Full Size Standing Desks v. Standing Desk Converters

Full Size Standing Desks v. Standing Desk Converters

by Lauren Sauer January 23, 2019

Happy New Year and Happy Health Month! This is an exciting time of year, full of positive changes. For many workers, this means transitioning to a standing desk or desk converter. If you're considering buying one, you may be facing a question of exactly what to get. Do you opt for a full size standing desk or a standing desk converter? What's the difference? How do you choose?

Full Size Standing Desk vs. Standing Desk Converter

The difference is pretty simple, and it's all in the name. A full size standing desk is a complete replacement of your current desk, while a standing desk converter sits on top of a desk or tabletop to turn any existing work surface into a standing desk solution! In choosing which is right for you, ask yourself: Are you looking to replace your current desk, or just add onto it?

Full Size Standing Desk Perks

With one flat surface that raises up and down, a full size standing desk is a great option for people who want to stand and spread out. An example of an easy-to-use, straightforward full size standing desk is Stand Steady's Tranzendesk 55" Crank Adjustable Standing Desk. If you're looking for a complete makeover and want an expansive height-adjustable surface, a full size standing desk is perfect for you. It's also very easy to add on a shelf or keyboard tray to turn your full size standing desk into a two-level ergonomic workspace, and many of these options are available as a bundle!

Bundle 1: Tranzendesk 55" Full Size Standing Desk with Clamp On Desk Shelf: SHOP

Bundle 2: TranzForm 48" Full Size Electric Standing Desk with Clamp On Desk Shelf: SHOP

Another perk of a full size standing desk is having a durable and sturdy work surface. When assembled correctly and observing the listed weight limit, any Stand Steady full size standing desk offers a standing surface that won't tip, wobble, or bow in the center. While standing desk converters on their own are sturdy, too, they do rely on the desk they're placed upon as a foundation. With a full size desk, you don't have to worry about if your existing desk is in good shape, because you're replacing your existing desk entirely!

Standing Desk Converter Perks

Standing desk converters, also referred to as sit-stand desk converters, turn any existing work surface into a standing desk solution! These converters are usually pre-assembled (or come together in 15 minutes or less) and simply get placed on top of your desk. Then you're ready to go! A bestselling example of a standing desk converter is the X-Elite Pro by Stand Steady, loved by office workers for its quick and easy setup. If you're not ready to part with your desk or you work in an office that doesn't allow for large-scale modifications, you'll love a standing desk converter.

An added bonus of having a standing desk converter is the (generally) lower price. Most sit-stand converters are less expensive than their full size counterparts, making them a great option for offices looking to provide standing solutions for the entire team. And because many of these converters require no assembly, office workers can simply take them out of the box and get working right away. Because let's be honest, your average desk worker isn't likely to have a spare screwdriver or the space to spread out and assemble a 55 inch desk. 

The X-Elite Pro standing desk converter in action! For more information about corporate sales and improving your office, click HERE!

So...Which One is For Me?

If you're still not sure if you're looking to make the switch to a full size standing desk or a standing desk converter, that's okay! Stand Steady has made it easy to weigh your options and decide which is right for you. Check out THIS easy-to-use guide and watch the video below for more information!

If you have any other questions about choosing a standing desk or any of Stand Steady's products, email us at customerservice@standsteady.com




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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