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Whether you want to stand because it’s trendy, or you want to test the benefits, one of the biggest hurdles from a standing desk is the cost involved. Here are some standing desk options you can build for free.

Standing desks have become big news in the tech field because most of us sit at a computer for our daily jobs. There have been numerous reports about the benefits of standing while working, and some about the dangers, and a few of the How-To Geek writers have been standing for a while.

We won’t go into the benefits, or drawbacks, of standing while working because that debate is still ongoing. If you decided you wanted to starting standing at your computer desk, here are some inspirational ideas and tips to get you started.

Converting Your Existing Desk

Converting your existing desk is the easiest way to start standing up because you already have a good foundation for a desk. Obviously traditional desks are too short to stand and work so you will just need to make the desk top a little higher.

There are two methods to raising your existing desk to standing height.

  1. Place something on top of the desk to raise your keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
  2. Place something underneath your desk to raise the total height of the desk top.

Both are valid methods and you can probably perform either modifications for free depending on what you have lying around and what type of desk you have.

Raising Your Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor

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One of the simplest ways for creating a standing desk is to set something on top of your desk so that the desk height is high enough for your computer IO devices. This is typically the easier solution because it doesn’t need to hold the entire weight of your desk and usually it is easy to find something lying around.

Here are some items that can raise your IO devices

  • Books
  • Chair
  • Short Table
  • Box(s)
  • Shelves

Anything that will raise and securely hold your computer peripherals (or possibly just your laptop) will do the trick.

Drawbacks of this method

  • Stability (depending on what you use)
  • Reduced work surface

If you do a lot of non-computer work at your desk you may want to look at the other method.

Benefits of this method

  • Easy to setup
  • Easier to switch between sitting and standing positions
  • More people can use this method because it’s typically free
  • More desks can use this method because tops of desks are always flat

Raise Your Entire Desk

The second option for converting your desk is to raise the whole height of the desk by putting something under the desk legs. What you use will depend on what type of desk legs you have and how heavy your desk is.

Some of the easiest things to put under your desk are

  • Blocks of wood
  • Reams of paper (or full paper boxes)
  • Milk crates
  • Chairs
  • End tables
  • Bed risers and vases

The possibilities are pretty endless, you just need to look for something level and sturdy that can hold the weight of your desk, and you’ll probably need four of them.

Drawbacks of this method

  • Harder to switch between sitting and standing (unless you have a high chair/stool)
  • Need sturdier material to hold the weight of the desk
  • Desk legs are not all the same so you’ll need to find something that works for your desk

Benefits of this method

  • No loss of work surface
  • Easier access to desk drawers/shelves
  • No desk top at thigh/waist level to get in the way
  • Just as sturdy as putting the desk on the floor

Other Options

If converting your current desk is out of the question, or you are looking to buy a new desk in the near future, we’ll have a followup article to show you some of the best options to build a standing desk from scratch or buy a standing desk.

Before you splurge on a ready-made standing desk, try a DIY one for as little as $22.

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Standing desks can be quite an investment — upwards of $6,000 for top-tier, adjustable models. Even if you consider everything that goes into switching from your traditional desk, there’s no guarantee you’re going to love standing, especially all the time.

If you’re not willing or capable of spending thousands of dollars on an adjustable desk, you might want to consider the idea of a temporary, stand-up conversion for your existing desk.

The IKEA hack

Piecing together some affordable odds and ends from IKEA is a very popular and affordable way to convert traditional desks to standing ones.

One of the oldest and affordable conversions originates from Colin Nederkoorn, which he calls the Standesk 2200.

The desk consists of the Lack side table, Viktor shelf, and the Ekby Valter bracket from IKEA, which together cost around $22 USD before tax. Assemble the table, bolt the shelf onto the legs using the wall bracket, and sit it on top of your existing desk.

I built something very similar, albeit much larger and more expensive, back in 2012. It worked flawlessly for me for two years, until I upgraded to a much more rigid and permanent standing desk.

  • At as little as $22, it’s one of the most affordable standing desk conversions available.
  • It’s sturdier than a stack of books, but may still wobble.
  • Once assembled, it’s very quick and easy to add to or remove from your existing desk.
  • The height of the shelf (for your keyboard and mouse) is adjustable, but the height of the side table is fixed. To adjust this, you would need to place textbooks under the legs or shorten the legs with a saw.
  • It isn’t easily disassembled. It may be difficult to store when not in use.

An adjustable lap desk

Another method of raising your laptop to standing height is to use an adjustable lap desk. It will work much like the IKEA hack method, but you can quickly adjust the height and angle of your workstation. Plus, it packs away quickly.

One drawback to this method is that there is not a good way to raise your keyboard and mouse without using textbooks or purchasing yet another stand for your keyboard and mouse or trackpad.

  • An adjustable lap desk is easily packed away and even portable, just in case you want to take it on business trips or to the coffee shop.
  • The range of height and angle adjustments is better than other solutions.
  • At roughly $35 to $60, it’s still more affordable than many commercial standing desk conversion options, and far more affordable than a dedicated standing desk.
  • You will have to use something else to raise your keyboard and mouse.
  • This is probably the least sturdy of all the options.

The coffee table method

A different approach to convert to a standing desk is to raise the height of your workspace, not by lifting your computer, but by raising the entire desk. I’ve seen some very precarious solutions offered by people on the Internet, such as raising the height of a sitting desk by simply resting each of the legs on a car jack. Considering a kick to any one of the jacks could bring the whole desk down, it isn’t a very advisable way to go about things.

However, what you can do is place the entire desk on top of a coffee table with roughly the same dimensions as your desk. This can raise the height of your desk anywhere from one to two feet, which will still require you to slightly raise the height of the monitor. But at least it takes care of the hard part: raising the working surface.

Plus, if it doesn’t work out or you decide to upgrade to an actual standing desk later on, you will have a new, albeit probably slightly scratched, coffee table for your living space.

  • This option maintains the largest amount of working area by raising the entire desk instead of lifting only the keyboard, mouse, and laptop or monitor.
  • It may be difficult to find a coffee table that is short enough and roughly the same dimensions as your desk.
  • This is the most stable of all the DIY solutions.
  • This is the most permanent of the options, as it will not be easy to lift your entire desk on or off of the coffee table as you go about your day.
  • You still need something to raise the monitor a few inches higher, but the keyboard and mouse should be around the correct height.

Bonus: A box or stack of textbooks for a quick solution

If you just want to see what standing while you work entails, a decent temporary solution is to grab several textbooks and stack them up. You will need two or three stacks: one to two for the keyboard and mouse, and another for the laptop or monitor.

This method comes with several, obvious caveats. For starters, it isn’t very stable. With a teetering stack of books, simply knocking the desk could send your laptop or monitor falling several feet to the floor. But, if you’re careful, it’s a great no-cost solution that will allow you to try standing for a couple days and help you get an idea of what it will be like and whether you want to pursue the idea any further.

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The trendiest solution to make your day-to-day more active is to jump on the standing desk bandwagon. They won’t fix everything , and many offices don’t even allow them, but spending more time upright is, for the most part, physically better for your posture, energy, and overall well-being than being hunched for a whole workday.

The problem is that the costs associated with buying and maintaining a standing desk can be expensive, sometimes ludicrously so.

They don’t have to be, though. If you’re curious about the craze, or if you’ve already crafted your own DIY setup, and you don’t want to pay a hefty premium to make the switch, we’ve rounded up a few values that’ll help make your standing desk more convenient.

Side table: Parsons End Table ($10)

Something as simple as these affordable end tables can easily do the job. Just place them on your existing work desk and you’ll be on your way. They are at a fixed height, however: If you’re worried about the fit, this Stand Steady tdesk is height-adjustable and has room to breathe.

Standing mat: Sky Mat ($59.99)

Lumbar support: Easy Posture Lumbar Back Support ($16.99)

You don’t have to get too fancy here — since you’re still going to spend most of your time standing, the chair provided by your work should work fine. What you can do, though, is hook that chair up with lumbar support, which naturally encourages your spine to rest in a healthier position. This affordable mesh will help.

The foundation of any productive workday is an efficient and inspiring workspace. That’s why it’s important to create an office environment that utilizes the entirety of your workspace and allows you to work effectively. A desk built into the corner of the room is a great way to maximize the space in your office, keep your office organized, and give yourself a larger worktop area.

If you’ve done a bit searching and can’t seem to find a store-bought desk that fits your needs, we’re here to help you build your own custom desk that fits your needs and dimensions perfectly.

With Kee Klamp pipe fittings, it’s not as difficult to build your own desk as you may think and we even make the process easier by offering a few desk frame kits. In addition, you can build any type of desk you like. Be it a sitting or standing desk, long or short desk, wide or narrow; you can create a desk that is perfect for you.

So to help inspire your own creation, we’ve put together this list of 17 DIY desk ideas for you to copy, draw ideas from, and/or modify for your own specific workspace.

Wall Mounted L-Shaped Desk

This desk was built by Christopher in Asheville, North Carolina. The desk fits into the corner perfectly and is large enough for multiple people to work at when needed.

Christopher decided to build the desk when he came across a few of our wall mounted desk projects. He wanted a desk that did not have any legs in order to slide from one position to another without the desk legs getting in the way.

Using the Kee Lite Swivel Flange, the desk table top is mounted to the wall. This fitting has a range of motion of 160 degrees allowing it to be used to create almost any angle. The table top also rests on two file cabinets on each end.

L-Shaped Corner Desk

This L-Shaped corner desk built by Janet S. is both functional and pleasing to the eyes. The steel pipes not only give the whole piece a strong foundation, but they also give the desk an industrial look.

The only downside to Janet’s project was that she ordered the fittings from another retailer, a decision that she would later come to regret:

” Regrettably I decided to save $ on a tight project budget and ordered the Kee Klamps from another company. That was a huge mistake on my part. They had terrible customer service! I will without a doubt order all of my parts from you next time. and I’m working on plans for the next project already.”

Wall Mounted Desk

This desk built by Douglas in Charles Town, West Virginia, is similar to the idea above built by Christopher. It too makes use of the Kee Lite Swivel Flange to mount the pipe supports under the desk and to the wall. This gives the desk a clean, “floating” appearance. For Douglas, the desk functions as a workbench in his hobby room.

Craft Room Desk

“Happy wife, happy life”. That’s what Bruce was thinking when he designed this desk for his wife’s craft room. The custom design features sections that are spaced out perfectly and set to the exact height to perfectly store his wife’s various shelving and storage.

The desk also features a custom countertop that’s finished on all edges. Bruce appreciates how sturdy the desk is stating: “It does not move or give when she is working on it.” A full write up on Bruce’s desk build can be found here.

U-Shaped Wrap Around Desk

Take your corner desk to the next level by extending it in both directions like Robbie did with his desk. Robbie wanted to create something custom for his office and the result is this massive U-Shaped desk that wraps around nearly the entirety of his office.

Unlike your traditional U-Shaped desk, Robbie’s desk is custom built to fit the exact dimensions of his office to make for a clean and perfect fit. The desk provides an abundance of additional workspace, while still keeping the room itself open and uncluttered.

One unique feature to note are the pine dowels Robbie used for the pipe component of the frame. Rather than using steel tubing, Robbie chose 1 1/4″ pipe dowels to save on the cost of the frame. The pine dowels were 25% of the cost of normal steel tubing.

In designing his custom desk, Robbie even went as far as to design a 3D animation using Google Sketchup and Lightwave 3D to help him to better envision the project.

Ergonomic Desk

Built by Simplified Building’s own General Manager, Chris uses this ergonomic desk in his home office.

Unlike traditional corner desks that feature a 90 degree angle, this desk uses a unique fitting, the Adjustable Side Outlet Tee, to create a slant in the desk that forms perfectly to the change in direction of the accompanying wall. The darker colored wood table top pairs well with the warmer colors in the room and overall, Chris has been extremely satisfied with the desk:

“The finished ergonomic desk is great: The keyboard tray allows me to place the keyboard at the exact height, the cords are hidden from sight, the shelves work well to store my router, modem, and backup device, and the finished wood matches all the other furniture in my new office.”

Recently, a new trend has emerged – standing in the workplace. Long gone are the days of hunched backs and uncomfortable chairs, as standing desks are the fad that has been going around for a while now.

It comes jam-packed with different benefits, and we’re going to discuss all of them in this article. The benefits of standing in the workplace are irrefutable, and that’s why the world has embraced the standing desk idea.

Yet, there is an even newer option, allowing you to both sit and stand in your workplace. A transformational apparatus known as a desk converter can convert your workstation from standing to sitting in one swift motion.

In this article, we’re going to discuss standing desks vs desk converters. Read on to learn which is right for you.

Standing desk

Before we get into the comparison itself, we’re going to have to establish what these things are. Standing desks are desks that are placed at a particular height that can usually be adjusted to fit the person standing in front of it.

Standing desks are the latest trend in the workstation world, as they reportedly come with a myriad of health benefits. They’re such a fad because, aside from the health benefits, they promote activity, productivity, and a good mood.

Having a better mood and being in a more comfortable position at work is not only going to improve your health but your output and productivity as well. A happy employee is a hard-working employee, and employers know this.

That is why employers themselves are opting to supply their offices with the latest standing desks around.

Standing desks don’t come without critique, though, and some have a fair point. Standing for too long can decrease your mood, and unless you’re used to standing for prolonged periods, you can get pretty tired from it. That can impact your workflow, and inhibit you from reaping the full potential that standing desks have to offer.

The Benefits of Standing While You Work

Standing in the workplace is highly beneficial for your health. It can help you with:

  • Reducing weight gain and obesity
  • Improving posture and decreasing back pain
  • Improving your mood, and thus your productivity
  • Standing decreases your chances of developing a multitude of sedentary-related diseases

One of the most significant issues with sedentary jobs is the lack of activity. While standing might not sound like much, standing during your entire workday is going to increase the rate at which you burn calories significantly.

Another fantastic feature of standing desks is the capability to decrease back pain. Studies show that quite a lot of people suffer from some back pain today, and most of it’s due to improper postures. Standing while you’re working is going to significantly improve your posture and decrease back pain by a considerable amount.

Maintaining a good mood during your work hours is going to be essential if you’re looking to boost productivity . It’s going to improve your life quality significantly, which is ultimately the best benefit of a standing desk.

If you spend your time in the workplace actively, perhaps by standing, you’re bound to experience health benefits and decrease your chances of developing any issues associated with sitting down for prolonged periods.

If you seek in-depth information on the multitude of benefits that a standing desk can bring to the table, don’t forget to check out our article on the benefits of standing desks.

Desk converter

A desk converter is a converter apparatus which allows you to turn your sitting desk into a standing desk, with an appropriate hoisting motion or a push of a button. They can raise your monitor and keyboard, actively increasing the height of your workspace as desired.

They’re the latest addition to the standing desk family, and are somewhat better than their predecessor – let’s elaborate on why.

As opposed to standing desks which demand only standing, desk converters can serve as both sitting or standing desks at will.

Another distinct benefit of the desk converter is its sheer convenience. As mentioned before in this article, standing desk critics do have a point. While standing desks are all the rage nowadays, they still take quite a lot of getting used to.

Desk converters are going to help you through this transformation, allowing you to get the best of both worlds. Standing for prolonged periods is quite straining, and yes, it can make you tired, thus countering all of the benefits that standing desks bring in the first place.

With a desk converter, you can sit or stand whenever you want, as both sitting and standing for too long isn’t good for you. Desk converters are also far cheaper than standing desks and are very easy to install.

Another benefit of desk converters, as opposed to standing desks, is the fact that they’re entirely modifiable. You can increase or decrease their height at will, and most of them come with an additional laptop, keyboard, and tablet trays and holders, which allow you to modify your workspace significantly.

If you aren’t too keen on converting to a standing desk, but you would still like to improve your posture, a desk converter is your perfect match. By only increasing the height of your keyboard and monitor, you can improve your posture while sitting.

Desk converter perks

  • They’re the best of both worlds, offering both sitting and standing.
  • Some are electronically operated, allowing for adjustments at the flick of a button.
  • They come with additional trays, holders, and slides.
  • Desk converters are an affordable alternative to a standing desk.
  • They work with any existing desk and are very mobile.

In Conclusion

In the decision of a standing desk vs a desk converter, both are beneficial for anyone who is looking to improve their workspace a little bit.

Standing desks are best for people who:

  • Already have active lifestyles;
  • Have a sedentary job;
  • Work in a crowded office;
  • Seek all the health benefits of standing in the workplace.

On the other hand, desk converters are best for people who:

  • Want to get into standing desks, but don’t want to lose the option of sitting;
  • Desire to lead more active, healthy, and productive work hours;
  • Want to transition between sitting and standing desks with ease.

To conclude our verses, both options are fantastic for people who are looking to spice up their workspace. They come with their unique set of benefits, which can accommodate different purposes.

If you’re looking to make a more informed decision on whether you need a standing desk or desk converter, make sure to check out more in-depth reviews!

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January 28, 2019

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According to recent studies , employees spend approximately 62% of their workday sitting, and the majority of university students spend upward of 75% of their class time sitting. This is cause for concern because various detrimental health consequences are associated with prolonged sitting, including an increased risk of weight gain, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and premature death, in addition to mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

One option , that is becoming increasingly popular, to reduce the amount of time in a seated position is to change your workstation to a standing desk. You can purchase a standing desk converter that allows you to keep your original desk, or if you want to remove your original desk, you can purchase a height adjustable standing desk. Both of these standing desk options give you the ability to work in either a sitting or standing position.

Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

While research has shown that using a standing desk burns slightly more calories than sitting, it may not help with weight loss, or prevent weight gain. However, there are a variety of other health benefits to using a standing desk, including:

Blood sugar levels return to normal faster after eating.

Reduces the risk of shoulder and back pain.

May help to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and premature death (these benefits are assumed; more research is needed in this area).

How to Stand at a Standing Desk

If you’re new to the world of standing desks, there are a few guidelines you should follow to maximize the benefit of these workstations. Just like any type of new activity, side effects, including aching feet and legs, as well as back and shoulder pain, can occur if you go from sitting all day to standing all day, or if your desk isn’t positioned properly.

Let’s take a look at guidelines for how to stand at a standing desk:

Maintaining Proper Posture

Your head, neck and torso should be aligned vertically, with your shoulders relaxed. Your knees should be slightly bent with your feet positioned directly under your shoulders, and your weight should occasionally be shifted from one foot to the other. A footrest may be useful for shifting your weight. In some cases, use of an anti-fatigue mat may allow you to stand for extended periods of time.

Another alternative to sitting or standing at your desk is to kneel, or half kneel . Kneeling is a very natural position for your body and encourages proper spinal alignment. There are various kneeling positions that you can use – one leg forward and one leg down on a balance cushion such as a Theraband balance board , both knees positioned on a kneeling chair, or one leg on the floor and one knee kneeling on a chair. Kneeling places your spine and pelvis in a neutral position, and forces you into a more upright posture, which reduces slouching and stress on your spine.

It’s not unusual for your knees to get tired or achy after a lengthy time spent kneeling. To reduce the discomfort, change positions – switch the side that you’re kneeling on, stand or sit at your desk, or get up and go for a short walk.

Selecting an Appropriate Desk

Ensure that your desk is deep enough so that your computer monitor can sit directly in front of you.

Proper Positioning of Your Computer Monitor

Position your monitor about an arms length directly in front of you, with the top of the monitor at or below eye level (tilted up to 20 degrees) so that when you’re looking at the center of the screen your line of sight is perpendicular to the screen surface. When dual monitors are used simultaneously, they should be placed side by side with their edges touching. However, if you use one monitor the majority of the time ( more than 80% of the time), that monitor should be placed directly in front of you with the other monitor positioned to the side.

* If you wear bifocals, you should lower your monitor 1 to 2 inches (two to three fingerbreadths) for more comfortable viewing.

Proper Positioning of Your Mouse and Keyboard

Position your mouse and keyboard on the same surface, and keep your elbows close to your body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees. Your wrists should be straight with your hands positioned slightly below your elbows.

To minimize mouse use consider using keyboard shortcuts and adjust the sensitivity of your mouse so that you can use light touch. Additionally, alternate the hand you use to operate the mouse by positioning it on the other side of your keyboard from time to time.

Proper Positioning of Extra Objects

Objects that are used frequently, such as telephones, binders, staplers, etc., should be placed within reach to avoid excessive stretching.

Wearing Appropriate Footwear

Wear supportive shoes with a low heel when standing; additionally, if you’re standing for prolonged periods of time, compression socks are recommended.

Recommended Standing Time

It is recommended that you initially build up to two hours of standing and movement throughout the workday, with a gradual increase to four hours throughout the workday. Keep in mind that whether you’re standing or sitting, you should take a break every 20 to 30 minutes to move around for 2 minutes.

Healthy habits to develop to increase movement in the workplace include walking to the water fountain or printer, using the stairs rather than the elevator, and parking farther from the main entrance.

Getting the Most out of Your Standing Desk

In order to get the most benefit from your standing desk, keep the following in mind:

Alternate between sitting, standing, and moving – this will help to avoid prolonged positions.

Be aware of your body signals – if you feel pain or discomfort, it’s time to switch positions.

If you’re pregnant or have pre-existing medical conditions, speak to your healthcare practitioner before using a standing desk.

Start standing at your desk for short periods of time, and gradually increase the amount of time you spend standing.

Position objects such as your chair, waste basket, etc. out of the way so that they don’t pose a tripping hazard when you’re standing.

Conclusion

If you’ve made the switch to a standing or sit-stand desk you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Keep in mind that changing your workstation may result in unwanted side effects, especially if done incorrectly. Introducing standing gradually, and ensuring that your workstation is set up properly, will help you learn how to stand at a standing desk and experience the health benefits of this innovative workstation design.

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November 29, 2021

It is becoming more well recognized that sitting all day at a desk is bad for your back and your posture. That is why a growing number of people are opting to buy an adjustable height desk.

Check out UpDown Desk’s PRO Series Electric Standing Desks!

It doesn’t matter whether you’ll be working remotely for the foreseeable future or will be returning to the office soon, you’ll reap the benefits of investing in a standing desk for your home or office.

The deal doesn’t get any sweeter than the UpDown Desk PRO Series Standing Desk , which has a tremendous visual impact while also providing a very practical workspace.

Be that as it may, you may struggle to programme your standing desk if you haven’t used one before. Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple if you follow these easy steps.

What This Article Covers:

  • Stand Up Desk Programing
  • How To Use It
  • Important Features

Stand Up Desk Programing

Basic Steps

The desk’s control pad features six buttons. There are two manual up/down controls and four height settings that you can save. These are called the M buttons.

Step 1:

To get your desired sitting or standing height, simply use the manual up/down button. Or, you could pre-set heights by hitting the M1 to M4 buttons.

Step 2:

Thereafter, press one of the M buttons until you hear a beep to program your stored settings.

It’s that easy. At the touch of a button, you can go between sitting and standing.

Your current height will be displayed on the display screen. It is pre-programmed from the factory to display the height at its lowest, which is 64 cm. The company measured the height from the top of a standard desktop which is 2.5 cm thick.

Should you decide to add castor wheels or a thicker desktop, you can change this.

You’ll appreciate how simple it is to set up The PRO Series standing desk. Using the video or written setup tutorial provided by the provider, you should be able to complete your own installation in a short period of time.

How to use it

To get the best position for a standing desk , make sure you’re not putting all of your weight on one leg when standing at a desk.

If you notice that your posture is beginning to slouch or weary, simply return to sitting. When you have weak posture, it’s better to do a few short standing exercises throughout the day rather than one long one.

Important Features

This being one of UpDown Desk’s flagship products, the PRO Series of Standing Desks will not disappoint anyone looking for this type of workspace.

It’s the brand’s premier sit to stand desks series, and they perfectly blend superb craftsmanship with the newest technology in digital height control and motor to ensure you can customize them exactly how you want.

Height Memory

You should only have to do this once when determining your ideal desk height. Two users can keep their preferences and modify the desk with a single touch thanks to the availability of four preset height settings. It is ideal for practically anyone.

Frame weight

People often overlook stability when using a stand to sit desk. A shaky desk isn’t just unpleasant, but possibly dangerous. Thankfully, even at maximum height, the UpDown PRO Series is perfectly stable.

Dual Motor

It goes without saying that if the lifting mechanism fails, a sit/stand desk is effectively useless.

The UpDown PRO Series has a dual motor. This means that it has the capacity to lift heavier loads with a standing desk weight limit of 150 kg. It is suitably quiet when you move it up and down and the movement speed is 32mm per second.

Final Thoughts

Programming your stand desk has never been easier. If you like to go from sitting to standing a few times a day, you’ll appreciate how the option to save your settings and rapid and quiet motor make the process go more smoothly.

This desk comes with a lot of features that you’ll be impressed with. It’s easy to see why UpDown Desk is one of the leaders in standing workstations. You may also want to consider investing in cable management solutions to keep your workspace neat and tidy.

So, if you want to improve your work environment and improve your creativity, and wondering where to buy a standing desk, look no further than their impressive collection of standing desks.

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Recently, a new trend has emerged – standing in the workplace. Long gone are the days of hunched backs and uncomfortable chairs, as standing desks are the fad that has been going around for a while now.

It comes jam-packed with different benefits, and we’re going to discuss all of them in this article. The benefits of standing in the workplace are irrefutable, and that’s why the world has embraced the standing desk idea.

Yet, there is an even newer option, allowing you to both sit and stand in your workplace. A transformational apparatus known as a desk converter can convert your workstation from standing to sitting in one swift motion.

In this article, we’re going to discuss standing desks vs desk converters. Read on to learn which is right for you.

Standing desk

Before we get into the comparison itself, we’re going to have to establish what these things are. Standing desks are desks that are placed at a particular height that can usually be adjusted to fit the person standing in front of it.

Standing desks are the latest trend in the workstation world, as they reportedly come with a myriad of health benefits. They’re such a fad because, aside from the health benefits, they promote activity, productivity, and a good mood.

Having a better mood and being in a more comfortable position at work is not only going to improve your health but your output and productivity as well. A happy employee is a hard-working employee, and employers know this.

That is why employers themselves are opting to supply their offices with the latest standing desks around.

Standing desks don’t come without critique, though, and some have a fair point. Standing for too long can decrease your mood, and unless you’re used to standing for prolonged periods, you can get pretty tired from it. That can impact your workflow, and inhibit you from reaping the full potential that standing desks have to offer.

The Benefits of Standing While You Work

Standing in the workplace is highly beneficial for your health. It can help you with:

  • Reducing weight gain and obesity
  • Improving posture and decreasing back pain
  • Improving your mood, and thus your productivity
  • Standing decreases your chances of developing a multitude of sedentary-related diseases

One of the most significant issues with sedentary jobs is the lack of activity. While standing might not sound like much, standing during your entire workday is going to increase the rate at which you burn calories significantly.

Another fantastic feature of standing desks is the capability to decrease back pain. Studies show that quite a lot of people suffer from some back pain today, and most of it’s due to improper postures. Standing while you’re working is going to significantly improve your posture and decrease back pain by a considerable amount.

Maintaining a good mood during your work hours is going to be essential if you’re looking to boost productivity . It’s going to improve your life quality significantly, which is ultimately the best benefit of a standing desk.

If you spend your time in the workplace actively, perhaps by standing, you’re bound to experience health benefits and decrease your chances of developing any issues associated with sitting down for prolonged periods.

If you seek in-depth information on the multitude of benefits that a standing desk can bring to the table, don’t forget to check out our article on the benefits of standing desks.

Desk converter

A desk converter is a converter apparatus which allows you to turn your sitting desk into a standing desk, with an appropriate hoisting motion or a push of a button. They can raise your monitor and keyboard, actively increasing the height of your workspace as desired.

They’re the latest addition to the standing desk family, and are somewhat better than their predecessor – let’s elaborate on why.

As opposed to standing desks which demand only standing, desk converters can serve as both sitting or standing desks at will.

Another distinct benefit of the desk converter is its sheer convenience. As mentioned before in this article, standing desk critics do have a point. While standing desks are all the rage nowadays, they still take quite a lot of getting used to.

Desk converters are going to help you through this transformation, allowing you to get the best of both worlds. Standing for prolonged periods is quite straining, and yes, it can make you tired, thus countering all of the benefits that standing desks bring in the first place.

With a desk converter, you can sit or stand whenever you want, as both sitting and standing for too long isn’t good for you. Desk converters are also far cheaper than standing desks and are very easy to install.

Another benefit of desk converters, as opposed to standing desks, is the fact that they’re entirely modifiable. You can increase or decrease their height at will, and most of them come with an additional laptop, keyboard, and tablet trays and holders, which allow you to modify your workspace significantly.

If you aren’t too keen on converting to a standing desk, but you would still like to improve your posture, a desk converter is your perfect match. By only increasing the height of your keyboard and monitor, you can improve your posture while sitting.

Desk converter perks

  • They’re the best of both worlds, offering both sitting and standing.
  • Some are electronically operated, allowing for adjustments at the flick of a button.
  • They come with additional trays, holders, and slides.
  • Desk converters are an affordable alternative to a standing desk.
  • They work with any existing desk and are very mobile.

In Conclusion

In the decision of a standing desk vs a desk converter, both are beneficial for anyone who is looking to improve their workspace a little bit.

Standing desks are best for people who:

  • Already have active lifestyles;
  • Have a sedentary job;
  • Work in a crowded office;
  • Seek all the health benefits of standing in the workplace.

On the other hand, desk converters are best for people who:

  • Want to get into standing desks, but don’t want to lose the option of sitting;
  • Desire to lead more active, healthy, and productive work hours;
  • Want to transition between sitting and standing desks with ease.

To conclude our verses, both options are fantastic for people who are looking to spice up their workspace. They come with their unique set of benefits, which can accommodate different purposes.

If you’re looking to make a more informed decision on whether you need a standing desk or desk converter, make sure to check out more in-depth reviews!

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Buying the appropriate standing desk for you

The trend of using a standing desk has been growing fast throughout the workplace over recent years, so if you are considering buying a standing desk, there a few things you must consider when choosing one. Some things to consider are the design, price, mobility, or the size of the standing desk. Here are some useful insights that you can use when considering the purchase of your standing desk.

Do you want to modify your existing desk into a stand up desk?

Maybe you already have a work desk that suits you, and you’re happy with it so don’t want to replace it with a new one. So maybe you should consider the Kangaroo Pro Junior. It is currently the best add on to your current desk. It is fully assembled and you just need to add it on your existing work desk. Voila. Your standing desk is ready to use.

When you have finished the installation of your standing desk, now you can put your monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU, etc. in place. When all is done, you just need to set up your desk, by raising or lowering it according to your need. This kangaroo junior pro has an adjustable steel rod which is easy to use for adjusting the level of your desk. It will be helpful for you if sometimes you get tired because you are standing too long, and want to sit down for a while. You just can raise the rod and lower the height to your old working desk. To modify your existing work desk with kangaroo junior pro standing desk costs around $349.

Buying a new standing desk for your office.
If you need to buy a new standing desk, maybe because you work at home, and don’t have an existing working desk you’ll probably want to buy a simple stand alone standing desk. This desk is similar to a general computer desk, with two platforms for your monitor on the top platform, and keyboard or mouse on the base platform. Most standing desks also use wheels on the legs under the desk making it easy to move it around. You can move it to your living room, kitchen, or bedroom. However, you must carefully with the cable installation when you move it around.

The main disadvantage of this simple standing desk is, you cannot adjust the base level easily as the kangaroo style. Once the height is set up, it will be static, and cannot be adjusted. So it can only be used by one person that suit the height of the desk. But at only $234, it’s a good entry level way to get started with standing desks

Electronic standing desks.

There is also a top option for professionals who also want to use the standing desk. There are several desks that are mechanized with an electronic button for raising or lowering the level of the standing dek to your desired height. Of course, electric standing desks are more expensive and they can cost more than $1000. However, they are useful for a professional worker that uses their stand up desk a lot. So let’s see what the advantages are of these expensive electronically controlled standing desks.

This desk will have a button that will help you easily adjust the level to your desired height, and also you can set the angle of the main platform. So it will make using it more comfortable

Further up the price range desks get more sleek and modern, and have lots of options. For a slightly higher outlay you’ll be able to adjust the height, adjust the slope, or you can use it as a standard drawing desk ( since most more expensive standing desks have a larger surface ). You’ll also have some options to add some drawers and cabinets for your computer base unit too at this price point.

Most expensive:

Well, if you have a lot more money to spend on a high end standing desk, you can expect a more aesthetic and Eco friendly model, such as Terra by NextDesks. It has pretty much all the options of the previous standing desks we mentioned, but it’s just more beautiful with bamboo for the desktop, and a frame made from aluminum. So it will cost you more, but you will get a much more beautiful stand up desk for the price.

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How to choose the right standing desk

January 20, 2017

After reading the mountain of evidence that shows how terrible prolonged sitting is for your health, you’ve officially jumped on the standing desk bandwagon. So now what? There are dozens of different standing desks on the market. We developed this guide to choosing the right one for your unique situation. It breaks out the most important questions to ask yourself before investing in any sit-stand desk.

Adjustability
Questions to consider:
1-Do you want a desk that adjusts to both sitting and standing positions?
We follow the rule of “everything in moderation,” and encourage people to sit and stand during the day. After about 30 minutes seated, switch to standing for 30 minutes, and so on. If you choose a fixed-height standing desk, though, it may be difficult to switch it up while remaining at your workstation. An extra-tall stool or chair is necessary.

2-Is the desk easy to adjust up and down?
Choose the right solution for you: A powered standing desk with an electric motor can move a lot of weight on the desktop, whereas a standing desk with manual adjustment can move more quickly, meaning you’ll be better inclined to change your position as you desire. Check that the design doesn’t include a ton of cranks, buttons or locks that can slow you down. Or sharp, exposed mechanics that could pinch fingers.

3-Will you share the desk with multiple people?
If your office uses a hot-desk system or runs multiple shifts necessitating shared workspaces, it’s essential to have a height-adjustable desk with a broad range of adjustment points from low to high. That way, a person who is 6’1” can use the same desk as a person who is 5 feet. (Use this ergonomic assessment tool to check the fitness of your workstation.)

Look and Feel
Questions to consider:
1-Do you want to convert a traditional desk to a standing desk?
When you don’t want to buy a full standing workstation, or completely rearrange your space, consider an attachment that goes on top of an existing desk. An adjustable add-on unit is flexible and portable, so you can move it from desk to desk, or office to office. If you invest in one yourself, you can even move it from job to job.

2-How large of a desk do you want?
Do you like to spread out when you work, or are you more of a minimalist with little extra stuff? Standing desks come in all sizes and shapes, so pick the one that best fits you, your equipment, workflow, and space.

3-What kind of environment do you work in?
If you work in an office, you’ll probably prefer your desk to have a sleek, professional look that matches your décor. If you work in a lab or industrial environment, you’ll probably need something more rugged that holds more weight.

4-Do you need your desk to be mobile?
If your work environment tends to move around often, or you need to frequently access cords and cables in the back of your desk, think about investing in a desk with casters, to make movement quick and painless.

Cost
Questions to consider:
1-What’s your budget?
2-What level of quality do you expect?
3-Does the desk come with a warranty? If so, how long is it?

Of course, some standing desks are less expensive than others, but don’t be too quick to choose the low-cost option. When you invest in a standing desk, you’re investing in your health and well-being. Consider the level of quality you’re looking for, and how long you want the desk to last. Also, a robust warranty and service package are nice to have in your back pocket, in case an issue comes up.

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How do StandDesk standing desks stack up against Jarvis, Autonomous, IKEA, and Uplift brand standing desks?

If you’re looking for an adjustable sit-stand desk, you’re probably wondering if a StandDesk is the best option for you. There are many different types of sit-stand desks on the market, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will compare StandDesk to the competition and show why they are the best option available.

Standing Desk Alternatives to Autonomous

Autonomous desks are fine but they’re not the only option.

The Danish-designed HomeBase standing desk frame offers over 100+ customizable sizes, colors and worksurface combinations to suit your needs. The base is the most important part of any desk, and while we love our table tops, the frame is the part that matters. That’s why we spent so much time designing and manufacturing the perfect electronic base. We love our frames so much we guarantee them for life. You won’t get that from the other companies.

Alternatives to IKEA Standing Desks

IKEA has brands like Skarsta, Bekant, Trotten, Rodulf, Uppspel, or you could go with a StandDesk sit-stand desk.

When you’re working at a computer all day, it’s important to take breaks and move around. A StandDesk sit-stand desk with electronic height adjustment allows you to do this without having to leave your work area. By standing up occasionally, you can improve your circulation and reduce the risk of health problems associated with sitting for long periods of time.

StandDesk Alternatives to Jarvis Standing Desks

Jarvis makes standing desks, but StandDesks are a great alternative.

In addition to improving your circulation, a StandDesk also has other health benefits. For example, it can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, improve your posture, and reduce the risk of back pain.

Alternatives to Uplift Standing Desks

Uplift makes lots of stuff, but StandDesk focuses on sit-stand desks.

StandDesks are commercial grade, which means they’re made to last, are easy to clean, and are less likely to fail at the absolute worst time. These desks are made to work.

If you’re looking for an adjustable sit-stand desk, we highly recommend choosing a StandDesk. They are the best option available and offer many benefits that other desks simply do not have. Shop now for your own custom sit-stand desk with StandDesk.

A few years back, Chris built a sitting desk for the office in his home. However, in doing so he was inspired to build a standing desk that could be placed on top of his existing desk.

Both designs utilize Kee Klamp fittings and pipe to complete the desk frame which were then paired with custom table tops crafted from poplar plywood.

For the standing desk converter, Chris drew inspiration from a similar desk featured on the Simplified Building blog.

To attach the computer monitor, Chris utilized Kee Klamp Rail Support fittings in combination with a VESA mounting bracket. The Rail Support fittings slide onto the pipe at the top of the frame and mount to the bracket already secured to the computer monitor.

In the image directly above and below, we see a closer look at the VESA bracket Chris used to attach the monitor to the Rail Support fittings connected to the desk frame.

To attach the desk table top, Chris again utilized the Rail Support fittings. The table top sits flush on the flange end of the Rail Support fittings, and two holes in each of the fittings, allowed Chris to mount the table top.

Finally, to keep everything neat and organized, Chris used simple Velcro wraps to secure the computer monitor cables to the desk frame.

Fittings & Pipe Needed for the Desk Frame

Below, are the fittings and pipe you will need to assemble the desk frame. Keep in mind that the dimensions of the frame are 100% up to you and configurable based on your chosen application.

Parts you’ll need

Pipe. The pipe can be any dimensions you like. In Chris’ design, the horizontal pieces are roughly 2′ long. The longer vertical pieces are about 3′ and the shorter pieces about 6 to 8″.

How to Assemble the Standing Desk Converter

  1. To assemble the desk, we recommend building the desk frame in sections which can then be joined together. First, start by assembling each of the “side” sections. Each “side” section will utilize four 90 Degree Elbow fittings. Follow the illustration in Step 1 to assemble the first section.
  2. Then, repeat this process until you have two sections as pictured in Step 2.
  3. From there, you can join these two sections together to complete the frame. Follow the diagram in Step 3 to join the sections. Don’t forget to slide two Rail Support fittings onto each of the horizontal pieces before connecting the sections together.
  4. The desk frame should be complete as pictured in Step 4.
  5. Now, you can attach the desk table top. Place the table top over the Rail Support fittings at the base of the frame. Then, using the appropriate hardware, mount the table top to the fittings. There will be two holes in the flange section of each of the Rail Support fittings. These can be used to mount the table top.
  6. The diagram in Step 6 shows a closer look at the Rail Support fitting.
  7. Now, you can attach the computer monitor. You will need to use a VESA bracket attached to the monitor and that bracket can be attached to the Rail Support fittings.
  8. That’s it! You should now have a complete standing desk converter to place on top of your existing, sitting desk.

If you have any trouble assembling the desk frame, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our projects team for help, either by email ([email protected]) or using the form on our free design assistance page. We are happy to assist you in your project. From helping you bring your design to life, to answering any questions you have, we’ve got you covered.

Finally, if you like the look of Chris’ desk but would rather have a regular standing desk, try browsing our desk frame kits to see if there is a fit for you.

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