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How Did We Decide to Create Progressive Desk?

How Did We Decide to Create Progressive Desk?

3.88 min read

As standing desks continue rising in popularity and make their way into homes, offices, libraries, and schools, we often get customers that were curious to know more about how Progressive Desk came to be. In every company, there is a story of people coming together with a goal and working as a team to reach their vision. This article will be covering how we decided to create Progressive Desk and bring our ergonomic desk solutions into the standing desk market!

Explore the electric height adjustable desk frames that started it all for Progressive Desk!


The Origins of Progressive Automations

Progressive Automations


As our oldest sister company, the birth of Progressive Automations in 2008 was where it all started. During this time, the market for electric linear actuators was thriving, but it still had a sizable gap. Most companies had a high minimum order quantity requirement for electric actuators, and no one was willing to help give technical advice on how to use, operate, or choose electric actuators for an application. Help and technical expertise were present for large manufacturers while small businesses and single orders did not have this type of assistance.

 Progressive Automations


Founded by best friends Vlad Kovalyov and Ajay Arora, Progressive Automations’ mission is to offer the most comprehensive selection of automation products that come with easy support, purchase, and control for anyone. From automation enthusiasts and hobbyists to engineers and large-scale partners, we cover it all, and thoroughly enjoy every project we’re involved in! Our technical support team of expert engineers is creative, energetic, and innovative, with years of experience and a huge passion for what we do.


Using Actuators in Lifting Columns and Desk Frames

Desk frame


Since linear actuators have the versatility to work in many different applications, we thought about how our actuators could be used to promote proper posture and ergonomics. Our idea was to use the technology we had and integrate them into lifting columns and desk frames that could adjust the height of a workstation. These lifting columns and desk frames were able to accomplish the goal we designed them for, however, our customers had to go out to buy tabletops and desk accessories separately to complete their setup. We thought we could improve this process to further enhance the standing desk experience of our customers by offering more of an end-product to consumers.

Take a look through all our tabletops, ranging in size, shape, and material! 

Bringing Progressive Desk to Life

Standing desk frame


In 2018, we decided to introduce Progressive Desk as the sister company of Progressive Automations to specialize in full standing desks and ergonomic workspace accessories. By sharing the same actuator technology in our standing desks, our desk frames and control systems offered a solid foundation as the base for building up to our vision of offering full desks. As a one-stop shop, offering full standing desks with all the essentials and accessories ensures Progressive Desk customers benefit from:

  • Better overall fit for easier installation
  • Customer service with complete product knowledge
  • Longer warranty for all items
  • Reduced turnaround time


Introducing The Essentials for Standing Desk



By releasing our early batches of tabletops and implementing pre-drilled holes into their design, we were steadily getting closer to our vision. Our future additions of basic accessories such as cable management, grommets, and different remotes in various color options finally offered a complete standing desk with all the essentials and a nice cohesive setup. Today, we have a large variety of tabletops and desk accessories, and we continue to gradually release newer designs, colors, and more customizable options. This helps our customers have more customization options to perfectly configure a standing desk to their liking.

Grommets and different remotes

Discover a new level of convenience and enhance your workspace with our desk accessories!

Growing and Improving Progressive Desk

Standing desk


After years of refinements, Progressive Desk now offers high user customization options, ergonomics, and durability in full standing desks that anyone can count on. Backed by our 15-year warranty, we guarantee our standing desks with top quality and industry-leading customer support to serve you well throughout your daily use! Our motivation to bring progress to the standing desk market through industry-leading quality, service, and ergonomics that are affordable for everyone is what keeps us going! We always continue to improve on this by constantly listening to our customers’ feedback and taking these comments into account during our company meetings and when making our newer designs!


Expanding the Progressive Family

Progressive Bed


As the Progressive family continues branching out, our team works diligently to find new methods to apply linear motion technology and enhance people's day-to-day lives. Since everyone needs quality sleep to perform at their best, we introduced Progressive Bed in 2022 as the newest member of the Progressive family, specializing in electric adjustable bed frames, mattresses, and accessories. At Progressive Bed, we create an experience around comfort, quality, and convenience that get the great night’s sleep you deserve! Using the same actuator technology that we have developed over the years, users can look forward to all the benefits of an adjustable bed at the simple push of a button!

Now that Matter is available for smart homes and Internet of things devices, we want to integrate Matter protocol as a control option for all our products from the Progressive family. We are also looking into adding our own app and software as control options for our actuators, standing desks, and adjustable beds to ensure convenient user control and a better customer experience in the future.

Learn more about our standing desks and bring more activity to your workspace! 


Our background with linear actuator technology has expanded through Progressive Desk into motorized standing desks with ergonomic designs and unique customizable features to meet anyone’s needs. By persistently working on refinements in our designs, service, and quality, we continue to make the improvements we need to bring your standing desk experience to the next level.

We hope you found this as interesting as we did, especially if you were looking to know more about how Progressive Desk started! If you have any queries about our standing desks or have trouble picking out the right desk accessories, feel free to reach out to us! Our team of representatives is experts in what we do and will be happy to help with any questions you may have! | 1-800-828-9414

Nathan Bong

Engineer & Copywriting Specialist at Progressive Automations, Progressive Desk, and Progressive Bed
Nathan Bong, Engineer & Copywriting Specialist at Progressive Automations, Progressive Desk, and Progressive Bed, handles the creation and revision of technical content such as articles, datasheets, user manuals, technical videos, and case studies. As a graduate of BCIT, he has an academic background in electrical and computer engineering while also having hands-on experience of working with electrical equipment and tools.
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