For the past year or so, I’ve been looking into getting a stand-up desk. Not only because of the research behind their benefits (there are, of course, articles to the contrary as well, of course), telomeres, et cetera, that’s a secondary reason, but because I don’t like sitting down for long periods of time. If you do the math, no matter how many times you get up and walk around, you still have to sit down for far longer than you’re up, if you want to get anything worthwhile done.
So I looked into my many, varied, and expensive options, of which the best quality were:
I wasn’t in any hurry to get the desk just yet—then I had my hip surgery. Long story short, I was told it would greatly benefit me to get one…even during my rehab. So that added a little motivation to my search.
I was “this close” to making a decision on which sit-stand desk to get…when I realized I just didn’t want to give my desk! I mean, it has lots of pockets, you know? Places to put things. If I gave up the desk, I’d also have to buy filing cabinets and what not, and I really didn’t want to keep spending more and more money. Had already spent quite a bit of it this year, and we still have some unfinished house repairs to deal with.
So…I reconsidered the sit-stand desk converter.
It sits atop your desk and expands upward. And, maaan, they are so much cheaper!
I finally bought mine at Flexispot.com, off Amazon. And to make things even better there was a $30 certificate that reduced the price! I later saw that certificate went up to some $70, so you never know, and there might even be some better incentives now, after Christmas. I also didn’t have to pay for shipping—or return shipping if I need to send it back for some reason. I got the M7MN version, which is in “mahogany”…veneer mahogany, I’m sure, but it’s beautiful. Check out there site…they seem much more reasonable, though I admit I have not researched them much at all beyond my own find.
The other thing you really need is a high quality anti-fatigue mat. Yes, you really need one. When I first started using these things, several years ago, I tried it without the mat, and all that standing nails your knees and/or your back. So find yourself a really durable, thick mat. I’ve ordered one, but haven’t received it yet, so not sure how it will work out just yet. I’ve used a couple, and the thick, gnarly durable ones are what you want, not the cheap (or expensive) “paper-thin” ones.
I’ve had the sit-stand converter for a coming up on a week, and so far it’s perfect!
I am so damned pleased with it, and can now stand at my desk…and yes, it helps incredibly with my rehab. The converter is stable and well made. Has “infinite stops,” since there are no “hard” settings at where to stop it. Depending on your height, as in less than or greater than about 6’1″, you’ll want to check the specs, because the taller you are, the more range of height adjustment you’ll need.
You’ll also need to consider your sitting height. You always want your body and arms to be ergonomically correct (there are tons of articles out there). So, please do your research.
And if you have a wired keyboard you may have to go wireless…but if you do, get an encrypted mouse and keyboard. I’ve read that Bluetooth versions are not recommend (there seemed to be multiple reasons why), but don’t remember where that was, but again, the amazing resources of the Internet…do your research!
There are many different versions of sit-stand desks or converters out there, but, as I’ve found, you don’t need to buy a top-brand name, like BTOD, VeriDesk, or Work Rite’s Advent, which are insanely expensive. They pride themselves on Germain-engineered gearing and all, but good Lord, they can see you coming, as an in-law who bought one said, and they ain’t shy about their prices. I had managed to find one (the Vert Desk V3) where I was to get bare bones, at about $7XX, but that’s a rare find, and was during a sale. Again, there is so much to go into, here, I don’t really want to spend the time detailing it all, because it does get lengthy quickly, and you can find the reviews out there. BTOD actually does in-depth and useful reviews.
But…I just didn’t want to give up my desk!
And I’m glad I didn’t.
So…for now…I am quite happy with my Flexispot M7MN.