A Standing Desk is Not a Standing Desk

Sit-stand height adjustable standing desks have gone mainstream, yet there appears to be a bit of confusion about the different labels that both manufacturers and consumers use to describe the different types. Unfortunately it’s mayhem out there, with a lot of casual swapping of non-synonymous terms going on. Let’s clear things up a bit, shall we?

Alternative monikers for things that can allow you to get your work done unseated include standing desk, stand-up desk, sit-stand or sit-to-stand desk, sit-stand-walk desk, adjustable-height desk, desktop riser and desktop workstations, to name the most common. While some of these are just synonyms for the same thing, some mean completely different things.

For example, a standing or stand-up desk could be just that – a desk used only for standing. It could be fixed-height or adjustable-height. If the latter, it may have a short adjustment range designed to accommodate taller and shorter people only when standing. In other words, some standing desks do not lower down all the way to sitting heights, even though most do. It is the most popular, generic search term in Google, and hence many manufacturers prefer to use it even when they mean to indicate their product can adjust to both sitting and standing heights.

Sit-stand, sit-to-stand, sit-stand-walk and height-adjustable desk more strictly refer to desks that can be used both at sitting and standing heights.sit-stand height adjustable standing desk are six- or seven-foot-wide desks that work in three modes: sitting, standing and treadmill desking, with enough space between the lifting legs to accommodate both an office walking treadmill and a full-sized office chair side-by-side.

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