Hi Lifehacker, I spend eight hours a day at my computer and/or in the classroom, and I’m ready to make the switch to a standing desk. I could go DIY, but I’d really like to just buy one. For their popularity, it’s very hard to find one I can simply buy (and assemble, if need be). Although I’m a student and not made of money, I am willing to spend a reasonable amount if the desk is good. Do you know where one can be found? Thanks, Stood Up
Dear Stood Up,
We have featured lots of ways to build a standing desk here at Lifehacker, but you’re right to say that virtually all of them involve an element of DIY. That’s not entirely surprising; you want a standing desk to be at an optimal height for you, which necessarily involves some customisation (unlike a seated desk, where it’s normally the chair height that can be adjusted). DIY desks are also likely to be cheaper, and as a student that might be your best choice.
That’s not to say there aren’t options. Lifehacker’s publisher Seamus purchased a hydraulic standing desk from AME System (the one pictured in this post) and speaks very highly of it. Each one is custom-built so you can fit options you want (he had a bunch of extra power outlets added). That isn’t the cheapest way to do it, but it does get you a desk that can be configured to suit different needs and will last a long time.
I haven’t made the standing desk switch myself, so I don’t want to just fling up a list of links I’ve found in a few minutes’ searching. Instead, I’ll put this out to the readers. If you’ve purchased a standing desk locally and loved (or loathed) it, please tell us in the comments.
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