Standing desks are great for so many reasons, but they often tend to be large, bulky pieces of equipment that can be difficult, if not impossible, to fit into a smaller space. That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up the best narrow standing desks to find the perfect fit for you, pun intended.
The optimum solution would be to add a height-adjustable converter to your existing desktop. This way you can sit or stand at appropriate intervals, which is the healthiest way to work through the day in a balanced way.
These additions can either sit directly on your desktop as is, be attached with a clamp to the back of your counter, or be bolted through something more solid for more stability.
No need to hunt for new furniture.
Height-adjustable converters that attach to your desktop with a clamp mechanism have the smallest possible footprint. They can even be used to create a narrow wall-mounted standing desk or modify a fixed corner desk into a fully ergonomic corner sit-stand desk.
We decided it may be best to sort our selection with a combination of keyboard tray and desktop width in mind, so you can easily choose from skinny to spacious, starting at the narrowest of needs.
Keyboard Tray Width: 700mm
Desktop Width: 700mm
The Standesk offers effortless and smooth vertical height adjustment up to 540mm at the touch of a button.
Even better, is that it has a 3 height memory function, enabling you to store and easily return to your ideal standing desk height.
We would recommend the Standesk for those that would prefer to keep their existing desktops untouched since it sits on your existing desktop as is, yet offers an incredible 50kg weight lifting capacity.
The user-friendly height adjustment and stability makes it a suitable standing desk for kids.
This small sit-stand desk solution provides two large working platforms and is suitable for 1, 2, or 3 monitor brackets.
Keyboard Tray Width: 710mm
Work Surface Width: 810mm
The solid metal design of the Ergotron Workfit TX offers a stable and sway-proof height adjustment of up to 50.8 cm by adjusting the levers on either side of the frame.
The feature that sets it apart is the adjustable back-tilt keyboard below the work surface, which can be placed as low as 9 cm underneath the desktop. The tray can be adjusted independently from the countertop by 8 cm, allowing the correct keyboard to monitor spacing while sitting or standing.
Another great feature is that the X-design allows you to fold the workstation down to a compact desktop fit, giving you more vertical workspace.
The Workfit TX can accommodate a maximum weight of 18.1 kg.
Keyboard Tray Width: 680mm
Work Surface Width: 900mm
We decided to include the Elevar Maxishift-E despite the broader work surface and larger desktop required, as the price makes it an ideal student standing desk.
It can be placed directly on your existing desktop. This removes any need for drilling or clamping, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your workstation.
You can easily adjust the vertical height on the push control pad, and the generous platform means screen distance can be perfected according to personal preference.
It has an integrated cable management system and can be purchased with a single or dual monitor option. Whether you’re a student who needs space for books or a designer who needs plenty of screen space, this desk is perfect.
Keyboard Tray Width: 800mm
Desktop Width: 900mm
The Standesk Pro Memory expands on thestand-up desk dimensions of the original Standesk.
It has the same easy-to-adjust at the touch of a button, anti-collision, automatic sleep and standby features as well as 50kg weight lifting capacity.
The great thing about the Strata Electric Height Adjustable desk is that it can be adjusted to fit almost any space.
Fully extended, the telescopic frame can support a desktop of 2,100 mm. “That’s not narrow,” we hear you saying. Hold on, we haven’t gotten to the good part yet.
The Strata electric is adjustable in two directions, so it can move up and down as well as side to side. The frame can be collapsed as tight as 1,200 mm, which is small enough to fit almost any space.
While the horizontal adjustments need to be made manually, the twin electric motors hidden in each leg work to give you a vertical range of 630 – 1300 mm. This is high enough for anyone under 190 cm to work comfortably as the desk will sit at waist level, allowing you to rest your arms and elbows comfortably.
Thanks to the dual motors, the desk rises at an impressive 40 mm/sec, meaning it can go from fully collapsed to fully extended in a little over 23 seconds.
What’s more, it’s near silent. The motors run at a quiet 40 dB, which is about as loud as your average, well-behaved library.
The electric controller has three programmable settings so you can use the desk for a variety of purposes, from day-to-day office work to photography.
Keyboard Tray Width: 690mm
Desktop Width: 950mm
This bestseller by the popular Ergotron brand adjusts height with a vertical lift system, and is easy to operate by using the hand-brake levers at the front of the unit.
While the keyboard tray of the Ergotron TX drops to below desktop level, the Ergotron TL tray sits on top of your desktop with an overall broader footprint. They have the same maximum weight capacity of 18.1kg.
The solid metal design assures safe adjustment up to a height of 38.1cm, with the keyboard moving in tandem with the work surface. The cleverly designed keyboard tray placement of 11.4cm underneath the work surface, helps you to maintain the most ergonomic spacing between screen height and keyboard tray, even while sitting.
The best selection of specialized narrow standing desks:
The Standesk Memory Electric Sit-Stand Desk
The Elevar Maxishift-E Electric Sit-Stand Workstation
The Standesk Memory Electric Sit-Stand Desk
Whether it feels like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place or cramped up in a narrow space - you would be able to rise above the rest and conquer ergonomic challenges.
As much as one solid work surface offers unrivalled stability, working on the edge doesn’t have to be a desk-flop. Some converters even offer two levels to add to your workspace without taking up too much space.
Please remember to be mindful of pet assistants and small children when considering a height-adjustable desk.