4 of the best standing desks for runners working from home

Runner's World Editors
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Photo credit: Luis Alvarez - Getty Images
Photo credit: Luis Alvarez - Getty Images

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If, like many people, your working-from-home setup sees you hunched over a laptop, perhaps it’s time to invest in a more ergonomically sound solution. A standing desk offers you the opportunity to sit or stand during the working day, with one study reporting workers who used standing desks felt they were more productive throughout the day. Shane Benzie, a renowned movement coach specialising in the fascia, is a big fan of standing desks for runners. In his book, The Lost Art of Running, he calls them ‘one of the best investments you can make’, due to the fact that our running posture will only ever be an extension of our everyday posture. So if you’re hunched over a laptop all day, you’ll bring this posture to your running, whereas if you’re standing with good posture for large periods of the day you’ll be more likely to bring these good habits to your running. Here are four standing desks for budgets of all sizes.

1. Best for: using two monitors

Varidesk Pro-Plus 36


If you’re so important that your work requires two monitors, that needn’t mean you have to stay glued to your seat. This Varidesk Pro-Plus 36 is designed to accommodate two desktop monitors (or a desktop and a laptop). It’s heavy base offers stability, you can adjust it to suit your height and it comes fully assembled.

2. Best for: those using just a laptop

Harmoni


Whoever said standing desks look ugly and take up lots of space forgot to tell the makers of Harmoni. Its small footprint makes it easy to fit into and living space, while the all-wooden design means it resembles a cool piece of furniture rather than a clunky piece of office wear. Solid and secure, it can be assemble and dissembled in less than a minute.

3. Best for: those on a budget

Standidesk


And the prize for the most resourceful standing-desk solution goes to…Standidesk. Made out of cardboard, it folds away easily yet is designed to be sturdy enough to support 9kg. That said, it’s probably one best suited to a laptop rather than a desktop, and you obviously can’t adjust its height, but for less than £20 it’s well worth a punt if you’re looking for a standing desk on a budget.

4. Best for: versatility

Skarsta

The cheapest option from Ikea's range of standing desks, the Skarsta provides a simple, stylish solution for home working. You adjust the height via a wind-up handle – no, this doesn't mean you can skip your upper-body workout – and there's plenty of room for a laptop or desktop. Plus, setting up Ikea furniture is one of life's great joys, right?

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