Looking to make a DIY standing desk? We break down how to pick between a DIY standing desk and DIY standing desk converter, plus more.
Standing Desk Converter
A riser desk, or standing desk converter, is a device that rests on top of your desk and raises your workstation up and down so you can sit or stand at work. They are smaller and generally less expensive than full standing desks. If you aren’t ready to invest in a full standing desk or can’t replace your existing desk (for instance, if it’s too difficult to move or if your office doesn’t allow employees to order new desks), then a riser desk is ideal.
If you’ve determined a riser desk is right for you, there are many options (and plenty of them cheap quality). It’s increasingly important to do your research before buying, or you may end up with a model that is suboptimal for your needs. Information on these products is often coded in technical jargon, creating a maze the uninitiated consumer has to wade through. Z-Lifts, Dual ergonomics, dropped keyboard trays, VESA mounts—it’s important to know these technical terms so you can find the right riser desk for your work style, body type, and office area.
Call it a desktop workstation, a sit-stand workstation, or a desktop riser, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Ah, well, let’s step back from that a bit and just say that some of these products are on the rose spectrum while others may be closer to skunk cabbage. As a…
There are plenty of jobs that keep workers on their toes and moving from place to place. And if they want to have standing options, it might be difficult to ensure an ergonomic and comfortable working positions wherever they go. A portable standing desk converter may just be the …
The Eureka Ultra Slim Portable Standing Desk Converter packs a sturdy X-Lift frame and silent lift mechanism into an easy-to-move device.
This simple standing desk converter offers a range-limited manual operation in an X-lift style and is light enough to be considered portable
Review of the WorkEZ Sit Stand Workstation. By far the least expensive sit-stand riser we can recommend, WorkEZ's adjustable height trays are also portable.
The ZipLift Patriot is a made-in-America standing desk converter by iMovR, based on the highly successful ZipLift+ design.
The Executive Office Solutions Portable Adjustable Aluminum Laptop Stand is for those who want to try a standing desk or can't stand for a long time.
The ErgoTech One-Touch Free Stand Electric Sit Stand Workstation's electric motor makes it a heavy-hitter, though it may look more like a punching bag.
The iMovR Tucker Pro kit addresses the need for cable management for standing desk converters, which is the first attempt we've seen and a great idea.
Is it dual-monitor compatible? Ergonomically adjustable? We outline what you need to know to pick a great convertible standing desk.
The Fitueyes 30” basic series standing desk converter is offers a portable solution for mainly laptop users who are looking to escape the sedentary lifestyle they've fallen accustom to.
The key benefit of a corner stand up desk converter is to make use of space that would otherwise be underutilized, or not used at all.
We’ve got little to knock, just the fact that we would have liked to have seen a steeper maximum tilt angle on the ergonomic keyboard tray.
The Ergotron WorkFit-SR Dual Monitor Standing Desk Converter offers a solid post-and-base sit-stand solution to offices with limited compatibility.
Ergotron deviates from its traditional Z-Lift frame architecture to offer a highly-stable, spacious corner converter based on an X-Lift frame.
See what our experts have to say about the stability, design, and overall quality of the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 in our comprehensive review.
With the sleek, modern look of the Quickstand, Humanscale has once again shown that it can't be beat for sheer aesthetics.
Like its relative, the Versadesk Power Pro, the Power Pro Corner looks good from a glance but has issues that detract from the overall impression.
Despite excellent weight capacity and an attractive keypad for changing height, the UpLift E7 lacks flexibility in important ergonomic spots.
The Humanscale QuickStand Under Desk offers a very unique take on the standing desk converter concept that has significant advantages, albeit requiring significant installation effort.
Attractive due to its low price point, the VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter is a classic example of ‘you get what you pay for.'
The Stand Up Desk Store AirRise Plus Standing Desk Converter has a pneumatic Z-Lift design and unfortunately comes with some big flaws.
The Versadesk Power Pro is an electric standing desk converter with strong specs and a fair price. However, build-quality issues raise concerns.
The Humanscale QuickStand Eco is a beautifully designed standing desk converter that unfortunately fails in a couple of fundamental ways.
A low-cost entry into the growing field of electric standing desk converters, the VIVO Electric Corner Desk Riser combines value and ease of adjustability.
The Autonomous SmartDesk Mini, even at $299, is an underwhelming budget electric standing desk converter, and we cover why.
The FlexiSpot Electric Aesthetic Sit-Stand Workstation EM6M is a unique looking standing desk converter with several convenient features.
Review of the Taskmate Go 6300 Desktop Riser from HealthPostures. Long on price and short on features, this riser loses out to stronger competitors.
Large standing desk converter that can hold 2-3 monitors while providing a good amount of work surface. But be careful of compatibility issues with monitor size, shaky surface while working, and possible wobbly monitors.
The Stand Steady FlexPro Charge Standing Desk Converter costs $359.99 has two desktop surfaces and built-in wireless device charging.
The Stand Steady Premier Electric Standing Desk Converter starts at $359.99, has two desktop surfaces and utilizes an electric lift system.
The Stand Steady Premier Lift Standing Desk Converter is $319.99, uses a pneumatic lift, has two surfaces and features a magnetic backsplash.
The Stand Steady FlexPro Hero Corner Standing Desk Converter is designed for L-desks and corner desks. It assembles in two steps and has a keyboard tray.
The Stand Steady X-Elite Premier Standing Desk Converter comes fully assembled and has a large work surface, but it doesn't have a keyboard tray.
The Stand Steady FlexPro Hero Standing Desk Converter starts at $219.99, has two work surfaces, and has a pneumatic height adjustment system.
Stand Steady X-Elite Essential Standing Desk Converter is a very basic standing desk converter with only 20 lbs of weight capacity and no keyboard tray.
The Steady Steady Original Standing Desk Converter is very cheap, holds up to 75 lbs and will enable you to stand while working, but it has drawbacks.
We’ve had mostly positive things to say about Ergotron’s WorkFit line of standing desk converters so far, and our hopes are high for the WorkFit-TLE.
A single X-Lift frame may normally cry quality concerns, but the Alcove M7 series from Flexispot is a durable and sturdy fleet of desk risers.
As with all InMovement products, the DT2 standing desk converter is a low-cost Asian import with glitzy marketing spin and a high selling price in the US.
The Vivo Electric Standing Desk Converter is a low-cost alternative which promises an easier sit-to-stand transition. But is it built to last?
Featuring award-winning design, the Humanscale QuickStand Lite stays true to the form over function approach, and would look quite handsome atop any desk.
The DC300 is a new adjustable-height desktop riser from Victor Technology, a manufacturer that made a name for itself producing quality calculators.
The Basic Support Table Jack is a standing desk converter with no keyboard tray. It's a popular product, but we don't recommend it for typing.
The DeskRiser by House of Trade is available in 32" and 36" versions. These budget converters suffer from a small keyboard tray and weak counterbalance.
The MountIt! Standing Desk Converter is a bargain if you want to invest in a desk and not much else that typically makes up a good standing workstation.
The Rocelco ADR is an adjustable height 32″ x 20.5″ standing desk converter that holds up to 2 monitors and a laptop. The gas springs support up to 50 lbs.
The Fitueyes 2-tier 32" standing desk converter is compact enough to suit your needs especially if you don't have an exceptionally heavy, dual-monitor set-up. Its weigh capacity of 33 pounds (and the 32" desktop) is limiting of larger size monitors. But the construction quality l…
Looking for great adjustability and an aesthetically pleasing design? The iMovR Cadence Express standing desk converter does it all for a competitive price.