Best ergonomic standing desk

Using a sit-stand desk already makes your workplace more ergonomic, but still there's always room for improvement.

Not every kind of work needs the same sit-stand desk or the same extras to get the ergonomics right.

Read on to find out which are the most ergonomic sit-stand desks for use with a laptop, or if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or if you only have a small space for your new desk.

What makes a standing desk ergonomic

To keep it short and sweet, if you feel comfortable while working with your standing desk, then it's probably ergonomic.

However there are quite a few details behind just feeling comfortable at your desk.

Keyboard and screen height counts

The most important thing you'll have to get right are the keyboard and screen height.

  • The screen should be high enough so that if you look straight ahead, you look through the top third of the screen.
  • The keyboard should be high enough so that you can reach it with your upper-arms hanging from you should by your side, and your elbows bent at 90 to 120 degrees.

When you are standing up, your keyboard should be bent such that it's edge near you is higher than the edge that's farther. For more information on standing desk ergonomics, check our "How tall should a standing desk be?" and our "How to stand at a standing desk?" articles.

Keyboard holders and monitor arms help by letting you move your keyboard and monitor freely, so you will not have to adapt strange postures to see or reach these devices.

Desk minimum and maximum height is important

  • The maximum height is important, the desk must be able to go high enough so you can use it comfortably while standing.
  • The minimum height is important for using it when sitting.

Other desk details: depth, crossbars and wobbliness

  • While hardly an issue, if you have a large monitor take care of the depth of your desk - it has to be deep enough so that you have enough distance between your eyes and the monitor.
  • If a standing desk has crossbars, you could easily hurt your legs when sitting down. Avoid desks with stabilizing crossbars.
  • Most standing desk tend to wobble a bit - however if a desk is really wobbly you'll have a hard time seeing your screen clearly.
    Get an electric standing desk with memory buttons. With memory buttons you can store the height you use in the controller, which is really convenient.

Wrist mat and arm support are nice to have

Wrist mats and keyboard tray help with wrist problems.

Soft wrist mats rest your wrists and help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome. These mats come in all shapes and sizes - including a baguette...

An arm support holds your whole forearm, so you do not put the weight of your forearm on your wrist. This in turn reduces the chance of getting carpal tunnel syndrome.

Best ergonomic standing desk for office or home office

For your office you'll want a desk that's both ergonomic and matches your office.

If you are accepting clients in your office, you may want to opt for a professional looking sit-stand desk, such as the ApexDesk Elite or the Omega Everest.

For a home-office a simpler looking desk is more than enough, such as the ApexDesk Vortex or Stand Up Desk Store's desks.

A monitor arm is almost always a must even for a standing desk to get the screen height right.

For the best results get the Omega Everest - this can go both very high and very low, and has a built-in tiltable keyboard holder.

The iMovr Omega Everest

The iMovr Omega Everest is a high-end electric sit-stand desks, suitable for offices where the looks counts. It has a built-in keyboard tray which can help with wrist problems.

The desk has a maximum height of 51" and a minimum height of 25" so both tall and short persons can use it successfully.

You can tilt the keyboard holder both up and down, so you can align it to take the pressure of your wrists. This helps with carpal tunnel syndrome.

As the desk comes with tabletop widths of 48", 60", 72" and 83" it's suitable both for small spaces and large offices.

The desk comes with no casters, and there's no practical way to add them. This makes the desk hard to move.

The lift capacity is 220 lbs. - more than enough to hold everything you need on your desk.

The desk is fairly quiet, the motor only makes a slight humming noise when raising the desk. Downwards it's even quieter.

The desk does not have a stabilizer bar, so it will not hurt your shin when you sit down.

The Omega Everest hardly ever wobbles, this means you'll be able to see your monitor clearly when typing.

There are just too many variants of this desk to list them all here, so only the first one is listed.

Omega EVEREST Electric Adjustable Height Standing Desk w/ SteadyType Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Built-In - 4 Programmable Height Presets - Silver Base ( Shaker Cherry Desktop, 30" x 72" )
 
Color: Shaker Cherry
 
Tabletop width: 72"
 
Memory buttons:
 
Casters:
 
Height: 25" - 51"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Warranty: 5 yrs: tabletop, electronics, 10 yrs: moving parts, lifetime: frame
 
Tabletop width: 59"
 
 
 
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The ApexDesk Elite

The ApexDesk Elite is a great looking sit-stand desk, ideal for offices where you need a good looking desk.

This desk has a 71" wide surface, it can hold all you ever need for work, including your notes, monitors, and keyboard.

Make sure your office is large enough for this desk.

As a lot of other high-end desks, this one comes without casters too. You'll need to lift it to move it around.

The minimum height for this desk is 29", the maximum is 48". You can set the desk's height between 29" to 48". The time to raise the desk is 15 seconds, which is really fast.

The ApexDesk Elite has a 225 lbs. lifting capacity, more than enough to hold all you need for work.

The ApexDesk Elite is really quiet, so you will not annoy your coworkers when you raise or lower your desk every hour.

This desk does not tend to wobble, even when it's in the highest position.

The desk comes without stabilizer bars, so you will not hit your knee or shin when sitting down.

This desk is an ideal choice if you want a large, great looking desk for your office.

ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Black Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Black Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Light Oak Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Light Oak Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Walnut Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Walnut Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" White Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" White Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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Stand Up Desk Store's electric desks

Stand Up Desk Store's electric desks come with a 48" or 60" wide surface. This is big enough to host your laptop, monitor and external keyboard and still have plenty of spare space left.

The 48" versions are especially suitable for small spaces.

These desks come with really sturdy casters, so you'll find it really easy to move them around. Two casters are lockable so the desk won't roll away by itself.

The minimum height for the desks are 27.25" or 24.75" depending on the variant, the maximum height is either 50.5" or 53". For the details make sure you check the seller's page.

Not every Stand Up Desk store desk comes with a memory button, in the end it just depends on the variant you select. Double check this feature before buying, please see the seller's page for the details.

Just as other ergonomic desks, these ones come without cross-bars to, saving your knee and shin.

This desk is ideal choice if you do not need the fancy looks of the high-end desks.

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Apexdesk Vortex L-shaped desk

The ApexDesk Vortex is the Elite's smaller brother. It has a 60" wide surface with a 170 lbs. lift capacity - that's why it costs less too.

The Vortex is a three-legged design, making it more stable than the other contenders in this category.

This desk comes without casters, so you'll have to lift it to move it around.

You can set the height for this desk between 28.5" and 46.5". The desk can raise or lower itself at 1.3" per second, so you'll need about 15 seconds to fully raise or lower it.

While the motor is quiet, some versions of the controller beeps loudly. It's best to ask the seller before buying.

Just as you'd expect from an ergonomic desk, this one has no stabilizer bars which could hurt your leg.

This desk is an ideal choice if you'd like to get a desk for a bit less, or if you like the shape.

ApexDesk Vortex Series 6-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand 3-Leg Corner Desk (Espresso Top, Left Return)
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 63"
 
Max load: 200 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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The best ergonomic standing desk for laptop or computer

To work ergonomically with a laptop or a computer you'll need to get a monitor arm for your sit stand desk or you need a two-tier sit stand desk.

This is because without raising your monitor from the desk surface, either your keyboard would be too high up, or you'd have to look way downwards to see the screen.

Stand up desk store two tier desk

Stand Up Desk Store's two tier (or split-top) desks come with 48" and 60" tabletops. It's ideal for laptops, the two tiers make it more ergonomic than the average. This in turn can help with back pain.

Both of these are large enough for two monitors, and anything you might need for your work. The 48" is small enough for tiny offices too.

Just as other desks from Stand Up Desk Store, these come with lockable casters, so moving them around is really easy.

You can set the height using the buttons on the controller between 28.87" and 42.62". Double check if the variant you select has memory buttons.

These desks have a weight capacity of 154 lbs. - more than enough to hold all you'd need for work.

Unfortunately this desk has crossbars between the legs, which could hurt you while sitting down.

The desks are built to the ANSI/BIFMA standards, which ensures that they are ergonomic.

Double check the warranty before buying. The warranty conditions for this desk change often.

This desk is recommended for a laptop or computer if you do not want to get a monitor arm, and do not mind the split surface.

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60" Split Top Electric Stand Up Desk (Dark Walnut Shelves)
 
Color: Dark Walnut Shelves
 
Size: 60 Inches
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory:
 
Casters:
 
Height: 28.87" to 42.62"
 
 
 
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iMovr Omega Everest with a monitor arm

The iMovr Omega Everest combined with a monitor arm such as this nice one or this, is great for use with a computer or laptop. It's also very ergonomic and can help with back and neck pain.

The desk's minimum height of 25" and maximum height of 51" makes it suitable both for tall and short persons. The monitor arm makes sure you can get the ergonomics right, and your screen will be just at the right level and angle.

For best results, set your screen's height so that if you look straight ahead you are looking through the top third of your screen.

With the desk's built-in keyboard tray you can get the angles right for your wrist too.

The desk comes with 48", 60", 72" and 83" wide tabletops, so it's suitable both for small spaces and large offices.

As the desk has no casters, you'll have to lift it to move it around.

The desk's 220 lbs. lift capacity is more than enough to lift your computer or laptop, and two monitors, with still lot to spare.

As the desk is quiet, you won't disturb your officemates by raising and lowering it every hour.

As the desk has no stabilizer bars it will not hurt your legs when you try to sit down to it.

The Omega Everest does not wobble which is especially important if you use it with a monitor arm, as the arm could amplify the vibrations and make it hard to read the screen.

Both the desk and the monitor arms have many variants, simply too much to list them all here.

The monitor arms come as single and dual arm model too.

Omega EVEREST Electric Adjustable Height Standing Desk w/ SteadyType Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Built-In - 4 Programmable Height Presets - Silver Base ( Shaker Cherry Desktop, 30" x 72" )
 
Color: Shaker Cherry
 
Tabletop width: 72"
 
Memory buttons:
 
Casters:
 
Height: 25" - 51"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Warranty: 5 yrs: tabletop, electronics, 10 yrs: moving parts, lifetime: frame
 
Tabletop width: 59"
 
 
 
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AmazonBasics Premium Dual Monitor Stand - Lift Engine Arm Mount, Aluminum
 
Color: Black
 
Display: Up to 27"
 
Weight: 20 lbs. max per screen
 
Height: max 25" from tabletop
 
Price: $189.99 (list price) $122.05 (lowest used) as of 04:04 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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HUANUO Dual Monitor Mount, Full Motion Monitor Arm Stand, Height Adjustable Computer Monitor Riser with Gas Spring, C Clamp, Cable Management for Two 15 to 27 Inch LCD Screens
 
Color: White
 
Display: 15" ... 27"
 
Weight: 17.6 lbs. max per screen
 
Height: max 22.6" from tabletop
 
Price: $68.99 (lowest new) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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The best ergonomic standing desk for carpal tunnel

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you need to get the load of your wrist as soon as possible.

To achieve this you'll need a keyboard tray with negative tilt for standing. This way you can hold your wrist in a natural manner without twisting or overloading it, and you will not press on your nerves.

Stand Up Desk Store's desk with a keyboard tray

If you combine stand up desk store's desk with and adjustable keyboard tray, such as this from Uncaged Ergonomics, you can achieve the ergonomics required to ease your carpal tunnel syndrome.

As carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the nerves in your wrist getting pressed, you need to align your keyboard and mouse so that you can use it without putting pressure on your wrists.

Simply put, for standing you'll need a keyboard tray with negative tilt, where the side of the tray near you is higher than the side that's near the table.

Combined with Stand Up Desk Store's desk, you'll get an ergonomic sit-stand desk with a 48" or 60" wide surface, that's big enough to hold all you need for work, or can fit in a small office too.

Stand Up Desk Store's desks come with heavy-duty casters, which are lockable, so you can move your desk around without lifting, or lock it in place if you want to.

For the desk you can set the height either between 27.25" ... 53" or between 24.75" ... 50.5" if you remove the casters. There are other height-variants too, make sure you check the listing.

Most of these desks come with memory buttons, which you can use the raise or lower the desk to a preprogrammed height. Make sure you get a variant with memory buttons, it make the desk more usable.

These desks have no cross-bars between the legs, so you will not hurt your shin or knee when sitting down.

For best results get a monitor arm too - this helps you set your monitor into an ergonomic position.

Uncaged Ergonomics (KT1-b) Ergonomic Under-Desk Computer Keyboard Tray w/ Negative Tilt. Affordable Adjustable Height & Angle Under desk Drawer, Tilting Mouse Pad Swivels 360
 
Color: Black
 
Negative tilt:
 
Mouse pad:
 
Height-range: 4.5" bellow tabletop to level of tabletop
 
Price: $89.99 (list price) $79.99 (lowest new) $42.00 (lowest used) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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Best ergonomic standing desk for neck or back pain

To get rid of your neck or back pain, you'll need the get the ergonomics right.

Setting the right keyboard and screen height will probably fix 80% of your problems.

To get the ergonomics right, set the keyboard height so that your elbow is at between 90 ... 120 degrees. Set the screen height so that when looking straight ahead, you are looking through the top third of the screen. For more details read "How Tall Should A Standing Desk Be?" .

Best ergonomic standing desk for cubicles

If you are looking for a sit-stand desk for your cubicle your best bet is to get a 48" wide electric standing desk.

If you need a smaller desk you'll have to go the DIY route, get a standing desk frame, and buy a tabletop for it. This way you can go down to 40" in width.

While this may sound cumbersome, the upside is that the tabletop will not get chipped during shipping.

VIVO's V103E standing desk frame

VIVO's V103E is a sit-stand desk frame, you can fit it with tabletops 40" to 90" wide and 24" to 44" deep.

This makes it suitable for tiny offices, but you can count on it if you have a large office and need a wide desk too.

With a 40" wide tabletop it is narrower than other sit-stand desks, while using a 90" tabletop you can go wider if you want to.

This is a sit-stand desk base only, and comes without a surface. You'll have to get that separately.

You can set the height between 24.4" and 50.4" - this makes the desk suitable for short and tall persons too.

This frame has memory buttons, which helps you raise or lower the desk to a preprogrammed height. This makes the transition between sitting and standing easier.

The desk is really fast, you can raise it from the bottom-most position to the highest in about 17 seconds.

The 220 lbs. load capacity is enough to hold all you need for your work. The surface you fit on the base has to be strong enough for this too.

This frame comes without casters, you'll have to lift it to move it.

The frame has no crossbars, so you will not hit your legs when sitting down for it.

For best ergonomics get a monitor arm and/or a keyboard tray too.

Tabletops often get damaged during delivery. If you get a frame, then get a tabletop from a local shop you can avoid this issue.

This frame is a great choice if you want to build a desk that neatly fits into a tiny cubicle.

VIVO Electric Stand Up Desk Frame w/Dual Motor and Cable Management Rack, Ergonomic Height Adjustable Standing DIY Workstation (DESK-V103E)
 
Color: Black
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Tabletop:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Width: 40" - 90"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Height: 24.4" - 50.4"
 
Price: $339.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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VIVO White Electric Stand Up Desk Frame w/Dual Motor and Cable Management Rack, Ergonomic Height Adjustable Standing DIY Workstation (DESK-V103EW)
 
Color: White
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Tabletop:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Width: 40" - 90"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Height: 24.4" - 50.4"
 
Price: $354.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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The best ergonomic standing desk for drawing

For drawing your best bet is to get a desk that was especially designed for drawing or drafting.

While you can use most sit-stand desks for drawing, the specialized desks have a tiltable surface which makes them more ergonomic.

Sit-stand desks designed for drawing are rare, and most of them are hard to adjust. Get a drafting stool to quickly change between sitting and standing.

40" adjustable height drawing and drafting table from Stand Up Desk Store

This desk was specially designed for drawing, drafting and painting. It features a 40" wide surface that you can tilt between 0° and 45° in nine steps.

The desk was not designed for laptops or computers, so while you could still use it that way it's better to just get a proper sit-stand desk.

The desk comes without casters, you'll have to lift it to move it around.

You can set the desk's height between 26.5" and 38.5" in 2" increments with thumb screws - it's better to just set it high and use a drafting stool if you'd like to sit.

This desk has stabilizing bars, take care of your knees when sitting down to it.

Get this desk only if you need a desk for drafting/drawing. Otherwise just get a simple sit-stand desk.

Stand Up Desk Store Height Adjustable Drawing and Drafting Table with 39.2"W x 27.5" D Surface, Silver Frame with Birch Top
 
Color: Birch/Silver
 
Size: 39.2
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Height: 26.5" to 38.5"
 
Tilt: 0° to 45°
 
Price: $169.00 (list price) $159.00 (lowest new) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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