Budget – Working out your budget is an obvious place to start. This will dictate where you buy. If you purchase from one of the large online retailers like Amazon or Ikea, you will undoubtedly get a cheaper desk, but this is likely to be offset by a slow response time should you need customer service for any problems.
Here are a few things to consider depending on your list of important features and priorities.
Noise – Would the sound of the motors driving the desk up or down become an annoyance if they were loud? You may find it a distraction if you’re sensitive to background noise. Cheaper frames tend to be noiser
Movement mechanism – Most sit-stand desks are either electric powered, raising or lowering the desk at the press of a button or manually using a crank system, turning a handle to move the desk. Crank desks tend to be much cheaper. Pneumatic sit-stand desks utilise tubes filled with gas. When the desk is lowered, the gas is compressed and works similarly to a gas cylinder on a chair.
Leg columns – profiles include square, rectangular and cylindrical in varying thicknesses. The two and three-stage relate to the number of sections that make up the column. As you would assume, a desk with 3 stage legs has a wider height adjustment range. If you have a preference, columns that are wider at the bottom with thinner sections going upwards are an option as well as reverse columns that are wide at the top and narrow at the bottom.
Desk feet – vary in design and size, not to mention weight. A sit-stand desk’s feet play an essential part in providing a strong and sturdy base, anchoring the desk for maximum stability.
Stability – There are a few things to take into consideration regarding the stability of a sit-stand desk. It’s one of the most subjective things when buying; every user will have a different perception and tolerance. There are two types of movement, front to back rocking and side to side wobble. Simple physics means the higher the desk, the more noticeable this becomes, especially front to back movement. The old addage “you get what you pay for” does ring true when it comes to the precision engineering required to produce quality electric height adjustable desk frames.
Factors that affect the stability of a sit-standing desk include:
- frame construction
- steel quality and weight
- number of moving parts
- how well the frame has been put together ie tightening of the bolts and screws etc
- internal construction of leg columns
- quality of parts ie cheap plastic v more expensive components
- Surface and flooring. A hard, flat and level surface will produce less wobble than a carpeted floor surface.
- Distribution of heavy weight items on top of the desk
Warranty – The length of warranty can be a good indication of the build quality and standard of materials used. However, unscrupulous companies may offer long warranties with the knowledge they won’t be around long enough to honour the warranty! The range is mostly from 2 years covering metal parts only up to 15 years including electrics.
Many products these days are designed in a way in which their lives are artificially limited or are purposely frail and prone to breakage. This is known as planned obsolescence, the practice of creating consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and fail. With raw materials, energy and shipping costs rising, we know that this old way of manufacturing has a significant impact on the planet and is no longer acceptable or sustainable. Most importantly, products need to be designed to last.
We offer a full warranty on all our frames, 10-years for Skyflo and 5-years for Airflo, Maribo and Quadro frames.
Environment and sustainability – The eco-credentials of a product can be a complex area to research. Many companies are involved in greenwashing, making bold statements about their energy consumption, waste and recycling, resources used in production, product life span, and the supply chain.
Our frames are made by LINAK®, who are world leaders in the research, development and design, manufacture and production of electric linear actuator solutions, from healthcare to agriculture, comfort furniture, office interiors and industrial automation.
Click here read their environmental policy.
Anti-collision detection – an anti-collision sensor system is a critical requirement in avoiding damage to anything stored under the desk and to the actual desk itself. The anti-collision technology detects changes in the electrical current when resistance is met. The system is stopped and the motors drive the desk back up or downwards in reverse to avoid any damage.