standing desks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18270/all en-US 7 of the Most Innovative, Useful, and Insane Desks http://www.wisebread.com/7-of-the-most-innovative-useful-and-insane-desks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-of-the-most-innovative-useful-and-insane-desks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-455302141.jpg" alt="cat" title="cat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While you may not think about how your desk and workspace affects your productivity, recent studies show that there are definite <a href="http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/04/19/how-office-space-affects-company-productivity">links between office space and output</a>. From standing desks to a giant desk shared by everyone in the office, here are seven of the most innovative and functional desks that improve your workspace and the quality of your work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford?ref=seealso">11 Affordable and DIY Standing Desks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Multi-User Desk for Humans and Cats</h2> <p><img width="605" height="371" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/catable-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Whether you work from home or in a cat-friendly office, this multi-user desk &mdash; designed for <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/multifunction-and-multi-user-desk-shared-people-and-cats.html">humans and cats</a> &mdash; is perfect for the cat person. With holes and passageways to explore and plenty of hiding places, this desk is functional and will satisfy your cat's curiosity. Designer Ruan Hao of <a href="http://lycs-arc.com/">LYCS Architecture</a> says, &quot;It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.&quot; Perhaps because research shows that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/30/149684409/take-your-dog-to-the-office-and-stress-less">bringing pets to work</a> can reduce stress in the workplace, it looks like &quot;Catitecture&quot; (architecture designed for cats) for the office is here to stay.</p> <h2>2. The UpWrite Whiteboard Standing Desk</h2> <p><img width="605" height="325" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/upwrite-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Do you sit at a desk for eight hours a day, but also go to the gym before or after work? You would be what Australian researcher Genevieve Healy, Ph.D. calls an &quot;active couch potato.&quot; In fact, sitting all day has been dubbed as <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/health/sitting-is-the-new-smoking-even-for-runners">the &quot;new smoking</a>.&quot;. Perhaps because of the increasing research on the negative effects of sitting all day, treadmill and standing desks are certainly becoming more popular.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/upwrite-whiteboard-standing-sitting-desk/28502/">whiteboard standing desk</a> features a whiteboard top, which works with both wet and dry erase markers, for people who are constantly jotting down notes. It's adjustable so that you have the option of sitting down, and its cable management channel works with a treadmill. It can also hold up to 300 pounds. It's a little pricey, but worth it if you want to improve your health and the environment by eliminating all those sticky notes.</p> <p>You can also turn a regular desk into a standing desk with adjustable desks designed to place on top of your desk, such as the <a href="http://www.varidesk.com/height-adjustable-desks">Varidesk</a>.</p> <h2>3. The Ninja Standing Desk</h2> <p><img width="468" height="441" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/ninja-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>If you are looking for a more affordable standing desk that is a space-saver and easy to install, the <a href="http://ninjastandingdesk.com/standing-desk-gallery.html">Ninja Standing Desk</a> is an excellent option. They have several models to choose from, and you can install them in a matter of minutes with the easy wall mounts, or you can put it on the back of a door if you have an extra tight space. The website also includes a video that shows you step by step how to install the desk and how to adjust the height.</p> <h2>4. Stair/Storage Desk</h2> <p><img width="388" height="605" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stairdesk-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>If you are looking for a home office desk that is extremely functional, this <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/stair-week-combines-desk-storage-and-alternating-treads-one-dramatic-sculptural-form.html">stair/storage/desk</a> combo offers an innovative space-saving design. It's perfect for a studio space with a loft; the three parts connect two floors and provide a storage space and a place to work. It was designed by Studio Mieke Meijer for his residence in Wassenaar. If you are just looking for extra storage in a desk with a sleek design, the <a href="http://www.process.cz/3-solitaire/18-treasury-table.html">Treasury Table</a> desk has a clear top so that you can quickly and easily find what you need.</p> <h2>5. Also_Chair</h2> <p><img width="600" height="300" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/alsochair-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>This desk is exactly what the name indicates. It is also a chair. The <a href="https://www.behance.net/Gallery/also_chair/187122">Also armchair</a> is designed for small spaces and rooms. It's a reading chair, and when you flip it 90 degrees, it's also a single desk or work table. It also has storage for books, and it is made with materials that make it affordable.</p> <h2>6. The Workbed</h2> <p><img width="605" height="337" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/workbed-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Another multifunctional, space-saving desk is the <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/another-way-hide-bed-turn-it-desk-literally.html">Workbed</a>, which, with the click of a button turns a spacious workspace into a bed. While you have to clear the desk or strap in the mattress every time you flip it, the Workbed offers a lot of storage space and lots of room to work.</p> <h2>7. Superdesk</h2> <p><img width="605" height="328" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/superdesk-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Perhaps the most insane desk on this list is the giant <a href="http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/barbarian-group-just-built-superdesk-you-have-see-believe-155788">Superdesk</a> designed for the Barbarian Group to encourage collaboration with a single surface of a continuous resin desktop. Everyone in the company sits at one insanely large desk that dips and snakes its way around the open loft space. It also features archways, cubbies, and couches to provide personal storage and the option of working on a laptop in a more personal space. This 4,400 sq ft, creative desk was designed by architect Clive Wilkinson with TBG's philosophy in mind. The New York-based company calls it &quot;a desk that we could all share&hellip;to keep people and ideas flowing.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you seen or used any insane desks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-of-the-most-innovative-useful-and-insane-desks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-prepare-for-your-work-at-home-gig">6 Ways to Prepare for Your Work at Home Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-work-at-home-without-driving-your-spouse-nuts">How to Work at Home Without Driving Your Spouse Nuts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks desks home office productivity standing desks work space Wed, 07 May 2014 08:24:20 +0000 Ashley Watson 1138260 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8518418075_97337d97d2_b.jpg" alt="standing desk" title="standing desk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ernest Hemingway wrote at <a href="http://www.davidpaulkirkpatrick.com/2013/01/02/the-paris-review-app-writers-at-work-series/">a standing desk</a> (<a href="http://kottke.org/12/05/ernest-hemingways-standing-desk">sometimes a very frugal DIY one</a>). Charles Dickens wrote at one, too, and generations of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Architect.png">architects</a>, <a href="http://www.designboom.com/architecture/architecture-in-uniform-designing-and-building-for-the-second-world-war/">engineers</a>, and <a href="http://peabody.yale.edu/sites/default/files/images/exhibits/james-perry-wilson/bgg_studio.jpg">draftsmen</a> did their work at standing desks and tables. The writers claimed standing helped them find inspiration and maybe that is also true for the artists and designers. Most folks agreed that sitting was for slackers. Standing at their work was also much better for their health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-standing-desks">The Top 5 Standing Desks</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately, these days many of us spend our working hours planted firmly in our chairs, and we're suffering because of it. In the past few years, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/business/stand-up-desks-gaining-favor-in-the-workplace.html">health researchers have determined</a> that <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sitting/AN02082">sitting all day is killing us</a>. It's bad for our backs. It's bad for our postures. It's bad for our muscles and our hearts and our metabolism. It's bad for weight loss. Worse? Sitting's ill effects cannot be undone by a few hours a week at the gym. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-to-get-out-of-your-office-chair">25 Reasons to Get Out of Your Chair</a>)</p> <p>Those alarming studies were followed soon by an Internet mini-boom in standing desk chatter and design ideas and sales pitches. You can spend a lot of money for <a href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-standing-desks/">a custom, automatic desk</a> that switches from sitting to standing at the touch of a button. Or you can spend nothing at all for the kludgiest, DIY standing desk imaginable &mdash; <a href="http://scrivel.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/standing-desk-prototype-2/">a folding chair on a desk</a>.</p> <p>What follows is a collection of 11 standing desk designs that fall somewhere in between touch-of-a-button and chair-on-a-desk. Stuff that won't embarrass you if your spouse or neighbor or co-worker catches you working at it. Some are high design and some are DIY hacks. All are probably better for you than the desk you're using now.</p> <h2>1. Steel Pipe</h2> <p>The only thing blowing up bigger than standing desks in the lifehack DIY corners of the Internet is stuff you can make with black or steel pipe. Of course you can make <a href="http://www.brianhirschy.com/tag/pipe-standing-desk/">standing desks</a> with pipe, too. This <a href="http://spacekat.me/blog/2012/07/31/steel-pipe-standing-desk/">one is a little cleaner</a> and simpler.</p> <p>I really like this high design (and unfortunately high dollar) <a href="http://ohiodesign.com/product/adler-table/">riff on on the steel pipe standing desk</a>. The Adler Table adjusts from sitting to standing with an old timey <em>hand crank</em>.</p> <h2>2. Steel Pipe Kits</h2> <p>If you don't want to bother with cutting the pipe yourself, you can order <a href="http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/blog/adjustable-height-sitting-and-standing-desk/">a pre-cut kit with some clever pipe-unions</a> from Simplified Building. The height is adjustable although you probably ought to move everything off your desk before you start fussing with it. In addition to the $200 for parts, you'll need to source a desktop.</p> <h2>3. Wall Desk</h2> <p><a href="http://www.swiss-miss.com/2013/07/wall-standing-desk.html">Wall desks</a> have been around for a while and <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/less-is-more-fold-away-wall-desks.html">they're great if you work from a laptop</a> and want make the switch to a standing desk part-time. Just mount at standing desk height rather than sitting, and you're ready for few hours on your feet.</p> <h2>4. Sawhorses</h2> <p>I haven't priced this out in detail, but <a href="http://designsbystudioc.com/build-sawhorse-table-brackets/">a hundred bucks should get this done</a>. And probably with enough cash to spare for snacks and beverages after. You'll need some steel sawhorse brackets, several lengths of 2x4 lumber (check the bracket package for a chart that explains how long to cut your lumber for a given table height, otherwise <a href="http://www.basiccarpentrytechniques.com/Sawhorse%207.html">the math is here</a>), a hollow core door for the desktop, and a quart of paint if you <a href="http://www.mintdesignblog.com/2012/08/diy-standing-desk/">want to get crafty</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/repaint-your-old-furniture-for-a-budget-d-cor-update">How to Repaint Old Furniture</a>)</p> <p>Too rough and tumble? Try this elegant, <a href="http://www.absolutebodo.com/?p=3783">adjustable tall sawhorse design</a>.</p> <h2>5. Box on a Desk</h2> <p>Dangerously close to folding chair on a desk, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5642232/the-improvised-standing-desk-+-gallery">the box on a desk</a> offers a little more stability than the chair and almost as much frugality. I've got a soft spot for boxes (and milk crates), and this is a good cheap solution for folks who want to experiment with standing.</p> <h2>6. Modular Shelving</h2> <p>You can find all sorts of modular shelving systems &mdash; <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/elfa/bestSellingSolutions/officeSpaces?productId=10024656&amp;N=77773">Elfa from the Container Store</a>, for example &mdash; that include parts for desks. When you're setting up your home office work space, just configure the desk at standing height.</p> <p>Modified <a href="http://toolmonger.com/2012/03/28/hungarian-shelves-ftw-or-why-tm-readers-rock/">Hungarian Shelves</a> would <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwnu/4549401462/">work well</a>, too.</p> <h2>7. IKEA Hack</h2> <p>Ikea products are inexpensive, and durable enough for most of us, and really well-suited to hacking, including into <a href="http://www.howtogeek.com/102604/diy-ikea-standing-desk-offers-space-storage-and-style-inexpensively/">standing desks</a> in a <a href="http://mycrankygut.com/2012/09/10/its-not-always-about-cranky-guts-and-fancy-diets/">variety</a> of <a href="http://shortbluesky.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-diy-standing-desk-with-ikea-parts.html">designs</a>.</p> <p>Or you can get a kit that turns some inexpensive IKEA parts into <a href="http://www.diystandingdeskkit.com/kit-details/">an adjustable height standing desk</a>.</p> <h2>8. High Shelf</h2> <p>Few DIY jobs are simpler than <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80091713/">mounting a shelf on a wall</a>.</p> <p>For a long time I sweated over the details of a DIY version of this <a href="http://www.2modern.com/modern-furniture/Desks/mash-wall-mounted-desk">pricey wall-mounted, floating desk</a> that I wanted to build and install in my home office. Alas, I need more tools (and money) to make it happen.</p> <h2>9. Laptop Stand</h2> <p>Back toward the chair on the desk end of the spectrum is the simple and elegant <a href="http://betanews.com/2011/05/13/turn-your-normal-desk-into-a-standing-workspace-in-3-steps/">desktop laptop stand</a>.</p> <h2>10. Home Built</h2> <p>If you don't mind your workspace looking like a tall workbench or potting table, <a href="http://www.barrettmorgandesignllc.com/blogs/2010/09/standing-desk-drafting-table-all-one">you can put one together yourself</a> with a few basic power tools (just a drill and a circular saw, which I do have). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-furniture-9-helpful-tips-for-non-carpenters">Build Your Own Furniture: 9 Tips for Non-Carpenters</a>)</p> <h2>11. Recycled Drafting Table</h2> <p>And here we are right back where we started &mdash; the drafting table. An <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HF4RAM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HF4RAM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">adjustable drafting table</a> is the solution I have decided to try in my own home office &mdash; soon. Durable, sturdy, spacious, adjustable, and affordable (under $250 new, less if I can find a used one in good condition). It's not the most attractive of the bunch, but it's got the right mix of features and price, and it's a form I trust and recognize from high school drafting class.</p> <p><em>What about you? Have you switched, or are you planning to switch, to a standing desk? What's your affordable solution?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%20Attractive%20Standing%20Desks%20You%20Can%20Actually%20Afford.jpg&amp;description=11%20Attractive%20Standing%20Desks%20You%20Can%20Actually%20Afford" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Attractive%20Standing%20Desks%20You%20Can%20Actually%20Afford.jpg" alt="11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-of-the-most-innovative-useful-and-insane-desks">7 of the Most Innovative, Useful, and Insane Desks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-2000-uses-for-a-can-of-wd-40-1">Almost 2000 uses for a can of WD-40</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY desks home office office furniture standing desks Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:36:04 +0000 Lars Peterson 967796 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Standing Desks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-standing-desks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-standing-desks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/desk-1129739-small.jpg" alt="man standing at desk" title="man standing at desk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Standing desks are all the rage these days due to an increasing number of studies warning about the health risks of sitting for long periods of time. Although popular in the 18th and 19th centuries among the wealthy, standing desks have recently been making a comeback among those who work in front of a computer all day long. With the increased popularity and the wariness of the more common sitting desk, there are now a number of standing desk options out there. What once were custom made, expensive extravagances for the rich elite are now moderately priced and adjustable for anyone looking to try one out. We here at Wise Bread have narrowed down the options available to the top five.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>What Is a Standing Desk?</h2> <p>A standing desk is a desk designed for use while an individual is standing up. It is exactly like a regular desk, with all of the regular functions, except it is taller. There is no height limitation on a standing desk, as that depends on the person using it. Some standing desks are custom built while others have adjustable heights so the buyer can make the best choice for their needs and physicality.</p> <h2>Best 5 Standing Desks</h2> <h3>NextDesk Terra</h3> <p><a href="http://www.nextdesks.com/buy#!/~/product/category=1944379&amp;id=8372837"><img style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 176px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stdesk-nextterra.jpg" alt="" />The NextDesk Terra</a> is consistently ranked the best by those in the know. The desk top is made from bamboo, which is both sustainable and durable, and the frame is made from aluminum, which is much more sustainable than steel. Reviewers particularly like the aesthetics of this desk, especially when compared with the other, less attractive options on the market.</p> <p>This standing desk is easily adjustable with a power push button, making getting the perfect height extremely simple, which is key for reaping the health benefits of standing while working. It comes with three programmable memory presets &mdash; which is great if there will be multiple people using it or if you'd prefer to sit for part of the day. The motor is stored inside the legs, and it has a cable management system that allows you to hide them down grommets in the desk itself. This means there are no unsightly and messy cords getting in your way.</p> <p>This desk comes with a slew of optional features for an extra cost, including: a 12-outlet power system that attaches to the bottom of the desktop, raising and lowering the wires and power source as you adjust the desk height; a keyboard tray; a monitor arm; and an aluminum vanity cover.</p> <p>The NextDesk comes with three finishes of light, medium, and dark and is made with no solvent based paints, formaldehyde, or other toxins. It comes with a three year warranty instead of the industry standard two and has an industry-best lift speed of 1.7 inches per second. The bottom line is, although this is an expensive option, in this case, you definitely get what you pay for.</p> <p><em>Current Price: <a href="http://www.nextdesks.com/buy#!/~/product/category=1944379&amp;id=8372837">$1,497 at NextDesk</a></em></p> <h3>GeekDesk V3</h3> <p><a href="http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp?contentID=633"><img width="280" height="203" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stdesk-geekdesk.jpg" alt="" /></a>GeekDesk is one of the more popular standing desks on the market. They currently offer the <a href="http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp?contentID=633">GeekDesk V3</a> and the GeekDesk Max which has heavier lifting capabilities; however, the standard GeekDesk V3's weight capacity should be more than enough for anyone using it for typical work activities. It has a hidden drive internal motor for easy lifting and lowering adjustments.</p> <p>The GeekDesk V3 comes with a strong a durable steel frame which can be ordered in a silver or black polymer coated finish. The frames can be ordered in two sizes, large or small, depending on your needs. Likewise, the desktops come in large and small to fit the frame, and feature a beech veneer or a black laminate option.</p> <p>One of the biggest selling points of the GeekDesk is that you have the ability to purchase only the frame, and then mount it to a tabletop of your choosing. This cuts down on cost and also gives you an option if you already have a non standing desk at home that you love and don't want to part with. You can also pick up a cheaper desktop for the frame at someplace like Ikea.</p> <p>The lack of accessories on this desk makes it more difficult to customize than the NextDesk Terra, and the general consensus seems to be that it's not quite as aesthetically pleasing. However, it is still a solid option, especially for someone just getting into the standing desk game who doesn't want to spend quite as much money. Although the GeekDesk Max comes with four programmable presets, the V3 does not, which makes it more suitable for a single user.</p> <p>The Geek Desk V3 comes with a five year warranty for the frame, and a two year warranty for the motors and electronics. It has a lift speed of 28mm - 35mm per second and lifts from 23&rdquo; to 49&rdquo; off the ground.</p> <p><em>Current Price for Large Frame and Desktop: <a href="http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp?contentID=633">$799 at GeekDesk</a></em></p> <h3>UpDesk PowerUp</h3> <p><a href="https://myupdesk.com/updesk/maple-large"><img width="280" height="206" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stdesk-updesk.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://myupdesk.com/updesk/maple-large">UpDesk PowerUp</a> is an electronic standing desk. It raises and lowers automatically using a twin lift system at a speed of 3.8 cm per second. It has a good motor but reviews seem to indicate that it is not as aesthetically pleasing as either the GeekDesk or the NextDesk.</p> <p>This standing desk comes with three programmable memory presets between 68 cm and 108 cm. It can lift up to 136 kg. It comes in three size options of small, medium, and large, and the desktop comes in maple, mahogany, or black. Additionally, if you purchase a medium sized UpDesk, they also come in orange.</p> <p>With the UpDesk, you have the ability to purchase a lot of extra accessories including a standing mat, which health studies have indicated is good to alleviate the problems associated with standing for long periods of time. It comes equipped with cord ties to keep all your wires organized and out of the way. The UpDesk PowerUp comes with a five year limited warranty.</p> <p><em>Current Price For Large: <a href="https://myupdesk.com/updesk/maple-large">$899 at UpDesk</a></em></p> <h3>Ninja Standing Desk</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZOMMUC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AZOMMUC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="202" height="300" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stdesk-ninja.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZOMMUC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AZOMMUC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Ninja Standing Desk</a> is by far the most bare bones of the desks listed here. In fact, it is essentially two or three hanging shelves that function as a desk. The reason it's on this list, however, is that you simply can't beat the price. At hundreds of dollars less than the other options, this is perfect for anyone who wants to try out a standing desk but isn't sure they'll like it. It is not electronically adjustable and it can't hold much weight when compared with other, sturdier desks, but it will definitely get you used to the idea of standing while working.</p> <p>The main selling point for the Ninja, aside from the price, is that you can pack it up easily and bring it with you wherever you go. It weighs about five pounds and can fold up to fit into a laptop case. If you are a frequent traveler used to working off of hotel desks, this is a big convenience. You can hang the Ninja from the back of a door, a wall, or a cubicle. It is fully adjustable, although it might take some trial and error to get the perfect height for your needs.</p> <p>The Ninja Standing Desk comes with two or three shelves, each capable of holding about 30 pounds, which is plenty if you use your work desk mainly for your laptop and keyboard. The shelves come in black or wine colors and the hanging straps are silver. A carrying case is included with purchase.</p> <p><em>Current Price for Two Shelves: </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MS70Z2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001MS70Z2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><em>$159.00 at Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Safco Muv Stand-Up Workstation</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MS70Z2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001MS70Z2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="232" height="300" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/stdesk-safco.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MS70Z2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001MS70Z2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Safco Muv Stand-Up Workstation</a> is a great mid-range standing desk option. It's sturdier and more comprehensive than the Ninja, but it's not as expensive as the other options on this list. This desk does not have much surface area, so it's best suited for people who either have another workstation or who only use their desks for their computers.</p> <p>The Safco has multiple height options, ranging from 35&rdquo; to 49&rdquo;. However, you have to manually take it apart and adjust it anytime you want a change, meaning it's not a great option if you share a workspace. It has multiple shelves for storage which makes the small surface area issue somewhat better.</p> <p>This desk supports 100 pounds, and it comes in walnut, cherry, or gray options. It has a steel frame and while it look fine aesthetically, some reviewers seem to think it has a cheap feel to it, which makes sense given the price when compared with other standing desks.</p> <p><em>Current Price: </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MS70Z2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001MS70Z2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><em>$281.48 at Amazon</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gina-ippolito">Gina Ippolito</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-standing-desks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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