Stand Up Desk Store has a wide range of standing desks and sit-stand desks, and it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices and options. This buying guide helps you understand the different desk-types and their typical use-cases, pros and cons. Read on to find out more about the desks.
What are the most important properties of a standing desk?
Standing desks have a few unique properties which define what they are good for:
- The mechanism for setting the height: usually a choice of crank, electric motor, pneumatics or stud.
The casters: you'll want lockable, heavy-duty casters on your desk so you can both move it around or lock it in place as needed.
- The surface width - this is the "size" of the desk.
- The tiers of the desk - these desks come as single tier or two tier designs. The two-tier has an elevated surface tier on the back side for your monitor and a lower tier on the front for your keyboard.
Two tier desks' are not suitable for laptops or everyday use.
- Some desks have support bars between the legs. You could hurt your knees by hitting these bars when sitting.
Sometimes there's a height difference between the different color variants of the same type. If possible go for the desks which are BIFMA certified or at least are made with the BIFMA standards in mind. This ensures that the desk is ergonomic.
- The max load of the desk: this limits the equipment you can put on it. Crank-based and electronic desks usually have a high limit, pneumatic solutions have a low limit.
How is the standing desks's height set?
- With a stud - you need to raise the desk by hand and place a stud in a hole in the legs. Only practical if you do not want to change the height often, you'll be just standing.
- With a crank - you can raise or lower the desk with a crank. This can get boring after a while but works reliably.
- With pneumatics - a pneumatic cylinder helps you raise or lower the desk. These tend to be weak and you'll have to do most of the raising and lowering using your muscles.
The desk could crash if overloaded and you press the button accidentally.
- With a electronics - you can raise or lower the desk with the push of the button. This is very convenient but a bit more prone to problems than using a crank.
Crank adjustable standing desks
These desks have high longevity, the downside is that you'll have to keep cranking for 1..2 minutes to raise or lower the desk.content-parts/crank-adjustable-48-wide.html content-parts/two-tier-crank-desks.html content-parts/l-shaped-crank-adjustable.html content-parts/single-column-crank-desk.html content-parts/flippable-standing-desk.html content-parts/standing-desk-with-drawer.html
Electronically adjustable standing desks
These desks are very convenient as you only need to push a button to raise or lower them.content-parts/electronically-adjustable-48-60.html content-parts/electronically-adjustable-two-tier.html
Standing desks adjustable with studs or screws
These desks are a bit hard to adjust so you'll only want to set them once to the height you like. On the upside these desks are cheap and sturdy.content-parts/screw-adjustable-two-tiered.html content-parts/standing-desk-monitor-mount.html content-parts/adjustable-workstation-30.html content-parts/adjustable-height-drawing-table.html
Pneumatic standing desks
Pneumatic standing desks are convenient as it's easy to raise or lower the surface. However they can't hold as much as the other desks.content-parts/pneumatic-table-large.html content-parts/pneumatic-table-28.html