in front of my face while the keyboard and mouse are in a comfortable position to reach with my arms. The wheels make it easy to move, and have wheel stops that keep it in place. It’s pretty sturdy against a wall. The main disadvantage is that moving the platforms up and down requires taking everything off of them and loosening and then tightening the knobs, but I think that the automatic pressurized standing desks are much more expensive. I mostly leave it in the same position and just take my laptop with me to sit somewhere else when I want to sit. Also, the assembly is complicated. Overall a great flexible and affordable stand up desk.”
A quick and moderately affordable way to convert your standard desk into a standing workstation, this 32 x 24 inch adjustable standing desk from Hopeson gets the job done. You can adjust the height to up to 17 inches above the desk that it is above, plus it has ample space for your laptop and desktop to fit comfortably. The vertical height mechanism makes the desk convertor perfect for anyone who falls between 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches. And the best part? No assembly required. User JJ writes, “Before the pandemic, while we were in the office, my company had ergonomic specialists visit each of us. I learned that when standing your hands should be comfortable around your hips with your shoulders rolled back. EVERY sit stand desk with a keyboard tray did not meet those requirements. I love this desk. It fits my laptop and monitor for a low price. It is easy to move up and down throughout the day.
For smaller workspaces, compact standing desks are one of your best bets in transforming your working ritual. The 24-inch x 28.8-inch mobile, two-tier standing desk won’t take up a lot of room, but doesn’t skimp on important features. Apart from a durable steel frame, the easy to maneuver standing desk can be adjusted to fit your needs (the front keyboard shelf goes up to 40.5 inches; the top shelf can be adjusted to nearly 47 inches). The desk comes with dual locking brakes to make sure it stays in place, and there’s a bottom holder to fit a hard drive or small printer. User Frank Haas writes, “I bought this computer workstation to use with my laptop and monitor for my in door workouts. I have to admit it’s well built, looks great and was easy to assemble. It’s a big step up from what I was using before as I found it’s perfect for larger monitor, a laptop and I can mount a 24-inch fan below (with two zip ties) to the station frame. It’s rock solid and easy to roll around now. Only [thing] that would make it better is a built in power strip to plug in all my items, but that is something I can add myself.”
With nine square feet of workspace, this 55-inch desk offers up plenty of room for your computer monitor, laptop, keyboard, and more. You can adjust the desk up to 46 inches, making it useful for anyone up to 6 foot 4 inches tall. The sturdy and stable desk can support up to 70 pounds, which is great if you have multiple monitors. The sleek, minimalistic black frame and modern design will bring a high-end feel to any space. User Maria J writes, “This stand was super easy to assemble. I did it myself in about 20 minutes, with a sore back folks! I purchased this one with the manual crank because…exercise! Plus, I never want to be at the mercy of electricity and the possibility of an electric motor going out, etc. This was the best-valued choice I found, after reading product descriptions and reviews ad nauseam. I use it with a three-monitor stand and three Dell 22-inch monitors with no issues. I also added one of those large keyboard trays. It’s wonderful. I now listen to my timer and stand for about 30 minutes out of each work hour. My chiropractor approves!”