While research points to all standing desks offering long term health benefits, it’s important to know that there are still many different kinds, each offering various design aspects and functions. Often, when one thinks about a standing desk, the first image that comes to mind is one that is an entirely separate unit with a preset height that cannot be changed, such as this Statesman Standing Height Desk.
While this is most certainly an option, there are others available that may better suit your working needs and your office environment.
One such option is an adjustable standing height desk. These, unlike standing height desks, can be moved to whatever level is desired. This makes both sitting and standing possible with one unit without having to buy a counter height stool or chair. One of the distinguishing features of adjustable standing desks is how they are lifted or operated – there are a few different options when it comes to this as well.
Adjustable desks that have a gas lift mechanism typically feature a lever control, allowing you to easily raise or lower the surface of the desk to cater to your needs. Gas lifts may also be called pneumatic lifts. This adjustable height gas lift table also feature rolling casters for a high level of mobility, making them ideal for the on-the-go worker.
As the name implies, these desks require manual effort of the user when it comes to both lifting and lowering the surface of the desk or table. Many manual lifts then feature a clip or screw clamp that must be fastened to hold the unit securely in place. Some may even feature a hand crank, as pictured below. While manual effort is required, these desks and tables are still easy to move up and down, as they feature lightweight design.
Adjustable desks that feature an electronic lift are the perhaps the utmost in convenience, as the surface moves up and down via the simple touch of a button. It’s an incredibly easy-to-use feature that still allows for maximum flexibility in your working environment. Due to their simple use and electrical components, this type of adjustable height desk tends to be a bit more of an investment than the other options above.