Fully Standing Desks and Accessories
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[Editors’ Note – April 21, 2023 – MillerKnoll, the $3B parent company of Fully.com, officially shut the company down on April 20th, 2023, after an 18-year run. Indeed, Fully’s phone lines and chat function have already been disabled, and the only way to reach customer service for product support is via email. We first reported this on March 8th after being notified by a number of Fully’s suppliers that the company was discontinuing operations.
Founded by ergonomics industry pioneer David Kahl in 2006, the company – which was originally known as ErgoDepot before a rebranding a few years ago – was acquired by Knoll. Knoll itself was shortly thereafter acquired by Herman Miller. This cataclysmic event is the latest in an ongoing set of challenges the industry has endured since the pandemic.
As a consequence of the company being wound down, we have taken down the scores for all of the Fully products we’ve reviewed to 0.5-star (including the Jarvis Standing Desk, Jarvis Standing L-Desk, Fully Jarvis Reclaimed Wood Standing Desk, Fully Jarvis Albright Standing Desk, Fully Jarvis Evolve Standing Desk, Fully Remi Standing Desk, Fully Jarvis Whiteboard Adjustable-Height Conference Table, Fully Jarvis Bamboo Adjustable-Height Conference Table, Fully Jarvis Tabletops For Standing Desks, Jarvis Monitor Riser, Jarvis Bamboo Desk Drawer, Fully Jarvis Single Monitor Arm, Fully Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm, Fully Jax Single-Display Monitor Arm, Fully Floatdeck Balance Board, Fully Sidekick Mobile File Cabinet, Fully Cable Management Kit and Fully Cable Management Tray). Fully has sadly been added to the Office Fitness Industry Dead Pool.
Ostensibly, Fully’s, “most popular products,” i.e. those that they still have a lot of inventory remaining, are being offered through the Herman Miller and Design Within Reach websites. We checked these listings and they are at full list price, unlikely to be purchased by any savvy shoppers. The nearest alternatives to Fully products are going to be found at iMovR (American-made) and UpLiftDesk (similar Chinese-made products). For more details on the company’s closure, see our article on Is Fully.com Out Of Business?]
Original content from prior to Fully’s closure is preserved for posterity below
Our standing desk experts have done plenty of Fully reviews for their desks and other accessories. But it can be helpful to understand more about their business and see the variety of products they offer side by side.
Portland, Oregon-based Fully was originally known for many years as ErgoDepot.com, one of the earliest online purveyors of ergonomic products including chairs, keyboard trays, monitor arms, etc. With the launch of their highly popular Jarvis standing desk about a decade ago, the company’s primary emphasis shifted to marketing the Jarvis line. Fully standing desks compete head-to-head with another pioneering e-commerce player, UpLift Desk, with their UpLift V2 standing desk, also built on the Chinese-made Jiecang lifting base. Both companies focus primarily on lower-end standing desks, though they offer a few high-end solid wood options as well.
Culturally, Fully was well known for its “B Corp” status and inclusive, egalitarian values, led by founder David Kale. For a while it operated a sub-brand, Able Desk Co, targeting even more cost-sensitive Gen-Z customers. Able Desk’s “faux authenticity” backfired a bit when the company was acquired by $1.3B Knoll Furniture, and was eventually shut down. Early in the pandemic Knoll itself was acquired by the industry’s largest player, $3.5B Herman Miller.
Below are abstracts and links to all of the Fully office ergonomics products we’ve reviewed. Herman Miller’s own standing desks—the Nevi, Motia and Renew—and Knoll’s Hipso standing desk are reviewed separately. As part of the global Herman Miller empire, Fully is one of at least eighteen office furniture brand lines now, but is clearly still focused on direct sales to the e-commerce consumer as opposed to selling through commercial contract furniture dealers like their peer Miller subsidiaries. As a brand, similar to UpLift’s and in contrast to its parent company, Fully’s forte remains its high-volume, commodity-grade sit-stand furniture imported from China.
Check out our full collection of office fitness equipment brand roundups.
Fully Standing Desks
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.
An exclusive private-label desk offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, Fully, the Jarvis is built on a commodity base frame made by Jiecang of China (see our separate lab test review of the Jiecang base). A minor modification of a heavier foot distinguishes it slightly from direct competitor UpLift Desk. Fully offers many choices for its desktops, including very cheap Chinese-made options and very pricey American-made alternatives. The standalone Jarvis base gets high review marks on Amazon from DIYers who use their own tabletops. Compares favorably against other Chinese-sourced bases like Uplift, S2S and Conset. For slightly more you can get an American-made base, if not an entirely made-in-America desk from makers like iMovR.
If you’re searching for the cheapest standing desk you could possibly buy while still getting decent support, the Remi is worth a look. But you have to accept its limitations in height adjustment range (only good for medium-height users), sizes (only three non-standard desktop sizes offered), finishes (only three desktop colors and two frame colors offered), and quality (really cheap particleboard desktop and flimsy TFL finishes). Still, it’s a better bet than other Chinese-made desks sold on Amazon that might cost $100-$200 less but be worthless in durability, with challenging customer support and returns.
A minimalist “secretary desk” design in solid wood, the Albright is a pretty desk, for sure. From a practical standpoint, however, its design could have been better thought through. The two drawers are top-side, not slung under the desktop, so to open them you need to clear the space in front of them. There isn’t a practical way to install an articulating ergonomic monitor arm on this desk so unless you’re planning to use it only with a laptop, an external monitor would need to sit on the shelf, which may or may not be ergonomically ideal for you. As solid wood desks the quality of the woodwork is on par with UpLift’s but nowhere near as nice as iMovR’s. At the end of the day, it’s a very nice piece of handcrafted solid wood on a cheap Chinese-made Jiecang lifting base that you’ll have to assemble on your own, so unlike other designer desks that pair really nice American-made tops with really nice American-made bases (and better warranties all around), we don’t get the rationale between this mish-mash.
Check out our full roundup of electric standing desks
Fully Standing Desk Converters
The Cooper is Fully’s debut into the competitive world of standing desk converters. While it doesn’t break any new ground, quality components and an eye-catching bamboo surface option make it stand out from the rest. Lack of ergonomic tilt on the keyboard tray means it doesn’t check all the boxes, and we have some concerns about reliability when coupled with the short two-year warranty, but overall the Cooper is a respectable choice.
Check out our full round up of standing desk converters
Fully Monitor Arms
The Fully Jarvis Dual monitor arm can support monitors 13″ to 32″, swivel 360 degrees and comes with a 10-year warranty.
The Fully Jarvis Single monitor arm can support 2.2 lbs to 19.8 lbs, swivel 360 degrees and comes with a 10-year warranty.
Check out our full roundup of monitor arms
Fully Standing Desk Storage
It’s cheap and there’s a 15-year warranty, but the Fully Desk Drawer loses some appeal because it doesn’t pull out all the way. That means you lose quite a bit of the already-limited space. You also need to be very careful to make sure it will actually fit your desk.
The Jarvis Monitor Riser looks good but is on the much pricier end of the spectrum compared to the bulk of the options in this category. It has a clamp-on installation, which is good and bad. It’s good because it will stay on your desk well and free up some extra space. It’s bad because it requires some assembly (minimal) and won’t work on real wood desktops. From an aesthetic appeal standpoint, however, at the end of the day this is a great looking add-on for a Jarvis bamboo desk, but an expensive clash for any other kind of standing desk.
Fully missed the mark on the Jarvis Bamboo Desk Drawer by failing to include a hardware pull and drawer slides.
Check out our full roundup of standing desk storage options
Fully File Cabinets
A handsome standing desk outfit should have a matching file cabinet to go with it; otherwise what’s the point of selecting nice desktop finishes and other accessories to match? In all but black, the Sidekick doesn’t actually match paint colors very well with their Jarvis standing desks, so we’re left unimpressed by that. Despite a 10-year warranty we were surprised by the lack of quality in the construction and components of this $249 file cabinet. The seat cushion is a real nice feature, though, that gives it a second purpose as a desk-side seat for office visitors.
Check out our full roundup of file cabinets
Fully Cable Management
Fully almost succeeds in crafting an excellent cable tray. There’s a (short) warranty. It’s priced competitively. The design isn’t the best we’ve seen for containing cables, but it’s also not the worst. Th issue is an underwhelming 10-lb weight capacity. In a category with many similar options, there’s no reason to pick this lightweight.
The Fully Cable Management Kit doesn’t have tiers targeted at users with different needs. It doesn’t have a cable sleeve, cable chain, accessory hooks, etc. It uses single-use zip ties instead of reusable cable ties. The power strip doesn’t have enough surge protection. The cable tray is the shortest we’ve seen, so you’ll likely need two or three of them to accomplish the job. With all these shortcomings you’d expect it to be cheaper than the competition, but it isn’t. We don’t see any reason to pick this kit over better ones we’ve reviewed.
Check out our full roundup of cable management
Fully Balance Boards
The Floatdeck from Fully offers a stylish option for getting some good movement at your standing desk while taking a break from typing. While it is very similar in design to The Level from Fluidstance (with their OG patented base design), customer complaints about a creaking noise make us question whether the quality of construction is as high. The bamboo surface is also concerning from an environmental standpoint. It definitely does what Fully claims, but like the Fluidstance, it’s not really an “ergonomic” balance board that will let you continue to type while you’re using it.
Check out our full roundup of balance boards.