The 10 Best Standing Desks in Australia For 2022 [Compared & Reviewed]

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Steven McConnell
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June 16, 2022

Last updated: August 2nd, 2022

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Tired of working from your old desk? You’ve come to the right place. This article will compare 10 of the best standing desks on the Australian market in 2022.

I’ll look at their features, costs, strengths, and weaknesses and see how they stack up against each other in terms of their:

  • Build Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Design
  • Value For Money

To help me pick the best standing desk for my needs, I’ve also enlisted the help of Australia’s leading musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Antony Lo.

Known as The Physio Detective, and with 3 decades of experience in human movement, he offered invaluable advice that I’ll share below.

The 10 Best Standing Desks in Australia are:

  1. UpDown Desk – Best overall standing desk in Australia.
  2. Desky Dual – Best standing desk for cable management.
  3. Artiss – Best standing desk if you’re on a budget.
  4. Movi – Best up-down converter.
  5. Vari – Best all-rounder.
  6. Ikea Trotten – Best for students.
  7. StandDesk – Best new entrant to the Australian market.
  8. EverDesk – Best cable management system.
  9. JasonL – Best for customisability.
  10. X-Desk – Best for show-offs.

If you’re interested in why I decided to write this review of the best standing desks in Australia or my judging criteria, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

1. UpDown Pro Desk.

Overall best standing desk in Australia.

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Shown in photo: my UpDown Pro Standing Desk with New Messmate desktop, plus a few accessories.

The UpDown Pro Standing Desk has taken the #1 spot in my review of Australia’s best standing desks for 2022 – because it provides the sturdiest frame in a supremely well-made and stylish package.

It’s the last electric standing desk you’ll ever buy.

Pros.

This standing desk is rich in desktop options, including Victorian Ash, Jarrah, Bamboo, Messmate and hard-wearing Melamine board.

The Australian-sourced, recycled hardwood eucalypt desktop (also known as Messmate) is my favourite option, with Victorian Ash and Acacia in a tie for second place.

Important!

I love the fact that UpDown Desk offers a risk-free, 100-day trial on all of its Pro series electric standing desks. The company will pay for the cost of returning your desk from anywhere in Australia if you choose to send it back.

But the best feature of the UpDown Pro stand-up desk is its bulletproof feel. The powder-coated steel frame feels ridiculously strong and satisfyingly chunky.

It is very well-made, and the coating layer is thick enough to protect the standing desk from bumps and scuffs.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that you could probably drop this sit-stand desk from the 3rd storey window, and it would stay intact.

It’s almost over-engineered.

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Shown in photo: my Pro series standing desk is optioned with a metal lockable drawer and standing mat from UpDown, cable management spine from Bradteck, a floating laptop table from Tether Tools and a few other bits.

At the risk of sounding older than I am, I’ll say that the UpDown Pro’s build quality reminds me of “the good old times” – before Ikea and cheap, semi-disposable furniture flooded the Australian market.

Not only is hardwood beautiful to the eye and great to touch, but at 27mm, it’s 2mm thicker than the other options, which amplifies that rock-solid, quality feel.

If something does break or get wobbly, the standing desk’s frame and electrical components are backed by a 10-year Australian warranty.

Apart from rock-solid build quality, the UpDown Pro electric standing desk offers a massive range of options to personalise your workspace to your needs.

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Shown in photo: the UpDown Pro Desk with much of the bling removed.

Choose castor wheels, monitor arms, handy lockable drawers and power rails to build an ergonomic, stylish and efficient home office – to your exact spec.

Cons.

There’s honestly not much to pick on.

You can assemble the desk using included tools and a screwdriver – regardless of your choice of desktop. But you’ll appreciate having a power drill if you choose a hardwood desktop and a metal drawer.

(Screwing the bolts into hardwood is more difficult than you think).

While the UpDown Pro desk’s range of options is comprehensive, it means you’ll probably spend above your budget.

By the time you option your desk with a beautiful hardwood desktop, a lockable drawer, a cable tray, an anti-fatigue standing mat and a cable management tray (essential, IMHO), you may spend more than you had initially planned.

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Shown in photo: close-up of the work area. Note the optional power rail clamped to the right-hand side of the desk.

Be aware that this standing desk is heavy – especially if you spec it with a hardwood desktop. This, of course, is the unavoidable flipside of its ridiculously strong metal construction – and won’t pose a problem once you set it up.

But remember to have a strong pair of hands nearby after assembly to help you manoeuvre it into position.

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Shown in photo: optional cable management holes with metal grommets are an $84 option.

Overall.

The UpDown Pro Series is my #1 recommended sit-stand desk in Australia because it has every feature you need in a stylish, robust package. This desk will add to – not detract from – your WFH environment.

I love solid wood furniture, so I upgraded to the UpDown Pro from The Artiss standing desk (see below).

If you are the same, opt for a hardwood Messmite or Victorian Ash desktop on your UpDown Pro desk – you won’t regret it.

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Shown in photo: the New Messmate hardwood desktop is particularly pretty in the morning sun.

Which size should you choose? Personally, I feel that the 150 cm X 75 cm desktop offers the best balance between usability and bulk.

✔ 100-day, risk-free trial period
✔ Sturdy and wobble-free
✔ 100% Australian owned
✘ Options can get expensive

Price.

The UpDown Pro Series stand-up desk isn’t cheap, but you do get what you pay for. Check the current price here.

As a rough guide, prices start at $899 for a desk with a Melamine desktop and top out north of $2,000 when specced with hardwood and optional extras.

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 160 kg
  • Work area: 180/150/120 cm (W) x 75 cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Between 64 cm and 127.5 cm

2. Desky Dual Standing Desk.

Best if UpDown Pro doesn’t offer enough options.

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Shown in photo: Desky Dual with a hardwood Pheasantwood desktop. Yep, whoa.

The Desky Dual adjustable standing desk is very similar in price, construction and design to the UpDown Pro Standing Desk, but it varies in 3 important ways:

  • Optional scallop at the back of the desk (for improved cable management).
  • Different desktop wood choices.
  • Slightly less heavy-duty construction.

Let’s take a look at this sit-stand desk in detail.

Pros.

I love the option of a carved scallop at the rear of this sit-stand desk. This is excellent if you plan to position your desk flush against the wall.

It allows you to run cables to the back without drilling holes in the wood or pinching the cables between the wall and the desk.

If UpDown Pro’s desktop colours don’t fit your decor, the Desky Dual standing desk offers a few unique alternatives.

For example, Dark Bamboo is a sleek, stylish and inexpensive option. But if you want your stand-up desk’s vibe to be less “Death Star” and more “luxury catamaran”, opt for hardwood Pheasantwood, Red Oak or Walnut options.

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Shown in photo: Desky Dual with a Melamine top in Burnished Wood colour. Also, notice how the rear scallop creates room for cables and monitor arms.

Like the UpDown Pro, Desky offers a trial, but its duration is less generous at 7 days (vs UpDown’s 30 days) and conditional on you not affixing the desktop to the frame (which would create holes).

In contrast, the UpDown Pro can be returned even if you have screwed the desktop to the desk frame.

(By the way, your WFH setup isn’t complete without an ergonomic office chair. Read my full guide to the best office chairs here).

Desky’s generous 10-year warranty ensures peace of mind, while the option to integrate up to 8 power sockets underneath the desk will keep owners of elaborate multi-device workstations clutter-free.

Cons.

Let’s talk numbers. The Desky Dual’s frame weighs 36kg versus UpDown Pro’s 41kg. It’s also rated at 20kg less than the UpDown Pro standing desk.

You’re not likely to exceed its 140kg rating or break it, but the numbers suggest that Desky’s construction contains less metal in the base.

The frame’s weight is a good proxy for the standing desk’s overall ruggedness.

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Shown in photo: Another angle of the Desky Dual with dark frame legs and a Pheasantwood desktop.

Desky’s maximum elevation of 125cm is slightly less than UpDown’s 127.5cm. It’s not meaningful for most people, but tall folks like me (I’m 200cm) will value every additional centimetre.

Finally, Desky’s assembly instructions are good, but if you’re not mechanically minded, you’ll need more than the quoted 30 minutes to put it together.

Overall.

The Desky Dual is an excellent electric standing desk.

Even though the UpDown Pro edges it out in my 2022 comparison of best standing desks in Australia, it’s a fabulous choice for people who don’t plan to push the limits of the desk’s load and height limits, for whom the scallop option is of benefit or who fall in love with one of the Desky’s wood colour choices.

✔ Scalloped design allows neat placement against a wall
✔ Optional 8 power sockets under the desk
✔ Unique colour options
✘ Less heavy duty than the UpDown Pro
✘ Less generous trial than that of the UpDown Pro
✘ The maximum elevation could be higher

Price.

Prices start at $875 and top out at just above $2,000. This places the Desky Dual in the same price range as the UpDown Pro. Check the current price on the manufacturer’s website.

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 140kg
  • Work area: 150 cm (W) X 75 cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Between 60cm and 125cm

3. Artiss Standing Desk.

The best budget electric standing desk.

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Shown in photo: Artiss sit-stand desk with white frame and natural oak top.

The Artiss is my 3rd best overall standing desk in Australia – because you get a lot of value for a relatively small price.

Customers agree – the desk is currently the #1 Best Seller in the Home Office Desks category on Amazon Australia, with a 4.6-star rating.

I had one of these desks in my home office for almost 2 years until I upgraded to the UpDown Pro Series (mostly because I wanted a desk made from hardwood) – and I had very few complaints about it.

Pros.

Let’s start with simplicity. When ordering your Artiss standing desk, you only have two decisions to make – desktop colour and your colour.

Well, there’s also a choice of 120cm and 140cm desktop sizes, but I recommend that you automatically default to the larger 140cm size to maximise your desk space.

The lack of extra options means the price stays low while you get all the essential features.

Furthermore, the standing desk includes cable management holes, complete with grommets – as standard (hooray!).

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Shown in photo: the Artiss stand-up desk offers four colour desktop choices, all at the same price point. My pick is walnut, matched to a black frame.

Because the Artiss standing desk isn’t expensive, I was worried that its electronics would look and feel like they belong on a children’s toy.

To my great surprise, the height adjustment buttons have a nice, tactile feel – and the control module features a minimalist, modern design.

Cons.

While the desktop material doesn’t look and feel cheap, it’s not to be mistaken for a bamboo desktop or a solid hardwood Tasmanian Oak, either.

In my opinion, the look and feel of the desk are exactly spot-on for this price point. Think ‘Ikea’ rather than ‘Coco Republic’.

The standing desk looks well-designed and charismatic rather than beautiful and high-end.

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Shown in photo: Artiss sit-stand desk with black frame and walnut top. The exact combination I chose for my home office.

Get yourself an UpDown Pro (my #1 best standing desk in Australia) if you want the latter. You’ll get a piece that elevates your WFH space, and will last for 10+ years.

Another interesting observation is the Artiss‘ 70kg load capacity.

While this is enough to support a couple of monitors, a computer, and your body parts’ weight, the UpDown Pro beats this figure by over 200%, with its 160kg maximum load rating.

It confirms my observation that the UpDown desk is one of Australia’s flagship, premium standing desks, while the Artiss is the best option if you want to keep your costs down.

Overall.

As someone who has owned this standing desk for almost 2 years, I know first-hand that it deserves the #3 spot overall. It’s also the best standing desk in Australia if your budget needs to stay around $600.

If I had to summarise the Artiss stand-up desk in a single phrase, it’d be “outstanding value for money”.

✔ Stylish control panel
✔ Very sturdy
✔ Not expensive
✘ Not a statement piece
✘ 70kg load capacity is decent without being outstanding
✘ Bamboo desktop isn’t available

Price.

The Artiss stand-up desk is very well-priced. Expect to pay between $600 and $700 – and not a cent more. Shop the best deals here.

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 70 kg
  • Work area: 140cm (W) x 70cm (D) or 120cm (W) x 60cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Between 72cm and 122cm

4. Movi Desk Converter.

Best sit-stand converter for your existing desk.

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Shown in photo: The Movi doesn’t eat into your desk’s usable space while giving you the option to elevate your workspace.

The Movi standing desk converter snatched the #4 spot in my review of best standing desks in Australia.

It’s a standing desk for people who don’t want a standing desk but want to enjoy all of its benefits.

Pros.

The Movi will convert your traditional desk into an electric sit-stand desk with a button push.

The super-quiet electric motor and spacious 115cm x 70cm work area design are just a few things to love about this height-adjustable standing desk converter.

You can choose from Lite and Pro models, with the latter including nice-to-have (but not essential) features like one-button memory recall and two USB charging ports.

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Shown in photo: Both stylish and practical, the Movi is an inexpensive alternative to “proper” standing desks.

Like most desk converters, the Movi arrives fully assembled at your door, and the 2-year warranty covers all parts.

Cons.

Be mindful that it’s only rated at 15 kg. A chunky monitor plus a couple of peripherals will see you nudging against that limit.

The Movi standing desk converter is not the best solution if you’re used to having multiple heavy monitors.

Expert Tip.

Due to its popularity, the Movi is frequently out of stock. Lead times can be as long as 3 months.

Overall.

The Movi desk converter is a stylish, budget-friendly bamboo desktop that converts your existing desk into a standing table.

It’s not designed for heavy loads and can get a bit wobbly at maximum extension. However, it’s a compelling option in this price bracket.

✔ No assembly is required
✔ Low cost (when compared with dedicated standing desks)
✔ Keep your current desk
✔ Award-winning design
✘ Moderate 15kg weight rating

Price.

The Movi standing desk converter starts at $599. Please check the current price on the manufacturer’s website.

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 15 kg
  • Work area: 115cm (W) x 70cm (D)
  • Footprint: 109cm (W) x 52cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Elevates up to 44cm above your existing desk

5. Vari Standing Desk.

Best standing desk for taller people.

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The Vari stand-up desk is the Toyota Camry of height-adjustable standing desks. It won’t win any design awards, nor does it do anything other standing desks can’t.

But – like the Artiss stand-up desk, it’s practical, user-friendly and relatively inexpensive.

The Vari is for you if you want a good stand-up desk without blowing the budget. That being said, the Artiss does pretty much everything that the Vari does – for about $300 less. This is why the Artiss is my #3 choice, and the Vari is in the #5 spot.

However, the Vari desk does have a cool party trick up its sleeve.

It boasts a best-in-class extension height of 128cm, making it a perfect fit for taller people like me (I’m 2 metres tall!).

You can choose between five colour finishes, and the company claims that the desk’s T-style legs provide enhanced stability (truth be told, almost all stand-up desks that are being sold in 2022 have this type of leg design).

Overall.

✔ Tallest desk on the market
✔ Claimed assembly time of 5 minutes
✘ “Corporate-ish” design

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 99.8 kg
  • Work area: 122cm (W) x 76cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Between 63.5 cm and 128 cm

6. Ikea Trotten.

Best standing desk for students.

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Shown in photo: The Ikea Trotten looks quite smart from a distance. When you get close and start interacting with it, you begin to notice the budget construction.

The Ikea Trotten is a manual standing desk, designed for people on a tight budget. I took a close look at it last time I visited Ikea, and walked away feeling more impressed than I thought I’d be.

I expected it to feel cheap, wobbly and flimsy, but it wasn’t.

Of course, it was nowhere near as sturdy as the premium options from UpDown and Desky, but at 20-40% of their price (depending on your choice of desktop), it’s not a fair comparison.

Cheap and cheerful vibe is certainly there, but for about $350, can you really complain?

I can see this desk appealing to many students and early-stage startup founders who need decent office furniture to support them during long days at work, but don’t have large budgets.

The main problem with the Ikea Trotten is its tiny 50kg maximum load limit.

Laptop warriors won’t find this a problem, but if you have a couple of monitors and a desktop PC, you may find yourself nudging against it rather quickly.

Expert Tip.

Don’t forget that your arms rest on your desk – and count towards the weight limit.

Overall.

✔ Very affordable standing desk
✔ Touch and feel it before you buy
✘ 50 kg weight limit

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 50 kg
  • Work area: 120cm (W) x 70cm (D)

7. StandDesk.

Best new standing desk on the Australian market.

Shown in photo: I love the subtle design details of the StandDesk. Note the reverse angled wedge shape of the desktop.

StandDesk is a relative newcomer to the Australian standing desk market, but it’s already causing a stir by offering risk-free, no-cost-to-you returns.

Until now, UpDown was the only company offering to cover the cost of return shipping.

Important!

Admittedly, UpDown’s return policy is still superior because of its 100-day eligibility window (compared with StandDesk’s 10 days).

StandDesk also offers best-in-class motor speed of 40mm/sec and a very impressive height range of 620mm – 1270mm.

Soft start is also a welcome feature that I haven’t seen in any other desks on the market.

However, my favourite feature of this standing desk is its wireless, integrated 10W phone charger. This brilliant invention allows you to place your phone on the desktop in a designated spot on the desk, and it will charge – without the need to add another messy cable.

The biggest downside of the StandDesk is its limited range of desktop options.

If you’re a fan of hardwood furniture, you’re out of luck. The StandDesk is only offered with bamboo wood options. You get a choice of blackwash, whitewash and natural colours, while size options are:

  • 120 X 70 cm
  • 150 X 80 cm
  • 180 X 80 cm

Overall.

✔ A lot of potential from the new market entrant
✔ Unique, useful options
✘ No hardwood desktops

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 150 kg
  • Work area: 120 cm (W) x 70 cm (D), 150 /180 cm (W) x 80 cm (D)

8. NorthDay EverDesk.

Standing desk with the best cable management system.

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Shown in photo: The EverDesk can be customised to your needs – a number of clever options are available at checkout.

The EverDesk is another newcomer to the Australian market for 2022. It arrived on our shores after establishing itself as one of Singapore’s main stand-up desk brands.

I love the desk’s stylish dial-style controller, which looks much more modern and clean compared to multi-button setups used by all other brands.

The EverDesk will arrive at your door with all holes pre-drilled, which makes assembly very easy.

Important!

Every other standing desk manufacturer insists that you manually screw the desktop to the frame using a screwdriver. The EverDesk is assembled by tightening bolts into pre-drilled holes using a supplied allen key.

However, my favourite feature of the EverDesk is the UniGroove cable management system. It uses a stylish groove at the rear to hold all of your cables in place, even when you disconnect the device.

Best-in-class height range of 60-124 cm ensures that the EverDesk will suit you regardless of how tall or short you are, while a 21-day return policy with full coverage of costs gives you a peace of mind.

Downsides?

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I guess I have to. Why isn’t there a hardwood desktop option?

EverDesk gives you a choice of standard walnut, white and ash desktops, but I’d happily pay a few hundred dollars extra for a premium desktop made from teak or eucalypt.

Expert Tip.

Tight on space? The EverDesk is more narrow than most other standup desk brands. Its 140 cm desktop, for example, is only 60 cm in depth. While this reduces the amount of desktop real estate, it also creates a very compact footprint, which is ideal for tight workspaces.

Overall.

✔ Smart cable management system
✔ Easy to assemble
✘ No hardwood desktops

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 120 kg
  • Work area: 120 cm / 140 cm (W) x 60 cm (D), 160 cm (W) x 70 cm (D)

9. JasonL Standing Desk.

Standing desk with best customisability.

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Shown in photo: I love the subtle design details of the StandDesk. Note the reverse angled wedge shape of the desktop.

If you live in Australia, you know about JasonL. They’re a well-established office furniture brand, with showrooms in most metropolitan centres.

The best way to describe JasonL’s standing desks is via an analogy.

Think of them as a Dell of standing desks. Dell appeals to certain consumers because they have a huge range of options that can be tweaked to any need.

JasonL desks are not as beautiful as UpDown or Desky, nor are they as clever as StandDesk or EverDesk. But they’re endlessly customisable and are backed up by the reputation of a top-tier, fonder-led Australian brand.

Overall.

✔ Endless options
✔ Established Aussie company with bricks and mortar stores
✘ Office-like aesthetic

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: depends on the model
  • Work area: depends on the model

10. XDesk Encore.

A very expensive standing desk, shipped from the U.S.

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Shown in photo: The X-Desk’s marketing is slick, and the desk’s features are abundant. The big question is – is it worth almost $5,000?

The XDesk Encore is a height-adjustable standing desk that markets itself as a feature piece that you will want to display as a piece de resistance of your WFH setup.

Designed and built-in good ol’ Texas, USA, this ergonomic desk offers a mind-boggling amount of optional features to remind us that ergonomic home office furniture can be beautiful.

The option to seamlessly connect Harmon Kardon speakers seems a tad excessive at first, but I’d undoubtedly be tempted to tick it.

I love XDesk’s “build your desk” website functionality, which allows you to configure and order your standing desk exactly to your spec.

Additionally, you can spec the desk with a retractable keyboard platform, a dual-level desktop and even an app that allows you to adjust the desk’s height from an iPad.

Shown in photo: The dual-level desktop is, admittedly, very cool. As someone who always runs out of space on their standing desk, I really like it.

The main downsides that I see with the XDesk Encore (or any standing desk in the XDesk range, for that matter), are:

  • The need to organise shipment to Australia from the US.
  • The need to pay in US dollars.
  • The need to cough up a very premium price.

When those forces combine, you end up with the prospect of having to shell out about $5,000 to have this desk land here in Australia.

If you have a healthy budget and decide to go down that route, start by obtaining a shipping quote before placing your order, either by calling (00+1) 512-212-7758 or using their international shipping form.

But before you do, keep in mind that, out of the box, the X-Desk isn’t compatible with Australian electricity grids.

It’s built with North American power supplies in mind, which means you’ll need to fork out another $60-$250 on a step-down transformer to plug it into a typical Australian household power socket.

Overall.

✔ Huge range of optional features
✔ Elegant design: no exposed screws, hardware or motors
✘ Shipped from the US
✘ Requires a step-down transformer to work in Australia
✘ Costly, especially if you get carried away with options

Specifications.

  • Load capacity: 160 kg
  • Work area: 160cm (W) x 80cm (D)
  • Extension Height: Between 60 cm and 128 cm

Are Standing Desks Better For Your Health?

Yes and no. According to Australian musculoskeletal physiotherapist Antony Lo, the most important thing you can do to preserve your health is to move throughout your workday.

“Standing gives you opportunities to move more – that’s it”, says Antony.

In other words, your body is happiest if it adopts a range of positions throughout the day. Alternating between sitting and standing and having your desk at different levels throughout the day is the best option.

Kelly Starrett, who is often credited as the godfather of the standing desk movement, has a few more tips that will help you enjoy your time at work. See the video below:

Why Did I Write This Review Of The Best Standing Desks In Australia?

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Two years ago, I decided to upgrade my home office with an electrically adjustable standing desk, to have the option of working from a standing position with the push of a button.

The issue?

The Australian market is flooded with standing desks from local and international brands.

Some electric standing desks are cheap and flimsy, while others are unnecessarily overpriced.

My first port of call was Ikea, home of the Bekant sit-stand desk and the Idasen sit-stand desk. To cut a long story short, I disqualified them within five minutes.

Back on the Internet, I found reviews standing desks lacking in necessary context and detail. Most of them simply rehashed the specs I could easily find on manufacturers’ websites and padded them with meaningless superlatives.

I decided to invest quite a bit of time in research, so that I could buy the best sit-stand desk for my needs.

The research took me over 40 hours, and I hope to save you time by sharing my discoveries below.

I ended up buying the Artiss standing desk because, at the time, I had a limited budget and didn’t want to spend more than $700. I needed a sit-stand that would work well, look good, and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

Two years later, I moved into a different home and decided to use this as an opportunity to upgrade my WFH environment. The Artiss height-adjustable standing desk went into storage, and I bought the UpDown desk instead.

This explains why my analyses of the Artiss and the UpDown desk above are rich in detail, while those of the Movi, the Vari, Xdesk and Desky are more factual.

I’ve actually personally owned and used the first two in my home office.

Some of the links below are affiliate links; I may get paid a small commission if you decide to buy a desk that I recommend.

My conclusions are not driven by financial incentives, and I’ll be surprised if the commissions end up being more than beer money. My primary goal is to share my thought process around choosing the best sit-stand desk on the Australian market.

Are Standing Desks Actually Worth It?

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I believe so. Studies have shown that standing desks increase productivity by as much as 45%.

Users report improved energy levels and a better overall mood than those who only use sit-down desks.

A lot of users worry about whether it’s possible to stand for too long at their standing desk. This question deserves its own blog post, and I answered it here – How Long Should You Stand At A Standing Desk?

3 Types Of Standing Desks In Australia.

The terms “standing desk”, “sit-stand desk” and “stand up desk” are interchangeably used to refer to one of three types of desks that are available on the Australian market.

Those are:

  • Dedicated Standing Desks
  • Desk Converters
  • Fixed Height Standing Desks
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For this review, I only considered electric standing desks in the first two categories – products that either transform your existing desk or replace it with an adjustable one.

I fixed height standing desks because of their limited utility in the context of WFH. Most home offices don’t have the space – or the need – for a dedicated standing-only desk.

Manual vs Electric Standing Desk: Which Is Best?

Some people prefer manual standing desks because of their apparent reliability. The fewer electronics, the fewer chances of something going wrong, right?

I don’t buy into this argument.

Manual lifting mechanisms are not immune from failure, while modern electronics are extremely reliable.

Unless you opt for a very cheap electric standing desk, you will not likely experience issues with your desk’s push-button electric lift.

Skip the manual standing desk – unless your office doesn’t have a reliable power supply.

My Methodology For Choosing The Best Standing Desk.

Some people value design at the expense of everything else. Others prefer practicality – even if it’s packaged up in ugly forms.

I’m the type of person who does not like to trade off practicality for good design, and vice versa.

Performance and design – at least for me – are always the winning combination. That’s why I use Apple Mac laptops as work machines and drive a Land Rover Discovery.

Products like these inspire me because they score highly across those two – diametrically opposed from an engineering point of view – dimensions.

For this test of the best sit-stand desks in Australia, I identified the following as essential criteria:

  • Aesthetics (design, UX)
  • Ruggedness (build quality, solid feel)
  • Value for money

The more highly the standing desk scored across those 3 criteria, the more likely it was to win my award of The Best Standing Desk In Australia.

Best Accessories For Your Stand-Up Desk.

While your electrically adjustable stand-up desk is the ergonomic centre of your WFH activity, it’s useful to remember that your home office upgrade is not complete until you consider at least some of the following:

Check for these with each manufacturer. Some standing desk manufacturers offer these as options; others as inclusions.

Standing Desks Improve Your Health.

Working from home can be the ultimate perk.

Indeed, the arrival of 2022 has heralded a new era for remote work. Advancing technology, coupled with the devastating impact of the pandemic has enabled more businesses and employees alike to wake up to the prospect of working from home (WFH).

However, working from home is not without challenges.

When you first start working from home, you roll with the punches. You work hunched over your kitchen table. You work lounging on your living room couch. You work while reclining on the back deck.

You quickly realise that these short-term adaptations come with a long-term cost.

You start to get aches and pains in your neck. Your posture suffers. Your productivity suffers.

A dedicated standing desk helps you dodge those issues.

By choosing an UpDown Desk, a Desky, an Artiss Desk, the Vari, the Movi Standing Desk Converter or another high-quality standing desk, you invest in your wellbeing while upgrading your home office space.

Summary Of The Best Standing Desks.

After studying the market and testing a number of desks, here’s my list of finalists:

  • UpDown Desk – Best overall standing desk in Australia.
  • Desky Dual – Best if you need scallops or unique colour options.
  • Artiss Desk – Best value standup desk.
  • Movi Pro – Best sit-stand desk converter.
  • Vari Desk – Best for taller people.
  • Ikea Trotten – Best for students.
  • StandDesk – Best new standing desk on the Australian market.
  • NorthDay EverDesk – best cable management system.
  • JasonL – best for customisation.

Enjoy your new home office!

Steven

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