For a huge chunk of our lives, we have been sitting down while studying, working, or even playing video games. And if you are a business owner, you are going to be spending a lot of time at your desk. Besides normal aches and pains due to bad posture from sitting, prolonged sitting has been known to be detrimental to our health. Some scientists have even publicly stated that sitting is the new smoking in terms of how much damage it does to our health.
The public urgency in getting people out of their seats more has resulted in strong growth in standing desks. But not all standing desks are the same. Below, we go over the 4 different types of standing desks. Peep it.
The 4 Basic Types of Standing Desks
- Non-adjustable standing desks
- Electric standing desks that use motors
- Mechanical crank standing desks
- Gas spring standing desks (that use pneumatic energy to adjust).
While their names should reveal most of what you need to know, but then again, there is always that the name doesn’t cover every feature. So, why don’t you scroll on further to determine which types of standing desks are perfect for you?
1. Non-Adjustable Standing Desks
These types of standing desks, as you may have already guessed, have a fixed height. The height of the desk you bought stays the same. These desks will allow you to set up the legs to be the desired height upon putting it together. However, after it is set, it is not adjustable unless you want to take out the legs again and adjust them. Hence, these desks don’t offer anything except the chance to burn calories while standing and working.
The above picture is the Ikea Bekant, which you can get for under $200.
2. Electric Standing Desks That Use Motors
This category of standing desks is thought to be the real deal because they are the very first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions ‘standing desks.’ Usually, these products will have a similar desktop surface as the previous category, but with a simple touch, you will see your standing desks move up or down whenever you wish to sit or stand.
The electric standing desk pictured above is the Flexispot 48'' x 30''.
3. Mechanical Crank Standing Desks
This category of standing desks is everything the previous category is without the bonus features and electronic maneuverability. This means every height adjustability feature will have to be operated by hand.
4. (Pressurized) Pneumatic Standing Desks
These types of desks are often the most convenient but also the most costly. Instead of using a crank or electricity, these desks use pressurized air to lift and lower. These products work with the help of a lever that quickly and effortlessly increase or decrease the height of your desk.
The above pictured pneumatic sit-stand desk is from S Stand Up Desk Store and has a width of 48 inches.
Note: Do not confuse fully adjustable pneumatic standing desks with the pneumatic desk add-ons that you put on your existing desk. In this review, we are only talking about fully adjustable desks, not add-ons to existing desks.
Now that you’re familiar with the four different types of standing desks and each of their pros and cons, which is it going to be? Choose wisely!