How to Budget for a Standing Desk

October 30, 2018

When considering the idea of purchasing a standing desk, the one thing most people get hung up on is the price. Standing desks have a reputation of being very expensive. It’s true, some standing desk models are quite expensive. However, what most people don’t think about is that there are different styles and models of standing desks, depending on your needs, and some of these models are quite affordable.

The other thing to consider is that purchasing a standing desk is not like buying a normal desk. A standing desk isn’t just another piece of furniture—it’s an investment in your health. So you shouldn’t necessarily be measuring the value of a standing desk against what you would spend on other furniture for your home. You should be evaluating the value of a standing desk by the measure of what you’re willing to invest in your long-term health and well-being. We’ll bet that number looks a lot different when you factor in the years of avoiding chronic disease and pain.

When you create your budget for buying a standing desk, factor in the following:

  1. What kind of standing desk features you need
  2. What kind of model makes sense in your space
  3. How much you’re willing to invest in your health

With those considerations in mind, let’s look at two FlexiSpot standing desk models as an example.

FlexiSpot E4S

The FlexiSpot E4S is our premiere electric height-adjustable standing desk. With a price tag of $409-639 (depending on selected features), it is also our most expensive model. However, with that price tag comes all the bells and whistles, including:

  • Sit-stand reminder system
  • Programmable memory presets
  • Energy-saving display
  • Smooth and silent electric-powered lift mechanism

As a free-standing height-adjustable desk, the FlexiSpot E4S would replace your existing desktop. It comes with six customizable finishing options so you can match the desk to your office and other furniture.

FlexiSpot M4B

On the lower end of the spectrum is the FlexiSpot M4B. The M4B model is a standing-desk converter that sits on top of your desk to give it the functionality of converting from a regular seated desk to an ergonomic standing desk. With CornerRiser design, it fits snugly in most cubicle corners.

The M4B also comes with some additional features:

  • 12 height adjustment levels
  • Removable keyboard tray
  • Smooth dual gas spring lift mechanism
  • Ergonomic monitor mount capability

With a $350 price tag, the M4B is a more affordable option than the premium electric height-adjustable standing desk, so it might be a better fit for your budget. The M4B comes in one color, black.

When you’re budgeting for your standing desk, think about how and where you will use it. The FlexiSpot M4B is a great option for your cubicle if you work in an office, while the E4S model is great for people who work from home in a home office. Also give some thought to the features you think you’ll use on a daily basis. If you don’t think you’ll get much use out of features like programmable memory presets, then it doesn’t make sense to pay extra for those. But if you want the flexibility of matching your desk to match other furniture or decor, those extra customization options are a nice touch.


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