The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Standing Desk You’ll Still Love (and Use!) 5+ Years from Now.
You’ve heard about the health benefits of standing desks, and you’re considering buying one. But there are still a few things you’re unsure about. Are height adjustable desks really worth the money? Will they help relieve your neck and back pain? Is a particular brand better than the others?
We get asked these questions all the time. That’s why we put together this guide to help you purchase a standing desk that is worth the money . . . one you’ll still love (and use) 5+ years from now.
Is a standing desk compatible with your space?
You want to make sure your new standing desk will work with your office layout and daily routine. Take a few minutes to answer these questions, and you can avoid buyer’s remorse.
1. Think through your daily work routine.
Make a list of all the items you use to get your job done: computer, laptop, smartphone, charger, notebook, documents, folders, pens, etc.
Don’t forget comfort items that make your workday better: photos, coffee mug, water bottle, candy jar, etc.
2. Measure the size of your workspace and its functionality
Measure the top of your current desk or workspace.
Measure the distance from desk to chair.
Measure how far the chair can comfortably move backward.
Think about where you will put items that don’t fit on top of your standing desk.
3. Evaluate which standing desk is best for you.
Is it spacious enough to hold all your items?
Will it fit on top of your current workspace?
Will it make your office feel cramped?
What frame design is the most ergonomic?
Most height-adjustable standing desks use either the X-frame or Z-frame design.
X-frame standing desks adjust straight up and down. This style is more ergonomic because you can keep your back straight while raising the desk. The center of gravity remains in the center of the desk, making it sturdy at all height levels.
Z-frame standing desks pull out toward you while raising the desk, then collapse back toward the frame when lowered. This style is less ergonomic because the user must hunch forward while adjusting the desk. It strains the back and neck. The center of gravity shifts as the desk moves up and out, making it less stable.
PRO TIP: choose the X-Frame design if your office is small. Adjusting the desk up and down (rather than out) will save space.
What keyboard design is the best?
Retractable keyboard tray: This design saves space by moving straight in and out. It also enhances comfort. You can stand closer to the desk when needed.
Fixed keyboard tray: This design takes up more space and requires you to lean forward in an unnatural position when working on top of the desk.
PRO TIP: be sure to consider the overall size of the keyboard tray. One that holds a full-size keyboard and mouse will be most ergonomic. Bonus points if there’s enough room to rest your hands on it.
Is a standing desk easily adjustable?
Not all standing desks are height-adjustable, and some require considerable effort to raise and lower the desk. This could exacerbate back pain. The best standing desks have features like pneumatic cylinders that will help you move the desk smoothly up and down. This makes it easy to switch between sitting and standing during the workday.
PRO TIP: make sure the desk still adjusts easily when your computer and tools are on top.
Will it work for your height?
Make sure the desk you’re considering will work for your stature. Some desks aren’t comfortable for people under 5’2”(157CM) or over 6’ (183CM)tall. Find a desk with multiple height-adjustment levels for the best fit. Some standing desks have fewer than 3 levels, but desks with at least 11 adjustment levels are the most ergonomic for people of any height.
PRO TIP: be sure to read reviews if you are over 6’ (183CM)tall to see what real users have to say about the desk.
Are there any accessories available?
Modern workers use a variety of tools during the day – dual monitors, smart devices, power strips, charging ports, and more. A standing desk that comes with these accessories will make life easier and project your back and neck.
If the brand you’re considering does not provide these accessories, you may be able to shop around and buy them from a different company. But, it’s a little bit of a risk. Accessories may not fit properly when you mix and match.
Is the desk strong and durable? Will it last?
The type of materials and construction will significantly impact how long you can enjoy your standing desk. Cheaper desks will be less stable and may warp or deform over time. A high-quality desk will be made from durable materials and have a sturdy metal frame. Bonus points if it’s attractive and looks nice.
PRO TIP: if the desk comes with accessories, do some research to make sure the desk can support the added weight of the accessories. Find out whether the accessories could potentially tip over the desk or warp the frame.
How much work will it take to set up the desk?
Do you have the tools and strength to assemble and install a standing desk? Be sure to find out whether the desk you’re considering comes pre-assembled. You should also research whether the standing desk sits on top of your existing workspace or needs to be clamped or screwed on.
What is the difference between a $200 and $400 desk?
So, you’re ready to take the plunge and buy a standing desk. Congratulations! We think you will love the sturdy, height adjustable standing desks by TrenDesks. You may still be wondering, what does a $400 desk offer that a $200 desk lacks? Is it really worth the extra money?
Materials: A $400 desk is usually made from high-quality materials. A $200 desk will be constructed with cheaper materials.heavy duty,
Stability: A $200 desk is lighter weight and more likely to slide around when adjusting the height. A $400 desk is sturdy because of the higher quality materials.
Height Adjustments: A $200 desk has fewer height levels. It’s less likely to work for people over 6 feet tall.
Accessories: Because of its lighter weight and cheaper materials, a $200 desk may tip over when using accessories (like a monitor bracket).