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Corner Desk or Small L-Shaped Desk?
When standing desks first started appearing online en masse they were pretty much all rectangular affairs. Cubicle denizens and those who wanted to have a standing desk placed into a corner didn’t have too many options. Nowadays all that has changed, and there are now so many options that we had to actually break this category up into two subcategories: corner standing desks and L-shaped standing desks.
You might be wondering “what’s the difference between a corner desk and an L-desk?” While it’s true that a corner desk can be called a small L-shaped desk, this is another one of those situations where some standing desk purveyors intermix the two labels, adding to the confusion. To be clear, here are the differences:
- Corner standing desks may have two or three lifting legs but are distinguished from L-shaped desks because they are always built with a single desktop. Most corner desks are also symmetrical in dimension, so a 47″x47″ desk would measure 47″ along each wall. The exception is a “pork chop” design that has one side longer than the other, but still made out of a single plank of wood. Corner standing desks are generally less expensive than full-fledged L-desks and may be a great option for those searching for a small L-shaped desk because of space restrictions.
- L-shaped standing desks will always have three lifting legs, and always be constructed with two desktops mounted perpendicular to each other. L-desks are generally larger than corner desks, and allow for much more flexibility in terms of having the exact length you need against one wall versus the other. They also cost a lot more due to the fact that there are three legs instead of two and two desktop slabs instead of one. They weigh more, cost more to ship, and are generally (with the exception of iMovR’s Lander L-desk) much harder to assemble.
So in this round-up, we’re going to include all the corner standing desks that we’ve lab tested and reviewed. If it’s really a full-size L-desk that you’re looking for please see our comprehensive round-up of L-shaped Standing Desk Reviews. For cubicle denizens, if you’re looking to replace fixed-height countertops with an adjustable-height desk you’ll probably find the size you need in the L-desk category since most corner desks only reach as far as 65″ per wall versus up to 95″ with the best height-adjustable L-desks. For those looking for the utility of a small L-shaped desk with a smaller footprint and cheaper price, read on.
Top-Rated Corner Standing Desk Reviews
Unlike the L-shaped standing desk category where each manufacturer (UpLift, Jarvis and iMovR) offers multiple sizes and desktop surface options, in the corner category most vendors offer only one size, and very limited colors. The exception is iMovR which offers two desk lines—the Energize and Cascade—in a total of 24 desktop sizes, 22 colors of advanced Surf(x) 3D lamination, and three different base height ranges, for a total of well over a thousand color desk combinations. Chances are if one of the Energize or Cascade corner desks doesn’t work for your space and decor then nothing on the market will.
The most commonly asked about corner standing desks are those from UpLift, UpDesk and iMovR, though we will add more to this round-up as they appear on the market. See our detailed reviews of each of these standing corner desks by clinking on the link below and remember to check the warranty when comparing desks. For more information on warranties, be sure to read our primer on How to Compare Warranties on Standing Desks.
By far the most popular corner standing desk is iMovR’s Energize Corner Standing Desk, which comes in eight different desktop sizes from 47″x47 to 65″x65″, in two different thicknesses and any of 16 advanced Surf(x) 3D-laminated desktops. Prices start at $967. Its sister desk line, the Cascade, includes iMovR’s patented, built-in SteadyType® Keyboard Tray for another $275. Both the Energize and Cascade are based on a high-quality, two-legged, American-made base that comes in three height ranges to accommodate all budgets and all extremes of vertical endowment (also making it the best choice if you’re thinking of adding an office treadmill). Made to order in iMovR’s highly-automated Michigan plant, like all iMovR desks these two models ship within one week of order.
The UpLift Curved Corner L-Shaped Standing Desk is a single-piece desktop that runs 72″ against one wall and 47″ against the other. This is the only size it comes in and is only available in four colors, but if a “pork chop” style desk is what you’re looking for this may be the one and only to pick from. The Curved Corner Standing Desk is build on a three-legged Jiecang base. Made in Asia, prices start at $999. Ships it out of inventory.
The UpDesk Pro SquaredUp Corner Standing Desk is a single-piece desktop that comes in just one size, 60″ along each wall and 24″ deep. It comes in only two colors (black and maple) and is built on a three-legged, albeit low-powered, premium Linak base. Part of UpDesk’s “commercial grade” line, the SquaredUp is made in USA, priced at $1,695. Requires 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Most standing desks you can buy online these days are made in China, and they typically sit well below the quality and performance standards of the top-rated American made standing desks. Eureka Ergonomic products, while made in China, employ the highest quality designs and componentry. This is a company with 300-some engineers and state-of-the-art robotic production facilities. If a 60″ x 42″ L-desk is the right size for you, and you don’t mind that it only comes in white, the Eureka E60 L-Desk looks to be a really great desk for the money.
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Completing Your Ergonomic Workstation
Acquiring the best standing desk for your decor, budget and performance requirements is Step One. But making it a true ergonomic workstation involves adding the appropriate accessories you’ll need to keep your body in a correct posture, and have a neat and tidy setup. Check out our comprehensive guides to monitor arms, keyboard trays, anti-fatigue mats, ergonomic seats, cable management kits, power management modules, foot rests and under-desk treadmills for both expert advice and lab-tested product reviews of options in each of these categories.
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