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10 Best Standing Desks That Are High in Quality and Cheap in Price

10 Best Standing Desks That Are High in Quality and Cheap in Price

There are a surplus of articles on the Internet talking about the harmful impact of too much sitting. It increases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. And somehow, all of the gym sessions and exercises might not offset the health issues caused by sitting too much.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to scare you with more facts and negative health effects of sitting too long. But what we need to do is to combat this sedentary lifestyle, and standing desks seem to be the best option.

How is a standing desk going to help?

A study in 2015[1] shows that by combining exercising and standing, you can increase your life expectancy potentially even more. The more you move around, you’ll burn more calories, and it helps your heart to function better, which in turn lessen your risk of chronic diseases.

Another research[2] suggests that workers who stand are more productive than those who remain seated. The study shows a tremendous increase in productivity after 6 months.

Here are 10 best affordable standing desk options for you, and I have arranged them according to their prices!

1. Readaeer Adjustable Foldable Laptop Stand ($30)

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    This is technically not a standing desk, but this laptop stand is a great alternative for you if you don’t want to invest a whole lot. Just put this on an existing desk and you are done!

    • Price tier: Very low
    • For who: Students, people with home offices

    2. IKEA-Hacked Standing Desk ($33-$38)

      ▲ The $22 Ikea Hack. Credit: Lateral

      If you want a cheap standing desk, you should consider “The $22 Ikea Hack”. With a side table, a shelf, two brackets, and screws, you can create your own standing desk using solely Ikea products. (With the similar items found on Ikea’s website, the standing desk costs a little bit more.)

      • Price tier: Very low
      • For who: Scrappy people on a budget

      3. IKEA Norberg Wall-Mounted Desk ($39)

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        A wall-mounted desk is one of the cheapest and simplest types of standing desk you can get. It offers a minimalist design to satisfy your aesthetic tastebuds, and saves a lot of space. You can also use it as a shelf. The only downside is you can’t adjust it freely.

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        • Price tier: Very low
        • For who: Minimalists, people living in a small space

        4. Alvin MiniMaster Adjustable Drafting Table ($120)

          Credit: Artist Supply Source

          This is another example of adding a new purpose to an existing furniture. Compared to standing desks, drafting tables are more affordable. It comes with wheels and an adjustable board (you can adjust it between 0 to 30 degrees). There’s also a drawer to keep your gadgets in place.

          • Price tier: Low
          • For who: Everyone

          5. Birch Standing Desk Conversion Kit ($160)

            Credit: Amazon

            Similar to the laptop stand, this adjustable kit sits on top of your existing desk. You don’t have to buy a brand new standing desk and the birchwood looks fine and nice.

            • Price tier: Low
            • For who: Everyone

            6. Safco Muv Stand Up Desk With Keyboard Shelf ($199)

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              This is a fancier standing desk option. This desk not only has wheels, but also shelf spaces. There’s a shelf for your keyboard, another for your computer, and one for all the miscellaneous things. Plus, its slim design saves a lot of space.

              • Price tier: Middle
              • For who: Everyone, especially people working in tight, small office areas

              7. Refold Cardboard Standing Desk ($250-300)

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                Believe it or not, this cardboard standing desk is very sturdy. It saves tons of space, and when you are done with it, you can recycle it.

                • Price tier: Middle
                • For who: Artistic minimalists, creatives, environmentally-conscious people

                8. Rebel Up Standing Desk ($499)

                  Credit: Cult of Mac

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                  Just like some other desks, the height is adjustable, so what makes this standing desk different? Well, take a look at the side, and there are two outlets and two USB ports for you to charge your gadgets simultaneously. And you can choose the desktop color!

                  • Price tier: High
                  • For who: Tech-savvy people

                  9. 60″ Electric Stand Up Desk ($549)

                    Credit: NotSitting.com

                    Similar to the Rebel Up Standing Desk, this one comes with a power cable and a large working space. One thing that stands out is you don’t need to crank the handle to adjust the heights, simply push a button. Also, it comes with wheels, which makes it easier to move around.

                    • Price tier: High
                    • For who: Tech-savvy people, people working in offices

                    10. DIY Standing Desk (cost varies)

                      ▲ DIY Pipe Standing Desk. Credit: Brian Hirschy

                      If the previous 9 suggestions haven’t impressed you, it might be a sign that you secretly want to build your own standing desk. You can go the easy and affordable route,[3] or be industrial and artistic about it.

                      • Price tier: It depends
                      • For who: DIY-ers

                      I hope you have found the best affordable standing desk and start moving those legs!

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                      A lack of productivity leads to a lack of happiness.

                      When you can’t see yourself making progress or getting things done, you get anxious and become stressful.

                      There are also tons of things that contribute to unhappiness here too: Facebook notifications, emails, texts, and chatty co-workers are just a small fraction of the disruptions we’re bombarded with. These “little things” can stack up fast and lead to hampering your happiness and productivity levels.

                      Learn how to be productive with the 11 tips below and reclaim your everyday productivity and your happiness, once and for all.

                      1. Be happy now

                      Life is too short. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, be happy now. Start by finding something to be grateful for; everyone has at least one thing to be grateful for.

                      Most of the world still has trouble getting access to clean drinking water… yhat means you can even be grateful for that bottle of Aquafina you’ve got on your desk right now.

                      2. Finish your day before it starts

                      Proper planning is the secret to peak productivity, and it’s also a good idea to set daily goals. Get yourself a planning tool and prioritize your daily tasks with it.

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                      3. Celebrate the small wins

                      Every time you check off a task from your to-do list, you release a “happy chemical” in your brain called dopamine. This gives you the motivation to move forward and do even more.

                      For example, after I finish writing this article and I’ve crossed it off my list of things to do today, I’ll get a nice burst of “happy chemicals” releasing in my brain. The best part? Zero side effects!

                      Learn from here: How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

                      4. Leverage like there’s no tomorrow

                      Look for ways to use the good old 80/20 rule by identifying tasks that you might be able to outsource or leverage out to a virtual assistant.

                      Stop wasting time doing things that don’t challenge you or ignite your passion. Hire out or automate anything and everything within your means.

                      Check out this guide to find out how to start to delegate: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      5. Recharge your batteries

                      Figure out how many hours of sleep your body needs and make sure you get it. Take time to stretch, walk, or relax—you’ll be glad you did.

                      Here’re some simple ways to relax completely and get rid of stress.

                      6. Become an early riser

                      This is one of the most underused productivity “hacks” on the planet. Ever since I decided to start waking up at 5am every day, my productivity levels and happiness have gone up dramatically.

                      Most people aren’t up that early, so no one can bother you or disrupt you from what you want to do. Use this time to exercise, meditate, or to get a head start on your day.

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                      7. Do work you’re passionate about

                      Make it your goal to blur the line between work and play by doing more things you’re passionate about. This promotes happiness both inside and outside of the workplace.

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                      8. Use time blocks

                      For example, when I wrote this article, I gave myself a one hour time block. This prevents unnecessary dilly-dallying like updating your Facebook status and checking email.

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                        9. Avoid interruptions

                        Interruptions are among the biggest barriers to both productivity and happiness. Every time you’re interrupted in the middle of a task your level of productivity takes a hit.

                        We’ve all been there: you’re fully immersed in an important project until all of a sudden the workplace chatterbox appears out of nowhere and starts talking about stuff that doesn’t matter. By the time she’s gone, you’ve already forgotten where you were and it takes 30 minutes to get back on track.

                        Avoid this by letting people know that you’ve got important work that’s got to be done.

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                        10. Shut down the digital disruptions

                        iPhones, mailbox notifications, twitter, facebook, and everything that pops, slides, or fades in and out of your screen has got to go. Shut them down and focus.

                        It’s as easy as turning off the notifications or scheduling only a specific time to check all these notifications and texts.

                        11. Measure your success

                        Every now and then, it’s a good idea to measure your results and see how things are coming along.

                        How’s your progress? Are you pacing in the right direction? Are things getting better? Worse? It’s always a good idea to track your progress regularly.

                        With an app like Rescue Time, you can easily keep track of the time you spend throughout the day. It helps you to find out how much time you’re really on-task and so you can review your progress.

                          With these 11 effective ways to improve productivity, you will get more things done timely and become happier.

                          Start small and take up each suggestion one by one, you can boost your productivity and create your happiness too.

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