It has become abundantly clear that the standing desk revolution is more than just a passing fad. Staying active throughout your workday by moving from sitting to standing has tangible effects that improve productivity and overall job satisfaction. If you're considering upgrading your workstation to access these benefits, you may already know that there are two options to achieve this.
The first is the sit-stand desk . It's like a normal desk, except the frame can be extended or retracted up and down, allowing you to easily switch between sitting and standing no matter your height, taking your entire workspace with you.
The second option has become very popular in recent years. This is the System Desk Riser , which goes above your existing desk and allows you to adjust the height of the main part of your workstation. These come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and mechanisms to meet all kinds of workspace needs.
But which of these solutions is right for you? We've compiled a list of the pros and cons of each of these options to make it easy for you to choose the best one for your situation.
- Elevate your entire workspace - The biggest advantage of having a standing desk is that it's completely cohesive - It lifts your entire workspace in unison, on one level. It also means you have a lot more room to work, giving you plenty of room to stretch out.
- Ultra compatible – Because this is essentially a normal desk (albeit with excellent design functionality that enables and encourages an active and healthy lifestyle), most accessories compatible with other desks will transfer over transparent on your standing desk. These are things like screen mounts orPC mounts . There are also great accessories specifically designed for use with standing desks, such as the cable management kit.
- Expensive - We cut to the chase - Standing desks can be expensive. There are certainly more affordable options out there, especially if you're willing to sacrifice motorized capability and get a converter. Riser desks will always have cheaper options than full standing desks. If your budget is very restrictive, buying a standing desk probably isn't your best option, and you'd be better off opting for a different solution.
- Can be difficult to assemble - Depending on the model you purchase, standing desks may require some assembly know-how. Don't be scared too fast though - we make our manuals as easy to follow as possible, and have assembly videos for most of our products.
- More affordable option - Part of what has made desk risers so popular since they hit the market is their price; most models are significantly cheaper than comparable standing desk options. If you're looking to save even more money, the desktop converter is still the best option.
- Easy to install - Most desk risers can be ready within 5 minutes of unboxing - some require no assembly. If you're looking for something that will get you up and running with an active workspace with as little work as possible, desk risers are the way to go.
- Small workspace - That's not necessarily a big deal depending on how you use your workspace during a typical workday. But if you're someone who needs access to their entire desk space, whether you're sitting or standing, or who just needs a lot of desk space in general, you'll probably find that working with a Desk Riser is frustrating and inefficient.
- Not as compatible - While there are monitor stands and other accessories designed specifically for desk risers , you're going to end up with far fewer options than with a normal standing desk. If you're someone who keeps their desktop setup simple, just a computer, monitor or two, keyboard and mouse, then this won't be a problem for you. But if you're one of the many who like to accessorize their space to meet their specific needs, you may find desk risers very limiting.