By now you have probably discovered some of the amazing benefits of making the switch to a height adjustable desk, ranging from reduced back pain to improved cardiovascular health. But when the time comes to finally get a standing desk, it’s easy to get confused, and maybe even intimidated. Fear not! We’re here to simplify the process and help you choose the best standing desk.
The first thing to consider is whether you’re looking for a full standing desk or a desk converter. A full adjustable height desk will allow for the most efficient use of your workspace and offer the highest level of customization. Desktop converters (also known as a sit-stand workstation), meanwhile, are designed to sit on top of your existing desk and serve as a rising extension. These can be a considerable option if you’re on a budget and want to keep your existing desk. If your budget permits, we always recommend our customers go with a full standing desk for its functionality and ergonomics. To help you decide, let's start with some quick Pros and Cons:
Full Standing Desk
● Elegant design
● Efficient use of workspace
● Better overall stability
● High level of personalization
● Inability to reuse existing desk
● Pricey when fully loaded
● Keep your existing desk
● Easy to install (Pop-Up style)
● Require mounting
● Limited monitor support
● Inefficient use of workspace
Choosing a Full Standing Desk:
When selecting a standing desk, consider these factors: type, size, finish and features.
Choosing a Desk Converter:
So you’ve decided to keep your existing desk and go with a desk converter. Prior to purchasing, be sure to assess your desk space, monitor count and desired height, as these will come into play when picking the right converter. Desk converters break up into three main styles: pop-up, column and arm. Let’s look at some things to consider for each of the types.
Pop-up style converter is the most affordable of the three. It sits on top of your existing desk and does not require mounting, making it the easiest to start using. Your monitors will simply stand on top of the converter (no mounting required). When selecting this type of converter, it’s important to measure the width of your monitor stands arranged side-by-side to make sure your desk converter is wide enough to support them (36”+ wide for dual monitors).
Column style converters attach to the top of your existing desk using a clamp. Your monitors are then attached via a dedicated VESA mount. This allows both the monitor and keyboard to effortlessly slide up and down to the desired height using pneumatic or electric mechanism. Column style offers a sturdy and elegant design but is limited to only vertical travel and does come at a higher price point than the pop-up riser.
Similar to the column style, Arm style converters are mounted to top of your existing desk. Of the three, these offer by far the most flexibility and freedom. One thing to keep in mind, like the column style converters, these also come with a dedicated number of monitor mounts (single, dual, triple, etc.). So, be sure to select one according to your desired monitor setup.
Lastly, when it comes to choosing the right brand, it can become confusing. There are quite a few high quality adjustable height desk and converter brands out there today and each one usually has a specific focus (luxury, value, fitness, etc.). Here’s some of our favorites: iMovR, Humanscale, Focal Upright and Loctek.
Whichever desk you decide to go with, you will be step a closer to a healthy and productive work life. As always, if you have any questions or need more guidance on selecting your new standing desk, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to help, as we proudly stand behind our desks!