Best Small Standing Desks for Small Spaces

Best for Two Screens

Ergotron WorkFit-S Dual

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Ergotron Workfit Dual standing desk converter
  • Dual monitor support
  • Solid build that’s easy to adjust
  • Ergonomic keyboard tray (below desk at seated)

Best Stability for Single Screen

Ergo Kangaroo Pro Junior

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Ergo Kangaroo standing desk converter
  • Dual ergonomics – work surface and monitor adjust separately
  • Small footprint
  • Stable and well-made

Best value for money

SIMBR Standing Desk Converter

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Simbr standing desk converter
  • Stable with no shaking while in use
  • Easy to adjust height with one hand
  • Removable keyboard tray
  • Budget-friendly

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A sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your long-term health. If you work a fulltime desk job or spend hours seated at a table, it is necessary to introduce movement and variety into your routine.

One way is to get a standing desk. Standing desks are great for the body with multiple health benefits, but the something that stops a lot of people from getting a standing workstation is size. Needless to say, many standing desks can be quite large and bulky.

If you have a small office or just not much space, but still wish to add a standing desk to your workstation you’ll need to shop around for a smaller standing desk. To give you a sense of the smaller standing desks available today, there are 3 smaller than average height-adjustable tables included in this article.

Another space-saving alternative is to invest in a standing desk converter. A converter, also known as a desk riser, is a gadget that you place on top of a regular desk. It raises the work surface to your desired height to make it usable while standing. Converters can support computer monitors, laptops, or whatever it is that you need on your table.

Desk risers are cheaper than new standing desks and you can keep your current desk. Short of DIY solutions, standing desk converters are the simplest way to raise your workstation to a more ergonomic height.

Side-by-side product comparison - specifications & features

ImageProductDesk TypeDesktop sizeOur RatingPriceMax HeightWeight CapacityWarranty
Ergotron Workfit Dual standing desk converterErgotron WorkFit-S Dual Monitor Desk Converter23" x 15"4.75$$$$23"31 lbs5 years
Ergo Kangaroo standing desk converterErgo Desktop Kangaroo Pro JuniorDesk Converter24" x 18"4.5$$$14.5"12 lbs5 years
Simbr standing desk converterSIMBR Standing Desk Converter Desk Converter30" x 20"4.5$$17"35 lbs10 years
House of Trade standing desk converterHouse of Trade Desk RiserDesk Converter28" x 20"4.25$14"20 lbs3 years
Uplift V2 standing deskUPLIFT V2 24" Deep Standing Desk Standing Desk42", 48", 60" or 72" x 24"
4.75$$$$50"355 lbs7 years
motionwise standing deskMotionWise Home Office SeriesStanding Desk24" x 48"4.5$$$48"225 lbs5 years (desktop & frame), 2 years (electronics)
Seville classics standing deskSeville Classics AirLiftStanding Desk16.9" x 24.4"4.25$43.5"35 lbs1 year

Standing Desk Converters for Small Spaces

#1

Best for Two Screens

Ergotron Workfit Dual standing desk converter

Ergotron WorkFit-S Dual

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

One of the more popular desk risers is the Ergotron series. For tight spaces that still need to squeeze in 2 monitors, look no further than the Ergotron WorkFit-S Dual Monitor. This is a post and base type desk riser that shifts your work surface up to 23” vertically. With included desk clamps and an ergonomic keyboard tray, this riser converts your desk into an ergonomic and stable workstation.

Pros

  • Dual monitor support
  • Solid build that’s easy to adjust
  • Ergonomic keyboard tray (below desk at seated)

Cons

  • 23-inch height range may not be enough for tall folks
  • Lacklustre cable management

One common concern people tend to have with desk risers is stability. With the Ergotron WorkFit-S, that is not an issue. With a polished aluminium base and desk clamps that attach to the front of your desk, this standing desk converter gives you a sturdy workstation at both sitting and standing heights.

The ergonomics of the WorkFit-S can be described as supportive. Compared to the Kangaroo Pro Junior, the keyboard tray on this riser is better designed. With the converter flat on the desk in sitting position, the keyboard tray drops below the desk height. This would feel great on the wrists and goes a long way in avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome.

Adjusting the height is easy, just push it gently. Ergotron has included a helpful video that shows how the desk riser is adjusted.

On its own, it is designed to support two monitors. It will fit monitors up to 24 inches as well as some monitors up to 26 inches. There is a Conversion Kit you can add on to make it compatible with laptops. Ergotron also offers an added work surface that fits right underneath the monitors.

A possible disadvantage is that the WorkFit-S does not have much in the way of cable management. If you have a lot of plugged-in devices, it could look messy. Another issue is that the maximum height adjustment for the monitors is 23 inches. This is adequate for tall people if your desk is already a good height. If you are tall but have a short desk to begin with, the WorkFit-S might not elevate the monitors high enough.

#2

Best Stability for Single Screen

Ergo Kangaroo standing desk converter

Ergo Kangaroo Pro Junior

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

For a truly small standing desk converter that works with a mounted monitor, consider the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Jr. With a main work surface of just 24 inches by 18 inches, high quality build combined with independent height adjustment for monitor and work surface makes this little desk riser great for users with one monitor.

Pros

  • Dual ergonomics – work surface and monitor adjust separately
  • Small footprint
  • Stable and well-made

Cons

  • Fits only one monitor (up to 12 lbs)

The Kangaroo Pro Junior by Ergo Desktop has a post and base style standing desk converter. The monitor and work surface is attached to this post separately and can be independently adjusted for height. The work surface can be raised up to 14.5″. On top of that, the monitor is height adjustable up to 6.5″ from the work surface. For most people of average height, this is enough to bring the monitor up to eye level.

Even though it is a free-standing desk riser (i.e., no pesky clamps that need to be attached to the table top), stability is not an issue. Both the post and base plate are made of solid steel. The base itself measures 16” by 17.5″, large enough to ensure no wobble whatsoever while typing.

When it is flat (in sitting position), the work surface is about 3/4th of an inch higher than the table top. Depending on your keyboard, this might be less than ideal for long typing sessions while seated. Do note that the Kangaroo Pro is not designed for laptops to be attached on the monitor holder. You can place your laptop on the work surface and use it that way. Otherwise, it supports one monitor up to 12 pounds in weight.

An alternative to the Kangaroo Pro Junior is the slightly larger Kangaroo Pro. The full sized Pro also supports single monitors, but has a bigger workspace of 24″ by 28”.  That’s an extra 10 inches in length compared to the Junior version. The height adjustment features are the same. However, the full sized Kangaroo costs more.

#3

Best value for money

Simbr standing desk converter

SIMBR Standing Desk Converter

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

The highly popular SimbR standing desk converter represents excellent value for money. Typically sold for less than $150, it comes with dual monitor support, a small workspace of 30.23″x 20″ and has a removable keyboard tray to boot, making this standing desk converter perfect for those on a budget but with multiple monitors to support.

Pros

  • Stable with no shaking while in use
  • Easy to adjust height with one hand
  • Removable keyboard tray
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Narrow second (keyboard) tier

Starting with the main workspace, it comes in a standard black and has a curved intimate design. There is a pencil holder like dip in the front, perfect for propping up a small tablet or a smart phone. The size is big enough to fit two small monitors or one monitor and a laptop.

It comes with a removable keyboard tray. Even if you do not use a keyboard, the extra tier is invaluable space, more so if you have a small office to begin with. Another space saving feature of the Simbr is that it unfolds vertically straight up and down. Adjusting the height can be done using just one hand by squeezing the single lever. This stand up desk riser lets you work from a height of 4.53″ to 16.93″ from the tabletop.

User reviews praise the stability of the desk and many appreciate the high quality and durable material. Just in case, Simbr covers any issues you might face with a comprehensive 10-year warranty. There is some assembly required, but generally it’s not too tricky to put the desk riser together.

One downside of the Simbr desk riser is that the keyboard tray is a little narrow. It measures 29.37″ x 6.6″, which is fine for small keyboards. If you have an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, it might be a bit cramped. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous desk converter for a great price.

#4

Small footprint desk converter

House of Trade standing desk converter

House of Trade Desk Converter

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

Editor's opinion:

The Deskriser 28X is House of Trade’s smallest standing desk converter that requires no assembly whatsoever. Both the table top and the footprint measure 28” by 20”. As a standalone X-lift desk riser, it folds vertically flat. Combined with its weight of only 26.3 pounds, this desk riser is recommended for its portability and ease of use.

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Zero assembly needed

Cons

  • No keyboard tray
  • Might be too low for taller people

House of Trade produces a wide variety of standing desk converters. Each has its own appeal, but for a desk riser designed for small spaces, you can’t go wrong with the Deskriser 28X. Its small work surface (28” by 20”) fits even the most cramped of corners. It is also very portable. It sits on top of the desk on its own without any extra clamps. After you are done using it, the Deskriser 28X can be folded flat and stowed away under your desk.

The X-lift frame is easily managed with a single hand lever to raise your desktop between 3 inches and 14 inches high. 14 inches might not be high enough, particularly for tall people. Also, with multiple heavy monitors on the desktop, it gets difficult to lift and lower with one hand. It has only one tier, which means no special compartments for a keyboard. This makes it more suitable for laptops.

As anyone who has ever purchased furniture online knows, deciding on an item and ordering it is only half the battle. The other half is assembling it at home. The House of Trade eliminates that issue by shipping out their desk riser preassembled. All you have to do is open the box! Essentially, for an easy to use basic desk converter for lightweight items, the House of Trade Deskriser 28X fits the bill.

Full Height-Adjustable Standing Desks for Small Spaces

#5

Best for Tall People

Uplift V2 standing desk

Uplift V2 Standing Desk

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

For a premium and small adjustable standing desk, the top pick is the UPLIFT V2 24″ Deep Standing Desk. With a shallow width of just 24” designed to suit tight spaces, Uplift has named this model ‘Deep’ to represent high quality function that is not limited by the size of its desktop. It has dual motors with a Whisper-Quiet Adjustment feature, a height range that supports both the tall and short people, topped off with a lifting capacity of a whopping 355lbs; this sturdy desk is worth the investment.

Pros

  • Quiet and powerful dual motors (50dB)
  • Large height adjustability of 24.3″ – 49.9″
  • High weight capacity (355 lbs)

Cons

  • Costly

Let’s inspect the UPLIFT V2 24″ Deep Standing Desk in more detail. First of all, the small size is achieved by cutting back space where it won’t be missed as much, the width. In this standing desk, the width stays constant at 24” to keep the desk small, but the desktop is available in a variety of desktop lengths of 42”, 48”, 60” and 72”. Combined with the weight capacity of 355 pounds, this desk is perfect if you need to fit multiple monitors into a narrow space.

As an added bonus, it comes with lockable casters to make it easy for you to wheel the desk between rooms – perfect for a change of scenery, especially with the shorter models. The 24 inch frame can easily squeeze past most doorframes.

There a few different desktop options to choose from, such as a 1″ thick Carbonized Bamboo Rectangular, white laminate and black laminate. The bamboo is a crowd favourite with reviews praising its smooth feel. For a more luxurious worktop, Uplift offers this standing desk with a reclaimed fur wood desktop, but it will set you back an extra $460.

Uplift offers a 30 day trial period during which you can return the desk for free, great for standing desk newbies. After that, if you decide to keep it, the adjustable desk has a warranty period of 7 years.

Compared to the MotionWise Electric Standing Desk, the Uplift 24” is more expensive. Both have dual motors, beautiful desktops and good warranty coverage. If you need a standing table that is longer than 48” or have several heavy items that need the 355 pound weight capacity, the Uplift is the way to go. Otherwise, if luxury isn’t a priority, the MotionWise is an excellent small standing desk that does the job for most home offices.

#6

Best Compact Standing Desk

motionwise standing desk

MotionWise Home Series Electric Desk

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Another electric standing desk that is just as sleek is the Motionwise Home Series Electric Standing Desk. As the name suggests, this desk is designed for home office use. With relatively small dimensions of 24 by 48 inches, a classic desktop of white or black, and a pencil drawer, this standing desk would fit comfortably in most apartments or small homes.

Pros

  • Smooth height adjustment
  • USB port on controller
  • Easy assembly – arrives mostly pre-assembled

Cons

  • Some reviews had complaints about the customer service

The height of the desk is adjustable between a range of 24 inches at its lowest and 48 inches at its highest. To move the work surface up and down, just use the LED controller to select your preferred height or choose from 4 programmed memory presets, and the dual motors powering the desk do the heavy lifting for you. User reviews consistently praise the smoothness of the motors and the ease of adjusting the tabletop height.

With a generous weight capacity of 225 pounds, the desktop is able to support multiple monitors. As an added touch, MotionWise added on a stationary drawer to the desk. Another cool feature is the USB power point on the controller that lets you charge any USB powered devices on the table.

Assembly is a breeze as most of the desk is pre-assembled before shipping. Once it is unboxed, it takes most people less than 15 minutes to get it set up and ready for use. MotionWise offers this standing desk in four different finishes. Between black, white, castle gray and american walnut, you won’t have trouble picking a colour that matches the rest of your office décor.

After browsing user reviews for this standing desk, most of them are positive. However, a small percentage of reviews complain about receiving damaged goods, particularly dented drawers or table legs. MotionWise does accept returns but this makes the purchasing the HomeSeries standing desk a bit risky.

#7

Best Desk on a Budget

Seville classics standing desk

Seville Classics Airlift Desk

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

Editor's opinion:

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is the Seville Classics AIRLIFT Pneumatic Adjustable Desk. Small, practical, mobile and cheap – this might be exactly the height-adjustable standing desk you are looking for, particularly if all you need is an adjustable standing desk to support a laptop.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • 17” x 24” tabletop – fits in the smallest spaces
  • Lightweight and rolls easily

Cons

  • Not suitable for multiple monitors or heavy equipment
  • Squeaking sounds

The Seville Classics Pneumatic Mobile Desk is great for laptop users or those looking for a standing desk to do other activities such as art projects or writing. Starting at the top, the tabletop does the job just fine. It measures 16.9″ x 24.4″, a size large enough to support a laptop or maybe one computer monitor with a smaller keyboard. The maple laminate covers beveled edges.

The single-leg is equipped with a lever to adjust the height of the table. Pneumatic adjustments are naturally not as seamless as electric, but at this price point, it does the trick. The entire standing desk weighs just about 25 pounds, so moving it around could not be easier. The four casters roll smoothly and two are lockable to keep the desk from sliding. For light use, it is a stable standing desk.

There are a few downsides. First of all, the height is adjustable between 29.3″ to 43.5″. If you are very short or very tall, it might be difficult to use the desk at an ergonomic height. Apart from that, some user reviews complained of a squeaking sound when adjusting the height. One other issue is the hardware. They can be flimsy and the screws may not fit properly. As a potential solution, swapping in your own higher quality casters and longer screws is easily done and inexpensive. However, it is an extra chore.

Overall, this adjustable standing desk is not for fussy buyers. If you are on a budget, handy with a bit of DIY skills, and want a simple desk, it could be a good choice.

The best small standing desk: buying guide, tips & tricks

When it comes to standing desks, there are a variety of factors to take into account. Check out our detailed article that compares and contrasts 50 different standing desks for an in-depth analysis. Specifically for small spaces, here are some questions to think about.

How big a desk do I need?

For a small space, the most important factor is size. Measure your current table to see how much space you truly need. Then, start looking at the dimensions of different standing desks. Many manufacturers offer the same model in a variety of different sizes, it’s worth shopping around on different sites to see all the buying options available to you.

Will I be moving the workstation around?

Depending on your needs, portability may be important. If the standing desk will be used in a small home office, a lightweight desk that can be wheeled out easily might come in handy if you ever need the office for other purposes.

What will I put on my standing desk?

Smaller desks have accordingly reduced weight capacities. If you have multiple computer monitors or laptops and other heavy gadgets, check how heavy they are. As you push a standing desk close to its maximum capacity, the electric motor or pneumatic lift system might struggle to lift the desk smoothly. Therefore, choose a standing desk that has a weight capacity well above your needs.

Do I need a brand new standing desk?

This depends on your current workstation. If you already have a sturdy table that you love, there is no reason to let it go unnecessarily. Just add on a standing desk converter. This question also applies if it is your first standing desk. Standing workstations are great, but not for everyone. A brand new standing desk can be an expensive purchase. Before you make that commitment, using a standing desk converter is a practical way to assess whether you enjoy standing while working.

Choosing a Standing Desk Converter

For standing desk converters, the buying process is similar. There are different types of standing desk risers. Electric desk risers are the easiest to adjust but tend to be costly. They often have a post and base design, which is the best choice for saving space. However, these are heavy and not so portable.

The more common types of desk risers are the Z-lifts and X-lift converters. These rely on manual mechanics to change the desktop height. The X-lifts can shift your desktop straight up and down and are great for tight corners. These portable risers also tend to fold flat easily, so you can put them away when not in use.

One thing to be aware about on the X-lifts is the danger of pinching – be careful with your fingers! The Z-lifts are just as easy to adjust and often affordable. They do need more space though, as the Z-lifts tend to fold outwards to go upwards.

Given that space is limited – I think that an x-frame would be better suited as a small standing desk solution.

As with regular standing desks, it is important to check the size and dimensions of the desk riser. Measure your current desk to make sure the desk riser can fit with enough space left over for a coffee mug or a notepad. If you are a tall person, add the maximum height of the riser to the height of your current table. For optimal ergonomics, the computer monitor should be at eye level as you look straight ahead.

Finally, different risers have various extra features. Some allow for independent height adjustment of the keyboard tray and the monitor holder, perfect if you have back pain or issues with your body alignment that require high-quality ergonomics. Other desk risers do not have a keyboard tray and come with only one surface, perhaps a better choice for laptop users.

Accessorize

For an enhanced standing desk experience, consider adding an anti-fatigue mat, a.k.a a standing desk mat. These are mats that come with a variety of topographical features to keep your feet active while standing and can go a long way in alleviating ankle or foot fatigue that results from standing.

If standing is good for you, walking is even better. To up the activity levels a notch and get a mini-workout while working, think about accessorizing your workstation with an under desk treadmill. Low impact and uncomplicated, a treadmill keeps your body moving and helps your mind stay alert.

Walking isn’t your thing? You can cycle instead. Under desk bikes are a fun and unique way to burn calories and tone your legs while working at your desk. Desk cycles do need a bit more coordination and stamina than walking at a treadmill.

Final verdict

Having a small office space does not have to be a barrier preventing you from using a standing desk. Look for smaller models like one of our top picks, the MotionWise 24” Home Series, or use a standing desk converter. Even from the tightest of spaces, you can enjoy all the health benefits of standing while working.

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Dr. Praveena Asokan
Dr. Praveena Asokan

Dr. Praveena Asokan, MBChB has a background in medicine, having graduated from the University of Leicester before working in various hospitals. Her additional experience as a medical researcher helped her transition to a career as a writer, and she now enjoys researching and writing on a number of health-related topics.

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