The Demise of the Desk Potato

Are you tired of sitting behind a desk? You can take a stand, literally.

Stand-up desks that you can adjust in height manually or via an electric motor, so you can work standing or sitting, have been around for commercial/business use. Now at least 10 stand-up desks from nine manufacturers are marketed for home-office use.

These stand-up desk models are 36–72 inches wide and start at $640. However, stand-up desks don’t have drawers or other storage space. For that, you’d have to buy a rolling cabinet or a file drawer that fits under the desk surface.

We even found stand-up platforms that extend the height of a traditional desk. Ergo Desktop makes a variety of what they call “adjustable desk” models (starting at $299) that you place on an existing desk. At the touch of a button, the platform rises up to 15 inches above your desk, which allows you to stand while you work. The platform includes a bracket that can raise a desktop-computer monitor an additional 6-1/2 inches.

Using a stand-up desk can be better for a person’s health than is sitting at a desk all day, health experts say. If standing while you work isn’t enough of a health bump for you, believe it or not, you even can walk while you work at home. We found 12 work surfaces from five companies that let you use your treadmill while you work or that combine a desk and a treadmill. These models are suitable for doing computing and phone work while you walk at a slow pace.

Treadmill workstations start at $480 for a basic work surface that has legs that straddle your treadmill. Models that come with a treadmill start at $730.

None of the models that we found has storage space.