The best standing desk converter in 2023

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By investing in one of the best standing desk converters, you can improve your posture and make sure you have a healthy working routine. You might be thinking of investing in a standing desk, and while that is an option, a convertor would save you money and means you use it as and when you please on any surface.

There are known health benefits to being on your feet: A straight-up posture can help to reduce back pain, as well as lower your blood pressure, and a major benefit is that it can improve energy levels and boost your mood. We've extensively tested the models in this guide, and can vouch for their sturdy design and comfort.

Investing in a standing desk converter is a great way to ensure you can work at a level that suits you, so why not take a look at our list below? In it you'll find a range of options that are available on the market today, so you can rest assured you'll be up and working to your full strength in no time, whether you use a wealth of equipment or just a laptop...

To further improve your home office set up, we have dedicated guides to the best desks and the best office chairs for backpain. We also mentioned the best standing desks, so make sure to check that guide out if you have a bit more cash to splash. 

The best standing desk converters

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01. Vivo Desk Riser 32in

The best standing desk converter overall


Height: 11.5-50.8cm (4.5-20in)
Platform size: Main platform 80cm x 40cm (31.5 x 15.8in); keyboard platform 66 x 26.1cm (26 x 10.3in)
Platform material: Wood (MDF)
Weight limit: 15kg (33lbs)

This superb setup has a concertina scissor mechanism and gas lift strut making it easy to use. It is able to support up to 15kg of equipment, and lift it anywhere between 4.5 and 20in higher than your regular desk. There’s a generous 31.5 x 15.8-in surface area and a second tray (26 x 10.3in) for your keyboard and mouse.

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02. VariDesk Cube Plus 40

The best standing desk converter for dual monitors


Height: 9 height settings; raises keyboard tray up to 35.5cm (14 inches), monitor up to 44.4cm (17.5 inches)
Platform size: Monitor tier 91.4 x 31.1cm (36 x 12.25in)
Platform material: Steel
Weight limit: 15.8kg (35lbs)

This is a premium product and we love the huge workspace with an enormous upper tier (40 x 15in), which gives you enough space for two monitors, a laptop and notebook. It also has a lower tier for a standard keyboard, mouse, etc. It comes in a range of sizes, including a 48-inch version, and has nine height settings.

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03. Vivo Black Height Adjustable 36in

The best standing desk converter for a large surface area


Height: 16.5-43.1cm (6.5 to 17in)
Platform size: Main platform: 91.4 x 55.8cm (36 x 22in); keyboard platform: 63.5 x 26.6cm (25 x 10.5in)
Platform material: Alloy steel
Weight limit: 15kg (33lbs)

If you're after maximum surface space, take a look at this converter that boasts a generous 36 x 22in of surface and can hold an impressive 15kg (33lbs) of equipment. There’s also a 25 x 10.5-in keyboard tray, which raises in sync with the top surface, and the height can be adjusted from 6.5 to 17in. Feels sturdy as too.

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04. Ergomaker Height Adjuster Standing Desk Converter

A solid, low-cost desk converter


Height: 13.5cm-52cm (5.3-20.5 inches)
Platform size: Top surface: 80 x 40cm (31.5 x 8 inches), lower tier: 65cm x 30cm (25.6 x 11.7 inches)
Material: Plastic
Weight limit: Desktop: 15kg (33lb), keyboard tray: 2kg (4.4lb)

While this isn't the most elegant solution, the converter moves smoothly and has an excellent height range. With an iMac monitor on the top, there is still plenty of space for a water bottle and laptop, so is perfect for those using two screens. The keyboard tray could be a little bit sturdier, but it has been bashed at for over a year!

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05. Cora Standing Desk Converter

The best standing desk converter for laptops only


Height: 3.4-39.4cm (1.3-15.7in)
Platform size: 79.5 x 55cm (31.3 x 22in)
Platform material: Laminate
Weight limit: 10kg (22lbs)

This well-constructed device lets you create your own standing desk on any surface and tuck it away when not in use. Just press the side levers to raise the work surface anywhere between 3.4cm and 39.4cm. The desktop is made from liquid-resistant laminate. With an aluminium base, it supports up to 10kg. This solution looks great and is a great price too. It's available from in the US and the UK.

Flexispot Adjustable Standing Desk Converter

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06. Flexispot Adjustable Standing Desk Converter

The best standing desk converter for a long lifespan


Height: 12.7-50.8cm (5-20in)
Platform size: Monitor tier: 88 x 41.5cm (34.6 x 16.34in)
Platform material: Wood and steel
Weight limit: 15kg (33lbs)

Despite the Flexispot's Adjustable Standing Desk Converter's reasonable price, it offers a lot of surface area that can host multiple pieces of equipment. The gas-spring levitation system allows for smooth movement across a generous height range (5 to 20in). And the keyboard tray can be removed quickly and easily.

Ergotron WorkFit-T Standing Desk Converter

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07. Ergotron WorkFit-T Standing Desk Converter

The best standing desk converter for heavy monitors


Height: 12.7-50.8cm (5-20in)
Platform size: Main platform: 90.8 x 59cm (35.75 x 23.25 inches); keyboard tray 64 x 23 cm (25 x 9 inches)
Platform material: Alloy steel
Weight limit: 18.1kg (40lbs)

Got a heavy load that you need to support? Then the Ergotron WorkFit-T, which supports an astonishing 18.1kg (40lbs), is for you. This solution provides a large amount of surface area in both its main platform (35.75 x 23.25in) and keyboard tray (25 x 9in). It requires no assembly and is easy to use, but is a bit pricey.

Stand Steady X-Elite Pro Standing Desk Converter

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08. Stand Steady X-Elite Pro Standing Desk Converter

A superb choice if you're just using a laptop


Height: 17.7-40.6cm (7-16 inches)
Platform size: 50.8 x 71.12cm (20 x 28 inches)
Platform material: Metal
Weight limit: 9kg (20lbs)

The X-Elite Pro sit-stand workstation is a best-seller at Walmart in the US, and for good reason. It arrives fully assembled, fits on top of your existing desk, and makes it easy for you to transition from sitting to standing while you work, using a pneumatic pump. As there's no keyboard tray, it's only really suitable for laptop use. 

How long should you stand at a standing desk?

Most ergonomic experts recommend that you should stand 5-15 minutes for every hour you work and take a break from working for at least an hour in a full 9-5 work day. This can include a wander around the office, walking to the coffee machine or heading out for lunch. As long as you're giving your body a break, your posture will thank you.

How to choose the best standing desk converter

Which is the best sit stand desk converter for home office use? In this article, we've selected models to suit different budgets and to match a variety of different needs, depending on how heavy your devices are.

If you just want to use a laptop, you'll be happy with an adjustable standing desk converter with just one raised desk area. If you want a desktop monitor and keyboard, though, you'll prefer one with two. You'll also need to think about how much space you need for your equipment and how heavy it is.

Alternatively, if you need a new desk anyway, you may just prefer to check out the best standing desks

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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