Adjustable Standing Desk
Buying Guide for 2021

How about standing up to do your best work? Take a stand and learn about the perks of height-adjustable desks!

The Benefits of Height-Adjustable Desks

Stand and Deliver (Your Best Work)!

Do you do most of your work behind a desk? Then you know the pain of sitting for long periods of time and the accompanying fatigue, soreness, stiffness, loss of concentration and back pain. Yet did you know that with just the touch of a button you can achieve new heights in comfort and increase your productivity?

Paired with an ergonomic office chair, an electric height adjustable desk, better known as a standing desk, is a more of an ideal workstation, whatever your office setting — remote like as a home office or on-site at an office. A high quality standing desk will come with a memory presets option to make it easy to stand and in the long term you can experience improved circulation, focus, and prevent health issues associated with prolonged chair use. For those of us who are on the shorter side or very tall, a standing desk means that we can finally sit at the right desk height, which prevents back pain and other ailments caused by ergonomic misalignment. So take a stand and learn about the perks of a standing desks.

 

Why Choose a Standing Desk for your home office?

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First of all, it is important to have a designated work area to be organized if you are working from home or if you are a student and need a place to do your homework and projects. A dining table or coffee table will only wreck your back since you won’t fully take advantage of the back support form your chair. Sitting and standing throughout the day is beneficial to your overall health, increases your productivity and allows you to power through your work when you feel tired.

Are standing desks really better for you?

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According to research by the Mayo Clinic, standing has so many health benefits over sitting that you’ll want to get up out of your chair right now! Sitting 8 hours a day puts us at risk for heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, soft bones, muscle degeneration, back pain, leg pain, and blood circulation problems. Sitting causes blood to pool in the legs, which can cause blood clots and varicose veins. A study by Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K. found that people who sit for long periods of time suffered from reduced blood flow to the brain. Sitting and standing to restore normal blood flow is recommended as well as taking a few walking breaks. Standing desks allow you to stand throughout the day.

The Right Desk Height for Every User

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A standing desk will not only allow you to work while standing but also help you attain an ergonomic sitting posture — especially if you’re short or very tall. Fixed-height desks remain “stuck” at their standard 29″-30″ height from the floor to the worksurface. A high quality electric standing desk that has 3 stage legs is highly recommended if you are considered short or very tall because these kinds of desks go lower and higher than a regular two stage adjustable standing desk.

A height-adjustable desk allows you to move your desk to the preferred height for your stature. If your desk is not positioned correctly, you’re likely to sit in a position that throws your whole body out of alignment — from the wrists, shoulders and back to the lower extremities. This can cause repetitive stress injuries and musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain.

If your desk sits too high or worst if you are using a dining room table, you strain your wrists and upper arms as you reach up to type and mouse. This could be fixed if you use a keyboard tray. If it’s too low, you might slouch and lean away from the support of your chair’s backrest.

With a standing desk you can smoothly and easily cruise through your workday at your desired altitude.

Why are standing desks so expensive? 

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Actually nowadays it depends because there are some good choices out there that are not expensive and guess what: We have them!

We do however have high-end desks that are height adjustable and could easily be 20k to 50k for an executive office. 

When choosing a standing desk, there needs to be a balance between price, customization options, customer service, desktop materials, high quality materials, range of the adjustable height, build quality, ease on how to put together, at least a 7 year warranty, and great reviews.

If you are working from home, you will have more flexibility between price and functionality, but make sure to keep all the other factors in mind. We offer some of the best standing desks that are commercial grade and all of them offer a combination of these qualities.

What makes the best standing desk?

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One important factor for most people is price, how fast it ships, and functionality. Therefore the best standing desk is the one that works for YOU and what you are looking to get out of of it. Features such as standard anti-collision safety features, multiple desktop size tops, a great warranty is another plus.

One important factor is weight on top of the desk top. Since we only offer commercial grade standing desks, they start with a 220lb limit which should not be an issue even if you have multiple monitors.

Medium-end models are some of the best standing desks because they feature dual motors, three stage legs, a four memory presets controller that displays the current desk’s height, and more customization options.

Our favorite brands of Standing Desks at different price points: 

Enmo Standing Desk by ESI 

ESI is known for their standing desk solutions as well as other ergonomic products such as keyboard trays, monitor arms, desktop converters, and laptop holders at a great price.

In the office furniture world, some products offer a great balance between brand recognition, customer service, warranty, easy assembly, and come at a great price point… Enmo electric Standing Desk by ESI is the best overall standing desk according to customer reviews.

Enmo has a quickship bundle that starts at just $499. This electric standing desk is perfect for your home office or business workstation. It offers a dual motor base in three colors (White, Black, Silver) and a 48″ X 24″ or 60″ X 30″ TFL laminate top available in six different colors. It is easy to put together and has a 15 year warranty (structural) and 7 year warranty for mechanical / electrical issues. Most orders ship in 48 hours.

HAT Contract

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More people are looking for a heavy duty sit stand desk and industrial vibe at a great price, look no further at both Mid HAT and Hi HAT, our second best standing desk solution that we recommend based on customer reviews. Orders ships in 48 hours.

The Mid HAT base is super easy to assemble thanks to its “Folding HAT frame design.” It features two stage legs that adjust from 27.25″-46.75″ and an expandable width frame to accommodate up to a 96″ top . Also if you need to use a top that is 36″ deep, they offer special legs for stability. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 7 year mechanical warranty. The main difference between Enmo and HAT is the 300 lb lift capacity, four memory preset control, integrated cable management and additional desktop size options and colors.

The Hi HAT base has a higher standing height for tall people and also goes lower with a range of 23.75″-49″. It has the same benefits as the Mid HAT base but besides coming on the standard colors (White, Black, Silver) it also comes in a super cool Raw Steel finish.

Price starts at $589 for the Mid HAT *

Brisa Standing Desk by ESI

Designed by Gecco Vision in Los Angeles, ESI’s Brisa Standing Desk boasts a visually distinctive design. It’s for the type of customer that prefers a higher style without compromising functionality. It features a 220 lbs. base lifting capacity, two motors with three stage adjustable legs, cable management, and a simplistic and stylized digital keypad. Brisa is one of the best standing desks that is highly customizable with 36 different color combinations for columns, shrouds and foot as well as more desktop size options. It takes just about ten minutes to install. Price starts at $1,295 for the base only and quickship complete models with a top start at $1,460. Orders ships within 48 hours.

Check out our preconfigured quick ship models here.

Efloat Standing Desk by Humanscale

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Humanscale is a leader in ergonomic products. They have both adjustable standing desks and standing desk converters. They have the best monitor arms and keyboard trays as long as price is not an issue.

Although Efloat comes in standard colors, it differentiates itself from the competition by allowing the customer to choose a RAL or Pantone color for the base at no additional charge! That’s correct, if you love a specific color, it can be applied to the standing desk base. Other than that, their standing desks are not that special as their other products and their warranty is only 5 years.

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But what if I don’t want to see the legs?

 

More and more manufacturers have come up with adjustable height desk setup that conceals the leg mechanism of the height adjustable base, we have a couple of medium to high-end solutions:

Canyon Series by Maverick

Available only to the Los Angeles area, Maverick Desk located in Gardena, CA – is a commercial office furniture manufacturer that has a wide range of commercial office products.

The Canyon Series was recently updated to become a sit stand desk solution. It offers value and aesthetics. It is available in 18 standard laminate colors, including the popular walnut laminate color, and two premium colors. It features a frosted glass front, silver trim under top and base. Newly redesigned to conceal a height adjustable base as part of the pedestals, this collection will give your office an impressive look.

Are there any high-end standing desks?

High-End manufacturers such as Nucraft, Halcon, OFS, and DARRAN have caught up with the standing desk trend and have incorporated this feature to their lines.

Ascari by Nucraft

Nucraft is a high-end manufacturer located in Michigan that we are very proud to represent. They have superb customer service and their quality and attention to detail is unmatched.

The Ascari Collection is one of the best standing desk offerings as a high-end desk solution that we offer to our discerning clients were price is not an issue. Clients for this series are successful executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and celebrities . This desk collection blends in beautiful aesthetics, details, and function. Nucraft offers beautiful veneers for you to choose from and glass and metal elements to the accompanying units. The Ascari standing desks (freestanding, L-shape, U-shape or T-shape) are equipped with a programmable controller with four programmable preset stops.

Halo Office by Halcon

Halcon is also a high-end manufacturer located in Minnesota that makes beautiful furniture.

The Halo Office Collection was first introduced during the 2019 NeoCon Show and won the Gold Award for Best of NeoCon as well as Best of Year Honoree 2019 and HiP Award Honoree 2019 by Interior Design Magazine. Gensler which is a global architecture, design, and planning firm was the the product design consultant for this collection.

Available in standard and exotic veneers, metal, and painted wood elements, the Halo standing desk offers a unique design than any other standing desk with its cantilevered top.

Rift by DARRAN

Unlike other brands, This woman owned and family-operated company located in North Carolina, makes beautiful furniture since 1977.

The play on thick and thin is a distinguishing characteristic throughout the Rift collection. Rift takes its name form the rift cut tech grain that runs horizontally on all face planes, creating a unique and striking look. The Rift collection has integrated standing desk technology, available as a stand-alone work/meeting table or in a L or U configuration.

Note that you cannot shop for Ascari, Halo, Aptos, and Rift online due to their myriad of choices for materials, colors, dimensions, and configurations. Please contact us to further discuss your project.

Aptos by OFS

How about a standing desk converter?

OFS is a conglomerate of brands that offers different products to both the commercial and healthcare industry.

This stylish high-end option delivers refined aesthetics for the contemporary professional and incredible customizability thanks to its modular elements. The OFS Aptos standing desk comes in different work surface materials such as veneer in several beautiful finishes, solid surfaces, and painted wood.

 

Note that you cannot shop for Ascari, Halo, Aptos, and Rift online due to their myriad of choices for materials, colors, dimensions, and configurations. Please contact us to further discuss your project.

 

If you really really love your desk and there is no way you are willing to change it, then you can opt for these standing desk converters. Although you can put your keyboard and mouse on their platform, they take away desk space in case you work with a lot of paperwork. If you thought that one of the advantages was price, not really, these solutions could be about the same and in some cases more than a standing desk.

ESI and Humanscale are brands that offer many ergonomic products and recently released ergonomic sit stand solutions. You can find them here respectively:

ESI: Sit / Stand

Humanscale: Sit/Stand

You can significantly improve your health and productivity at work by opting for a height adjustable desk. Along with an ergonomic office chair, it’s a standup investment to boost performance, focus, and for anyone working long hours behind a desk.

At our Alan Desk showroom, we can demonstrate the whole gamut of what’s available in terms of height adjustable desks: budget-friendly, top-of-the-line, single motor, dual motors, cantilevered design and more. Contact us or visit our showroom and let our team help you find the best solution for you.

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