It’s not advised to go from sitting to standing for 8 hours, and that’s why it’s so great that these desks have both a sitting and standing option. You can ease into this.
What to Look for When Buying a Standing Desk
If you’ve never owned a stand-up desk, it can be quite confusing to know exactly what you need. Here are some things you want to look for:
We are all made of different shapes & sizes. Make sure that your desk will allow for some modifications to fit uniquely to you.
Most sit to stand desks come with a few different levels of height. This is what you want to look for, because not everyone is the same height, and not everyone likes their desk at the same height either.
Keyboard Below Elbow Level
Make sure that the keyboard platform is set slightly below elbow level to maximize your posture. This is how your elbows should be when sitting as well, as it helps reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Monitor 20-30” From Your Face
You want your computer monitor to sit far enough away that you’re not going crosseyed to read it, but you also don’t want to be squinting to read the screen.
Remember how your mom always told you not to sit too close to the TV? Don’t forget that tip when sitting at a computer either!
8 Awesome Standing/Sit Stand Desks for Your Home Office
Here are the best sit stand desk alternatives for your home office. There is a wide variety of pricing options in the standing desk market, so I made sure to include a few price points for you to choose from. Prices updated as of 9/10/18.
This is the standing desk alternative I have been using for the last year and a half. I love it for the simplicity of it, how versatile it is, and of course the price!
It’s positioned as an adjustable bed table, but it is a great option for a standing desk. The plus is that it doubles as a portable desk as well if you’re looking to get some writing done in bed, or need a table for other purposes.
You manually make it higher by using the latches on the sides. It can also tilt forward allowing you to read or make your keyboard more easily accessible.
This is not the most sturdy table you’ve every come across, but for the purposes of having your laptop on it and not being tested with a lot of weight, it works out great.
While this next option is a little pricier, it’s also make out of walnut wood, and is a full desk replacement, as opposed to an addition to a desk.
Some of the reviews do mention it takes about a minute and a half of hand cranking to get it into full standing position, so if you swap position multiple times throughout the day, this could be a deal breaker.
The Varidesk Pro Plus 36 is better than the 30 (above) for those of us with dual monitors or who need more space overall.
The width of the desk itself is 36 inches (thus the name) and has lots of room for two monitors, or a monitor and a laptop. From checking out the reviews, it looks like two 27 inch monitors would fit just fine on this space.
This one also comes fully assembled so there is no hassle in setting it up.
If you’re really looking to go top of the line here – check out the electric standing desk from Varidesk. Yes – it’s electric, as in you push a button and it moves to a higher position automatically. Whoa.
While the other options above are modifications to a desk, this is a full-sized desk, coming in at 60 inches wide and 30 inches deep.
If you’re looking to get a completely new desk setup, this might be the one for you.
I hope that gave you a good wide range of selections to pick from. Some are as cheap as $30-$40, while you can spend all the way up to thousands.
The overall idea here is to get yourself up and moving. You’re going to be more productive, increase blood flow, and you’ll be more likely to add in a few extra steps throughout the day.