The best standing desks for working at home, tried and tested – do they really relieve back pain?


We tried a dozen of the best standing desks, also known as rising desks or height-adjustable desks, to see which helped most with a bad back

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The best standing desks are life-savers for anybody who has to eke out a living at a desk, whether working at home or in an office Why? Because, according to Susie Martin, chartered physiotherapist at Complete Pilates, sitting on a chair for hours on end is a very bad thing. “There’s increasing scientific evidence that sedentary lifestyles are a major contributing factor to many chronic health conditions,” she says.

“Sitting for long periods we tend to slump under the weight of gravity and often crane the neck forward. Our deep neck muscles, back muscles, lower stomach muscles and legs get less opportunity to work in a slumped sitting position. Our upper backs tend to get stiff and chest muscles tight. We can get aches and pains associated with long periods in this position.”

Standing desks can be raised and lowered, either electrically or by hand, allowing you to alternate between sitting and standing. With manufacturers like Yo-Yo, Sit-Stand and Flexispot competing over price and performance, they have become increasingly popular, especially since the rise in working from home.

“Anyone with a condition which is exacerbated by sitting – for example, a prolapsed intervertebral disc, tailbone pain or high hamstring tendon pain – might find a standing desk helps them to continue working, instead of having to take breaks or take time off.”

There’s more information about the health benefits of standing desks and advice on how to use them at the bottom of this feature, after my reviews. But if you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick look at my top five:

Which are the best standing desks in 2024? At a glance

Best overall: Yo-Yo Desk Pro 2Best value: Hermann Miller Jarvis BambooBest sit-stand desk: Flytta 2Best adjustable desk: Humanscale FloatBest standing desk for laptop users: Back In Action Compact

How to choose the right standing desk for you

“There are two main types,” explains Martin, “If you have an existing desk that you want to continue using, you could just purchase a converter standing desk. This is simply a height-adjustable platform for your monitor and keyboard that sits on top of the desk or table you already have.

“A rising standing desk is a whole desk that’s height-adjustable and which allows the user to work at a comfortable height when standing, but which can then be lowered for working while seated, usually via electric motors or by manually turning a crank-type handle.

“Far less common, but an interesting alternative option, are treadmill desks: basically standing desks wrapped around a treadmill, which is obviously a significant step up in energy expenditure terms, as the user is constantly using their legs.

“There are also bike desks. It isn’t technically a desk as such – it’s an exercise bike with a platform for your laptop – but it does allow users to exercise their leg muscles while working in a seated position.”

How I tested the best standing desks

Full disclosure, I’m a fully paid-up standing desk convert. A recurring backache issue prompted the purchase of one several years ago. Once I’d acclimatised, I never looked back.

I tested each of these standing desks on a hard floor, rating them for stability, desk surface area, adaptability to different equipment set-ups (including using a laptop, 24in/27in iMacs and extra monitors), customisation options and motor performance, as well as looks.

All of the desks include free delivery in the price. Several also offered a free installation option, typically requiring a one/two week wait. Where desks needed self-assembly, I assessed how challenging they were to put together. Allow an average of 60 to 90 minutes for this.

If you have a bad back, by the way, you may find our guides to the best mattresses for back pain and the best pillows for side sleepers useful, as well as our essential guide to the best ergonomic office chairs and my own guide to the best gaming chairs.

Best standing desks

1. Yo-Yo DESK PRO 2

£694.95, Yo-Yo Desk

Best overall standing desk, 10 out of 10

We like: Supremely competent in every key area

We don’t like: Motor makes the occasional clonk

Max/min height – 120cm to 70cm5 standard finish options, plus 5 optional onesDesk surface area – 140 x 80cm (smaller and larger sizes available)100kg lift capacityDual motors, four programmable memory presetsFree delivery (self-assembly)/Optional free installation (7-20 days)7 year warranty

A midrange model, the Yo-Yo Pro 2 is a German-designed (but made in China) dual-motor, dual-pillar desk, adjustable up to a maximum height of 120cm. Taller folk are better served by the Pro 2+, which delivers a maximum height of 127cm.

The standard specification comes with a basic up/down switch, but a digital display with four memory settings is just another £30. It’s a pain to electronically tweak things every time you use a standing table, so I’d strongly recommend investing in that.

Yo-Yo offers a comprehensive range of accessories, including power portholes (that situate mains sockets in the rear corners of the desk), as well as monitor arms and even castors, should you need them. The sample I tested came fitted with a cable tray option, which did a decent job of marshalling all of my mains power cables.

Compared to the pricier Flytta 2 below, the Pro 2 is a slight step-down when it comes to aesthetics and ultimate build quality, but there really isn’t much in it when it comes to real-world functionality and the price here is much lower.

The dual motors proved only fractionally less smooth, muscular and capable in practice, with just a slight occasional clonk on start-up betraying their more budget origins. Stability when the desk was elevated was rock-solid, giving zero cause for concern, even when loaded with two iMacs and a Macbook.

That combination of easy height controls and quick-acting motors positively encouraged me to switch between seated and standing positions. The benefits were easily felt after a couple of days of use, with noticeably fewer twinges down my troublesome lower back.

And with a bevy of frame colours, tabletop finishes five standard colours and accessories, as well as an extensive range of extra-cost accessories, the PRO 2 is supremely easy to configure for your room and needs, whatever they might be. A winning combination of attributes in my book.

£694.95Buy nowPrice atYo-Yo Desk

2. Hermann Miller Jarvis

£725, Hermann Miller

Best value standing desk, 10/10

We like: Knockout value for money

We don’t like: Self-assembly only

Max/min height – 130cm to 65cmBamboo desktop (3 other options) with black frame (2 other options)Desk surface area – 120 x 80cm (larger sizes available)143kg lift capacityDual motors, four programmable memory presetsFree delivery (self-assembly)Fifteen-year warranty on electrical and mechanical components, five-years on the table top

Hermann Miller, the creator of the iconic Aeron office chair, is not a brand one would immediately associate with affordability but here we are. By any standards, the Jarvis is surprisingly modestly priced.

The fact there’s no alternative to self-assembly clearly has helped keep the price down here. As has the choice of a bamboo table top (other options come at extra cost). Neither of those compromises, however, detract from what is a deeply impressive and well-rounded product, easily the equal of other models costing considerably more. Our sample even came with a pair of power portholes at the quoted price, as well as a programmable display.

Yes, that bamboo tabletop is a little thinner than that, say, of the DESK PRO 2, and so more resonant when tapped. But that doesn’t translate into any cause for concern where stability is concerned. Far from it. And this desk’s generous weight capacity is up with the best of them.

In fact, in certain respects, the Jarvis actually equals or betters the more expensive desk. It reaches a maximum 130cm height, for instance (you have to step up to Yo-Yo’s pricier PRO 2+ to match that), while its dual motors go about their task in an audibly quieter fashion.

As with the Pro 2, whenever I found myself rising at the end of my seated session, it became instinctive to give the preset button a jab. In the few seconds it took to raise the tabletop, the tension in my back ebbed away as I stood and stretched. Exactly what the physiotherapist ordered!

OK, the downside with this desk is that you’re obliged to do a little ‘IKEA-level’ self-assembly here, and that may immediately rule it out for some. But I can attest the instructions are pretty easy to follow. So, as long as you’re willing – and able – to invest a little physical effort, I think the Jarvis represents an out and out bargain.

£725Buy nowPrice atHerman Miller

3. Flytta 2

£959.94, Sit-Stand

Best sit-stand desk, 9/10

We like: Scandi-style looks and solid build

We don’t like: Scandi design comes with Scandi prices

Max/min height – 130cm to 64cm12 standard finish optionsDesk surface area – 140 x 80cm (smaller and larger sizes available)120kg lift capacityDual motors, four programmable memory presetsFree delivery (self-assembly)/Optional free installation (7-12 days)7 year warranty

Described by retailer Sit-Stand as its ‘high performance’ desk, the Flytta 2 (it’s Swedish for ‘move’) earns the sobriquet for two reasons. The first is that it better caters for tall people: a 130cm max height means it’ll meet the needs of anybody up to 6ft 7in/200cm tall.

Secondly, the Swedish-built frame employs dual 3-step motors, making raising/lowering the desk that little bit smoother than with other models and giving a huge 120kg lifting capacity.

While’s the sample desk’s optional deluxe cable tray (£70) happily accommodated my B&Q sourced 4-way extension socket, a taller USB-C charger failed to squeeze in. The optional £72 six-socket, concealed under-desk power strip might be a neater solution, if that’s a consideration.

While the super-smooth up/down motion was self-evident, what we really warmed to the raw steel frame-finish of the supplied sample. Deliberately left visible weld points on the frame feet, combined with the ‘Timber’ tabletop finish made for a deeply attractive aesthetic. Very hygge.

Stability, even when the frame was extended to its maximum height, was of a, ahem, high order, with little in the way of wobble, even when fully loaded with a 27in iMac and two supplementary monitors positioned in portrait mode.

While there’s a relatively compact 120 x 75cm option also available, the standard 80cm depth of all the other versions signals this is a design that’s intended for heavy-duty, multi-monitor toting action. It’s more than fit for that purpose, in my opinion.

£959.94Buy nowPrice atSit-Stand

4. Humanscale Float

£1,589.16, Humanscale

Best adjustable desk, 8/10

We like: Speedy, fuss-free mechanical lifting and lowering process

We don’t like: Initial calibration process may sap your will to live

Max/min height 118cm to 69cmWhite desktop and frameDesk surface area – 120 x 60cm (larger size available)Not motorisedFree delivery (self-assembly)5 year warranty

New York-based Humanscale boasts that the Float’s patented mechanical counterbalance system brings ‘effortless operation’ to the traditional sit-stand desk market, dispensing with the need for electrical motors. Not where assembly is concerned, it doesn’t.

Bluntly, this one proved a pain in the proverbial to construct. Screwing and bolting the desk together takes a while in itself, while using the supplied crank to adjust the mechanism’s tension feels akin to starting up a Ford Model-T. The tortuous, initial calibration process required to get the desk moving up and down was a real grind.

Once you crack it, though, it’s sunny uplands all the way. You’re left with a desk that’s blissfully straightforward and quick to use – just press down lightly on the front of the tabletop while squeezing the paddle release lever, and it gracefully rises up. Lowering it requires a bit more effort but it isn’t unduly strenuous.

It’s a minor shame there are no power porthole sockets, or alternatives to the de facto white tabletop finish: while entirely functional it’s a little mundane looking. But more positively, you can purchase a dazzlingly wide selection of optional cable management trays and monitor arms to go with it so it’s an eminently configurable option.

It’s not a cheap option but once assembled and calibrated, the simplicity of this desk’s charming all-manual modus operandi really grows on you. Counter-intuitively, going back to a motorised desk after using the Float feels incredibly primitive. Muscle power rocks!

£1589.16Buy nowPrice atHumanscale

5. Secretlab MAGNUS Pro sit-to-stand metal desk

From £729, Secretlab

Best gaming desk, 10/10

We like: Intended for gamers, but brilliantly conceived by any standard

We don’t like: Heavy as hell, and you’ll need to have a penchant for black

Max/min height 125cm to 65cmSteel-topped MDF tabletop with steel frame in powder-coated ObsidianDesk surface area 150 x 70cm (177cm x 80cm option also available)120kg lift capacityDual motorsFree delivery (assembly required)Five year warranty

Available in two sizes, it’s best to get the MAGNUS Pro’s main non-negotiable out of the way first: it’s only available in black. Which, for gamers who spend much of their lives bathed in semi-darkness, is probably not an issue.

Assembly is 100% DIY and a two-person job, unless you’re curious to discover what sciatica feels like. But, being a Secretlab design, it’s mercifully straightforward. Kudos for the carefully-curated options list, too. Single/dual monitor arms, a PC base mount, ingenious magnetic cable anchors, and even an app-driven LED strip are all there for the ordering.

Your right kneecap will also, at some stage, appreciate the fully faired-in desk height control panel while OCD types will be awestruck by the degree of thought that’s gone into the desk’s cable management. A full-length hinged, offset tray at the rear swallows up all your sundry mains cables, power strips and so on while a power supply, cleverly integrated into the left support leg, allows a single cable connection to your mains socket.

While it’s possible to buy a barebones version of the desk, my advice would be to, at the very least, add a MAGPAD desk mat. It’s magnetically attached, so is a bit of a faff to position, but it provides a soft, tactile, easily replaceable non-slip surface that stays firmly in place.

Which fits this desk’s overall vibe to a tee. At 57kg, it’s an undeniably heavy lump – once assembled you’ll forever dread moving it – but the upshot is best-in-class stability. Gamers looking to mitigate their sedentary lifestyle need look no further.

£729Buy nowPrice atSecretlab

6. Back In Action Compact desk

£645, Back In Action

Best standing desk for laptop users, 8/10

We like: Single-pillar design is easy on the eye

We don’t like: H-shaped base makes it awkward to sit at

Max/min height – 125cm to 60cmWhite or oak desktop with a white frameDesk surface area – 100 x 60cm70kg lift capacitySingle motor, four programmable memory presetsFree delivery (self-assembly)/Optional free installation (2 weeks)2 year warranty

Most standing desks rely on dual pillars for support but this one makes do with just one. That gives it a significant advantage when it comes to placement as it’s relatively light (and so easier to move around) as well as making it far less intrusive looking than the majority of its peers.

There are four large, adjustable feet fitted to help level the desk but, not entirely unsurprisingly, given the design, stability isn’t its strongest suit.

If you’re a laptop user you probably won’t have any complaints but place a 24in monitor or iMac on it, and it’ll slightly wobble whenever you tap hard upon your keyboard or energetically move your mouse. That’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, but this isn’t a desk you’d want to perch a brimmed cappuccino on.

A more serious niggle is that when seated, you inevitably have to sit close to the desk in order to use your keyboard. It’s at that point that you’ll realise the major downside of this design: there’s nowhere to put your feet but up on the bottom of the desk frame. Less than ideal.

If you intend to spend the majority of your time at the desk standing, however, that won’t be such a big issue. Recommended then if primarily you use a laptop and compactness is a top priority.

£645Buy nowPrice atBack In Action

7. Moll T7 desk

From £3,159, Back In Action

Best rising desk, 7/10

We like: Beautifully built piece of furniture

We don’t like: Commands an eye-watering premium

Max/min height – 118cm to 56cmOak or walnut desktop with black or white frameDesk surface area – 115 x 75cm (larger size available)120kg lift capacityDual motorsFree delivery and installation in 3-6 weeks5 year warranty

Designed and made in Germany, the Moll looks – and feels – like a piece of artisan-crafted furniture, an impression reinforced by the fact it arrives at your door fully assembled.

If the sight of hanging wiring gets your inner Marie Kondo twitching, the Moll will soothe your senses: there’s just one mains lead that powers both the desk and your peripherals (there’s a hidden rear drawer containing an integrated six-socket power strip). Another push-to-slide-out drawer for pens and papers at the front adds to the sense of considered integration. Pay extra and you can even have an invisible QI charger fitted.

Lots of thoughtful touches then, but the Moll isn’t completely beyond reproach. That power strip, for instance, was obviously originally designed for unfused 2-pin ‘Euro’ plugs and has been repurposed for fused 3-pin UK plugs. But the resulting layout is too closely spaced, meaning you can actually only fit four UK-plugged mains cables at a time, not six.

And while the desk’s integrated motors are butter-smooth in action, bizarrely, the desk lacks any programmable height presets. And there’s no extra-cost option available for one, either. Which would be a rather awkward omission in a motorised desk with a three-figure price tag, let alone one costing four figures.

Nevertheless, the svelte-looking Moll has obvious appeal for working aesthetes – you’ll never tire of gazing at it. But boy, you’re going to need some deep pockets to be able to afford its charms.

£3159Buy nowPrice atBack In Action

8. Yo-Yo Desk Bike

£449.95, Yo-Yo Desk

Best bike desk, 7/10

We like: Nicely built, fun concept

We don’t like: Pedals are a little small

Max/min height 95-75cmBlack or white finish optionsDesk surface area 50cm x 51cmNot motorisedFree delivery, minimal construction required2 year warranty

Never mind alternating between sitting and standing, what could be healthier than racking up the miles while working on your laptop?

First impressions are positive. Build quality is exemplary and both the well-cushioned seat and the laptop desk can be adjusted for height (the latter also for reach). Even my 6ft 3in son managed to find a comfortable position, though he did find the pedals a bit undersized.

A manually operated eight-setting resistance control allows you to vary the intensity of your ‘bike ride’, as well as a cupholder and a basic LCD display showing distance covered, calories burnt and so on. Like any other exercise bike, in fact.

So does the ‘pedalling while sat at a desk’ thing work? Well yes, it does. While I wouldn’t want to type out long reports while pedalling, or spend many hours perched atop it, I did find myself able to read emails, browse the internet and watch videos while covering some miles.

Happily, the Desk Bike also proved admirably quiet in a mechanical sense, the main noise heard while I was on Teams meetings being the sound of my own laboured huffing and puffing.

Nobody – not even the manufacturer – is pretending this is a replacement for a proper standing desk, and it’s not especially cheap. But, as a way of surreptitiously getting in some exercise while parked at your laptop, it’s an ingenious solution.

£449.95Buy nowPrice atYo-Yo Desk

9. VariDesk Pro Plus 36

£400, Posturite

Best standing desk converter, 8/10

We like: Allows you to transform your existing desk into a standing type

We don’t like: Your existing desk won’t look very pretty with this atop it

Max/min height 44.5 to 11.5cmAvailable in black or whiteDesk surface area 74cm x 90cmLift capacity 16kgNot motorisedArrives fully assembled5 year warranty

VariDesk’s speciality is making converters that allow regular desks and tables to be used as standing types. This 89cm wide model is the company’s best-selling model though there are 76cm and 119cm wide options available, as well as corner-desk and extra-height versions.

It arrives fully assembled and – once you’ve enlisted somebody’s help to haul its 24kg bulk onto your desk/table – proves easy to operate. Press on the handles at either side and a clever combination of spring-loading and gas-filled struts allows you to manually adjust the desk height to one of 11 height settings.

Make no mistake, it’s a genuinely clever piece of engineering. The split-level monitor shelf and sculpted keyboard shelf deserve particular praise – and it does its job well. But I still can’t help but wonder about the fundamental logic underpinning the concept.

If you’re considering this converter because you already own a desk/table that you’re fond of, well, you’re effectively choosing to obscure it with an indisputably brutal-looking, incredibly bulky to store converter. Investing in a dedicated standing desk might prove easier to live with.

But if you really don’t want to, or can’t, do that, then the VariDesk could well be for you. A convenient, if undeniably imposing, way of joining the standing desk revolution.

£400Buy nowPrice atPosturite

10. Flexispot E8

From £439.99, Flexispot

Most popular standing desk, 7/10

We like: Very sturdy indeed

We don’t like: Chinese origins more evident than in other desks

Max/min height 60 to 125cm11 desktop options with black or white frameDesk surface area 60cm x 120cmLift capacity 125kgDual motors, four preset positionsFree delivery in 7 days (self-assembly)7 year warranty

I did not test the Flexispot myself, but experts have told me it’s one of the biggest sellers on the market.

“The Flexispot E8 standing desk is very popular,” says chartered physiotherapist Susie Martin. “It’s extremely well-made and sturdy, even at the top of its height range. It has a decent 125kg weight capacity, and is perfectly capable of being loaded up with the heaviest computer equipment. The action of the electronic dual motor is really smooth, too – there’s a seven-year guarantee on it – and it’s relatively quiet.”

£439.99Buy nowPrice atFlexispot

11. Sisu Reclaimed Wood Standing Desk

From £1,025, Flomotion

Best sustainable desk, 9/10

We like: Characterful, with superior mechanicals and electronics

We don’t like: As usual, sustainability doesn’t come cheap

Max/min height 133cm to 68cmHand-finished from scaffolding boards and black/grey/white Skylo frameDesk surface area 160 x 80cm (120/140/150/180cm options also available)Lift capacity 160kgDual motorsFree delivery (pre-assembled)One year warranty on tabletop, ten-year warranty on all other components

Norwich-based Flomotion’s Sisu desk can be ordered entirely fabricated from reclaimed scaffold boards, sourced from local contractors. The boards are carefully hand-sanded, polished and joined to create a flush surface, but you still get to see – and touch – a galaxy of minute splits, knots and imperfections.

Clear matt lacquer is the standard finish, but you can opt for the boards to be oiled or stained/lacquered and for the corners to be radiused instead of left square. In day-to day-use, it proves an incredibly satisfying surface to work on.

Delivered pre-assembled, it’s also refreshingly straightforward to put together. I only had to screw in the leg columns, control box and desk control panel. Every element is sourced from Danish desk-actuation experts, Linak.

Flomotion also offers a large range of optional accessories. My sample came with a full-width cable tray and an under-desk drawer. I particularly warmed to the supplied control panel, notable for being able to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and an associated app.

The de rigueur quartet of memory presets make their usual appearance, but this controller has a great party trick: it can also give you a visual reminder to spend no longer than five minutes in every hour standing – or 10 or 15, depending on your tolerance.

Intelligent engineering, allied to that wonderfully tactile tabletop, make this a genuinely charismatic standing desk proposition.

£1025Buy nowPrice atFlomotion

12. Logitech CASA pop-up desk

£179.99, Logitech

Best standup laptop, 8/10

We like: elegant looking accessory package that’s good for your WFH karma

We don’t like: a mouse and a mat would be preferable to a touchpad

Combination laptop stand/keyboard/touchpadMax/min height – 16cm (when opened to use as a laptop stand)Takes up to 17in laptopsAvailable in Nordic Calm (purple/grey), Bohemian Blush (pink), Classic Chic (green)Battery life after a full charge: Five months (keyboard), three weeks (touchpad)Weight 1.2kgTwo-year warranty

Designed for the Work from Home crowd (still a thing, I promise you), this is an accessory case-cum-laptop stand, cunningly disguised as a smart, linen-bound folio, with a USB-C powered Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad hidden inside. Unfolded, it raises your laptop up to a more comfortable height and lets you tap away on the connected keyboard and touchpad, before stowing them all away at the end of the working day. Out of sight, out of mind, is the broad idea.

And in most respects, it succeeds. My sample (in Nordic Calm) proved impressively stable while elevating my 13in Macbook Air to a more comfortable, even if still not absolutely ideal viewing height. The decently weighted keyboard works with Windows, macOS and ChromeOS, and proved very straightforward to connect to, as well as agreeably tactile to type on.

Even the touchpad, which was marginally laggier than the keyboard, didn’t really offend, although I do question the rationale for its inclusion at all. Logitech advises – on its own website – that you’re actually much better off with a mouse than a touchpad, as it makes you 50% more productive, is 30% faster to use and is generally much more relaxing on the shoulders, neck and forearm. Oops.

Shop around and you could definitely buy a keyboard, touchpad and laptop stand for less money but that would be to miss the point of the CASA package. It’s the concept’s neatness and integration that elevate it. So long as you’re OK with a touchpad, it’s a worthwhile buy.

£179.99Buy nowPrice atLogitech

Best standing desk mats

For all the benefits of standing desks, there’s no doubt that – initially, at least – standing for prolonged periods of time on a hard floor can take some getting used to.

Investing in an anti-fatigue mat for your new desk will make acclimatising to the change much easier. In fact, I’d go so far as to say you absolutely shouldn’t use a standing desk without one, given the possible risk of muscle injury, or even varicose veins, from standing still on a hard floor for too long.

Mats for standing desks are generally made of varying thicknesses of washable polyurethane, the idea being that they encourage you to shift your feet around when you are stood up. Doing so boosts your blood circulation, as well as improving posture, too.

Incidentally, there are no hard and fast rules as to whether you should wear shoes while standing on them. Just do whatever feels most comfortable.

1. IMPRINT CumulusPRO [Deluxe]

£159.95, Sit-Stand

Best standing desk mat, 9/10

2cm thick polyurethane10 year warrantyFree delivery in 2 days

Billed as the ‘world’s favourite commercial grade standing desk anti-fatigue mat’ you’d expect, the CumulusPRO to be something special. It doesn’t disappoint. It’s actually slightly firmer than the cheaper Yo-Yo MAT but all the better for it. I definitely felt I could stand for longer on this one. Relatively wide, it’ll give you plenty of room to, quite literally, spread your legs.

£159.95Buy nowPrice atSit-Stand

2. Yo-Yo MAT

£64.95, Yo-Yo Desk

Best value standing desk mat, 8/10

2cm thick polyurethane10 year warrantyFree delivery in 2 days

This comes in Mini, Medium and Large sizes so you’ll definitely be able to find one that suits your particular desk. I tested the Medium-sized version (77cm x 50cm) and concluded that while there’s some benefit going larger (if you have the room), the Mini-sized one is only really worthwhile if you’ve purchased a single-pillar desk, like the Back In Action Compact. At 2cm thick it strikes a nice balance between comfort and cost and comes with the reassurance of a 10-year guarantee.

£64.95Buy nowPrice atYo-Yo Desk

Standing desk FAQ

How long should you stand at a standing desk?

Health professionals recommend avoiding long periods of sitting in one position and advise those with pain to take regular breaks to get up and move around. Research is still ongoing but the general consensus is that it’s best to follow the ’20-8-2′ rule. This recommends that it’s best to sit for 20 minutes, stand for 8 minutes and then find an excuse to walk around for a couple of minutes before repeating the routine.’

Does standing up affect our ability to concentrate?

No, all the available research generally seems to support the idea that standing up at a desk doesn’t interfere with cognitive skills or performance.

Are there any other health benefits to standing up at a desk?

‘We know that sitting doesn’t use up as much energy as standing or walking,’ says Martin, ‘therefore long periods sitting with little exercise can contribute to obesity and lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.’

Do I need to go to the gym as often, if I get a standing desk?

A standing desk isn’t a replacement for cardiovascular exercise since there are other needed adaptations within the body that only occur during exercise that gets your heart and lungs pumping.

What’s the main disadvantage of standing desks?

Essentially, the higher initial purchase cost. However, as research continues into the longer-term benefits for healthcare systems, organisations and individuals, these may well outweigh the additional initial premium.

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