Choosing the Right Equipment
Putting together a stand up desk or a walking workstation can be a surprisingly daunting affair. Not only is there a dizzying array of options to compare and consider, but on top of that a lot of the components needed to assemble an ergonomically proper standing or treadmill desk run in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. With so few places to try these adjustable-height desks, office treadmills, monitor arms, standing mats, and more in person, how is one supposed to find the best equipment for their situation?
The best place to find in-depth information about the best and most popular products available is our full reviews. But if you want a quicker overview of your options when putting together your stand up desk or walking workstation, this is where you want to be.
We’ve put together several comparison reviews of the products most necessary to building a workstation that will let you cycle through sitting, standing, and ideally walking throughout your work day. We continually update these comparison reviews as we examine more products. Whether you’re looking through office treadmills, standing mats, or adjustable-height desks, these comparison reviews will give you an abridged version of each product’s pros and cons as well as provide a table of features so you can compare different products side-by-side.
When standing desks first began to appear on the market they were predominantly two-legged, rectangular-top affairs. Corner denizens were neglected by most manufacturers. But as the industry continued to mature more and more options in active workstations for corners and cubicles began to appear, and we’ve got conducted full reviews on all of the ones you’ll find commonly sold online. In fact there were so many of them we had to break this category up into two subcategories of “corner standing desks” and “l-shaped standing desks.”
As popular as standing desks have become—and as many companies as there are producing them these days—so-called “Standing L-Desks” or “L-Shaped Standing Desks” have been the red-headed step child of the active workstation category. Until recently.
While there aren’t a plethora of L-shaped standing desk options compared to their 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 [...]
When standing desks first came into popularity, the kinds of materials used for desktops and the selection of shapes, sizes and colors were very limited. Fast forward to today and an online shopper can now find an absolutely overwhelming array of choices, from ultra-cheap to ultra-premium, depending on how much your pocket book can handle. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you sort through all the options.
You can learn about all the different materials used in desktops—from simple and cheap powder coated MDF to commodity, high pressure laminates (HPL) and “engineered woods” like bamboo, all the way up to the premium categories of Surf(x) 3D lamination and handcrafted solid wood [...]
We’ve reviewed dozens of standing mats over the years, and beyond question, they significantly increase the amount of time users can stand in comfort each day, reduce injuries and keep employees happier at their jobs. But what if your job involves standing and moving around in a larger area than just in front of your computer, such as at a workbench, assembly line, large machinery, a pharmacy desk or even at a trade show? Such extra large standing mats fall into two categories: single-piece and puzzle-piece.
Single-piece mats are often the best deal if your area is small enough, but to go really large or to customize the fit to a specific irregular shape or even wall-to-wall [...]
An ergonomic keyboard tray is any keyboard tray that corrects two problems caused by placing your keyboard directly on your desk. The first is height—without a keyboard tray, most desktops are too high for strain-free typing, causing you to engage muscles that should be more relaxed. Just about any under-desk keyboard tray will alleviate this issue. The second problem is tilt. For your wrists to be properly aligned, your keyboard should be able to achieve a negative tilt of around 15° when seated, up to 30° when standing, and potentially more if working at a treadmill desk.
Ergonomic keyboard trays overcome the innate inadequacy of desks, [...]