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What to Look for When Buying a Standing Desk

What to Look for When Buying a Standing Desk

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Do you want to optimize the style of your workspace, be more productive and move while you work? A standing desk may just the thing you need! Not only are standing desks popular for increasing productivity, but they also help you maintain a good posture, reducing lower back and neck pain thanks to reducing the time in a stationary position. If you’re reading this article, you may already have considered the key reasons as to why you need a standing desk and are now looking at the which. Which standing desk should you choose, what factors do you need to consider, and what are the key things you need to look for? In this article, we have compiled our list of what you need to look out for when purchasing a standing desk – you need to make the right purchasing decision, and this adjustable height desk buying guide will help you do that!

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How to Buy the Right Standing Desk

Now that you know why choosing a standing desk can help you achieve more while improving your health and wellbeing, the next step is to buy one. However, with so many options available on the market, selecting the best standing desk can be tricky. Outside of personal preferences such as style and colors, here are some things to consider when buying a standing desk to make your decision-making process easier!

Standing Desk by Progressive Desk

Manual or Electronic

There are several ways to lower and raise standing desks. While manual lifts may be more cost-effective, they can be quite tedious. All of Progressive Desk’s standing desks are electric, allowing users to reach their desired desk height with the push of a button.

Memory Positions

Memory position remote controls are one of the most convenient things you can add to your standing desk! By choosing a remote control that features memory positioning, you really can get to your set heights at the push of a button. Many of our remote controls have memory functions and are extremely popular with our customers!  This feature comes in handy, especially when you are sharing a desk with colleagues or family. Look for a desk that comes with 2 - 4 presents and just press a button for the desk to adjust to the perfect height for you or other users.

Memory position remote controls

Pre-drilled holes

Most standing desks come with pre-drilled holes, while others require you to drill holes before assembling the desk. Choose pre-drilled options because they make it easy for you to position and mount the desktop! That will also save you from damaging your desk and protect your investment.

Standing desk with pre-drilled holes


One of the key things to know about buying a standing desk is the stability it offers. Remember to check if it is sturdy enough for heavy items such as a desktop computer, a laptop, or a fax machine. Since standing desks' weight restrictions vary, don’t forget to check the specs of a model before buying.

A person at a standing desk and looking at a computer


Motorized standing desks come with many benefits but just one drawback. Most of these machines can make noise during operation, and sometimes can be a slight distraction in a quiet work environment. Check reviews and look for any such complaints to see if the machine you are choosing is too loud for your home office or workplace. All of our desks are 45dB, which is even quieter than a normal conversation at home!


Don’t settle for a standing desk that takes an eternity to go from standing to sitting. You need something that’s quick, but not reckless or dangerous. Our standing desks move from 1.57” – 1” per second, ensuring you’re not waiting around while not moving too quickly.


This factor plays a crucial role in your purchase. Don’t forget to check warranty and refund policies whenever you are purchasing a standing desk! Some warranties can be 5-years, while others can be longer – Progressive Desk offers an 8-year warranty on the Economy Ryzer and a 15-year warranty on the Solo, Corner, and V Ryzers. In addition, check for any rules or policies covering replacements and refunds.

Tabletop Thickness and Size

The thickness of the tabletop material is crucial for guaranteeing a stable and quality standing desk. Tabletops come in various materials, so make sure to do your research and choose the material that best fits your needs. We offer MDF and eco-friendly bamboo tabletop materials that are 1” thick!

MDF and eco-friendly bamboo tabletop materials


Furthermore, make sure the tabletop's size and dimensions are enough to accommodate your equipment and accessories.

Height and Weight Range

Height range is an important factor for many, as the minimum and maximum heights need to meet their requirements. All standing desk pages should have this range on their product page – if not, it is something you should definitely know. Weight capacity is another huge factor to consider, as you need to ensure your standing desk can bear the weight of your desktop equipment and accessories. Our weight capacities range in Progressive Desk, with our Economy Ryzer at 155 lbs, our Solo Ryzer at 270 lbs and our Corner Ryzer and V Ryzer at 330 lbs.

Grommet Shape and Size

Do you want a grommet hole on your desk, and if so, what shape and size? Grommet holes are great for cable management, and modern grommets have many extra features including AC and USB outlets! All of Progressive Desk’s standing desks come with an included grommet hole and grommet, as we believe they’re essential fixtures for cables. Opting for a larger tabletop will give you a rectangular grommet, while smaller tabletops carry circular grommets.

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Final Thoughts

A standing desk can make a huge difference to your office or home office, as you may spend most of your day behind it. It’s natural to want the best one for your home or workplace, and to do this you need to carry out extensive research. We hope this guide on what to look for when buying a standing desk helps you with your search and queries. However, if you have any questions that extend beyond this article, contact our customer support and they’ll be more than glad to help you with your choice!

Nataliia Borysko

Content Copywriter at Progressive Automations, Progressive Desk, and Progressive Bed
Nataliia is a passionate writer with immense love for languages and a dual academic background in linguistics and marketing. On her career journey, Nataliia has worked as a product marketer, a competitive intelligence analyst, and a marketing content writer for multinational companies.
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