The Best L-Shaped Standing Desks
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How to upgrade a traditional L-Desk to an L-Shaped Standing Desk
As popular as standing desks have become—and as many companies as there are producing them these days—so-called “Standing L-Desks”, “L-Shaped Standing Desks” or” “Height Adjustable L-Desks” have been the red-headed stepchild of the active workstation category. Until recently.
While there aren’t a plethora of L-shaped standing desk options compared to their two-legged rectangular brethren, there are now enough offerings in the market to ensure that regardless of your space requirements, budget or existing décor, there’s an electric L-desk out there that will likely suit your needs. And if not, there’s always the DIY route, and we’ll cover that as well.
It’s fair to say that it’s actually easier to shop for an electric L-desk than a standard two-legged one because there are fewer options, but they’re still hard to find through a simple Google search. So, we’ve put together this comparison review of the most popular models available today. Follow the links in the abstracts below to open the full reviews for each respective product.
Two, Three and Four-Leg L-Shaped StandingDesk Configurations
The lifting columns are the most expensive part of most standing desks. A conventional standing L-shaped standing desk will have three legs in order to lift the entire work surface in unison. That work surface will be comprised of two rectangular desktops that are perpendicular to each other.
There is a less costly option that will work for a lot of users, and that’s to use a two-legged corner desk, ideal for dimensions of up to 65” per side. Key advantages of a corner model include much lower cost (only two lifting columns instead of three), much easier assembly, and an easier time of mounting monitor arms along the chamfered back edge. You can also add a side table by mating a corner desk with a compact (24”-deep) standing desk from the same product line, technically making it a four-leg system, but with a lot of versatility and desktop surface area. Check out our Corner Standing Desk Reviews round-up to learn more about this option.
There are a few manufacturers who also offer what’s known as a “pork chop” standing desk, sort of a platypus design in between a regular sit-stand desk and an L-desk. These are made with either three legs or just two legs but with different length feet on the left and right legs (not the most aesthetically pleasing option, but it exists).
And if you want the maximum desk space available, you can go with a true four-legged, U-shaped standing desk. These are more difficult to find for now, but we expect more mainstream standing desk manufacturers will start offering U-desks soon. Check out our roundup of U-shaped standing desk reviews.
Depth and Width Options
Most L-shaped standing desk makers offer only a single depth on both the right and left sides of the desk, usually 30” just like the main desk portion. A few, like iMovR, offer the option of 30” or 24” on the left or right side, creating countless size combinations (40+), and making their desks much more usable in conventional cubicle systems where fixed-height countertops with 30” of depth on one side and 24” on the other is the norm. Other sit-stand L-desk makers typically offer three to five “combo” sizes, like 60x60x30, or 72x84x30.
Desktop Surface Options
Desktops are fabricated from 4’ x 8’ sheets of MDF lumber so the largest desk or table top you’ll generally see offered for sale will be no bigger than 48” x 96”. This isn’t big enough to make a single-piece L-shaped table, though it is large enough for the aforementioned corner desks. As stated earlier, a true L-shaped standing desk is going to be comprised of two work surfaces, usually rectangular and mounted perpendicular to one another. In iMovR’s case the side surface can be either rectangular or “peninsula style,” i.e. ending in a semicircle.
Work surface materials run the gamut from run-of-the-mill, edge-banded, high-pressure-laminate (HPL) to ultra-durable and visually-stunning Surf(x) 3D laminate with ergo-contouring to astoundingly beautiful, hand-craft solid wood options. See our Ultimate Guide to Standing Desk Surfaces for a detailed explanation of the differences between these different desktop options. Most of the time you’d need to buy an external keyboard tray as an add-on, but note iMovR offers an L-Desk with their patented SteadyType keyboard tray built-in to the desktop surface, in both 3D-laminate and solid wood.
Some height-adjustable L-desk manufacturers also offer a variety of matching drawers and/or file cabinets in matching finishes, which you can learn more about in our round-up of the best storage options for standing desks.
How the two desktops come together is something buyers will want to keep in mind. If you’ve worked at an L-desk before, you probably noticed that there’s often times a groove in the work surface where the two desktops meet. This can be pronounced or it can be subtle, but there’s always going to be some sort of groove and/or grain switching where the two desktop surfaces come together.
L-Shaped Standing Desk Installation Considerations
With one exception (which we’re going to get to shortly), building a height-adjustable L-desk is quite an elaborate affair. You might think it’s just 50% more work than building a regular two-legged standing desk—the proverbial “IKEA kit”—but it’s actually far more complicated. Complicated enough that corporate buyers ordinarily contract out L-desk assembly to pricey professional installers. There are two things that make it an arduous task to assemble a sit-stand L-desk.
First, you need to have enough free space in the room to flip the entire L-base over when you’re done assembling it; and at least one, if not two or three extra hands to do so without bending or breaking the base. Second, you’re going to need to screw the tops into the base while lying down on your back and scooting around underneath the desk. If using wood screws be sure to wear protective glasses to avoid getting sawdust in your eyes.
The exception is the iMovR Lander L-Desk (and related Lander U-Desk), which come almost entirely factory pre-assembled, and require only 4 machine bolts and 5 wood screws to secure the side table to the main desk. The entire assembly effort is about 10% of what conventional L-desk models like the Jarvis, UpLift or Flexispot require, in both time and physical effort. Where a typical L-desk can easily suck up a couple of hours to assemble (assuming you have proper tools and one or two helping set of hands), we had one staffer put an entire iMovR Lander L-desk together by himself in under 13 minutes with a coffee break.
Note that the prices for these L-desks are listed as “starting at” for their smallest offered size, and include shipping.
The super-economy tier of $1300 was originally held solely by the Autonomous L-Shaped Standing Desk, which debuted at $799 but currently sells for $1,199. It comes in only one size (77” x 64”) and four color schemes, and saddles the user with a 1.5 – 2 hour assembly task with friends. Read the review to learn why it still holds down the bottom of the pack with a 1-star rating. More recently added are the FlexiSpot E4L at $959 and the Canadian options of the EffyDesk Executive L-Shaped Standing Desk and Progressive Corner Ryzer at a roughly similar price point (depending on currency fluctuation for an American buyer, of course).
The common theme of these cheap L-shaped standing desks is that the factory has shifted as much of the assembly labor onto the consumer as possible, and used the cheapest possible components, of course, to keep the price down. So buyers should beware that these products are generally going to take anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours to put together; longer if you don’t have one or two people to help you, or don’t have the proper power tools. These units also have the shortest warranties and shortest life expectancies. There are cheap to acquire but not necessarily cheaper in the long run due to their component quality.
The standard tier of $1,300-$1,500 for the smallest sizes (e.g. 60”x30” on one side and 60”x30” on the other) are built with lower-quality bases and tops made in Asia. These include the Jarvis L-desk from Fully, the UpLift L-shaped desk from Human Solution, and MultiTable’s L-desk.
At this price range, you’ll be limited to 30” deep tops on both sides and a very limited set of size combinations, typically only three to five size combos are offered by these makers. Colors are also limited to typically four to six options including both solids and wood grains, so a much more limited ability to customize the desk to your space and décor requirements.
The Jarvis l-shaped standing desk from Fully is based on the Chinese-made Jiecang base and sports a low crossbar for needed stability reinforcement. It comes in only three HPL colors (black, walnut or oak) and three combination sizes. Bamboo is also offered in just two sizes. Prices start at $1,249. Fully also lists an even cheaper version of this desk on their website using powder-coated (spray painted) tops and starting at only $1,145. However, they have been showing as out-of-stock for a long time and may have been discontinued. (Learn about bamboo, powder-coat and HPL differences.)
Human Solution offers two different UpLift L-Desks in the economy tier. Both are based on the Chinese Jiecang base, similar in performance to the Jarvis’ Jiecang base but aesthetically different (there is no low crossbar for stability reinforcement). The difference between these two UpLift L-desks is in the type of tops that are offered. The less expensive version starts at $1,329 and is available in only three sizes and six economy desktop colors.
The costlier version is the UpLift “Custom Laminate” L-desk featuring five sizes and six HPL colors. The notable aesthetic difference versus the cheaper unit, other than the size and color combos available, is that where the two desktops meet there is a radiused inside corner instead of the classic 90-degree inside corner, which is a nice touch.
The MultiTable Mod-E Pro Electric L-Desk starts at $1,369 and comes in four sizes and five colors of a thin, 3/4″ HPL desktop. While we know the MultiTable L-desk base is made in Asia, there have been previous claims that their tops are made-in-America. As stripped down and basic as an L-shaped standing desk can get, the Multitable is a simple product with few options, yet as hard to assemble as it’s Jiecang-based competitors.
All the products in the economy tier feature comparable warranties of seven years on the bases and notably no warranty on the desktops.
In the premium tier of $2000-$2300 you have the choice of an entirely made-in-the-USA, iMovR Lander L-Desk (starting at $2,048) or Human Solution’s L-Shaped Custom Solid Wood Desk, utilizing the Chinese Jiecang base and American-sourced wood for the tops (starting at $2,304).
The iMovR Lander L-Desk is the newest, state-of-the-art, standing L-desk to hit the market, featuring a whopping 1,920 size and color combinations just in their Surf(x) 3D laminated tops (we hear that real wood and other desktop options are planned in the near future). These ergo-contoured tops are not only aesthetically superior to any other lamination technology, they’re more durable and will even stand up to harsh cleaning chemicals. Even the grommet holes are completely laminated, giving these tops the look of being carved from natural wood, at a fraction of the price—and you don’t need any ugly plastic grommet covers to hide raw MDF. Speaking of grommets, check out our article on grommet holes, with everything you need to know about the different ways to use them to enhance your workstation, what to look for in your grommet holes, and where to find the desks with the best ones.
One of the key advantages of iMovR’s on-demand-manufacturing is that their 3D laminated tops can be offered in 640 size combinations, from 65” to 83” per side (in 6” increments), and with the option of 24” depth on the side table, not just 30”, as well as a peninsula-end option for the side table.
The unique architecture of the Lander L-Desk’s ergo-contoured tops allows you to swap the side table from one side to the other should you ever change your office configuration, saving you the hassle and expense of getting rid of one table and buying another. And if you ever move to a new office without enough room to make an L-shaped standing desk you can simple remove the side section and have a fully-functioning 2-legged standing desk remaining. These kinds of post-purchase modifications are simply not possible with other electric L-desks, so keep this in mind should you foresee any office relocation or remodeling down the road.
One completely unique to the iMovR Lander is that it’s the only height-adjustable L-desk with the grain running in the same direction all along the entire desk surface, whereas all the other L-desks have the grains of the two tops running perpendicular to one another. While this is a non-issue with solid colored tops, perpendicular wood grain directions can be visually cacophonous.
The Lander L-Desk arrives 90% pre-assembled, making it ten times easier to assemble than the Fully, Uplift or MultiTable options. Its advanced height control paddle comes with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app for controlling your desk and taking advantage of its built-in “health coach” feature. For shared workstations each user can carry their own height preferences and coach settings around on their smartphone, and sync up every time they walk up to that workstation. Enterprise customers appreciate the ability to build the desk easily without having to schedule professional installers.
Another unique feature of the Lander L-desk is that it’s easily configured as a U-desk, as well, by adding a second “return” on the opposite side. The highly modularized Lander Desk is currently the only standing desk on the market that can be easily field upgraded to an L-desk or a U-desk.
The Human Solution offers their L-Desk in an upgraded natural wood version for about $1,000 to $2,400 more depending on which of the 13 offered species you select. These come in five size combinations. Note that some natural wood tops require 10-12 weeks for shipping. One downside to the natural wood version is that the radiused inside corner featured on their custom laminate desk goes away, leaving you with the standard 90-degree inside corner. The base is the same Jiecang that UpLift uses on their economy tier L-desks.
In the ultra-premium price tier of $4000-$6000 there’s the new Lander L-Desk in Solid Wood, with 36 different species/stain combinations of sustainable, domestically-grown and hand-crafted desktops—bringing the total number of customizable versions of this desk to over 6,000 combos. If you’re looking for the very pinnacle of sit-stand L-desk design, this would be your go-to choice. The wowing photo at the top of this page is that of a maple top with “leather” finish.
There are some differences to note between the solid-wood and 3D-laminate versions of this iMovR L-desk. Manufacturing time is 3-5 weeks for solid wood versus one week for 3D-laminate. On the 3D version the desk extension is interchangeable between the left and right side of the desk (a feature unique to iMovR), whereas on the solid wood version you have to order a permanent left-side or right-side orientation, like all other L-standing desks. While there is no groove at all where the two desktop sections meet the grain does change direction at this interface (again, as it does on all other L-desks with wood grain tops).
Going the DIY Route
You can go the DIY route if you’d like to make your own desktops, but don’t expect to save a lot of money doing so. All these manufacturers sell their 3-legged bases in standalone form. See our Guide to DIY Standing Desk Bases for more information.
If you’re budget sensitive and don’t mind the lower-quality bases and tops from Asia, the UpLift, Jarvis and Multitable L-desks are all relatively comparable, with the exception that UpLift also offers $1,000-$2,400 upgrades from their basic HPL tops to natural wood tops.
For about $600 more than one of the economy models, you could spring for the higher-quality, American-made, state-of-the-art iMovR Lander L-Desk, and choose from 640 size and color combinations. Because the Lander is 90% factory pre-assembled, you’ll be up and running in less than 15 minutes rather than spending a good chunk of your day building your new desk or having to pay a professional installer to do it (see assembly video). And the cool Bluetooth-enable smartphone app is a bonus.
Making a choice between Asian-sourced and American-made for an L-shaped standing desk is similar to making the choice for a standard 2-legged desk, which you can read all about in our primer on How Asian-Made Standing Desks Compare to American-Made. While stability is less of a concern with a 3-legged desk, precision manufacturing tolerances and precision electronic controls are paramount to ensuring that the three legs move up and down in perfect unison; if one leg gets out of sync with the others, the entire desk could easily break. (With recently introduced Chinese tariffs it’s also likely that the Jiecang base desks (from Fully and UpLift) will be getting significantly pricier in the near future.)
Because adjustable-height L-desks are bigger investments than standard 2-legged standing desk our advice is to go with quality components that are sure to last a long time. One indication of quality is the warranty term a manufacturer provides on their product. Jarvis, UpLift and MultiTable offer 7-year warranties on their bases and no warranty on their tops. iMovR offers an industry-leading 10-year warranty on both its bases and 5 years on the desktops, plus their standard 100-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information on warranties, be sure to read our primer on How to Compare Warranties on Standing Desks.
While all the L-desks can be customized in length on both the left and right side of the desk, the Lander is the only one with a 24”-deep option for one size, and this piece of the desk can be easily swapped to the left or right side, offering more versatility than any of the other electric L-shaped standing desk. The peninsula option is also great if you plan to meet with clients across your desk, and another feature exclusive to iMovR’s Lander line.
Another brilliant aspect of the Lander L-desk design is that you can buy the main 2-legged desk first and add the side table later—no other manufacturer offers this kind of upgradability. The difference between this desk and a standard Lander Desk is that the controller has a third port for the third lifting column, and the tops are pre-drilled for adding the side table down the road. This is a great option if you plan to move to a larger office in the future and want the flexibility of converting it to an L-shaped desk.
If you already bought a regular Lander desk from iMovR and are upset to have missed out on the L-Desk, don’t worry because iMovR has your back with an upgrade option to make your desk a full L-Desk if you are willing to drill a few of your own holes and switch out the 2 leg to 3 leg motor controller box. Same goes for upgrading to a U-desk. The side table is still 90% factory pre-assembled, so installation is as easy as they could make it.
See our detailed reviews of each L-desk by clicking on the name of the desk in the review abstracts below. Note that all prices in the reviews are inclusive of shipping costs. Reviews are ranked by our staff experts’ ratings. Learn more about how we conduct our lab reviews here.
Literally the most advanced standing desk on the market. Comes 98-percent factory pre-assembled and tested, the impressively-engineered Lander L-desk can be installed by one person in just eight minutes, instead of the usual two-man, 90-minute affair required to assemble all other sit-stand L-desks. All the high-tech features you can expect to find in a premium standing desk, including Bluetooth sync to smartphone app. Literally thousands of customization options in 3D-laminate and solid-wood desktop colors and sizes. Outstanding quality and industry-leading warranty.
The naming convention on UpLift’s three L-desks can be a bit confusing but we’re going to go with the labels that UpLift uses on their own website to keep things as simple as possible. The difference between these three versions all comes down to the sources and materials used for their desktops.
If you want to spend less than a grand on an adjustable-height L-desk then the Flexispot E4L is definitely worthy of your consideration. You’d just need to be OK with the significant effort required for installation, and with the very limited choice in configurations. The FlexiSpot L-Shaped standing desk starts at $959.99, comes in one size, has a weight capacity of 330 pounds and features a bamboo top. But that’s it for choices. Other height adjustable L-desks come in thousands of configurations, assembly with a fraction of the effort and use far nicer components and more recent technology – but cost substantially more.
Overall, the “Executive” L-Shaped Standing Desk from Vancouver, BC-based Effydesk is a pretty good desk for its price, considering that it provides a decent amount of desktop space. The top is made from the high density particleboard that commonly comes from cheaper manufacturing facilities in Asia. But this also helps keep the cost down for the consumer. The tops come in only one size and fewer than a handful of color selections, whereas some other standing L-desks come in a great number of size combinations and as many as 62 finishes. EffyDesk has taken significant measures to improve the quality of the frame over the typical standing desks we see come out of Asian factories. Only time will tell if those measures are enough to keep the desk alive as long as its warranties, which are better than what other Canadian brands offer. Hopefully you won’t have to go through the hassle of a warranty return, but if someday you do, Effydesk has friendly and easy customer service for its Canadian customers.
Price: $1,425 CAD
The Knotty Alder Hardwood desktop is handcraft in the USA but is oddly paired with a cheap Chinese-made base that’s dramatically underperforming for this kind of price tag. The dual-stage base has a minimal weight rating even though it has three motors. The desktop edging is all right-angles, offering no ergo-contouring as you’d expect in a solid wood standing desk priced this high. Six different stains are offered, but James+James is known for customizations, so if you need something other than the two standard sizes or want other modifications you can call them for a quote.
L-shaped standing desks are a big investment. And some of them, with this one being the prime example, require a tremendous investment in assembly time as well. In a field where choice of desktop sizes and colors should be a primary driver of consumer selection, Autonomous offers only one size and three color schemes. Low-quality components are reflected in the very short warranty, and that should tell you everything you need to know. The question is if you’re already investing $1,500 plus a couple of hours of assembly time, shouldn’t you look for something that’ll fit your space and decor better, last longer and perform better?
If you want an L-shaped standing desk but only want to spend about as much as you would on a regular rectangular desk, then the FlexiSpot E1L is definitely worthy of your consideration. It will be a little easier to assemble than regular L-shaped desks, but with only two legs, it certainly won’t be as stable. This FlexiSpot L-Shaped standing desk starts at $529.99, comes in one size, has a weight capacity of 177 pounds and features a chipboard top, which is near the bottom when it comes to quality. And there aren’t many style choices. Other height adjustable L-desks come in a multitude of configurations with color or size, and then they assembly with a fraction of the effort because they use far nicer components and more recent technology – but cost substantially more. (Technically, this product belongs in the 2-legged “corner standing desk” category, not with the other 3-legged standing desks that are categorized as “standing L-desks.”)
The Corner Ryzer standing desk manufactured by Progressive Desk boasts a triple-motor, three-column lift operation and 10 unique size combinations. In comparison to the V Ryzer, another corner desk offering from Progressive Desk, the Corner Ryzer features much more variety in configuration. Sadly, that is the lone differentiation between the two desks. Each comes in the lone, commodity-grade desktop material (laminate-coated particle board) and poor maximum height range. This desk – especially with the larger size combinations – is exceptionally difficult to assemble as well.
Price: $1,260 CAD
Discontinued Standing Desks
At WorkWhileWalking we’ve been lab testing and writing reviews of ergonomic office furniture and accessories for over a decade. In that time, we have seen many of the products we reviewed fall by the wayside. This is inevitable due to the cycle of continuous improvement, with new models supplanting their predecessors. Of course in some cases products weren’t as competitive as they needed to be, or their manufacturers ran into financial challenges (which very much accelerated as a result of the post-pandemic economy).
For whatever reason, these products now fall into the discontinued category, but we will still keep their reviews published and available to read. Whether you want to know more about the desk, monitor arm, etc. that you bought years ago, need more info because someone is selling one second hand, or just want to compare current offerings with what was available in the past, these reviews will remain here for your reference.
A slap-dash entry to fill out Multitable’s line of Asian-made standing desks, the Mod-E Pro L-Desk is as minimal an offering as you can find. Very limited desktop colors, only one base color, and ostensibly only four standard sizes (albeit you can only order the smallest size online), with weak motors and challenging assembly make this one a very questionable candidate for any serious L-shaped standing desk buyer.
Fully used to make two different L-desk models — one with the lowest price point of any L-shaped sit-stand desk on the market ($1,145) using very inexpensive powder-coated desktops, which was recently discontinued — and this remaining desk that we review here, which utilizes slightly more expensive bamboo and high-pressure laminated (HPL) desktops.
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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