Standing desks can be a major investment for some. So, what if you want a stand-up desk, but can’t afford a full, adjustable sit-stand desk?
We’ve got the answers to exactly that. With standing desk modification, you can turn your normal desk into a standing desk in no time, and without all of the overhead.
Check out our solutions for standing desk converters, as well as some nifty DIY options.
The easiest way to start standing up would be to convert your existing desk. Standard desks are generally too short to stand and work so you will need to find ways to make your desktop a bit higher.
The two methods to modifying your existing desk to standing height are listed below:
Both these methods work well for modifying your desk to an adjustable standing desk. Depending on what you have lying around the house, you might even be able to do this without paying a single cent.
That being said, we do recommend using a standing desk converter above all else. Converters are specially designed for the ergonomics of standing desk modification.
I’ve listed two types of standing desks converters below:
The X shape design calls most other designs into question because it provides such an improvement in operation, stability, and, most significantly, value for money.
Previously, this was the sole option. Newer approaches are rapidly rendering this design obsolete.
One of the most straightforward ways to modify a standing desk is to place something on top of your desk so that the desk height is high enough for your computer Input and Output tools. Because it doesn’t need to hold the entire weight of your desk and it is common to find things lying around, this method is generally known as the easiest solution.
We have listed a few items that will be able to raise your devices below:
Anything that will securely hold and elevate your computer, or even just your laptop, will work.
You might want to consider other methods if you do a lot of non-computer work at your desk
The second option for modifying your desk is to lift the entire height of the desk by placing something underneath the desk legs. The type of desk legs you have as well as how heavy your desk is will determine what materials you use.
Some of the easiest objects to put under your desk are:
There are endless possibilities, all you need to do is to look for objects which are level and sturdy to hold the weight of your desk, and just remember that you’ll most likely need four of them.
How do electric standing desks work? The majority of electric standing desks use either a brushed or a brushless motor. A controller activates this little DC (direct current) motor to raise, stop, or lower the desk column (s).
Electric motors used in standing desks must be capable of smoothly raising and lowering loads weighing 200 pounds or more. These compact direct current motors have a high power density.
Brushed motors are simple and inexpensive, but they are sluggish due to the limited high-speed torque. Furthermore, the brushes wear out and require motor maintenance, and the motors can be quite noisy. Brushless motors respond instantly without lag when a button is pressed, and they are more efficient, more robust, and make less noise than typically brushed motor drives.
The power of an electric desk motor is only important when it converts into important factors when operating the desk – adjustment speed and weight capacity. The desk motor should ideally be powerful enough to shift whatever load is on the desk so swiftly that you don't even realize it.
Standing at your desk is a good way to prevent long periods of being seated, which is not healthy. Many experts recommend that you alternate between standing and sitting, in order to change positions throughout the day.
You should aim to position your desk at elbow height for standing. To do this correctly, you need to bend your arms in an L-shape so that your forearms are parallel to the floor. You also need to then measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of your elbow.
Your desk should be placed at this height when you work. Sit-stand desks can be altered to various heights, this will ensure that you have no issues with finding the correct level for your needs.
Yes, it actually does, but only if you actively make the switch. It is not difficult to do, you just have to remember to regularly make the switch. To help you remember, you could put a note on your desk or set a reminder on your phone or computer to switch positions for 15 minutes out of every hour.
Standing desks can cause knee pain if you constantly use them throughout the day. To prevent this, you would need to constantly alternate between sitting and standing.
Standing desk converters are adjustable desk units that may be placed on top of an existing work surface. They are a low-cost alternative to getting rid of or shifting your current desk.
Depending on the maximum load capacity of the converter, some standing desk converters can accommodate two monitors. To ensure that it is under the limit, add the weight of the two monitors.