Last updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019
In case you haven’t heard, sitting is the new smoking! We’ve known for quite some time, that a sedentary lifestyle is not exactly optimal for the human body, but comparing it to smoking? That’s harsh. Maybe a little too harsh. But the fact of the matter is sitting around for hours on end isn’t doing your health or posture any favors.
The problem is that, basically, all of modern life is organized around sitting, which is why we suggest investing in one of the best standing desks available.
You sit at work.
You sit at home.
You sit on the way to work. It never ends.
So what’s the solution to an epidemic of sitting? Besides choosing a career that requires you to walk around all day, the answer may very well be a standing desk. If you have an office job, you’re kind of stuck. You have to be in front of a computer. A standing desk solves this problem by allowing you to get up and move around while you work. You’re still tied to your office or cubicle, just without all of the negative effects associated with sitting down all day.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of standing vs sitting along with the best standing desks on the market.
7 Best Standing Desks of 2019
I’m sure you’re aware of many of the conventional desk options out there, but — if you want to fight the negative effects of sitting — keep reading to see the best standing desks available right now.
Up first in our list of best stand up desks is Fully’s Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk. This desk is available is both a standard rectangle shape and with a contoured cutout.This desk is made of fully sustainable bamboo, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Available in a wide range of widths and heights, Fully’s Jarvis can be matched to your workspace. This stand-up desk is also adjustable in height from 23.75 inches, all the way up to over 49 inches. With this broad range of height adjustment, you could use this desk for both standing and sitting. The best part is that the adjustment feature is electric, which means finding your perfect height will be a breeze.
Up next is UPLIFT’s Height Adjustable Standing Desk. UPLIFT’s desk is available with a variety of tops, including several different forms of wood and eco-friendly, manmade materials. UPLIFT also employs a unique, 3 part leg system that allows for many different height options. With UPLIFT, you can also choose from several different desktop sizes ranging from 42″ x 24″ to 80″ x 30″.
This desk does also offer some nice cord management options. And, best of all, is the electronic height adjustment, that can store up to four different desk heights in its memory. The desk also displays its current height in inches.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive desk setup, checkout this bundle from Colorado, USA based MojoDesk. This is MojoDesk’s first direct to consumer desk, but they’ve made commercial grade desks for corporate and government agencies for years. The desk itself comes with five of their functional accessories, three to help conceal and manage cable clutter, a monitor arm, and a CPU hanger.
We’ve got a full page review of the MojoDesk here if you want to see it in action.
If design and durability are important factors, ergonofis height adjustable desks are built from solid wood and individually tested for wear. There are several different wood types to choose from, and they sell the only live edge sit-stand desk on the market. The desks range in size from 3 feet to an entire adjustable boardroom desk, and have an electric display embedded in the wood surface that you can save your preferred sitting and standing heights to. They carry a number of similarly design-focused accessories to match, like laptop and monitor stands made out of the same wood species.
The ApexDesk Adjustable Standing Desk is our pick for the best standing desk for the money. This standing desk comes in a variety of desktop/frame styles — 10 options to be exact! You’ll find the black top / black frame in the picture above.
Height adjustable from 29 to 48 inches, the dual motors can adjust at about 1.3 inches a second. Other extras include beveled edges, ergo shaped front edge, 225 pound capacity, four height preset buttons, and a heavy duty frame that’s nearly 90 pounds. The downside is that you won’t want to move it around much, the upside is that it’s built to last. The frame is matched with an equally durable MDF high-pressure laminate.
The work surface measures at about 71 by 33 inches, plenty of room for working or gaming and just enough for a dual monitor setup. Another big win for this desk is the assembly time. It uses a lever system rather than screws, so most folks can get that out of the way in about 30 minutes.
If you’d like to try a standing desk but don’t want to go all the way and purchase a desk, here’s an option that will let you do just that: the Standing Desk X-Elite Pro Height Adjustable Desk Converter.
The desktop surface of this standing desk converter measures 28 inches by 20 inches. It weighs 27 pounds, and can hold up to 20 pounds of equipment. The X-Elite Pro is also adjustable in height from 7 inches to 16 inches, allowing the user to adjust the converter to their height.
The great thing about this converter is that if you decide you don’t like a standing desk, just move the converter out of the way and you’re back to business as usual. Your investment will be fairly low with this option as well.
Another worthwhile standing desk is Ikea’s Bekant Sit/ Stand desk. This one is not quite as feature rich as the options above but is a worthy contender if you’re just looking for something simple or are on a budget.
Ikea’s desk is available in just one size–63″ by 31 1/2″. But it is fully adjustable in the height department. Move your workspace anywhere from 22″ to 48″ high. This desk is truly a sit or stand desk.
Take a Stand: Benefits of Using a Standing Desk
Using a standing desk provide a number of health benefits. If you’re on the fence about getting out of your chair, check out these benefits.
Obesity, cancer, and heart disease are no joke. If your office allows it, you may want to seriously consider acquiring one of these best standing desks.
With so many options available, it’s tough not to try one. Making the effort to stand and move a bit more during the day could make a big difference in your health–long and short term.
Less Likely to Gain Weight
A Mayo Clinic study found that those who stood and moved around during the workday were far less likely to gain weight than those that just sit. The study found that those that don’t just sit all day actually burn up to 350 calories more than those that just sit.
Lower Your Cancer Risk
In 2011, researchers found a connection between prolonged sitting and breast and colon cancer rates. Long story short: sitting may actually be giving you cancer.
Keep Your Heart Healthy
Another great benefit to standing all day is a reduced risk for heart disease. Researchers have found that sedentary behavior can lead to increased risk for heart disease.
Improve Your Posture
Sitting hunched over a keyboard and computer screen all day is terrible for your posture. No question about it. Standing at a properly adjusted standing desk allows your body to comfortably find its natural, good posture–something that’s vital to long-term health.
If the health benefits above don’t get you excited about standing all day, maybe this one will. A recent study found that workers who did not just sit at a desk all day had greatly improved mood states after working.
For more desk options, we suggest perusing our popular best gaming desks article.