The Best Quick Install Standing Desks

September 1, 2022
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All the easiest desks for standing desk assembly

Not Quite Minute-Rice Assembly, But Pretty Darned Close

Do you need a quick-install standing desk? When it comes to the prospect of assembling a standing desk we find that our readers generally fall into two camps:

  1. People who love a good DIY project, have the proper tools, and wouldn’t dream of paying for someone else to assemble their desk, and
  2. Everyone else. Including people who dress nicely for work, who don’t have the patience or technical skills for an “IKEA project,” and those who don’t have the proper power tools to make the job go faster.

If you fall into Group 2, this article is for you. The rest of you dudes can go check out our DIY section and learn all about the best bases and desktops to use in constructing your ultimate standing desk.

Between all our expert staff reviewers we’ve assembled literally hundreds of standing desks in our evaluation labs over the past decade, so to parrot J. K. Simmons “we know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two” when it comes to how these mechanisms go together.

Out of all those desks there are only a handful that you can assemble in under 20 minutes, and fewer still that’ll assemble in less than 10. One assembles in just three minutes, remarkably using no tools whatsoever, not so much as an Allen key.

Considering Standing Desk Assembly is More Important Than Ever in a Post-Pandemic World

There has been extraordinary interest in this category of standing desks ever since Covid-19 chased the majority of the American office workers into their home office bunkers.

With companies like Google offering employees $1,000 towards furniture purchases for their home office, standing desk sales have been skyrocketing. After all, their employers were progressive enough to provide them with healthy ergonomic workstations at the office, why would they want to subject them to the pains of working at a kitchen counter or living room sofa? Not to mention the potential workmans comp claims for ergonomic injuries (that hasn’t gone away if the employee was directed to work from home).

No employer wants to saddle Janet, single mother of three, a cat and a dog with assembling a cheaply-made standing desk at home. Besides not having the patience, skills, floor space or proper tools to put it together, it is really not a good use of their time. And you can forget hiring a professional installer to go into her home with current social distancing rules.

We say “cheaply-made” because that’s how low-cost producers extract costs, by transferring assembly labor from the factory workers to the consumer. So, yes, a pre-assembled desk will cost a little more, reflecting the higher labor, packaging and shipping costs involved in pre-assembly, but for many people it’s going to be the best way to go.

There’s the Quick, the Quicker and the Quickest

This round-up review of quick-install standing desks is broken down into three tiers:

  • Under 3 minutes
  • Under 10 minutes, and
  • Under 20 minutes

We do not rely on manufacturers’ claims of assembly time as they are often optimistic, and in some cases legitimately fraudulent claims. These times were obtained by actually constructing these desks in our test labs, following the manufacturers’ instructional documentation and/or videos.

Note that we do not include the amount of time it takes to remove all the components from their packaging. These times are clocked from the moment all the components are laid out to when the desk is initialized and ready for use.

The part that many people forget to consider is whether or not the quick-install desk they buy is also individually tested at the factory. Not all are, and those that aren’t represent the same installation risk as cheaper models that take longer to assemble. If anything goes wrong it’s going to be a huge hassle for the user to deal with getting replacement parts, even under warranty, and reverting back to the kitchen table until problems are resolved. We won’t hesitate to say that this is going to be more common with standing desks made in China versus domestic brands, because it’s just a statistical fact. For more information on warranties, be sure to read our primer on How to Compare Warranties on Standing Desks.

On to the round-up…

Standing Desks That Assemble in Under 3 Minutes

1. iMovR Lander Desk

Experts’ Rating: 5-Stars

The Lander is the #1-rated standing desk in the market today. It is the rare revolutionary—not simply evolutionary—standing desk. It’s entirely made in the USA, assembles in minutes without tools, and boasts a sleek height controller that syncs to your smartphone, among other distinctive technological advancements. Available in 22 healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors and 36 solid wood finishes.

Assembly Time: 3 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: None

Price: $1,330

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Standing Desks That Assemble in Under 10 Minutes

1. ZipDesk Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 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.

Assembly Time: 5 Minutes. See assembly video.

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

Price: $729

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2. iMovR Lander Lite Desk

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. Like the original, it’s 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 it’ll vastly outsell the original Lander because now features like factory pre-assembly, Bluetooth-enabled height control paddle and smartphone app, built-in health coach, and the choice of22 healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors and 36 solid wood finishes are accessible to a lot more users at this great price point.

Assembly Time: 5 Minutes. See assembly video.

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

Price: $900

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3. iMovR Ensign's Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 5-Stars

Perfected ergonomics and designer furniture panache combined? This desk brings it all together like no other we’ve seen because it allows you to pick the configuration that best fits both your sense of style and your ergonomic needs at the same time. The Scandanavian-styled Baltic birch top, curved edge option and optional Fly Deck monitor stand together to form one of the most beautiful standing desks we’ve seen. Plus, it has the trusty Lander Lite base beneath it. It’s a desk that forces you to make very few compromises.

Assembly Time: 5 Minutes. See assembly video.

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

Price: $1,720

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4. iMovR Captain's Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Stars

If you’re tired of the typical “two legs and a slab of wood” standing desk design, the Captain’s Desk is a breath of fresh air. Packaging that design with the technological features of the Lander Lite base makes for an exceptional desk. You get the warranty, assembly, stability, height range and quality you would expect from a premium, American-made iMovR desk, plus a stunning design and the strong Baltic birch desktop.

Assembly Time: 5 Minutes. See assembly video.

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

Price: $2,450

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5. Steelcase Solo Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 3-Stars

($3.5B+) Steelcase is the biggest brand in commercial office furniture but this new Solo standing desk is targeting the home office user, and the jury is still out on whether the company can eventually learn how to sell to and support the residential customer. The Solo desk aims to hit a $600-$700 price point with stripped-down basics and limited size and color offerings, but a much easier assembly process than their other desk lines that they’ve repositioned and repriced for the home office. Based on a new Linak base made in a new Thai factory, it circumvents the higher cost of American-made or Danish-made Linak bases while avoiding Chinese tariffs and quality issues. The desktop, however, is very basic, not of the highest quality, and at 55 dB it may be one of the noisiest electric frames out there.

Assembly Time: 10 minutes.

Tools Required: Screwdriver

Price: $679

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Standing Desks That Assemble in Under 20 Minutes

1. iMovR Jaxson Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 5-Stars

It’s hard to say what we like the most about the Jaxson desk, it has so many distinguishing features over the dozens of “ordinary” commodity-grade standing desks we’ve lab tested over the years. The ultra-reliable brushless motor technology in the base is obviously a standout, the Jaxson being the first standing desk in 24 years not to be built with brushed motors. The unobtrusive yet sleekly contoured handset is as “space age” as it gets in standing desk controls, with built-in Bluetooth, an infrared presence sensor and NFC. But it’s the overall styling that really grabs us, from the chamfered square columns to the ergo-contoured 3D-laminated tops, there are no hard edges to this desk. Where many standing desks have an industrial equipment aesthetic, the Jaxson with its warm colors and softened edges just looks nicer in any home or commercial office environment. And the industry-leading 15 year “top to bottom” warranty and 100-day satisfaction guarantee is classic iMovR. At only a slight premium in price to the most popular standing desks out there today (all of which are made in China), this American beauty is likely to massively disrupt the competitive landscape and finally give consumers the impetus to ditch the cheaply-made foreign goods.

Price: $760

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2. iMovR Lander L-Shaped Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 5-Stars

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.

Price: $2,148

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3. iMovR Lander U-Shaped Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 5-Stars

Yet another incremental extension of the most advanced standing desk on the market, the iMovR Lander, this 4-legged U-desk comes 90% factory pre-assembled and can be installed by one person in just 13 minutes. This is not only much faster than most 2-legged standing desks, it stands in stark contrast to the usual two-hour, two-man installation job a “console” desk like this would ordinarily require. All the tech-forward features you’d expect to find in a premium standing desk, including Bluetooth sync to a smartphone app, are built-in. There are a mind-boggling 15,000 customization options available yet this is the first “off-the-shelf” product in the category, and that at a fraction of the cost of custom-made console desk products you could never even buy online before. As customizable as it is, it still ships in only one week from order. Outstanding quality and industry-leading warranty.

Assembly Time: 13 minutes

Tools Required: Philips screwdriver.

Price: $3,072

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4. iMovR Energize Desk

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.”

Assembly Time: 20 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Power screwdriver recommended.

Price: $718

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5. FlexiSpot Esben Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 3.5-Stars

With the upgraded hand controller, this is a great desk if you’re a medium or tall laptop user who wants to stand isn’t too worried about fine-tuning your ergonomics. Its built-in drawers give it an edge against most standing desks in this price range. Without the upgraded hand controller, it doesn’t offer a lot beyond extra storage space from the drawers.

Assembly Time: 15 minutes

Tools Required: Included allen key

Price: $500

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6. FlexiSpot Theodore Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 3.5-Stars

The FlexiSpot Theodore is very specifically designed for the person who wants a drawer in their standing desk, and doesn’t intend to install any ergonomic accessories like a keyboard tray or monitor arm. It’s minimalist in performance specs, easy to assemble, and if it matches your traditional office decor, it may be one of the best values out there.

Assembly Time: 15 minutes

Tools Required: Included allen key

Price: $499

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7. Varidesk ProDesk 48 and ProDesk 60

Experts’ Rating: 3-Stars

The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric is simply not worth the cost. It may be a serviceable product, but that doesn’t mean it should cost as much as it does. Either save your money or look into premium alternatives—your shins will thank you.

Assembly Time: 20 minutes is more realistic than their claim of five.

Tools Required: Awkward t-handle Allen key and rubber mallet that come with the desk.

Price: $699

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8. ApexDesk Lumi Glass Top Standing Desk

Experts’ Rating: 2.5-Stars

The glass top on the ApexDesk Lumi Standing Desk may sound like it will give your office a stylish upgrade, and on the surface, an undamaged version of the desk could do that, at least until you start using it. The glass easily picks up highly visible prints. The controller can be annoying to use before you get the presets established. Lack of safety features in the controller can be dangerous. And that isn’t mentioning the flaws that are overlooked by quality control or damage that happens in transit. But the USB port is a nice addition, and controller being in the glass desktop will protect it from bumps from office chair arms. It is also pretty easy to assemble, if not the fastest we have seen. But those perks are probably not enough to make up for something that is supposed to look stylish but likely won’t arrive that way, even at its low price point.

Price: $399

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9. FlexiSpot Vici Quick Assembling Standing Desk (EC9)

Experts’ Rating: 1.5-Star

FlexiSpot uses the very use cheapest actuator mechanisms and a single-drive motor to make the Vici a bottom-dollar offering, and they only use only a single-stage base that won’t go low enough for very short people or high enough for very tall people. The Vici’s warranty is not great either (5 years for the frame, motor and other mechanisms, 2 years for the electronics, and zero on the desktop), which tells you about how much confidence they have in their own product. As for the promise of being “quick assembled” that is perhaps the most specious claim of all of FlexiSpot’s hyperbolic marketing copy (they literally put this in the product name).

Price: $299

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10. ecotribe Standing Desk

The ecotribe Standing Desk is a unique form of workstation that is primarily meant for working while standing. It offers slots for inserting different working surfaces at a variety of heights.

Price: $447

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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.

Need more help? Read how to find your correct desk height, then check out 10 ways to improve your office ergonomics and answers to the most common standing desk questions.

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