The stability of a standing desk continues to be the number one concern for many standing desk users. I get it, I am picky when it comes to the stability of my standing desk too. As standing desks become more mainstream, shoppers are becoming more educated on what makes a standing desk stable.
One of the questions that we have been asked more frequently is, “Does width impact a standing desk’s stability?” This is a great question because, to be honest, we didn’t know the answer to it right away. Of course, we had our assumptions, but we wanted to know for sure if a standing desk was more or less stable the wider it was.
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Using The WobbleMeter To Test
To accurately measure the stability of a standing desk, we needed to use our WobbleMeter. If you’re not familiar with the WobbleMeter, we have a post to get you up to speed on what it is and how it works. The short is, it is used to measure the deflection of a frame, measuring the results of different force amounts at three specific heights. We look at two motions, front to back and left to right.
For all previous WobbleMeter testing, we have used a 30″ x 48″ desk setup. We’ve done this to ensure all testing, for different brands, remained consistent. In order to check if stability was impacted by the width of a standing desk, we wanted to move two sizes up in desks. For our comparison, we used a 30×72” VertDesk setup. This provided plenty of difference in the width of each desk to come to a solid conclusion.
Watch Us Test The 72″ Wide VertDesk v3
Comparing Wobble (Side to Side) Scores
Comparing Rocking (Front to Back) Scores
When we look at the individual pull scores for each height and desk size, 16 of 18 scores were the same or within one point of each other. Only 2 of 18 scores resulted in a two-point difference. With these results, we do not believe that a standing desk’s width will make a noticeable difference in the overall stability.