Best Compact Standing Desk Reviews

October 26, 2020
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When Only a Small Standing Desk Will Do

While 95% of standing desks sold are 30 inches deep there are times when that’s just too big for your available space, and what you really need is a desk with 24 inches of depth. Whether for a small Manhattan apartment, a dorm room or a “hot desk” area, these smaller desks are ideal for the laptop user who doesn’t plan to have a lot of external monitors (for focal depth, users with multiple LCDs will likely want that full 30″ depth in all likelihood). These are fundamentally the two standard depths for the office desk industry; anything shallower than 24″ or deeper than 36″ is considered very non-standard, if not custom, and certainly isn’t going to be easy to find online.

Our staff review experts have gathered here all the commonly available standing desk options with 24″ of depth, to make your hunt for the perfect compact standing workstation a little easier.

Key Considerations When Buying A Small Standing Desk

No question, there are a lot fewer options available when shopping for a shallow 24″-deep desk than a standard sized one, but there are a few important things to keep in mind that are unique to the smaller format.

First and foremost is actually the number of options for desktop width. Since you’re already going to have 20% less surface area by virtue of having 6″ less depth, you want to make sure you can get the widest desktop to fit your space. Depending on the model this can be limited to anywhere from 30″ to 71″ wide.

In this post-pandemic age it is important to consider the type of desktop lamination that is being used, anytime you buy a standing desk, in consideration of how easy it is to clean, sanitize and disinfect. In short, healthcare-grade surfaces like Surf(x) 3D laminate are the most durable and can handle any hospital grade disinfectant you could possibly throw at it, while “HPL” (high pressure laminate) tops, powder coat tops and solid wood tops need special consideration.

Top Standing Desks for Small Spaces

1. iMovR Lander Lite Standing Desk Review

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Stars

iMovR has managed to take the industry’s #1-rated, premium-technology standing desk, the original Lander, keep 90% of the technology features and significantly lower the entry price with this new Lander Lite offering. And now, it’s also available on a compact series a with 24″-deep top. Like the original, the Lander Lite is made entirely in the USA from the highest quality materials and highest precision robotic manufacturing techniques, resulting in a superior value to the consumer. We predict may someday even outsell the original Lander because now features like factory pre-assembly, Bluetooth-enabled height control paddle and smartphone app and built-in health coach are accessible to a lot more users at this great price point. Read the full review.

Width Options: 35″, 41″, 47″, 53″, 59″, 65″, 71″

Color Options: 22 vibrant healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors

Assembly Time: 8 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Allen key for attaching feet, included in the box.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: $799

Read our full review Buy on iMovR


2. ZipDesk Desk-in-a-Box Standing Desk Review

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Stars

Designed and built in the USA. Top-quality base technology and an industry-leading 10 year “top to bottom” warranty. Unique in the industry as the first “desk in a box” we’ve ever seen. And that means it can ship fast (even same-day through Amazon Prime in some markets) or even be picked up at a retail store. Plus it’s one of the fastest desks to set up, being almost completely factory pre-assembled. This is also a great desk to be able to break down just as easily, transport and set up again in your next office – maybe after you’re done working from home and want to go back to the corporate campus. ANSI/BIFMA and NEAT Certification are a solid indicator of the ZipDesk’s durable and reliable componentry and stable user experience, matching up with our lab-test results. Read the full review.

Width Options: 48″ (the “Small” variant of the ZipDesk)

Color Options: Black or White desktops, powder coat

Assembly Time: 8 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Allen key for attaching feet, included in the box.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years “top to bottom” and 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: $679

Read our full review Buy on iMovR


3. iMovR Energize Standing Desk Review

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Stars

The iMovR Freedom™ standing desk line shines by offering what, up to this point, has been missing on the market – a quality American-made option priced competitively with popular standing desks built on commodity imported bases. The Energize is a twin in nearly every way to iMovR’s SteadyType™ equipped Cascade Standing Desk, but offers a flat-surfaced 3D-laminated tabletop, and even more sizing options than the Cascade, including a compact 24” depth and two options for tabletop thickness. Toss in the wide array of customizable options iMovR is known for (over 5,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone), and the iMovR Energize takes the mantle for the “most configurable standing desk in the world.” Read the full review.

Width Options: 47″, 53″, 59″, 65″, 71″

Color Options: 22 vibrant healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors

Assembly Time: 20 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Power screwdriver recommended.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: No

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: $718

Read our full review Buy on iMovR


4. Jarvis Stand Up Desk Review

Experts’ Rating: 3-Stars

An exclusive private-label desk offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, Fully, the Jarvis is built on a commodity base frame made by Jiecang of China (see our separate lab test review of the Jiecang base). A minor modification of a heavier foot distinguishes it slightly from direct competitor UpLift Desk (although UpLift does not offer a compact 24″-deep version). Fully offers many choices for its desktops, including very cheap Chinese-made options and very pricey American-made alternatives. However, all tops are sold without warranty coverage of any kind. But the standalone Jarvis base gets high review marks on Amazon from DIYers who use their own tabletops. Compares favorably against other Chinese-sourced bases like Uplift, S2S and Conset. But for slightly more you can get an American-made base if not an entirely made-in-America desk from makers like iMovR. Read the full review.

Width Options: 30″, 42″, 48″ (48″ version sold only on Amazon).

Color Options: Black or White HPL desktops

Assembly Time: 45 Minutes.

Tools Required: Power screwdriver recommended

Individually Tested Before Shipping: No

Warranty: 7 years on base, no warranty on desktop.

Country of Origin: Made in China

Price: $499 to $1,099

Read our full review Buy on Amazon


5. ModTable 'Mod-E' Powered Stand Up Desk Review

Experts’ Rating: 3-Stars

The Mod-E is the fastest adjustable standing desk in the West, with a 2.0 inch-per-second transit speed, which is fast but also very loud – like a coffee grinder loud. The Mod-E only comes with a simple up/down controller. A low max height of 47 inches may be too short for taller individuals. Made in Malaysia, the Mod-E’s tabletop is not of the most impressive quality, and its design is somewhat dated. Read the full review.

Width Options: 40″, 48″

Color Options: Black, White, Espresso, Maple, Natural Pear HPL desktops

Assembly Time: 45 Minutes.

Tools Required: Power screwdriver recommended

Individually Tested Before Shipping: No

Warranty: 7 years on base, no warranty on desktop.

Country of Origin: Made in Malaysia

Price: $649

Read our full review Buy on Amazon



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