Desk converters are placed on your existing desktop and raise the working surface to a height that you can stand at.
Pros: Portable, easy to store, price, adjustable, multiple tiers
Cons: Looks, stability
Perfect for: Inaccessible office spaces, mobile workers
These desks are full replacements for your existing desk and have an control panel to allow you to raise and lower your desk to the best height.
Pros: Adjustable by the press of a button, memory preset heights, allows multiple sit and stand periods during the day, fully integrated system
Cons: Most expensive option, may not match other office furniture, requires power, potential for electrical or mechanical fault
Perfect for: Those that want effortless height adjustment desk that just works.
Manually adjustable desks are desks where the height is manipulated by a crank handle rather than electrical motor.
Pros: Generally cheaper, fewer parts to go wrong, winding the desk to your preferred height is a great way to stay fit with a desk job.
Cons: Can be tiring if you want to change height many times a day, not necessarily suitable for those that struggle with physical impairment.
Perfect for: Entry-level adjustable desk for able bodied persons.
A frame only adjustable desk is a just the framework that does all the things an adjustable desk does, but with the desktop surface included in the price.
Pros: Cheaper than an electric/manual, all the same benefits as an electric adjustable desk with the bonus that you can have a matching worktop – by detaching your existing desktop and fitting it to the frame.
Cons: Some DIY required
Perfect for: Handy(wo)men, those that work in a stylish office with all matching furniture, or those that want to make a custom desktop.
There is always the option to prop your desk up however you see fit – use your imagination. Here’s some starter ideas:
Pros: Cost effective, unique, good way to test if it’s for you.
Cons: Not always suitable for professional office spaces, will probably need DIY skills and tools, may not be set at the right height.
Perfect for: Those who want to experience of standing at work to see if they want to take the plunge with one of the other, more permanent options.