We're big advocates for the best standing desks here at Creative Bloq. Anyone who has worked a desk job for long enough is probably aware that being sedentary for too long and spending hours upon end sitting and slouching can make you feel, well pretty lousy. And not only that, but if you slump around long enough, it can cause serious health issues such as debilitating back pain later in life.
An excellent solution is the standing desk. We've been using them ever since hybrid home and office working became the norm, and the majority of staff agree that there's no going back. You don't have to stand at a desk for the entire day, but swapping out even a few of your sit-down working hours for stand-up ones can have a huge benefit for health and well-being.
The best standing desks won't magically cure all ailments. But they can have a hugely positive impact on your posture, strengthen your legs and backs, and ward off the health detriments caused by excessive slouching. So, to lend you a hand, we've rounded up the best standing desks on the market right now, at a range of different price points.
Availability of standing desks can be different in the US and the UK, so we've split the guide up into sections, with the US options first. Also, if you don't want to wholesale replace your desk, you can check out out guide to the best standing desk converters, which simply sit on your existing desk. And if you're committed to sitting, our guides to the best office chairs and best office chairs for back pain may be of interest.
The best standing desks available today
Best standing desks in the US
For our money, the Flexispot adjustable desk is the best standing desk you can buy right now. It's a motorised desk, operated via a clear LED display, which allows you to input up to four pre-set height options, and it even includes an alarm that reminds you to take a screen break.
With motorised desks, it's important to be cognizant of the weight they can support so that you don't overload them. Fortunately, the 3-stage, dual-motor E7 frame supports up to 100kg (200 lbs), which is going to be more than enough for basically anyone. Our setup of a hefty Acer Predator monitor, a MacBook Pro and stand, speakers, PS4 and a Canon printer has been absolutely fine, with the movement of the desk effortlessly smooth.
It also doesn't hurt that you get a range of finish options, with the Flexispot desk offering laminated, bamboo and various solid wood tops to choose from. In terms of dimensions, you can opt for 48x24in (122x61cm) or up to 60x30in (152x76cm). The Creative Bloq team have opted for stylish black walnut wood in the 48x24 variety, and it's fantastic. For the tallest among us, it can get as high as 50 inches.
Assembly is easy too – it took us about half an hour to get from unboxing to fine-tuning height adjustment. Available at a pretty reasonable price, this is the best standing desk you can buy.
Constructed from recycled steel, and made without any toxic chemicals, the Humanscale Float is an environmentally sound choice of premium standing desk. It doesn't use a crank or a motor, but rather a counterbalance mechanism not dissimilar to that of a sash window, making height changes the work of effortless seconds.
It can be adjusted with one hand, even if you've absolutely laden it with heavy equipment and fat books, like we have. All you need to do is turn the weight adjustment handle a few times to compensate, press the handle under the desktop, then lift or lower it.
It's a tough desk too, just in case you do plan on subjecting it to some cruel and unusual punishment.
If you're facing the prospect of a spending lot of long hours slogging away on your next creative project, the Ergotron WorkFit-TX is a good choice of standing desk. Its adjustable drop-down tray makes it easy to consistently maintain the correct distance between your hands and monitor, and can also be used when you're sitting.
The workspace of the WorkFit-TX is pretty generous, with more than enough room for you to spread out your laptop(s), monitors, tablets, coffee cups, screwed up balls of paper and whatever else. It can support up to 40lb (about 18kg) of equipment with no issues, and that's almost certainly more than you need unless you've started buying titanium monitors.
The Ergotron WorkFit-TX isn't the cheapest standing desk, but it's one of the most versatile and ergonomic ones that are available.
Many of the best standing desks are adjusted by electric motors, but the Ikea SKARSTA has a more manual approach, with a crank handle to raise and lower it. That means you might not want to have to adjust the height every day, but it does make this standing desk a more affordable option because electrical components don't come cheap. It also means that the desk is lighter than many others without compromising on strength.
You can adjust the height between 70cm and 120cm, letting you work comfortably either sitting or standing. The crank can be fitted on either side, depending on whether you're right or left-handed, and can be tucked neatly out of the way when not in use. While it might sound like hard work compared to the electrical options, the crank is easy to use.
Install the Desk Control app on your smartphone or tablet, and you can adjust the height of the Ikea IDASEN (opens in new tab) standing desk without even touching it. Just tap with your thumb to choose exactly the right level for sitting or standing, and let the motors do the rest. The veneer desktop might not be to everyone's liking, but it's durable and wipes clean easily (handy if you use soft media like charcoal or pastels) with contours to support your wrists. A net underneath helps keep wires and cables out of the way, leaving you more room to work, all of which makes this one of the best standing desks around.
Best standing desks in the UK
The best standing desk in the UK is the same model we chose in the US - though it has a slightly different name. Flexispot's adjustable desk has everything you need: a dual-motor E7 frame that can support up to 125kg, a great choice of frames, tops, and colours, and reasonably easy assembly.
We've been using this standing desk for a couple of years now, and find it seems to hit perfectly the space where quality, features and price combine. The desk is raised and lowered via an LED display that'll go into low-power sleep mode when the desk is stationary, and you can set three height options for ease of use (though this writer only really uses two – standing and sitting!) It'll even tell you to go and take a screen break if you want it to; a very welcome feature in our opinion. If you're in the market for a standing desk, want some options as far as design, but don't want to overspend for a quality desk, this should be your first choice.
Flytta is a Nordic word meaning 'move', and the smart Flytta 2 (opens in new tab) standing desk can do exactly that. It features dual motors that adjust its height smoothly, with collision-detection technology to avoid accidents when lowering it. It has a lift capacity of 120kg, making it suitable for even heavy desktop computers, and can store your preferred stitting and standing heights for future use. The Flytta 2 is available as a frame only (if you have an existing top that you want to use) or a complete desk, so make sure you pick the right option when ordering.
This desk also appeared in our top picks for the best standing desk in the US. A hand crank-powered desk, the Ikea SKARSTA doesn't offer the convenience of electric height adjustment, but that makes it very affordable. It has a clean, minimalist design, and it's also very light while remaining a solid support. The hand crank doesn't require any strength as such, and it allows you to adjust the height of the desk between 70cm and 120cm, so you can use it to work both sitting and standing. The crank can be fitted on either side, making it adaptable for whether you're right or left-handed, and can put it out of the way when you're not using it.
The other IKEA option on our list is a lot more expensive but it offers the convenience of remote control, with an app that allows you to adjust the height of the desk. Just tap with your thumb in the app to choose the level you want for sitting or standing, and the desk's motors do the work. The veneer surface isn't going to appeal to everyone's tastes, but it's very sturdy and easy to clean, which would make this ideal for artists working with soft media like charcoal or pastels as much as for those looking for a computer desk. There are contours to support your wrists and a net under the desk is a handy touch for keeping wires and cables out of the way, giving you more room to work.
Like the Ikea SKARSTA above, this option from FlexiSpot has a hand crank, allowing you to add a little more exercise to your standing desk regime. Again, this makes it cheaper than other models from the same brand, and it also frees you from any concern that the motor might eventually fail one day (don't treat the crank too roughly though; it's not invincible either). You get a nice spacious desktop measuring 140 by 71cm, and the desk's weight capacity is 70kg, which should be more than enough for all your office tech. Just note that the desk comes in two separate packages and requires assembly, including a bit of drilling
Why are standing desks good for you?
Wondering what the health benefit is to a standing desk?
The idea of standing all day may seem strange, but studies have indicated a variety of health benefits. For instance, some studies have shown that after a meal, blood sugar returns to normal levels more quickly in a standing person than a sitting person. Standing also burns more calories than sitting, even if you're standing still, and it can also be much better for your posture; sitting for long periods puts pressure on your back and discs. Standing while working may not be for everyone, but there are definitely benefits to doing so.
How high should my standing desk be?
It's all about configuring it to your specific needs.
You should set your standing desk to roughly elbow-height – to a point where your elbows can rest roughly 90 degrees from the floor. As a guide, a person of the rough average height of 5'11" (180cm) should have their standing desk at about 44 inches, or 112cm. Ideally, your fingers should lightly meet the keys of your keyboard, and your monitor should be 20-28 inches (51-71 cm) away from your face.