When shopping for standing desks online you’ll discover that each seller has their own curated selection of desk tops that they offer to go along with their standing desk bases. But unless you were an office furniture salesperson in a previous life, many of these terms may be alien to you.
We asked our staff experts who’ve been lab testing standing desks for many years to create this guide, to help you wade through all the terminology and explain how each desk top type is manufactured, its pros and cons, and the price range you should expect to see for it.
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 [...]