Working from home hasn’t slowed down at all, and in some cases, it’s become permanent. Even if you’ve been working from home since the pandemic began, it’s never too late to complete your home office with one of the best standing desks.
You may not get as much exercise as commuting and walking around the office, but it easily beats sitting still at a desk all day. Your legs will thank you for the change of pace, but how do you choose the right model? Here are our favorite standing desks for working from home.
Why get a standing desk?
You may be wondering why you even need a standing desk if you’ve been working at a normal one your whole career. Well, sitting has been called the new smoking — which is frightening, to say the least. It makes your back stiff, reduces blood flow, and compresses your organs. None of those side effects sound like a ringing endorsement for keeping your sitting desk.
Now, you could go about buying a premium chair and a whole host of other office comforts, but the solution is much easier. Standing helps you stretch your legs, encourages blood flow, and you’ll probably register quite a few more steps on your Fitbit. We’re not saying you should throw out your office chair or move to a standing-room-only setup, but it’s good to have options.
Standing desks tend to fall into two basic camps — true desks and conversion kits. True standing desks will fully replace your current setup, and they can often support a few hundred pounds. Unfortunately, they tend not to feature built-in drawers as lifting the desktop would be too heavy. The other way to go, if you love your current desk, is with a conversion kit. It sits on top of your current setup, but it adjusts in much the same way. You can keep all of your drawers and your extra real estate while simply raising your keyboard and monitors.
A standing desk may not fix all of your discomfort at work, but it’s a great first step in home offices and your professional life.
The best standing desks:
Editor’s note: We’ll add new standing desks to this list as we review them and new options launch.
Desks we’ve tried:
The Swedish furniture giant is a great place to start your search for a standing desk, and it pops up frequently on our list. This first option, the Skarsta, is a simple, minimalistic desk that our own C. Scott Brown took for a spin. You can read his in-depth thoughts below.
The Skarsta is a 63-inch by 31-inch hybrid-style desk that you can adjust for seated or standing work. However, the desk is fully manual, so you’ll have to get your workout in while you crank the desktop up or down. It comes disassembled, given that it’s an Ikea product, but you can also pay extra to have it assembled for you. The desktop is made of dense particle board, and the legs and supports are all durable metal.
If you’re looking for a feature-rich desk, the Skarsta is not the one for you. It offers a desktop that raises and lowers, but that’s about it. You won’t find any cable management, and there are no desks or shelves to speak of. However, the materials are solid, and the desk is easy to raise and lower as you go about your day.
If a manual crank isn’t your speed, the Fully Jarvis might be a better fit. It’s fully motorized, and it stores four height settings for even faster adjustments. Our own Eric Zeman reviewed the Fully Jarvis — assembly process and all — and you can read about his experience below:
See also: Fully Jarvis review: A motorized bruiser
We reviewed a simple version of the Fully Jarvis, but you can customize the desk to your heart’s content over on the Fully website. You can add everything from a cable management tray to a drawer or a file cabinet. Unfortunately, there’s no option for a lowered keyboard tray, but the desk itself offers plenty of space.
You can adjust the Jarvis by up to 25 inches, which is perfect for either standing or sitting. It’s lightning-fast, too, lifting and lowering at 1.5-inches per second. The Jarvis comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 30-inches by 24-inches to 78-inches by 30-inches.
Another standing desk we’ve reviewed is the Flexispot. It’s a slightly more budget-friendly option, and it measures 48-inches by 30-inches. We turned to Kris Carlon for our review, and you can read his thoughts right here:
Like Jarvis and Skarsta, the Flexispot requires a good bit of assembly before you can get to work. Luckily, Kris found it easy to put together, and the build quality is solid. It also matches the Jarvis in terms of speed, adjusting at 1.5-inches per second. It’s a smooth operator, though, so you won’t have to worry about spilling your coffee when you lift it.
Select versions of the Flexispot standing desk can save preset heights, but the most basic model offers simple up and down options. It’s fully motorized either way so that you can leave your manual crank behind.
We’ve highlighted plenty of true standing desks so far, but what if you love the desk you already have? You can skip the complete overhaul with the FlexiSpot M7B, which is essentially a conversion kit that sits atop your desk. The M7B is a manual desk, and it’s nearly silent to operate.
Unfortunately, the keyboard tray is on the small side, but it’s removable, which is great for some added flexibility. FlexiSpot’s standing desk converter is a breeze to assemble, so you can probably get yourself up and running in about five minutes.
The desktop measures 28 inches wide and 16 inches deep. It has one of the lower weight limits on our list, only ready for up to 33 pounds.
The best of the rest:
Standing desks are meant to be as unique as you are, and the V2 from Uplift is a perfect way to tune your setup. It’s not cheap, and you’ll have to buy straight from Uplift itself, but you can customize every aspect. The V2 comes in just about any size, from 42-inches by 30-inches up to 80-inches by 30-inches.
If you keep a lot on your desk, the Uplift V2 is ready to lift it. The motorized beast can handle up to 355 pounds at a time, plenty more than you can probably even fit on your desk. You can also customize the appearance of your V2 with four frame colors and dozens of desktop materials, including a full-size whiteboard.
The ApexDesk Lumi is one of the best standing desks for those who care about looks. It has a glass top and a clean look that will be pleasant to the eye regardless of where it’s placed. It also features an integrated USB port for charging, and the height-adjusting touch surface is built right into the surface. If you’re into storage spaces, this desk also has a drawer! It’s also one of the more affordable options on this list, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
Vari electric standing desk
Vari’s large, 48-inch by 30-inch standing desk is a great option if you want to match your home or office decor. It comes in your standard black and white finishes, but you can also choose from butcher’s block or reclaimed wood versions that feel a bit more personal. No matter what topper you choose, the desk frame is made of sturdy steel and reinforced with a crossbar.
The powerful motor is just as premium as the desk itself, and it adjusts to heights between 25.5 inches and 50.5 inches quietly. You can store up to three height settings on the premium LED display for even easier adjustments. Vari claims that you can assemble its desk in around five minutes without any special tools, so don’t be afraid to put it to the test.
We’re back to Ikea for the Bekant standing desk, and the manual crank is nowhere to be seen. It looks nearly identical to the Skarsta with the minimalistic design, but the Bekant is fully electric. You can make your adjustments with a simple two-button panel for heights between 22 and 48 inches.
It’s available in a variety of colors and finishes, and of course, you’ll have to assemble the desk yourself. The Bekant also has a cable management sleeve so you can keep your workplace neat and tidy. Unfortunately, there are still no extra trays or drawers to speak of, so you’ll likely have to grab a filing cabinet or something similar.
Autonomous SmartDesk Corner
Autonomous makes some of the best standing desks, but the SmartDesk Corner is by far their most enticing offering. This is an awesome option for fans of L-shaped desks. It has strong motors and a weight capacity of 400lbs. The height adjuster features memory presets. The design is also super clean and minimalistic. This desk won’t come cheap, though.