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You deserve to be comfortable while at work, and sitting down 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 can be excruciating 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. And switching from a standard desk to a standing one is a great step in improving your back health and making you feel more relaxed. You also exert more energy while standing up — which means that you can burn a few extra calories without doing much. This doesn’t have to be a permanent decision though, many standing desks can be adjusted into standard desks so that you can have the best of both worlds. Below, find eight of the best standing desks in a range of prices. For more office furniture, check out our selection of comfortable office chairs, must-have desk organizers, and the best lap desks and portable laptop tables.
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″ x 24″ desk comes in a sleek design that won’t overpower the room. This item is also available on Amazon. 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!”
If you’re on a tight budget, the Sdadi mobile standing desk is an affordable option. It 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.”
This height adjustable, 60″ 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 helps 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, “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.”
This exceptionally sturdy standing desk from Branch furniture adds a bit of ease to an active work day. The elegant but minimalist design, provides that stable foundation you’ve been craving. It has integrated cable ports to keep your wires organized, while the laminated recyclable top keeps spills and dings from ruining the surface. Premium features include low-decibel motors, personal presets, anchored leg columns, and a coated steel base with three-stage columns and adjustable feet reducing oscillation and ensuring stability on any surface. The desk is available in 48″ (pictured), and the 60″ executive desk. Writes user Greg B., “I’ve only had it a couple weeks but I have been very impressed. It’s a perfect size, the up/down from sitting to standing is so smooth…and it looks great!”
One of the main draws of this adjustable rolling laptop desk is the design. The 31″ x 23″ mobile desk has two individual platforms with a tiltable board that you can 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″ up to 40.” 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.”
A quick and moderately affordable way to convert your standard desk into a standing workstation, this 32″ x 24″ adjustable standing desk from Hopeson gets the job done. You can adjust the height to up to 17″ above the desk that it’s 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′ to 6′ 3.” 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″ x 28.8″ 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″; the top shelf can be adjusted to nearly 47″). The desk features dual locking brakes, 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″ 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″ desk offers up plenty of room for your computer monitor, laptop, keyboard, and more. You can adjust the desk up to 46″, making it useful for anyone up to 6′ 4″ tall. The sturdy and stable desk can support up to 70 pounds, which is great for multiple monitors. The sleek, minimalistic black frame and modern design will bring a high-end feel to any space. User Maria J writes, “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″ 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!”