5 Types of Standing Desks and Their Benefits

April 23, 2021

Types of Standing Desks and Their Benefits

It’s been a long time coming, but standing desks are finally having their time in the sun. If you’ve been reading the news lately, standing desks are finally getting a lot of well-deserved praise, and for good reason. Not only are standing desks comfortable to work on, but they can also help improve your fitness which is great news for anybody who is used to the sedentary lifestyle. 

Gone are the days when we’d hear, “Do Standing Desks Reduce Back Pain?” Because we all know that they are quite efficient in reducing back pain and muscle stiffness. 

While standing desks can have a positive impact on one’s life, it is important to know which type of standing desk works well for you. That’s right. In case you haven’t noticed, standing desks also come in various sizes, which is why you need to find the one that works best for you. 

For that, the first thing you will have to do is find out what the different types of standing desks are before deciding which desk type is best for you. 

So, without further ado, here are your options. 

1. Sit-and-Stand Adapters

For those of you who just can’t make up your minds (or just prefer more options), sit and stand adapters are the perfect choice. As the name implies, the sit and stand adapters allow users to sit and stand whenever they please by adjusting to their height. This type of standing desk also varies in design and materials. 

You can find these standing desks in wood or metal designs and those that operate manually or are fully automatic. Of course, each one comes with its own set of pros and cons, so it’s best to try them all out before making a decision. But, if you like choices, then sit and stand adapters are the way to go. 

2. Fixed Standing Desk

The fixed standing desk is all business when it comes to the standing part, which means it’s not going to offer you that flexibility to sit and stand, which might be a good thing. After all, you’d only be wasting time going from one position to the next. 

While the fixed desk variety is limited in height adjustability, it more than makes up for it with its excellent ergonomics and style. The levers are replaced with a fixed locking bolt system which keeps the desk at the required height. 

But, there is an upside to investing in a fixed standing desk. These are often combined with exercise equipment which allows the user to sneak in a few rounds on the stationary bike or treadmill between Zoom calls. Another advantage of the fixed standing desk is that they come with a reasonable price tag due to their minimalist design.

3. Hand-Cranked Sit to Stand Desks 

Going with the sit-to-stand desk does not mean having to pay an arm and a leg. A hand-cranked sit-to-stand desk is on the lower side of the price spectrum, which makes it a great option for those folks who are on a budget. In this hand-cranked model, the user is required to turn the rotary crank to lower the surface of the desk or raise it when needed. 

One of the advantages of using the hand-cranked sit-to-stand desk is that the easy-to-use rotary crank allows you to make the adjustment while sitting down, so you don’t have to get up in order to make the adjustments. 

The mechanism that is used in the hand-cranked version is similar to that of a rotary jack that is used in large cargo trucks. There are quite a few best-sellers in the crank models as well, which deserve a look if you are in the market for a cheaper version of the sit and stand desk. 

Another reason to invest in the hand-cranked version is that they are lightweight since there’s no heavy machinery or electric gizmos included in the design. This makes it easier for it to be moved around from room to room or even outdoors if you like to switch things up while working. 

4. Powered Sit-to-Stand Desk

Thanks to the advancements in technology, we are seeing the evolution of standing desks being played out right in front of our eyes. The new standard of standing desks is the automatic or powered models. These standing desks do pretty much everything for the user except making your morning coffee. But that would be asking too much. 

These automatic standing desks have pretty much become the gold standard when it comes to standing desks, and for good reason. With custom hardwood tops, programmable motors and integrated power systems, these futuristic standing desks look like something straight out of a Star Trek episode. 

Apart from these standing desks being sturdy and great to look at, they come with integrated electric motors that allow users to raise or lower the desk with a simple push of a button. The programmable standing desk makes the adjustments in a matter of seconds without you having to spin a hand crank or make the adjustments manually. 

These powered standing desks are also available in multiple sizes, which makes it easy for you to find the perfect one to suit your specific needs. For instance, the Seiffen Laminated Standing Desk, which comes in Eco and Pro models, has become the go-to option for many professionals who want to upgrade from the simple standing desks of two years ago. 

This particular automatic standing desk comes with all the bells and whistles that you can imagine, providing you with complete control over all the adjustments of the standing desk. 

The Seiffen Laminated standing Desk is made from durable MDF and chipboard (meets CARB and EPA standards) and also comes in various models, such as the Eco, which is designed to be a versatile standing desk. The Pro has been specifically designed for higher weight capacities. This makes it the ideal choice if you are looking to place your PC or bulky printer, along with other necessities, on the standing table. 

This is also the best option if you happen to work on broader desktops or with two display screens. Then, there’s the Pro 3-Stage which has been designed to offer users the ultimate work experience. The wide adjustable height range means you can adjust this standing desk to the perfect height that’s right for you. It also features faster lifting speeds, so you don’t have to wait too long in between height adjustments. 

But that’s not all. One of the main selling points of the Seiffen Laminated standing Desk has got to be its intuitive keypads which make changing between heights a breeze. 

Even here, Seiffen gives you choices from the basic keypads that come with your standard two-button control to the more advanced all-in-one keypad, which gives you complete control over the standing desk. The advanced keypad also features three programmable presets for better convenience. This means that you can easily set and save your preferences for your favorite sitting, standing and under-desk cycling heights. 

Not sure if the height is right? No problem. The Seiffen Laminated Standing Desk features an energy-efficient LED display where you can see the exact height of the desk. As if that wasn’t enough, the Seiffen Laminated standing Desk also allows you to set activity alerts so that you are reminded to shift from the sitting to the standing position (and vice versa). This is so you don’t develop cramps because of standing or sitting too long. 

The smart LED display has been programmed to enter sleep mode automatically when the desk is stationary to reduce power consumption. All of these amazing features are available in the standard and advanced keypad models, so you can take your pick.

5. Exercise Desks

This version of the standing desk tried too hard, with a dedicated work desk and a treadmill. The treadmill or exercise bike can be attached to the standing desk or integrated into the design and will cost you a pretty penny, which is why it is one of the more expensive options on this list.


Ending Note

By the looks of it, it seems like everyone is wanting to use a standing desk for work these days. This comes as no surprise, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to stay and work from home. With no access to parks or the gym, staying at home is doing a number on our health. 

But, the good news is, there’s a way out – and it’s in the unlikeliest forms imaginable; the standing desk has completely revolutionized our idea of fitness (at least for those who don’t have access to a gym). Who knew standing could be so beneficial for our health and well-being. 

Despite the standing desk being a new concept, the idea has sure taken off, with multiple brands offering their versions of the standing desk. While all these options are a good thing, it can make it more difficult for some people to choose the right one. Hopefully, with the information given here, even you will be able to make the right choice when choosing a standing desk


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