How to choose the best standing desk for you

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Struggling to choose the best adjustable-height standing desk for your home or office? We get it. We love it when our customers hit us up every day with emails, social media messages, and calls, asking us how to choose between our many different Jarvis models, desktop converters, and more unique options like Jaswig, and that’s why we put together this guide. After countless conversations, we’ve found there are three big considerations when shopping for a new desk:

Style

What style appeals to you and fits your vision for your workspace?

Space

How much space do you have for a desk?

Budget

How much do you have to spend on one (and is your employer helping cover the cost)?

Whether everything in your world is small, or the sky’s the limit, we can help you find your way to healthier working. Read on to learn more about your style, space, and budget options for each of our unique desks.

Intro to standing desks
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Desk converters

Great for small spaces and small budgets

Turn any surface into an adjustable-height sit-stand workspace.

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Jarvis

Fitting most budgets, spaces and styles

Extended-range frames accommodate the shortest sitters and tallest standers.

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Remi

Simple and reliable for smaller budgets

Should accommodate most sitting and standing heights.

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Jaswig

Stylishly low profile and affordable

Only designed for standing heights.

i.   Desktop
  converters

Desktop converters

Great for small spaces and small budgets

Fully cooper standing desk converter in black on a table with a black Tic Toc chairFully cooper standing desk converter in black on a table with a black Tic Toc chair

If your “office” is really just your kitchen table (and you have to relinquish it at dinner time), or you want to transform your existing desk at work into a standing one, you might consider a standing desktop converter— also known as a riser. 

Converters use clever mechanics to transform most surfaces— tables, existing fixed-height desks, and even low bookshelves— into a standing desk, getting you moving in a small space and on an equally small budget. 

We offer two options, each with their own strengths. Learn more about our Cora Standing Desk Converter and Cooper Standing Desk Converter below. 

A good fit if:

  • You’re working with a small space
  • You have a small budget
  • You need to turn a dining table or existing desk into an adjustable-height workspace.

Cora

Small but mighty

Cora is just 1.3” tall when completely flat. Press the side levers and give a little lift, and it blossoms into a desktop that can hold 22 pounds and extend to 15.7” tall. It also fits perfectly on a standard dorm room desk, and easily slides under your bed, in a closet, or under the couch when not in use.

With Cora, you can get up out of your chair and moving for around $150.

Fully Cora standing desk converter in whiteFully Cora standing desk converter in white
Fully Cooper Bamboo standing desk converterFully Cooper Bamboo standing desk converter

Cooper

Bigger with a built-in keyboard tray

Boasting ample surface area and a keyboard tray that adds even more room and the ability to  get your hands into a better posture. A smooth, silent hydraulic cylinder lifts this standing desk converter as much as 16”, hitting every measurement in between. And Cooper is tough. It can lift 35 pounds of computer hardware. You can even attach a Jarvis Monitor Arm.

Cooper starts at just $299. That’s a great price for a standing desk converter that hits all the heights you need. The ample space and superior materials are what set it apart from other desk converters online.

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ii.   Jarvis

Jarvis adjustable-height standing desks

Fits most budgets, spaces, and styles

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk Contour with black frame Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk Contour with black frame

There’s good reason our Jarvis Standing Desk is the best reviewed desk on the internet. If you have the space and budget for it, Jarvis is the way to go.

The magic of Jarvis is in the legs and frame construction. No matter which size, price, or style of Jarvis you choose, you’re always getting a standing desk that has earned us an average review of 4.7 stars. 4.74 stars

Frame colors

Frame colors: alloy black silver and white Frame colors: alloy black silver and white

Alloy, black, silver, white

A good fit if:

  • You have space for an entirely new desk (even a small one)
  • You crave serious style and/or want to customize your desk to suit your space
  • Your budget has some flexibility

A guide to customizing your Jarvis

From mini to L-shaped and bamboo to hardwoods, Jarvis comes in a variety of sizes, desktops, frame colors, price points and more. To help you explore your options, we’ve created the below guide. Start with the desktop style you like, and then check out the size, style and price options available. Then check out some of our more unique Jarvis options.

Laminate desktops

Black, graphite, maple, walnut, white, and whiteboard laminateBlack, graphite, maple, walnut, white, and whiteboard laminate

Black, graphite, maple, walnut, white, whiteboard

Our Jarvis laminate desktops come in 12 sizes, including five size options for our L-shaped frame. They are also among our most affordable, starting at $479.

The tops are made with a high-density core of 100% recycled wood fiber on the inside, and a water-proof, scratch-resistant polymer on the outside. Our laminates are GREENGUARD certified to be low in chemical emissions. Good for you and for the planet.

If you’re willing to spend a little more, we make our Jarvis adjustable standing desk with a whiteboard top where you can write formulas and notes, or perfect your graffiti. Jarvis Whiteboard Standing Desks come in three sizes.

Fully Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk in Walnut on an Alloy frame Fully Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk in Walnut on an Alloy frame
Fully Jarvis Bamboo L-Shaped Standing Desk Natural Bamboo on a White FrameFully Jarvis Bamboo L-Shaped Standing Desk Natural Bamboo on a White Frame
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk in Natural Bamboo on a White FrameFully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk in Natural Bamboo on a White Frame

Bamboo desktops

Natural bamboo, Dark bambooNatural bamboo, Dark bamboo

Natural, dark

Also starting at $519, Jarvis bamboo desktops come in 15 sizes, including five options for our L-shaped frame and three in our contour-shaped desktop. Like our laminate desktops, our bamboo tops are our most affordable with the same starting price. Bamboo is also our most earth friendly option.

The bamboo we use for our desktops comes from sustainable forests, where it's grown without pesticides or fertilizers and matures for five years. To preserve its natural beauty, we apply a tough UV-cured, water-based polyurethane coating. And for our new dark bamboo, we've sourced an environmentally friendly water-based stain that allows the grain to show through.

ii.   Jarvis

Hardwood and reclaimed wood desktops
Jarvis Walnut Hardwood standing deskJarvis Walnut Hardwood standing desk
Jarvis Reclaimed Wood Heirloom standing deskJarvis Reclaimed Wood Heirloom standing desk

Hardwood options

Maple, walnut-stained maple, and walnutMaple, walnut-stained maple, and walnut

Maple, walnut-stained maple, solid walnut

Reclaimed options

Chicory, heirloom, konaChicory, heirloom, kona

Chicory, heirloom, kona

For fans of handcrafted wood desktops, we offer sustainable maple, walnut and reclaimed timber of various kinds.

Tops come in 48"x30", 60"x30" 72"x30, and 78"x30" sizesTops come in 48"x30", 60"x30" 72"x30, and 78"x30" sizes
Mid-century inspired
Jarvis Albright standing deskJarvis Albright standing desk
Jarvis Evolve standing deskJarvis Evolve standing desk

We worked with heart-aligned designer, Vincent Leman to create Jarvis desktops with both functional and beautiful, custom built-in drawers. Take a look at these handcrafted Jarvis Albright and Jarvis Evolve desks.

Many top color options Many top color options

Many drawer and surface options

He hews his desktops from solid walnut, cherry, oak, and maple in his studio on the shore of Lake Michigan, where the hardwoods grow. He has a line of modern furniture called Rocket Mission. It’s his take on the Mission style. Jarvis Albright is his very modern take on the Carlton House Desk, an English icon.

ii.   Jarvis

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Jarvis Crank-Powered

The most budget-friendly Jarvis is our Jarvis crank desk, which starts at $449 and has a hand crank that raises and lowers the desktop instead of an electric motor. You still get the same gorgeous bamboo top as our electric Jarvis, but it’s only available in two sizes and in the black, silver and white frame colors.

Jarvis Treadmill

If you want to really move on the job, and your budget will stretch, take a look at the Jarvis Treadmill Desk, (starting at $1,559). When paired with our longer Jarvis desk tops, you can also comfortably fit a chair next to the treadmill for ultimate flexibility.

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DIY Jarvis

You can also buy just the frame for both our classic 2-legged Jarvis (starts at $399) and our L-shape (starts at $889). You can add any top your heart desires by following our drill template. Grab some inspiration on our blog and our Instagram from awesome customers who have made their Jarvis unique to them.

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iii.   Remi

Remi standing desk

Simple and reliable for smaller budgets

Fully Remi Standing Desk Black laminate on a Black frameFully Remi Standing Desk Black laminate on a Black frame

Remi is the result of a collaborative mission by Fully designers to launch a new adjustable-height desk that’s more accessible to budget-conscious customers, without sacrificing quality. Remi uses the same dual motor construction as Jarvis, making it a truly solid alternative.

A good fit if:

  • You would really love a Jarvis, but your budget just doesn’t stretch far enough
  • You’re happy with fewer style choices

Remi is available in just two sizes— 46” x 24” and 58” x 27”. You have four color combination options between the black or white frames and the black or white laminate desktops.

Remi starts at $449 for the 46” size. It can also be assembled in about 20 minutes flat, making it even easier to get serious movement into your workday. Remi is also BIFMA and UL certified.

Desktop options

Black, whiteBlack, white

Black, white

Frame colors

black, whiteblack, white

Black, white

Top sizes: 46"x27" and 58" x 27"Top sizes: 46"x27" and 58" x 27"
Remi Standing Desk white laminate top white frame with Luna stool and Aleris lampRemi Standing Desk white laminate top white frame with Luna stool and Aleris lamp
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iv.   Jaswig

Jaswig

Stylishly low profile and affordable

Fully Jaswig standing deskFully Jaswig standing desk

If your office is really just a converted bedroom closet or a corner of your living room, and you want to get up from the old folding table you stuffed in there, we have an idea for you: our Jaswig Nomad adjustable standing desk. With a patented height-adjustment mechanism and an easy assembly process, the design is elegantly simple, but not simplistic. You really have to see it to believe how the height adjusts with no motors or gears.

A good fit if:

  • You want something small while still making a statement
  • You want something that fits a smaller budget

Jaswig’s surface is 31.5” by 21.5”. That’s big enough for a laptop, coffee, a notebook, and even a picture of your pet. It will brighten up any corner you put it in, and it has space in the desktop for supplies. Beyond the home office, it makes a great little workstation in the kitchen for paying bills or making grocery lists.

And Jaswig Nomad can be yours for $325.

Jaswig standing desk in use by a woman working Jaswig standing desk in use by a woman working
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We hope this guide has helped you turn those dials and figure out which adjustable standing desk, or standing desk converter is right for you. If you need help convincing your boss or HR team to help you pay for your new desk, we have some great information for you here.

Want more help deciding? Get in touch with any questions. We love talking about how you can get a move on at work.