Improve your posture and combat the health dangers of sitting all day with these standing desk picks, including a budget-friendly DIY option
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Tester: Lauren Mazzo, Shape.com Assistant Editor
Pros: This standing desk slides up and down super easily—meaning I can sit and stand as often as I'd like. Plus, the multi-level large surface area means I have room for a laptop, external monitor, keyword, mouse, and my coffee. Bonus: it comes in six different colors, so you can make sure it matches your office or home decor.
Cons: It takes up a decent amount of room on my desk, making it feel a bit cluttered. If your cube is tiny, it might overwhelm the area.
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Tester: Rachael Schultz, Shape.com News Editor
Pros: The mount is easy to move up and down and isn’t a bulky eyesore sitting on the desk. The platform that moves is big enough to hold your keyboard, notebooks, and coffee. Plus, the company is partnering with Tome Software in creating OfficeIQ, an app that syncs with sensors on your chair and desk to nudge you when you’ve been sitting too long. It even syncs with your wearable device to include the calories you’ve burned from standing during the day!
Cons: It’s clean, it moves smoothly, and it’s stable enough to lean on. I really can’t think of any cons, other than the price tag.
ProForm ThinLine Desk Treadmill
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Tester: Ashley Mateo, Shape.com Deputy Editor
Pros: You're standing and moving, meaning (once you get used to the idea of typing and walking) you're burning calories without even thinking about it. You can also adjust your speed, incline, and desk height until it's the perfect fit for your body and your fitness level. Bonus: the desk folds up so you can use this as an actual treadmill too.
Cons: It's big, so the chances of it fitting in to your cubicle are slim to none (it's best for home offices or the corner office). And if you use your office's common space, you're going to get all looks all day long. The sound is a little distracting for coworkers who aren't into background noise, and if you get distracted, be careful—you can fall!
Varidesk Pro Plus
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Tester: Cassie Shortsleeve, Shape.com Editor-at-Large
Pros: It's super easy to set up (seriously—took me five minutes!); mobile; comes with a great little mat to stand on to keep your feet comfortable; and has multiple levels for extra monitors, screens, or keyboards. It's also easy to adjust up and down and works great both ways, so you can comfortably take breaks sitting. Compared to other products I've used, it's fairly affordable.
Cons: It's heavy (I love that you can move it, because some stand-up desks are difficult to relocate and require that you connect the computer to it, but this is not the easiest piece of equipment to move!). I really love everything else about it!
Ergotron Sit-Stand Workstation
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Tester: Kylie Gilbert, Shape.com Associate Editor
Pros: The transition from sitting to standing is seamless and it doesn't take up too much desk space. Plus, it's relatively affordable compared to other options on the market!
Cons: Unless you buy a separate add-on, there's no place to put papers or coffee, so there's lots of reaching down involved. It's also a hard adjustment if you're used to using two screens.
(Prices vary between $300-$400; ergotron.com)
Clear Nesting Tables
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Tester: Isabel Burton, Shape Executive Editor
Pros: Not only are clear nesting tables like these an affordable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to a traditional standing desk, they're also extremely versatile and can be used down the road as a side table in your bedroom or living room!
Cons: Unlike most traditional standing desks, you can't adjust the height, so it's important to measure before ordering to ensure you won't strain your neck while using.
Ergotron WorkFit-Z Mini Sit-Stand Desktop
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Tester: Marietta Alessi, Social Media Manager
Pros: It is small, light, and incredibly easy to set up. (Read: You don’t need an engineering degree to do it.) Although it is mini, there's still room for my laptop, monitor, and coffee (non-negotiable). It even has a holder for both my phone and tablet making it easier to stream music while I work or tune into Instagram lives—hey, it’s for work! #swear.
Cons: While it's really great for organizing your tech, the slightly smaller surface means there's not a lot of real estate for much else. So if you're someone who always needs a notepad by them and pens and paper this might not be the one for you.