We've all heard the studies that desk workers spend far too much time sitting in any given day, leading to neck and back pain, among other health concerns. It's enough to make anyone want to consider other options, especially if you work from home and can upgrade your workspace. If you’re not quite ready to commit to an under-desk treadmill, you might want to consider starting with a standing desk. It may lower your risk of heart disease and your blood sugar levels, and it could boost productivity too, according to Healthline.
What's more, a standing desk doesn't have to look bulky or boxy. Office decor has come a long way from the monstrous corporate look of the ‘80s and ‘90s; companies like the TikTok fave Flexispot ($144) are beloved for their sleek and simple standing desk, while Uplift ($569) blends modern tech and customization with super sturdy construction (even if it will cost you a little more, starting at around $600 — but your health is worth it).
With these benefits in mind, we turned to an occupational therapist to get the facts on small standing desks, then researched the market to find top buys that won't overtake your spare bedroom, living room or basement.