Choosing the best standing desk for your home office

Tired of sitting down all day? We’ve gathered a selection of the best standing desks to help you kit out your home office

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Standing desks are becoming increasingly fashionable; not necessarily because they look stylish (in all honesty, function overrules style), but because people are getting serious about their day to day health and comfort. Experts are starting to realise that sitting down all day isn’t actually that good for us, and those who rise from their chair at 5pm with a cacophony of aches and pains are probably in agreement. Those who have taken the plunge and invested in a standing office desk genuinely notice that the usual quibbles make less of an appearance, which makes us believe that investing in a standing desk is certainly a worthwhile investment, stylish or not. 

Many of us are now choosing to work from home, which means offices are decorated to embrace personal style. Standing desks, too, should be chosen to meet your unique requirements. There’s a range of different styles out there; adjustable desks that you can lower or raise depending on whether you’re in a standing or sitting mood; table top desks that sit on top of your existing desk and provide a raised platform; and for those that refuse to work any other way than standing up, there’s high, non-adjustable desks that just sit there like any other regular desk. 

We’ve covered a range of different styles in our selection of standing workstations. From metal desks to wooden desks; white desks to black desks; and even gas assisted, cantilever and electrically operated desks that make adjusting the height of your workstation as easy as possible. If you’re thinking seriously about investing in a standing desk, take note of the size and also take note of the maximum weight it can hold – you don’t want to position your monitor and keyboard to suddenly see it crash to the floor. 

Discover the best standing desk for your requirements by reading on below. Then choose an ergonomic office chair for when you need to take a seat, and ensure your back pain doesn't prevent a restful night's sleep with our pick of the best mattresses for back pain.

1.Humanscale Float Height Adjustable Desk

A fully adjustable workstation for home offices and studios

Best for: Ergonomic style
Colour: White
Material: Steel, Aluminium
Size: H70-120cm x W160cm x D80cm
Reasons to buy
+Easily adjustable+Very sturdy
Reasons to avoid
-The most expensive on our list 

Humanscale have endorsed this standing desk with the latest design ideas to bring you a product that is completely ergonomic and built for ease of use. Functionality is the focal point here, with reviewers commending its sturdiness and usability. With its clean, angular lines and white surface, this standing desk certainly has a place in modern homes and arty studios. In addition to alleviating those aches and pains, this desk is made from sustainable materials, so you’re saving your joints and the environment- even more reason to give this desk our number one spot. 

2. Fellowes Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation

A smart desktop workstation with plenty of surface space

Best for: Multilevel working
Colour: Black or white
Material: Steel
Size: H13.97 x W83.2 x D61.6
Reasons to buy
+Provides two working levels+Choose to sit or stand
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly compact in width 

This ergonomic workstation from Fellowes, which is available in universal black or white, could make a smart, multi-tiered addition to your home office. This one sits on top of your existing desk and can be adjusted in height for standing or sitting working positions. It’s narrower in width than our first pick but with two tiers, there’s plenty of space for a monitor, keyboard, mouse and any desktop essentials. 

3. Big Jack Electrical Standing Desk

An electrically adjustable standing desk for complete ease of use

Best for: Ease of use
Colour: Black, oak, white
Material: Steel
Size: H113cm x W150 x D80cm
Reasons to buy
+Electrically operated+Available in a range of surface finishes
Reasons to avoid
-Large in size 

If you’ve got the space for this Big Jack standing desk, it’s certainly one to think about investing in. The height adjusts so you can switch from sitting position to standing position with just one press of a button- handy. If you find it hard to lift things, this standing desk could be the solution- the only quibble is that the electric motor probably takes longer to lift the desk than a manual operating system. Available in three different surface colours, there’s one to suit all interior decors. 

4. Core Products Sit-Stand Workstation

A smart desktop standing desk that doesn’t break the bank

Best for: Value and style
Colour: Black
Material: Metal
Size: H15cm-50cm x W89 x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Curved keyboard stand+Sleek design 
Reasons to avoid
-Keyboard shelf is fixed 

The first picnic table-esque standing desk in the list, this product is incredibly useful if you like to differentiate between standing up and sitting down throughout the day. The design is fairly sleek, with detail such as the curved keyboard shelf for additional comfort. This particular standing workstation is available in black and white in small, medium and large sizes, so you should be able to find one that fits your home office perfectly. 

5.The Eiger Pro Standing Desk

This quirky-looking wooden standing desk is easy to adjust to your ideal position

Best for: Easy construction
Colour: Wood-effect
Material: Birch plywood
Size: H69cm x W59 x D56cm
Reasons to buy
+Simple cantilever design+2 adjustable platforms
Reasons to avoid
-Very compact 

This workstation uses the natural forces of physics to conquer the standing desk conundrum. The slats are big enough to accommodate a full sized keyboard and monitor, but not big enough for your other work essentials too, which could actually be an advantage if you’ve reserved the smallest space for your home office. It takes seconds to assemble, and can be easily popped onto your existing desk when the need to stand arises. 

6.Yo-Yo Desk® 90

When you’re up and down like a Yo-Yo

Best for: Easy construction
Colour: Black, white
Material: MDF
Size: H15cm-50cm x W90 x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Gas springs for smooth adjustment+2 tiers for ample space
Reasons to avoid
- A bit clunky looking 

It may commandeer the shape of a small, one-sided picnic table, but the design has been optimised to ensure you remain ache-free and comfortable. With two levels to place your monitor and keyboard, there’s plenty of space for you to work freely, whether you’re sitting down or standing up. Reviewers applaud the easy set up, so it’s a great choice if your DIY skills aren’t up the to mark.