Standing Desks in Canada

Adjustable Height Stand Up Desk Review

manual adjustable height desk in standing position


Everything you need to know about adjustable sit stand desks from someone who works at one 12 hours a day. I finally broke down and bought an adjustable height desk a few months ago, I stand for the majority of work day but I do alternate as needed.

From my personal experience I believe It’s in your best interest to avoid sitting for long periods during the day. Give it some time and your feet will get used to long periods of standing. You’ll feel more energetic, your metabolism will increase and your back is going to thank you.

I had a limited budget so I decided to purchase a desk frame and use my table top to save some cash. I had a perfect table top from an lab bench so I decided to use that, I figured that using my own table top probably saved me a couple hundred dollars.

I was extremely impressed with the quality of the desk frame. The frame is built like a tank, thick metal and impressively engineered. I decided to start with their manual crank version for my home office and I thought if the quality was decent I would spring for the electric adjustable height desk for the office. I’ve been using my manual crank desk for two months now, moving the position from sitting to standing on average about twice per day. So far the desk has been rock solid and I’m very happy I decided to invest in a sit/ stand desk.

Edit Sept 2nd: I’ve been using this desk for almost four months now, extremely happy with it. I raise and lower the desk on average 3-4 times per day and there has been zero issues with the quality. I like the design of the frame, very clean. I’ve ordered the electric desk frame for our new office and I’ll do a video review of that when it arrives.

(Note: I’ve been asked several times where I got the desk frame. The manual crank frame was purchased from Rocky Mountain Desks)

Here is a quick look at the electric Sit/Stand Desk in Action.


manual crank desk frame

The Benefits of Height Adjustable Sit / Standing Desks

It has been well-established (see the accompanying articles on this website and take another look at some of the additional research references) that:

  • Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Sitting all day in an office is a death sentence.
  • Exercise, even an hour or more of vigorous exercise every day, does not offset the effects of excessive prolonged sitting. In fact, prolonged sitting is too much sitting and, I repeat, is dangerous to your health.
  • Too much standing can also be risky in a lot of ways. It may be just as bad as sitting for too long.
  • There is a need to balance sitting time and standing time at work. The balance between the two is not the same for everyone, depending on age, health and physical condition.

There are a number of possible solutions to this dilemma:

  • You may have a large enough office space that you can have both a stand-up and a sit-down desk and you may be able to vary your tasks such that you don’t need to move a lot of material from one location to the other every time you need to move from one station to the other.
  • Some people may find it acceptable to just use a standing desk and sit on a stool or high chair for a break from time-to-time. This is probably more workable in some professions than in others; for most office workers, I do not believe working on a high stool would be efficient or comfortable.
  • Treadmill desks have been around for awhile and some people swear by them. Of course, they don’t get around the problem of standing too much; however, at least your legs are moving and the circulation problems associated with standing in a fixed position will be alleviated. Sore feet may also be less of a concern. However, people who are overweight, pregnant or those with specific health concerns, e.g. heart problems, are not good candidates for a treadmill desk. I personally use a treadmill desk for reading reports, including some on my laptop, but I find it very unsatisfactory for writing or typing, other than for very brief notes. You might be able to get around this by setting your treadmill at a very low speed; I personally can’t see the point of getting on a treadmill if I’m not going to get some exercise benefit.
  • The only solution that is really likely to work for most people is to get a sit/stand desk. This gives you the opportunity to balance your time between sitting and standing. As Petra says on, “the so-called diseases of aging – osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pelvic floor disorders, high blood pressure, and more – are all diseases of movement. Not enough movement, and not the right movement.” I wouldn’t claim that the sit/stand desk will be the answer to all your health tribulations. You will still need to incorporate healthy exercise (and other healthy choices) into your lifestyle if you want to feel really good. But the sit/stand desk is a change you can make to your life right now and you can incorporate it while doing something, i.e. work, that you need to do anyway.

The next article is going to include sections on 1) how to convince your boss, 2) how to choose the right desk for yourself, 3) a discussion of some related accessories and 4) maybe a couple more reasons why you should start right now.

Get either a manual crank or electric adjustable height desk now to enjoy it for the rest of your life.