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Best standing desks for your home office and working from home

Are you guilty of slumping over your desk or sitting cross-legged? Then you need to try a standing desk. Standing desks can transform how you work and reduce unnecessary aches and pains.

By Hannah Wilson | Last updated Feb 7, 2022

woman using standing desk

With many of us working from home for the foreseeable, whether full-time or part-time, we need to make sure our office set-up is right for us, our bodies and our work. If you’re still working from the dining table or have mismatched furniture that makes you hunch over, then it might be time for an upgrade.

Choosing to stand at work rather than sit won’t decrease your workload, nor will it make your boss nicer, but it might reduce aches and pains, improve your mood and increase your productivity. And the best part is that most standing desks are adjustable, meaning you can choose when you want to stand or sit.

We spent hours scrolling, researching and analysing the best standing desks to buy right now so you don’t have to. Our picks are informed by trusted review sites (such as Which) and consumer reviews on retail websites such as Amazon and Wayfair.

We also took to the Mumsnet forums and found recommendations from real people who have tried and tested standing desks. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly standing desk, a desk adapter, or an electric standing desk, we've got something for you here. 

Are standing desks good for you? 

Various studies have tried to identify whether standing desks are good for us, and the results seem to be promising. As well as the benefits of reducing aches and pains, improving your mood and increasing your productivity, other studies have found that standing desks may help to:

  • Regulate blood sugar levels: A University of Chester study found that standing for three hours after lunch helped reduce blood sugar spikes by 43% compared to sitting down.
  • Protect your heart and health: One study by UK researchers found that people who stand all day are 50% less likely to die from heart disease and heart-related problems.
  • Burn calories: Another study by the University of Chester found that spending the afternoon standing could burn over 170 calories compared to sitting down.
  • Decrease stress: A Minnesota team of researchers found that those who use standing desks have more energy and are less stressed than those who sit down all day.

How long should you stand at a standing desk?

Most standing desks allow you to adjust the height, meaning you can sit or stand whenever you like throughout the day. Standing for long periods, just like sitting, can cause aches and pains.

The happy medium seems to be standing for 20 to 30 minutes every hour and sitting down the rest of the time. However, everyone is different, so the best advice is to find out what works for you.

But which standing desks come most highly rated by both consumers and experts? Here are the best standing desks to revolutionise your work day.

1. Best overall standing desk: VariDesk Pro Plus 36

Black standing desk converter with two monitors on

Price: £365 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought myself a VariDesk about 18 months ago. I think it's great! It's so easy to adjust - just sits on the desk. If I want to stand, the keyboard monitor and mouse move up on the adjustable platform, then can be lowered back to desk level in seconds.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user 80sMum)

“Back issues? Get a VariDesk. I can’t recommend it enough.” (Rated by Mumsnet user BritWifeInUSA)

The VariDesk Pro Plus 36 is a standing desk converter that offers plenty of space. On the top platform, there's space for two monitors and a notebook, or a monitor, laptop and a notebook, and the lower platform can fit a keyboard, mouse and other office necessities.

It comes fully assembled so you can get straight to work and, no matter how hard at work you are, you can rest easy in the knowledge that the weighted base and high-quality wood give this desk extra stability.

If you can look past the spring-assisted lift mechanical height adjuster then you can enjoy 11 different height settings ranging from 11.5 to 44.5cm. What’s more, Vari offers a 30-day risk-free guarantee (ideal for those wanting to see if a standing desk is right for them) and a five-year warranty.

Pros

  • Spacious worktop
  • Multiple tiers
  • Suitable for most desks
  • 11 height settings
  • Comes fully assembled

Cons

  • No cable management or holes for cables
  • Mechanical hand crank 
  • Heavy
  • Not suitable for taller people
  • You need to already have an office desk to place this on

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: 11.5-44.5cm (and current desk height)
  • Desktop size: W91.5 x D75.5cm

2. Best budget standing desk: DlandHome Standing Desk Laptop Stand

Black DlandHome standing desk

Price: £89.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I did invest in a standing trolley/desk at the start of lockdown as I need to use a separate monitor (quite heavy item) and keyboard for work. Found this one to be good.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user CantGetDecentNickname)

This budget-friendly desk is an appealing option for many as it comes with multiple height settings and lockable wheels. The DlandHome Standing Desk also has a spacious worktop area and a keyboard tray, which sits at a different height to the monitor tray to add extra comfort when working.

We especially like the desk’s adjustable height range of 71 to 90cm, which is suitable for the whole family. However, adjusting the height can be tricky as you need to hold the desktop (or even take your equipment off the desk) before unscrewing the manual hand cranks and lowering the desk.

Installation tools and a manual are included in this self-assembly desk, but some reviewers have found the instructions to be confusing. Having said that, the desk is well-built and a great starting point for those wanting to try out a standing desk without spending too much. And due to the desk’s size, it’s ideal for particularly small offices.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lockable wheels
  • Keyboard tray at a different height to monitor tray
  • Cable management
  • Compact design - ideal for smaller offices

Cons

  • Assembly instruction manual unclear
  • Not the most sturdy when fully extended 
  • Mechanical hand crank which can be difficult to move

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: 71-90cm
  • Desktop size: W80 x D60cm

3. Best ergonomic standing desk: ERGOMAKER Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Cherry desktop standing desk with computer, mouse and lamp on

Price: £219.99 | Buy now from Amazon

In less than 10 seconds, you can adjust the height of the ERGOMAKER Height Adjustable Standing Desk thanks to the single motor, which is great for those who want to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the working day. As well as a quick travel speed of 25mm (one inch) per second, the desk also moves smoothly and quietly.

The lightweight aluminium frame offers a standing desk that isn’t too bulky and heavy, but it is sturdy, and the upper and lower cross bars help to keep the desk stable even when it’s risen to the highest setting. The cherry desktop has plenty of space for multiple monitors, a keyboard, mouse and other office essentials.

You need to assemble this standing desk yourself, but all the tools and instructions are included and assembly takes less than 30 minutes. We also like that the desk comes with a handy three-year warranty.

Pros

  • Quick, smooth and quiet single motor height adjustable desk
  • Three pre-set buttons and manual up and down buttons
  • Lockable height buttons
  • Three-year warranty

Cons

  • No cable management
  • Self-assembly required

Key specs

  • Motorised: Yes
  • Height range: 72-122cm 
  • Desktop size: W110 x D60cm

4. Best electric standing desk: Homall Adjustable Workstation

White standing desk with monitor, keyboard, mouse, lamp and office equipment on

Price: £264.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“[I’ve been] a permanent home worker for the last 18 months. Don’t underestimate how useful and beneficial an electric stand up desk can be if you’re working eight to 10 hours a day.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user TheDadOf5)

The Homall Adjustable Workstation offers a spacious 140cm worktop area that’s ideal for those who have several monitors, a laptop, keyboard and other working accessories, as well as those who need additional work space, i.e. for paperwork.

The height-adjustable standing desk has settings ranging from 72 to 116cm that can be changed by pressing the buttons on the LED screen. You can then set your preferred height settings with the useful four memory preset buttons.

With a steel frame and sturdy wooden desktop, finished in white, this standing desk isn’t just sturdy, durable and made from eco-friendly materials. It’s also stylish and would complement most home offices well.

Pros

  • Spacious worktop area
  • Adjustable at the touch of a button
  • Stylish and minimalist design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Manufacturer's warranty and free lifetime technical support

Cons

  • No cable management or tidy
  • Not suitable for taller people (over 6 foot 3 inches)
  • Loud beeping noise when adjusting the height

Key specs

  • Motorised: Yes
  • Height range: 72-116cm
  • Desktop size: W140 x D72cm

5. Best standing desk for a tall person: FLYTTA 2 Height Adjustable Electric Standing Desk

Wooden Standing desk

Price: £1,019.95 | Buy now from Amazon

With a weight capacity of 100kg, a height range of up to 130cm and a seven-year warranty included, the FLYTTA 2 Height Adjustable Electric Standing Desk certainly sets itself apart from the other desks in our round-up. 

As well as a large weight capacity, this desk has a spacious worktop area of 120 x 80cm, making it ideal for multiple monitors. And if you need additional worktop space then the FLYTTA 2 Standing Desk also has different size options up to 180cm.

The height range of up to 130cm means that this desk is a great choice for taller people and the dual motors allow you to preset four settings, so you can easily raise and lower the desk to your preferred height each day. Adjusting the height of this desk is quick (with a speed of 4cm per second), as well as smooth and quiet.

Pros

  • Large height range
  • Strong desk with 100kg capacity
  • Sturdy and high-quality desk
  • Four preset memory buttons

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Self-assembly required
  • Takes a couple of hours to assemble
  • Heavy

Key specs

  • Motorised: Yes
  • Height range: 64-130cm 
  • Desktop size: W120 x D80cm

6. Best sit-stand desk: Yo-Yo DESK 90

Black standing desk converter

Price: £329.95 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a desk riser that goes on top of my usual desk at home. The desk riser is great. Not sure what brand it is as I was kindly given it by someone who had it but didn't use it but it is similar to this [Yo Yo Desk 90].” (Recommended by Mumsnet user DeadCertain

If you’re looking for a standing desk but are already attached to your current sitting desk, then the Yo-Yo DESK 90 converter is just what you need. With 15 height settings and a maximum height of 50cm (on top of your desk), this desk converter offers flexible standing and sitting working options. 

We like that it comes fully assembled and, although the desk converter is mechanical, the dual gas springs are easy to use, so you can switch from sitting to standing in less than five seconds.

The stability and space of this desk are appealing, as you can comfortably fit two monitors, and it has a maximum weight of 15kg. However, it weighs 20kg on its own so isn't particularly portable. 

Pros

  • Easy to adjust the height with the gas springs
  • Comes assembled
  • Sturdy design
  • Three-year warranty

Cons

  • Heavy and difficult to move
  • Not portable
  • Only suitable for people who are six foot and under

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: 15-50cm (and current desk height)
  • Desktop size: W89 x D59cm

7. Best mobile standing desk: Symple Stuff Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Black laptop stand with laptop on

Price: £107.99 | Buy now from Wayfair

This height-adjustable standing desk by Symple Stuff is a real space-saver. The compact design and heavy-duty castor wheels means you can easily put it away when not in use. The worktop, however, is small and only suitable for a laptop.

The lockable wheels are a useful feature that can transform this mobile desk into a stationary desk - so you can work wherever you want without the fear of the desk rolling away. 

Although this standing desk is better suited to laptops, it still comes with an upper shelf (with a 40-degree tilt feature) and a lower shelf, so you can place your laptop on the top platform and have a keyboard and mouse on the lower. We also like that this standing desk has cable management to safely tuck wires out of sight.

Pros

  • Compact and mobile - good for smaller workspaces
  • Lockable wheels
  • Cable management
  • The top platform can tilt to 40 degrees

Cons

  • Only suitable for laptops
  • Self-assembly required
  • Instructions may be confusing
  • Mechanical knobs to adjust the height

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: 103-125cm
  • Desktop size: W60 x D40cm

8. Best budget standing desk adapter: Hadwin Standing Desk Converter

White standing desk converter

Price: £59.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought this desk adapter [Hadwin Standing Desk Converter].” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user WilliamofBaskerville)

For less than £60, you can transform the way you work with the sturdy Hadwin Standing Desk Converter. Whether you work on a laptop or prefer a two-monitor set-up, this standing desk can cater to all needs.

On top of your current desk or table, this standing desk converter can add up to 40cm of height. To adjust, all you need to do is pull the lever, which is operated by a spring mechanism. Although it’s not electric, the lever is easy to use, quick and quiet.

The space-saving durable steel frame can fold down completely, which means it can be easily stored away after use.

Pros

  • Can fit two monitors on the worktop
  • Durable steel frame
  • No assembly needed
  • Compact design that folds down

Cons

  • 5kg maximum weight capacity so best suited to a laptop
  • Mechanical lever
  • Quite heavy

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: 5-40cm (and current desk height)
  • Desktop size: W73 x D47cm

9. Best compact standing desk: The Eiger Pro Standing Desk

Wooden standing desk with two shelves, containing monitor, keyboard and mouse on

Price: £247.99 | Buy now from Ryman

The eco-friendly Eiger Pro Standing Desk is made with FSC-sourced Birch plywood, which means that every desk is unique and responsibly created. 

We like that the simple design of this standing desk isn’t your traditional office look. With an upper and lower shelf, there’s plenty of space to accommodate a monitor, laptop, keyboard, mouse and other accessories. However, if you want to adjust the height of the desk then you’ll need to remove everything from it first. Once you've removed your equipment, you can adjust the height using the cantilever. 

Other notable features of this standing desk include cable outlet points, iPhone/iPad stands, a pen well and a brushed chrome handle (which makes it easier to move).

Pros

  • 10-year warranty
  • Unique design
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust shelving
  • Need to remove objects before adjusting the height
  • Tight fit for a standard keyboard on the lower shelf 

Key specs

  • Motorised: No
  • Height range: Up to 69cm
  • Desktop size: W67 x D38cm (lower shelf) and W48 x D28cm (upper shelf)

10. Best adjustable standing desk: BEKANT Sit-Stand Desk

Black BEKANT sit-stand desk

Price: £450 | Buy now from IKEA

“I have this [BEKANT Sit-Stand Desk] in the ash colour. Not cheap but so good for you standing up instead of sitting down!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user whensmynexthol1day)

“I would second the sit-stand desk - I have a Bekant from IKEA and also stand on a wobble board whenever I am standing (so that I don't lock my knees).” (Rated by Mumsnet user MsFogi)

Made from particle board, ash veneer, steel and aluminium, the BEKANT Sit-Stand Desk from Mumsnet-favourite IKEA offers a sturdy and durable workstation. The quiet and speedy electrically controlled motor can be easily adjusted using the up and down buttons, and you can enjoy a height range of up to 125cm. 

Everybody loves to keep their desk clutter-free and, thankfully, the cable management net under this desk makes that possible. On top of the desk, you can enjoy a contoured and spacious worktop, which is ideal for comfort and multiple monitors.

Self-assembly is required for the BEKANT desk, but the instructions are included and putting it together is relatively easy to do. 

Pros

  • Easy assembly
  • Suitable for taller people
  • 10-year guarantee

Cons

  • The maximum weight capacity is 69kg
  • Desktop and base use cheap plastic fasteners
  • No pre-set memory buttons

Key specs

  • Motorised: Yes
  • Height range: 65-125cm
  • Desktop size: W120 x D80cm

How do I choose the best standing desk? 

There’s a vast selection of standing desks to choose from, which is why it can be tricky to find the right one. How do you decide whether a static standing desk or sit-stand desk with dual motors is the best choice for you? Here are a few things to bear in mind when choosing the best standing desk.

Type

Think about which type of desk you want. The four main types of standing desks include: static standing desks, desk converter/desk adapters, mechanically adjustable standing desks, and electrically adjustable standing desks.

  1. Static standing desks: This is a standing desk with a specific, static height that can’t be adjusted. This desk is a good pick for those who want to spend all day standing or those who have a separate desk for sitting.
  2. Desk converter/desk adapters: These offer a budget-friendly option, ideal for those who want to see whether a standing desk is right for them. The desk converter sits on top of your existing desk and is a lot more portable and compact than traditional standing desks.
  3. Mechanically adjustable standing desk: As the name suggests, this standing desk can be adjusted (so you can benefit from a standing desk and a sitting desk), but it needs to be done manually using a hand crank. Manually turning the crank might seem like a lot of effort, but these desks are generally cheaper than electric standing desks.
  4. Electric standing desk: Designed with ease in mind, the electric standing desk can be raised or lowered by the simple press of a button. While these are the most expensive of all types of standing desk you have a choice between a single motor and dual motor. A dual-motor typically has more strength and speed compared to a single motor, however single motor standing desks are often cheaper in price.

Worktop space

Just like sitting desks, standing desks vary in size, so think about how you work and how much space you need. Budget-friendly standing desks often have a smaller worktop, however if you only work on your laptop then this won't matter. If you have multiple monitors, then you'll need more worktop space.

Desk height

Standing desks need to feel comfortable for you when you are stood up (and sat down if it’s a sit-stand desk). Tall people should opt for a desk that can be adjusted to over 120cm. Shorter people should go for a lower to medium height adjustable desk, i.e. one between 90cm and 105cm.

Assembly

Many standing desks need to be assembled, which is why it’s important to find one that can be set up quickly. Some desks may require two people or more to assemble them, so pay attention to the assembly instructions and make sure you get a desk that you can put together easily.

Durability

Nobody wants a desk that’s constantly rocking back and forth, especially not when you have your monitor and laptop on top of it, which is why you should consider the durability and stability of the desk you buy. 

How much should you spend on a standing desk?

The price range for standing desks varies depending on the type of desk and the materials used. You can find budget-friendly standing desks and desk converters for under £100, while spacious, electric standing desks may set you back over £1,000.

The mid-range price for a standing desk is between £100 and £400. Alternatively, a cheaper option is to buy an adjustable frame and buy a desk worktop to place on top.

How much you spend on a standing desk depends on how much you’ll use it and what you’ll use it for (i.e., do you need a large worktop for multiple monitors or do you only work from a laptop, and in which case, will a small worktop do?).

Which standing desk is best? 

If you’re looking for a spacious, fully assembled standing desk with multiple height settings, then the VariDesk Pro Plus 36 is the best standing desk to buy right now. We like that you can take the sturdy desk converter out of the box, place it on your current desk and get straight to work. The five-year warranty also gives peace of mind that this desk was built to last, no matter how many times you raise or lower it.

How we chose our recommendations

We spent five hours investigating the best standing desks. Our research included analysing expert review sites, such as Which, and investigating online retail reviews, such as Amazon and Wayfair. We also searched Mumsnet forums for standing desk recommendations from real people who have put these products to the test in their everyday lives.

Why you should trust us

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