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Do you have a standing desk? Which one?

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

Any recommendations for folks?

Do you prefer any style, automated vs manual, anybody use table-top folding desk?

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Sumeet Chawla

I am from India and I recently got a standing desk done. I got the flexispot one from Amazon. It supported only 70kgs or so. Hence, I got a custom table top built using WPC board. I was looking at IKEA Linnmon too but given that it's made up of cardboard, I gave up. I ended up making a 5ft by 2.5ft table top.

I will do a full review video may be after using for a few more weeks. But in general I stand a lot now. Also, if you have a puppy, this is the best thing. You can easily move around with a standing desk 😅

I did a video on the same too youtu.be/BkdJH4iTFjo

After getting the table, I actual started a youtube series on my office setup 😅

Here is a pic of the desk dev-to-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/i/...

P.S. The marks on the walls are thanks to my cute labrador Buddy 😂

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Ben Halpern Author

Cool backlighting

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Sumeet Chawla

Thank you 😊🙏 it's a yeelight strip. Works great alexa/google. Don't think it's as good as Philips hue strip though. But definitely helpful. Sometimes, I only work with that on 🙈

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Alvaro Montoro

I have this same one. I'd definitely recommend it too.

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Sumeet Chawla

In India they don't ship the table top though. :-( so that's a bummer.

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Alvaro Montoro

What?? Are they cheaper at least?

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Sumeet Chawla

It costed $325 USD approximately. Don't know how much it is available for there. But it was okay as I wanted a custom table top anyway. 😅

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Alvaro Montoro

That's the same price I paid, and it included the table top 😬

...and now it's even cheaper 😓

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Sumeet Chawla

My table top costed another $82USD 😔

I will erase your comment from my memory to make myself feel better. 😂🙈🙈

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Alvaro Montoro

Sorry 😓😓😂

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

I went with this standing desk that has a mechanical crank arm on the side and I love it!

I definitely recommend it to anyone in the market.

I also just received a dual monitor arm from Jarvis today! I've not fully set it up yet, but I think I'm gonna like it.

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Suneet Misra

Hey Michael, how’s the monitor arm working out for you? I’ve been thinking about getting that for myself but haven’t come across any detailed reviews online?

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Hey Suneet,

It's such a game-changer! I'm seriously loving it. It's so convenient and I find I'm straining my neck much less.

I have Acer monitors so had to get a converter to connect the displays to the Jarvis dual arm. Other brands of arms may have more connection options, but I'm unsure... so one thing to keep in mind when buying an arm is if it'll connect to your laptop without issues or if you need an adapter.

Anywho, best of luck in choosing a monitor arm and if you get one let me know what ya think!

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Suneet Misra

Nice one, thanks buddy! I’ve got a pair of LG displays so I’ll take a look at the mounting plates like you suggest before buying 👍🏽

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Alvaro Montoro

I hate to admit that I got one of the cheapest ones that I found on Amazon: a Flexispot electric standing desk... but I also have to admit that I don't regret the choice:

  • It includes both legs and board (many of the desks for this price only included legs)
  • It has an electric motor to put the desk up and down (with two buttons),
  • It was super simple to assemble (even a clumsy me could do it)
  • It is spacious (48x30, I can work by myself or with a person across from me or by my side)
  • It is really sturdy (metallic legs, composite board)

I'm pretty happy with the purchase to be honest. Especially considering the price ($250-$300).

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A. Matías Quezada

48x30... I guess you're talking inches

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Alvaro Montoro

Yes, sorry. It's 48x30 inches (around 120x75cm)

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AMFan

I have the Ikea Bekant standing desk.

I use it 8 hours a day. It does up on Monday and goes back down on Friday night. It has up/down buttons so you cannot add preset heights, but the buttons are easy to use. There are mods available on the internet with custom prints that add preset options, but I have never tried one.

Under the desk hangs a mat which you can use to hide cables (the mat is included with the desk).

My only complaint is the finish of the tabletop. You need a mouse mat for your mouse or movement will not be that smooth.

Other than that, I can totally recommend it.

Here is a photo of the desk: dev-to-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/i/...

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Jason

I use the autonomous sit/stand desk. Super sturdy and reasonably affordable. autonomous.ai/

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Ben Halpern Author

Yeah, that definitely stands out as one of the better priced options for the quality. I wonder if it has any good competition in the price range?

The Jarvis desk is a little more expensive, not sure if it's higher quality.

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Jason

Haven't used the Jarvis desk, but I've had my Autonomous desk since May 2020 and I have zero complaints.

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Margo McCabe

I have an Autonomous as well it's great - no complaints!

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David Rodriguez

I have the Autonomous SmarkDesk2. autonomous.ai/standing-desks/smart...

I like it a lot. It supports a lot of weight while also being quiet and sturdy when going up and down. Plus it has programmable presets.

I highly recommend it.

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

I went with an automated one, the MotionGrey Adjustable Dual Motors Electric Sit to Stand Computer Office Standing Desk. I snagged it for a really good deal at Best Buy in Canada.

Here's my office setup for anyone interested.

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Jerome Hardaway

Full disclosure I added a new camera and took away a monitor @nicktaylor

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Jesse Smith Byers

I just got the Vivo (frame only) with the manual crank. It is significantly cheaper than the options that include a top, and super sturdy. The best part is that you can add a top that fits the dimension of your space. I highly recommend it!

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Midpoint Nerd

I have the manually operated Ikea adjustable one.

I recently came to learn that Husky (the Home Depot brand) has an adjustable solid work top table with or without full length drawers for about the same.

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Suneet Misra

We’ve got two sit/stand desks in our home. A Jarvis with a bamboo, contoured table top, and an IKEA Bekant with the Bekant table top.

We love them both, however there are a few differences that stand out.

The Jarvis tabletop is definitely higher quality (not to say that the Bekant is low quality by any means), available in a wider width 180cm vs the Bekant’s 160cm which really helps with a dual monitor set up) and it has a programmable memory for height selections.

The price difference is another thing to note. For all of the features above, the Jarvis costs almost twice as much as the Bekant.

If I didn’t have a two monitor setup, I’d probably save my money and get a Bekant if I had to buy again.

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Prakhar Yadav

Okay not really a standing desk, but it does the work!
here: pic-1, pic-2.
p.s. all these antiques and stuff give a positive ambiance (see pic-2)

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Hassan Schroeder

I used one of these multitable.com/product/multitable-... for almost two years onsite at last startup and it was IMO perfect: smooth and easy crank action, rock solid, everything (including top) excellent quality.

Once I had my best standing height dialed in I just left it there, occasionally perching on a high stool.

Highly recommend!

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Brad

I have a 60 inch varidesk at home since the start of the pandemic.
Pros:

  • fantastic build quality
  • super easy 5 minute installation
  • came with extras like cord organizer, "hangers", cup older, etc

Cons

  • need to hold down buttons to raise/lower
  • does not stop lowering against resistance, scared the desk may be used as a guillotine!
  • expensive (650$+)
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devcoder

I have done so much research on this and ended up getting the frame and table top separate. The frame has a dual motor, is super sturdy and goes up to 47 inches in height. The tabletop is very thick and sturdy as well. I have been using this setup for about 6 months now and couldnt be happier. Also to note I am 6'3 inches tall and some of the desks dont go up high enough but this one is plenty high. Built very solid

top -
amazon.com/gp/product/B08D6254XP/r...
stand -
amazon.com/gp/product/B07QCNL73Y/r...

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QuillCodes

I've had both the Autonomous standing desk at my office. Mounted two large monitor arms and gives a ton of useable space.

Just got this other one (costco.com/tresanti-47%22-adjustab...) home (the now-office). It's smaller and can't handle the monitor arms but it has built-in USB power and the top works great with dry-erase markers 😁.

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Oracle Sean ♠️

Go automated if possible. It's easy to push a button and get out of your chair but if I had to crank I might just suffer through sitting too long. Make sure the motor is powerful enough.

I can recommend the Vivo electric standing desk: amazon.com/VIVO-Workstation-Ergono.... It goes on sale periodically for 250 or less. I've had mine about 3 years (I was remote pre-COVID).

I purchased it without a top because I had grand plans for making something beautiful. I got a cheap, plain door from my local home improvement center as a temporary solution and, uh, well, I'm still using it. It's functional and doesn't look bad, just not beautiful. One day I'll get around to it!

The desk is electric, with three memory settings and fine adjustments. The manual adjustment is precise. The motor is quiet and powerful. It raises and lowers my setup with multiple monitors and stands, a UPS and additional shelving underneath for holding laptops, USB/Thunderbolt hubs, a network switch, etc. The desk adjusts to different widths and includes a cable tray. It is SOLID, sturdy and well built.

Assembly is via Allen keys (included as I recall), wrenches and screwdrivers and is similar to building Ikea furniture. Be warned—this is a HEAVY item.

I added a pair of VIVO dual-arm monitor mounts to my setup. I'm very pleased with their products and their customer service is great—one of the monitor arms shipped without some accessory pieces. They overnighted replacements and followed up with an email to confirm I had everything I needed.

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gschro

Not a traditional standing "desk", but just picked up this one a few days ago and it works great!
homedepot.com/p/Husky-46-in-Adjust...

Manual crank, sturdy, cheap although hard to find in stock.
Jus ordered monitor arms and a power strip with a clamp. I set it up with the wheels it came with, will be mobile with a simple unplug 😁🚗

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John 'Zimm' Zimmermann

Been looking at getting a sit/stand desk for a bit now and some of these suggestions sound pretty interesting. I'm pretty looking for just the base as the top of my current desk works fine and I could just switch it over.
A little curious if anyone has or heard anything about the Workstream by Monoprice series? Or does it just seem to be more of a generic version of something like the Autonomous, etc. Thanks!

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Bobby Iliev

I have this one here from IKEA, It is manual so it's not crazy expensive like the automatic ones:

Stand desk bobbyiliev devdojo

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Rainer B

Standing for sure. I honestly opted for a manual desk (from ikea!) because it was cheaper but it’s nice to get more movement in my arms.

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Sergey Kislyakov 🇷🇺🇺🇸

I don't. Are they good?

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Etienne Burdet

I have a Jaswig. It's simple and has every thing you can ask for. Very good for a laptop setup, it's not meant for crazy three screens setups though…

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Jordan T

I just ordered my Autonomous standing desk and chair which should be in this week.

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Shravan Kumar B

Standing desk with wheels