Once you’ve decided to purchase an adjustable height standing desk, you want to make sure your new desk is going to fit in with your décor. But what do you do when you’re not in love with any of the choices you’ve seen so far?
Standing Desk Surface Options
No matter what you’ll keep on your desktop, you want a sturdy surface. Look for a sturdy and stable work surface that will hold everything you need on your desktop. Most manufacturers have a variety of desktop options that may include laminate, veneer, solid bamboo, and even reclaimed and exotic woods. Of course the price for height adjustable standing desks with laminate tops will be lower than solid wood options; however, this depends on your preference for budget versus luxury looks.
Although you can find a variety of options for the desktop’s surface, not all of them are eco-friendly—especially the composite wood options. MDF, veneer, and other composite wood materials are less expensive than solid-wood desktops, and come in a variety of colors. Laminate is typically made using fiber board fused together with melamine resin—a compound made with formaldehyde.
If you don’t want to choose such an artificial desktop option, look for a natural surface made from bamboo or reclaimed wood instead. Additionally, solid wood desktops take screws more securely and don’t suffer from the splintering and chipping commonly associated with screwing into composite wood. This can be important when you choose your own custom desktop to add to one of many height adjustable desk frames available for purchase.
Just Buy the Frame!
Most standing desk sellers offer a frame-only option for those who prefer to attach their own custom desktop. Although buying height adjustable desk frames alone costs less than buying the whole desk, the final cost of your new desk will be dependent on the custom work surface you select and install.
Deciding to use a custom desktop for your standing desk gives you more options than just color and surface type. When you add your own desktop surface to a height adjustable standing desk frame, you can also customize the size of your desktop surface.
One thing to be aware of, though—even the toughest standing desk frames have a weight limit. You’ll need to keep that weight limit in mind when you choose your custom desktop surface, because you’ll need to take its weight into account. You’ll need to consider the weight of the items you’ll be placing on your desk along with your custom desktop’s weight to ensure you won’t overload the capacity of the desk frame.
But regardless of the surface you choose, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of increasing physical activity, and that’s a great choice.