Since most of us will keep working and studying from one, you might foresee yourself entering a slump. If that sounds like you, it might be worth investing in a standing desk converter. By now, you’ve probably heard about the health concerns associated with sitting all day; extended periods spent seated have been linked by experts to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. Not only that but unless you have stellar posture 100% of the time, you’re likely putting some serious strain on your lower back while hunched over your laptop. It’s difficult to maintain a good mood while you’re in physical pain, and that could make online classes a whole lot more difficult than they should be.
Standing desks can be fairly expensive, but a standing desk converter or laptop stand is the next best, more affordable option for improving your mood and productivity. When placed on top of your existing desk, table, or countertop, they’ll help put the worst of your sitting-related issues at bay by elevating your workstation to standing height, allowing you to feel more energetic as you work and setting you up for a healthier life in the long run. Think of the standing desk converter as one ingredient in a recipe to beat the work-from-home blues; when coupled with other helpful remedies like exercise and comfy clothes, you’ll come one step closer to being your happiest WFH self.
Believe it or not, there’s actually a huge market for standing desk converters, and it’s full of options to suit every lifestyle, height range, and price point. Keep reading for our picks for the top 10 standing desk converters and laptop stands out there right now, from simple $20 laptop risers to splurge-worthy motorized options.
Fitueyes Standing Desk Converter
This standing desk converter features gas springs, non-slip feet, and a two-by-three-foot work surface, which is more than enough space to hold even a dual monitor system. With a height range of 4.3 to 19.8 inches, it should serve its purpose just fine for users of all body types and desks of every design. Its two-shelf layout is ideal for anyone who works with a separate keyboard and monitor, and together, they can hold up to 33 pounds of equipment (or coffee cups, if you’re me). Available in black, white, and a brown wood finish, there’s an option to coordinate with every desk design imaginable.
Mind Reader Metal Mesh Monitor Stand
This metal laptop stand is less than $20, and honestly, we love to see it. The Mind Reader’s lower layer is perfect for storing your planners, notebooks, or papers when you’re not using them. It’s just over 5 inches tall and 16 inches wide, and though it might not be full of fancy features, it does its one job — raising up your computer or laptop — as well as any other computer stand out there.
EqualPeaks Paramount Laptop Stand
At 7 inches high, this sleek wooden stand is substantially taller than the average laptop riser, and it even includes a handy slot for propping up your phone. It’s made to accommodate laptops from 12 to 17 inches, and its hollow base keeps it from taking up too much valuable desk space. If you need to charge your laptop while using it, slide the cord through the built-in hole on the stand’s left side to keep it in place. It’s also worth noting that the Paramount Laptop Stand is much more portable than most standing desk converters, and it’s also on the less expensive side. Double win!
TrimmedOutWood Wave Standing Desk
This stunning standing desk converter is handmade from sturdy unfinished plywood, which means no two are exactly alike. At two feet tall and wide, it can hold up to 60 pounds and features two shelves, one of which can be adjusted to six different height levels. It ships unassembled, but the interlocking parts require just 8 screws, which come included in every order. It’s the perfect option to be propped against a wall. Keep the plywood as is for a rustic look, or get your DIY on and paint it to match your existing desk decor.
Aluratek Adjustable Ergonomic Standing Desk
Our pals at Best Buy knew exactly what they were doing when they put this Aluratek standing desk converter on sale. Its height can be adjusted to anywhere between three and 15 inches, and its surface is wide enough to hold a laptop of any size while leaving plenty of additional space for an external mouse or other necessities. The desk converter will hold strong under weights of up to 44 pounds, and it looks kind of like a cute little TV table, which is a huge win.
Fellowes Office Suites Laptop Riser Plus
The Office Suites Laptop Riser Plus from Fellowes is tailor-made for perfecting your posture as you work. It supports all laptop models up to 17 inches and weights up to 10 pounds, with built-in cooling vents to prevent your device from overheating. The stand is equipped with 360 swivel feet, too, so you can comfortably shift without having to reposition your laptop on the work surface. It could even function as a standing desk converter on a countertop of the right height, and at $35, you really can’t go wrong.
Rocelco 19″ Portable Desk Riser
Let the mini TV table vibes continue. At only $93, this portable standing desk converter by Rocelco is a steal for all it has to offer. It easily adjusts to any height up to 15 inches, with a 19-inch work surface that can fit your laptop and other necessities with room to spare. When you’re not using it, the riser can be folded down to less than an inch tall. Weighing in at a measly seven pounds, that means you can truly take it with you anywhere without breaking a sweat.
Mount-It Electric Standing Desk Converter
This motorized sit-stand desk has a lot going on. Its central selling point is a motor-powered lift mechanism that raises and lowers the 35-inch work surface to any height between 6.25 and 17 inches. However, it also includes a built-in USB port and separate adjustable keyboard stand, and it can hold up to 33 pounds worth of your favorite desk supplies. The Mount-It converter comes pre-assembled and is simple to set up; just plug its cord into the nearest outlet and you’re ready to work from any height of your choosing.
Varidesk Pro Plus 30
At $295, this 30-inch converter is certainly a splurge, but shoppers say it’s worth it, especially when most of us are stuck working from home until further notice. “Now that I have my VariDesk, I can stand and move and stretch,” one reviewer wrote. “It makes my day a lot easier to navigate physically!” The Varidesk Pro Plus 30 boasts a weighted base for optimal stability, a keyboard tray, 11 height settings, and a spring-assisted lift for easy adjustment. Plus, every VariDesk standing desk converter features a unique curved shape designed to improve users’ posture and alleviate stress on the back. Want to give it a shot, but not sure it’ll be worth it? Vari offers free returns within 30 days, so it’s easy to give it a try without risking a thing.
Humanscale Laptop Quickstand Eco Standing Desk Converter
This laptop riser and standing desk converter is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and we mean that in a good way. Designed to ensure you maintain great posture as you work, its 30-inch table surface slides up and down the stand itself and can be locked into place at any height up to 19 inches. The narrow structure of the Humanscale’s stand is a major space-saver, and it features a built-in cable management system for all of your cords, as well. Its price is pretty steep, it’s well worth it.
Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Junior
While this desk converter is on the pricier side, it’s worth every penny according to reviewers. The work surface and monitor adjust separately allowing you dual ergonomics, you can easily mount your monitor and adjust it to your preferred height. Plus, its main surface measures 2ft wide by 2ft deep, so your keyboard and mouse will fit perfectly.
Cora Standing Desk Converter
With Fully’s Cora Standing Desk Converter any surface can become a standing desk. Perfect for those who don’t want to commit to buying a desk but still care about their posture, this aluminum base converter supports up to 22 lbs and can be easily folded when you’re done using it.
Readydesk 2 Adjustable Standing Desk
Don’t judge a standing desk converter by its appearance. While this adjustable standing desk from Readydesk might look flimsy, it’s anything but. One Amazon reviewer raves its “surprisingly solid” while others praise how sturdy it is and easy to assemble. So, while the adjustable shelves might look flimsy, know for sure that thanks to its sturdy base that supports up to 75lbs of equipment, your monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc are safe and sound.
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