Table tops (BYO Fixed Legs)
The cheapest way to go is to get a table top and some fixed legs. Pick sitting or standing heigh, and then never change it.
|Ikea Table tops||Dimensions||Price|
|Ikea Bekant oak veneer||47 1/4x31 1/2 "||$80|
|Ikea Bekant oak veneer||55 1/8x23 5/8 "||$90|
|Ikea Bekant oak veneer||63x31.5"||$100|
|Ikea Gerton beech||61x29.5"||$100|
|Ikea Hilver, bamboo||55 1/8x25 5/8 "||$79|
Adjustable Sitting/Standing desks using a manual crank are cheaper and more reliable than motorized versions. If you get a motorized version, then pay for a good one because many places cut costs on the motors and they stop working (I'm looking at you, Ikea).
|Crank Sit/Standing Desk Name||Dimensions||Price||Weight Limit|
|ErgoMax Crank Desk Frame||(44" to 64" W) x ~25D x 44(28" to 45" H)||$250||175 lbs|
|Tranzendesk 55" Crank Standing Desk (Black Frame)||55" W x 23.6" D x (27.5" to 46" H)||$299||85 lbs|
|72” Crank Adjustable Standing Conference Table / Large Standing Desk||72.25" W x 36.125" D x (29.75" to 49.75" H)||$399||154 lbs.|
|SmartDesk 2 Premium||53"L x 29"W x (26.4" - 52" H)||$599||300 lbs|
|Uplift (v1) 42x30” (~182x76cm)||42" W x 30" x (25.3" to 50.9")||$649||355 lbs.|
|Uplift (v1) 48x30” (~182x76cm)||72" W x 30" x (25.3" to 50.9")||$699||355 lbs.|
|Uplift (v1) 72x30” (~182x76cm)||72" W x 30" x (25.3" to 50.9")||$859||355 lbs.|
Uplift Desk recommendation from Matt Layher's remote office setup
Most drafting chairs are literally 2-4 inches too short (at their highest adjustment) to actually be tall enough for a desk adjusted to standing height for the average-height male. Most drafting stools/chairs go up to like 31 inches, while you really need one to go up to 34 inches if you’re between like ~5'8" to 6'4". The Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair with 18.5" Diameter Adjustable Footring, Black Fabric Seat is one actually goes up to 34" seat height.
Standing Desk Accessories
I typically stand on a wobble/motion/rocker board, but when I don't, I like to use an $11 folding plastic step stool for one foot. I use it kind of like the foot rail at a pub's bar counter to vary my position. I also have an Anti-Fatigue Standing Comfort Mat, but it's just a random one.
Joe Kenny (from Khan Academy) recommended:
So much of this is personal preference but Knoll & HAT are both brands I highly recommend. Both brands are on the higher end cost wise. Most folks have been happy with IKEA offerings. We recently installed a few of these autonomous desks and were pleased. A hassle to build, but they function well. Autonomous has sales often, so worth watching. We have Knoll brand chairs at HQ. Great brand, a little pricey.
Steve Swartz (from Alfa Jango) recommended this affordable furniture setup for an entire office:
- Bekant Table top
- ErgoMax Crank Desk Frame
- Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair with 18.5" Diameter Adjustable Footring, Black Fabric Seat
An Ergonomic Consultant recommended these:
|Laptop Risers||NextStand Laptop Riser|
|Roost Laptop Riser|
|Lapdesk||LapGear Home Laptop Desk|
|Ergo Keyboards||Apple Magic Wireless Keyboard|
|Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard|
|Kinesis Freestyle 2|
|Ergo Mice||Anker Verticle Mouse|
|Logitech M510 Mouse|
|Seat Cushion||Kensington Memory Foam Seat Cushion|
|Lumbar Supports||Kensington Half Back Memory Foam Lumbar Support|
|Fellowes Discovery Back Support|
|Foot Rest||Fellowes Standard Foot Rest|
|Task Chair||Modway Articulate Mesh Chair|
|Sadie Big & Tall Chair|
|Deskmount Sit/Stand Converter||Mount It! Sit/Stand Converter|
- Jabra-Wireless-Noise-Canceling-Headphones-Titanium - Pretty great!
- Sony WH-1000XM3 - Also very good, but somewhat useless without bluetooth, as usb-c is only for charging and audio cable use disables the microphone.
- Bose 700 or QuietComfort 35 II
- Jabra Evolve 40 UC Professional Wired Headset, Stereo – Telephone Headset for Greater Productivity, Superior Sound for Calls and Music, 3.5mm Jack/USB Connection, All-Day Comfort Design, UC Optimized
- Plantronics Blackwire C3220 Headset
- Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone - no microphone
- Antlion ModMic - Microphone add on to existing headphones
- Arctis Wired Headsets