Working from home is not a very active process. Sit at a table all day without relaxing your body. Standing tables are a great option if you want to stay active and awake during the working day. It may not seem like much to you, but standing and typing on a computer is much better for you than sitting in a chair all day. The best standing tables are adjustable, so you can turn it into a sitting table and vice versa. That level of adjustment is good, especially if you’ve been exercising your legs and need to give them a break.
Sitting for a long time is not healthy; it is associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity and other potential health risks. This is bad news for office workers, but replacing a regular desk with a standing version can make a difference. Scientists are still studying the extent of the health difference between sitting and standing, but some research shows that the average person burns eight extra calories per hour of standing instead of sitting. Other estimates are significantly higher.
Although standing instead of sitting may not lead to weight loss, it has been shown to help speed up blood sugar after a meal and reduce the possibility of back or shoulder pain (although you can replace it with leg or foot pain). Check out these tips on how to set up your deskwhether you are sitting or standing.
I tested eight standing tables of different prices, styles and options to get to this list of favorites. Each model is a little different, but they all share one key feature: the ability to raise or lower on demand to suit your specificneeds.
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At $ 795, the Vari Electric Standing Desk is expensive, but it’s also the best standing table I’ve tested. With a width of 60 inches, a depth of 30 inches, providing ample desktop space and a payload of 200 pounds, the Vari electric desk can easily hold a dual monitor work setting using monitor hands and almost any other office accessories or desktop options that you have. need. And this stable standing table looks nice. I got a finish from “processed wood”, but the upper part is really made of plastic (although it doesn’t look cheap). The steel legs are very strong and you can adjust the feet if there is a swing.
It was also surprisingly easy to install, considering that it is the heaviest table in the group. I needed help to move the top of the table to a flat surface for installation (make sure the surface is lined so you don’t scratch it) – and flip the finished table over at the end, but there was minimal hardware and a few steps overall.
The digital display on the electric control panel makes it easy to see the height of your desk and provides four buttons for adjusting the custom height of the desk. An adjustable standing table also comes with an optional storage bracket to organize your cables – and a few sturdy hooks to hold your bag or headphones. And it’s not loud when it raises and lowers the adjustable height.
Vari is too big for my house, but it is still the best standing table with simple installation, attractive design, simple, quiet controls and the tone of the space. Given the price, I’d love for this one to include a stand mat, but that’s my only complaint.
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As configured, the Uplift Standing Desk V2 I tested cost a whopping $ 846. Yes, it is expensive. But if it’s in your budget, this top-notch standing table is worth considering. Not only was this model easier to install than expected (you only need a few tools, and Uplift includes accessories at no extra cost to organize all those annoying device cables), it was by far the most customizable standing desk in the group.
You have basic options, including five table sizes, a handful of frame colors (gray, dark gray, white or black) and over twenty desktops, ranging from laminate (the most affordable) to solid wood. From there, you have the option to add more extras, such as screw caps that can be screwed into any size of additional storage table, sockets, and more. There are also five different keyboards to choose from in black and three different keyboard options in gray and white – and the addition of a wireless footswitch if you want to raise and lower your desk with the foot pedal (in addition to the keyboard).
I tested a 48 x 30 inch model with a white frame and rubber wood work surface, along with one cup holder and one power outlet (the power connector brings two outlets to the work surface so you can easily charge your phone or other handheld devices) and a paddle keyboard that you can press up or down to raise / lower your desk.
All in all, it’s a great, sturdy table that seems durable enough to withstand years of use. Again, if the price doesn’t scare you, consider adding Uplift Standing Desk V2 to your shortlist.
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Ikea Trotten is a great option when you need a bigger standing table, but you don’t want to spend too much money. This simple seating and standing table nails the basics.
This standing table option is relatively easy to install, but I needed help twisting some stubborn hardware – and overturning the finished table after the setup was complete. The Trotten measures 47.25 x 27.5 inches. It has a solid work surface that is easy to clean from plywood and fiberboard, as well as a steel base for a stable work table.
Although this model of adjustable standing table does not have an electric control for raising or lowering the height of the table, the hand lever (which can be mounted on the right or left side) is easy to turn for adjustment. And when you’re done using it, you can put it back under the table.
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Latitude Run Amilcar was by far the easiest table to install from the crowd, with the fewest steps and parts – connect the base to the foot of the table; then connect the table leg to the table. Done. And with a width of 25 inches and a depth of 18 inches, it is a fantastic option for smaller spaces. It’s also only £ 29, so I was able to install it myself without the need for help.
Despite its lighter weight, it is a sturdy table that is easily raised and lowered using a pneumatic lever mounted on the right side of the table. Minor complaint: Every other table in this review (except the Seville Classics Airlift height-adjustable table with a glass panel) allows you to choose between the left or right side for mounting an electric control panel, lever or lever. This one doesn’t. So if you’re left-handed like me, the lever on this table will be on the wrong side.
However, Amilcar is an excellent table overalls that are especially suitable for small spaces. It also comes with footrests and wheels so you can choose the mobility option that makes the most sense in your space.
How I tested
I chose tables of different sizes and styles. Some are operated manually, while others have electric motors for height adjustment. To test each standing table, I started by making each one and noticed ease or difficulty, including whether I needed help with any of the steps. Then I spent the whole day working on each of them – switching between sitting and standing – taking notes when something worked particularly well or caused a problem.
The good news is that the four models I tested worked extremely well. Vari Electric Standing Desk, Uplift Standing Desk V2, Ikea Trotten Standing Desk and Latitude Run Amilcar Peninsula Standing Desk adjustable in height, all earned places on the top list of the best desks.
Four others I tested – Seville Classics Airlift height-adjustable with glass panel, Seville Classics Airlift Pro S3 electric standing table height-adjustable, Steelcase Solo seating table and standing table and Fezibo electric standing table height-adjustable with double drawer – failed. The glass-topped airlift was close to winning the spot above. It’s a beautiful, sturdy table at a medium price. It also has a small central drawer to hold the basics. Unfortunately, its built-in touch screen wasn’t very sensitive, and the two USB-A ports, while a nice technical feature in theory, are obsolete for today’s phones and tablets.
The Airlift Pro S3 was also a decent table, but it was a little harder to install than the others in its size range and had a cheaper look than the overall winner for the best standing table (Vari table).
The Steelcase Solo table was surprisingly easy to install for its size (just like the Vari table). Instead of using screws to install the legs, they simply lock in place. The table is solid, looks nice and is quiet when raised and lowered. But Vari has a more sophisticated control panel, a nicer look and comes with tableware.
The Fezibo model intrigued me because of its built-in memory, but this model was harder for me to put together than many others. Still, it’s a reasonable option if you want storage compartments integrated into your desk and two levels – one for holding the monitor and the other for the keyboard and accompanying accessories.
As always, think about your specific needs before you buy a table. Do you have a lot of space and a bigger budget? Consider Vari or Uplift models. The Ikea model is a fantastic medium sized hand table at a great price. Latitude Run Amilcar is the best option when you want a solid standing table that will not take up a ton of space. Regardless of the setting of your home, one of these models will surely suit your needs. But if you are not selling yourself at a standing table, think about itinstead of your existing desk.
Standing tables 101: What you need to know before buying
As with any new piece of furniture, you will want to take some time to balance your needs with the space and budget you have for it.
The prices of standing tables range widely, but you can find a great one that suits your needs with almost any budget. As mentioned above, Latitude Run Amilcar and Ikea Trotten Standing Desk were my favorite options under $ 300.
How much space do you have?
Make sure you have enough space for your standing table before buying. Don’t just consider the room you enter. Also consider doors, stairs and other places that the box has to go through. It may fit in your planned office space, but if you can’t pick it up on the third floor, you’ll be in trouble.
How tall do you want to be?
All height-adjustable tables have low and high seating and standing ranges, but the height adjustment ranges are not universal for different styles and brands. If you are shorter or taller, some models may not be comfortable for you, so check the specifications in advance to determine if you will be comfortable using the table, both sitting and standing.
Electric standing tables cost more than hand-held tables, so your budget will absolutely come into consideration here, but there is more to consider. Hand tables, which have pneumatic pedals, levers or other hand controls, are lighter and quieter (because there is no heavy engine under your table that makes noise). Hand tables also do not require proximity to an outlet to work. Electric tables allow easy lifting and lowering at the touch of a button; some even have a digital height reading, so you can always return your table to exactly the same sitting or standing height settings.
Other options: Wheels, left / right options and additional shelves
Some standing tables (usually smaller ones) come with wheel connectors for better mobility. Others allow you to mount an electric or manual height control on the left or right side, to favor your dominant arm. Some even have two levels so you can set the monitor to a higher level and the keyboard and mouse to a lower one. If any of this sounds appealing, include it in your purchasing decisions.