Is Buying a Standing Desk like Buying Cheetos?

by Ellen O'Hearn May 05, 2015

I love Pringles. And Cheetos. And my children’s leftover Halloween Candy. I should have thrown that out, but I did a half-healthy thing instead--took it away from them--but I brought it up to my office. Now the team and I are riding the waves of sugar-highs and lows, with a new fix waiting in the form of Starbursts, Laffy Taffy, Whoppers and Sixlets. So I’ve saved my children from this sugary mix, but my office co-workers and I are taking a sugar hit. When the candy is gone, I won’t buy any more for the office.

I’ve been thinking about my friend who is a Dean at an Ivy League school not far from here. She jogs and swims, and eats healthy. But she recently bought a height-adjustable sit-stand desk. It was expensive, but her employer bought it for her, and she wanted the proven health benefits of standing at work, the option to sit or stand, plus she’s had less back pain since she started using it.

The thing is, I have a desktop standing desk that stays in a standing position. I also have a chair at one end of my desk, where I take sitting breaks. But my laptop and monitor and keyboard are all on the standing desk, and it’s a real pain to take it all apart, just to sit down for a bit. So in general, I find myself standing a lot. And that’s sort of the goal. Because sitting disease only happens when you’re sitting down.

This is so much like Pringles and candy. If they are around me, I find myself eating them. And with a sit-stand desk, I worry that I would crank that puppy down and keep it in the sitting position. It would be nice and maybe even a secret holier-than-thou thought, knowing I can stand at work, and living that dream. But I wouldn’t stand as much. My cousin has a sit-stand desk, and he’s kept it in the sitting position. It’s just what happens. It’s like that elliptical in your basement. It’s so nice to have it there, and the possibility of working out is right at your fingertips. But we don’t do it, do we?

Sometimes we have to force ourselves into healthy habits. We can do this by not buying the candy and chips while we are at the grocery store. We can also do this by buying a desktop standing desk that stays in the standing position, and that you have to remove to sit down. These hurdles can launch us into the healthy habit we want to be in place in our lives. Plus they cost less and you don’t need your employer to buy it.

I was inspired by the comment to the article quoted below. Let us know your thoughts.

- Ellen O’Hearn

Article:

http://www.core77.com/blog/furniture_design/the_winston_workstation_a_tabletop_approach_to_standing_desks_27885.asp?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+core77%2Fblog+(Core77.com)

comment on Core 77 article:

I am always intrigued by the moving desk paradigm. Having recently moved to Sweden I have observed the height adjustable desk as an office standard and having used a standing desk throughout college I find the use of the motorized desks and quite wasteful. Here's the rub: First, the motorized desk needs to be plugged in. Not the worst offense but I put this practicality up there with automatic windows and power seats. Second, these desks have corresponding pneumatic height adjustable chairs. See where this is going? Third, all cords and tethers must be capable of moving up and down without being pulled off of the desk. Fourth, Having a desk that moves up and down eliminates precious storage under desk space. Finally, I have never seen (it may exist but I haven't seen it yet) an equal chair for the visitor, underling, victim, person with whom the desk holder has an appointment , or whatever you call the person interacting with said desk holder.
In short, why reinvent the wheel? This is a lesson that anyone that has taken chemistry has already learned- if you want a standing desk, get a tall desk. If you want to sit at that desk get a stool. Want a fancy upgrade? Get a height adjustable chair for a standing desk and spend you budget finances on more sensible products. Like Post-its.




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Stand Steady Product Comparison Chart
We pride ourselves on our wide array of standing desks and standing desk converters.
We're confident that we can offer a solution for your workspace; please refer to the chart below to find your perfect fit!

Full Sized Standing Desks

Product name

Tranzendesk Standing Desk - 55 inch

Tranzendesk Dual Level  - 47 inch

Joy Desk - 47 inch

Joy Desk - Large Glass - 43 inch

Joy Desk - Compact Glass - 31 inch

How it Works Crank Crank Electric Electric Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)

 Color

Black desktop

Silver legs OR black legs

(Black desktop regardless of leg color)

Black

Black desktop

Black legs with chrome detailing

Black desktop

Black legs

Maple veneer desktop

Cream legs

Glass top with wood print design

White legs

Glass top with rainbow wood print design

Black legs

Desktop Size

55" x 23.5"
47" x 27"
55" x 27.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 43.25" x 23.5" 31.25" x 18.5"

Footprint 

55" x 24"
36.5"x 27"
57" x 23"
35.75" x 23" 46" x 23" 43" x 23" 31" x 15.5"

 Levels

1
2
1 + drop-down keyboard tray 1 2 1 1

 Monitor Capacity

2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
1 monitor or laptop

 Weight Limit

85 lbs max load
85 lbs max load
80 lbs max load
75 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load
 

Standing Desk Converters: Sit/Stand

One Level: X-Elite Series

Product name

X-Elite Pro Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro XL 36" Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro Glide

X-Elite Pro Corner

How it Works Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift

 Color

Choose from Black, Cherry, Maple, or White
Black
Black Black

Desktop Size

28" x 20"
36" x 24"
31" x 21" 39.25" x 18"

Footprint 

16.8" x 24.5"
24.25" x 16.5"
24" x 19" 23.5" x 16.25"

 Levels

1
1
1 1

 Monitor Capacity

1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop 2 monitors or 1 monitors + laptop

 Weight Limit

20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
 

Two Level: FlexPro Series

 Product Name
How it Works
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Pump lift with locking levers
Electric lift
Air cylinder lift
Electric lift
Tension-controlled gas spring lift
Color
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Desktop Size
2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 37"

32" x  16"
37" x 16"

3 7.5" x 17.5"
31.5" x 24.5"

 

3 sizes! Choose from 32", 36", & 40"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"
40" x 25.5"

2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 36"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"

37" x 15.75" 

32" x 25.5" 

Footprint
30" x 16"
(both models)
30" x 16"
27.5" x 24.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
40" x 23.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
30" x 16"
23.5" x 19.5"
Levels
2
2 2 2 2
2
2
Monitor Capacity
32": 1 monitor + laptop
37": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
40": 2 monitors + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
Weight Limit
35 lbs max load
35 lbs max
30 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
44 lbs max load
40 lbs max load

Monitor Mount Converters: Techtonic Series

 Product Name

Techtonic Electric Dual Monitor Mount

Techtonic Electric Triple Monitor Mount

How it Works
Electric lift
Electric lift
Color
Black
Black
Desktop Size
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
Footprint
31.25" x 20"
31.25" x 20"
Levels
3 3
Max Monitor Size
31.5" widescreen 19" widescreen
Weight Limit
60 lbs
60 lbs

Space Savers: UpTrak Series

Product Name

UpTrak Standing Desk / Adjustable Stand Up Desk

UpTrak Metro Standing Desk & Bonus Keyboard Tray

How it Works Easy-to-use locking levers Spring-assisted lift
Color
Choose from Black or Cherry
Choose from Black, Cherry, or Shimmer
Desktop Size
24" x 20"

Keyboard level: 18.6" x 7.75"

Monitor level: 23.74" x 16"

Footprint

18" x 15"

15.75" x 14.1"
Levels 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 1
Weight Limit 25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load

 

Standing Desk Converters: Stand Only

Stand Steady Series 

Product
Name
 

Original Stand Steady
Standing Desk (MEDIUM)

Original Folding Desk Converter

Executive Folding Desk Converter

Magic Shelf Multifunctional Desk Converter

Color Black Black Black Blue Black Black White

Desktop Size

24" x 20"
32" x 22" 48" x 24" 19.75" x 11" 23.5" x 20" 31.5" x 23.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

Footprint 18" x 15" 28" x 19" 42 x 21" 20" x 10.5" 18.5" x 13" 26" x 16.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

(Footprint of combined pieces varies based on setup)
Levels 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 2 1 monitor + laptop Laptop 1 2 Laptop
Weight Limit 75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
16.5 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
25 lbs max load