Standing Desk Base Frames
Planning to build a sit-to-stand desk or treadmill desk with your own desktop lumber? There are some great options available for standing desk legs.
More advanced models—typically made in the USA or Europe—feature higher transit speeds, tighter manufacturing tolerances, quieter motors, nicer handsets, better collision detection and tilt detection, and a greater range of height adjustability and desktop width accommodation. Some of them also allow you to expand into an L-shaped standing desk frame. These will typically run you anywhere from $650 for a 2-leg base to $1450 for a 3-leg base. Warranties on American-made bases tend to be 10 to 15 years, a reflection of how long they’re likely to work trouble-free compared to the cheaper Chinese frames.
American and European-made bases are also likely to be more stable and to stay more stable over time compared to their wobblier Chinese brethren. To better understand the many factors that enter into the stability equation, from the length and weight of the feet to the precision manufacturing of the “glides” separating the tubes of the lifting columns, see our primer on Why Some Standing Desks Shake More Than Others.
A big recent development in premium standing desk lifting bases has been the advent of brushless motor bases. The first to hit the market is iMovR’s Jaxson, and it’s definitely worth considering this revolutionary technology for your DIY standing desk project. It’s the first new motor technology to be used in standing desks since their inception in 1998.
Make sure you are educated in your choices for your standing desk project by reading our full roundup of DIY standing desk bases.
When it comes to weight ratings on electric desks, the simple answer is that “you get what you pay for, and you pay for what you get.”
Given that more than 90% of the standing desks sold online today are built on Chinese-made, commodity-grade lifting bases, the introduction of inline brushless DC motor actuators has the potential to truly disrupt the market.
The Studio 470 electric standing desk base is bare bones simplified. With this DIY base you don't pay for what you don't need.
The Jeicang is a decent option for those who want a little better reliability and durability than bottom end desks like Autonomous and IKEA.
The Stand Up Desk Store L-Shaped Standing Desk Frame is outfitted like a bargain standing desk, but doesn't have the price to match such underwhelming details.
The Stand Up Desk Store Dual-Motor DIY Standing Desk Frame aims to fit into the middle zone of standing desk frames, but it doesn't quite hit the mark.
The Stand Up Desk Store Single-Motor DIY Standing Desk Frame looks to fit into the middle zone of standing desk frames, but it doesn't quite hit the mark.