A DIY standing desk frame is a great option for those who would like to customize their desk to fit their specific performance and aesthetic needs. When building a DIY desk, most people utilize frames from major brands in the industry to use with their custom desk top. In this blog, we’ll go over the top five best DIY standing desk frames for different needs.
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5 Best DIY Standing Desk Frames
- Uplift v2 Commercial – Best DIY Standing Desk For Short Users
- Fully Jarvis – Best DIY Standing Desk For Tall Users
- VertDesk v3 Plus – Best DIY Standing Desk For Heavy Weight Needs
- Ikea Idasen – Best DIY Standing Desk For Local Sourcing
- NewHeights Elegante XT – Best DIY Standing Desk For High-End Design
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Starting around $440, the Uplift v2 Commercial was our pick for the best desk frame for shorter users. When you purchase this desk frame it comes with free shipping and returns, so if you’re not a fan, it’s fairly cheap and simple to return. It also has a 10 – year warranty on the frame, which includes the electronics.
We chose this desk frame for shorter users because it lowers all the way down to 21.6” and goes as high as 47.7” without counting the surface. This range works for users as short as five feet tall. Not only does this desk go lower than the others we tested, it has an expandable frame that goes from 41” to 79” wide, greatly enhancing your work area. It also has a lifting capacity of up to 355 lbs. The cross-support feature provides excelled lateral stability, making it a sturdy desk on most surfaces.
The Fully Jarvis Standing is our pick for the best desk for taller users. Starting around $420, with free shipping, this desk has a range from 24.5” low to 50” high without a surface. That kind of height is enough to work for users as tall as 6’10”. Something to be conscious of for taller users is that when fully extended, this desk can be a little wobbly and you may experience some stability issues. The lifting capacity of this desk is also quite impressive, with the capability of lifting up 350 lbs. Lastly, the Fully Jarvis comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame including electronics.
If you’re a person that needs a standing desk that can lift a lot of weight, the BTOD VertDesk v3 plus is the desk for you. Starting at $540, this desk is shipped with free shipping and returns. Built in Wisconsin, the VertDesk v3 Plus includes a lifetime warranty on the frame, including electronics, gears, motors, and the structural components.
When put head-to-head with other desks, this desk lifts a lot of weight at a consistent speed, with capabilities of lifting 450 lbs. at 1.25” per second. The range spans from 25.875” up to 45.875” without the surface, making it work for most users. Built in Wisconsin, the VertDesk Plus is our own product that we are very proud and confident in.
If you need to lift a lot of weight with your desk, you’ll want to consider the quality of gears and motors that your desk is using. The VertDesk v3 Plus is equipped with high-end gears and motors from the leader manufacturer in Germany, Keter. It also includes a traditional cross support, which helps significantly improve stability.
If you’re looking for a nice standing desk that you can pick up somewhere locally, our number one recommendation would be the Ikea Idasen. This desk costs $449 if you purchase in store, but if you order online, you’ll be charged with a $199 shipping fee. This desk comes with a 10-year warranty which covers the entire frame, electronics, gears, motors, and structure itself. It also comes with a 365-day guarantee on the product, so you can return it if you don’t like it after a year.
While the Idasen features a 208 lb. lifting capacity, a drawback of this product is its varying depending upon the amount of weight that you put on the surface. We’ve found that after you add around 100 lbs. to the surface it begins to drop off significantly. With that being said, this may not be the best product if you need a desk that can lift a lot of weight.
Positively, this desk does include premium electronics, gears, and motors from one of the best manufacturers in the business for electric standing desks.
If you’re looking for something with great stability, this desk tested the highest for front to back stability. Even when fully extended, this desk was still excellent when looking at front to back stability itself.
Starting around $1,300, this desk comes with free shipping and free returns if it doesn’t fit your specific needs. It also includes a lifetime warranty on the complete frame, including the electronics, gears, motors, and structure, which is to be expected at this price point.
One of the reasons this desk was picked for best high-end is because it is using a different column structure with extruded aluminum columns that are made in Wisconsin. It starts at 23 inches and goes all the way up to 50 inches (not including the surface). The NewHeights XT was our number one pick for overall stability for two-leg standing desk frames and could have easily been picked for best desk for tall users. One thing to consider with this is that this desk may have some front to back issues when it reaches max height. If you’re looking for the most stable desk, you’ll probably want to look at the XT4 as an alternative, as it has almost no front to back stability issues. You can order this desk with or without the tradition cross support, which is very important for lateral stability.
Whether you’re looking for the best DIY standing desk for shorter users, high-end design, or with the capability to lift a lot of weight, this list should help you find the right desk for you. We believe these are currently the top five best on the market for user’s specific needs. If you have any questions at all about these desks, feel free to reach out to us here at BTOD.com.