The UpStanding Desk Standing Desk Review

The UpStanding Desk standing desk
The UpStanding Desk
Desktop Riser
by UpStanding
$ 234 Basic configuration
$ 284 Deluxe configuration

See below for pricing details.

  • Editor Rating

  • 67%
  • 67%

  • The UpStanding Desk
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  • Last modified: August 9, 2016
  • Shopping & Buying
    Editor: 100%
  • Shipping & Delivery
    Editor: 70%
  • Assembly
    Editor: 80%
  • Engineering
    Editor: 77%
  • Ergonomics
    Editor: 62%
  • Warranty
    Editor: 0%
  • Customer Service
    Editor: 60%

Review Details

The Upstanding Desk is a basic desktop add-on that lets you work on your laptop computer standing up at your existing sitting-height desk. It’s one of three CNC-milled plywood desktop add-ons in our review of affordable standing desks.

The Upstanding Desk posts a fairly low score when evaluated by the criteria we apply to all standing desks. But bear in mind that our criteria are biased against this category of standing desks (slot- and groove-adjustable desktop add-ons). If you just want a simple workstation to rest your computer and accessories on while you work standing up, then The Upstanding Desk may work fine for you.

Here’s how The Upstanding Desk measures up to our review criteria.

Shopping & Buying Experience (5% of total score)

The Upstanding Desk website is informative and professionally designed. It’s easy to find answers to common questions. For the most part, it avoids marketing hyperbole and gives you a realistic sense of what to expect from its desk. Like many standing-desk marketing sites, it lumps together the generic benefits of standing and its unique product features.

The site includes a privacy policy and a page with contact information. It uses a secure connection to process orders and otherwise inspires confidence during the ordering process.

Shopping & Buying Experience score 5/5 (100%)

Shipping & Delivery Experience (10% of total score)

We ordered our Upstanding Desk May 31, 2016 and received it about a month later on July 1, 2016.

Our Upstanding Desk showed up in good shape in one simple, flat cardboard container.

The Upstanding Desk delivers orders to the US for about $35. There is no information on their website about delivery to international destinations.

Shipping & Delivery Experience score 7/10 (70%)

Ease & Elegance of Assembly (10% of total score)

The Upstanding Desk comes in five pieces. You first attach the sides to each other with a crosspiece that goes across the back of the unit. You then insert into slots the main work surface and the monitor/laptop shelf. Grooves in the shelves hold them securely in the slots.

The Upstanding Desk website provides a one-page paper with assembly instructions to help guide you through the process.

Assembly Experience score 7/10 (70%)

Engineering (30% of total score)

The Upstanding Desk is one of many CNC-milled plywood desks that have launched in the past few years. Like many of these desks it was launched as a Kickstarter campaign. The design of The Upstanding Desk appears to be the same as described in the original campaign.

Style and Design (5% of Engineering score)

Well9to5 isn’t a style publication, so we don’t make esthetic judgments in our evaluations. Rather, this style and design score is based primarily on the range of options (size, color, shape, etc.) presented to you as you choose your standing desk.

In the case of The Upstanding Desk you don’t get any options.

1 of 5 possible Style & Design points

Stability (40% of Engineering score)

TheUpstanding Desk was very stable on the several different conventional desks that we tried it out on. Both front-to-back and side-to-side, it barely moves at all under normal use. In a nice touch, The Upstanding Desk, provides small anti-skid pads that prevent the unit from sliding around the surface it rests on.

34 of 40 possible Stability points

Sturdiness (40% of Engineering score)

The Upstanding Desk felt very sturdy to us in normal use. The Upstanding Desk site claims that each shelf is designed to support up to 200 pounds, and they provide an animated GIF that illustrates this.

34 of 40 possible Sturdiness points

Details (5% of Engineering score)

TheUpstanding Desk offers optional cable management slots at the back of each shelf but no power management or other extras.

1 of 5 possible Details points

Materials & Surfaces (5% of Engineering score)

The Upstanding Desk is made with nice-looking, unfinished, birch plywood. Since it’s unfinished, we’re a little concerned that the surfaces might be more vulnerable to scratches and stains than the other plywood desks we evaluated, both of which have finished surfaces.

3 of 5 possible Materials & Surfaces points

Construction (5% of Engineering score)

The Upstanding Desk is about as simply constructed as it gets – five pieces of plywood slide together easily to form a sturdy, stable work surface.

4 of 5 possible Construction points

Maintenance (0% of Engineering score)

You’ll want to care for your Upstanding Desk as you would any piece of wood furniture.

Engineering score 23/30 (77%)

Ergonomics (35% of total score)

Ergonomics is the science of balancing comfort and productivity in the workplace. Because it offers limited adjustment options, has to be cleared off to be adjusted, and has relatively small work surfaces, The Upstanding Desk earns a low ergonomics score.

Comfort (40% of Ergonomics score)

Comfort is perhaps the most subjective of the criteria we evaluated. Comfort at a standing desk is determined to a large extent by how adjustable its height is and how flexibly it lets you organize your work gear.

The Upstanding Desk offers several height options, so it can accommodate a good range of user sizes. It’s work surfaces are relatively small, which may limit your ability to use a wrist rest or a larger ergonomic keyboard.

It offers a reasonable amount of front-to-back separation of the keyboard and monitor surfaces, so you can generally adjust it to an ergonomically comfortable position.

The edges and corners of the surfaces are sanded and more rounded off then the other plywood desks we evaluated, making it a little easier on our forearms and wrists as they rested on the surface.

Both I and the Hub evaluators found The Upstanding Desk to be quite comfortable.

27 of 40 possible Comfort points

Productivity (45% of Ergonomics score)

To be productive at a standing desk, you need room for your computer, paper, and other materials that you need to do your job. If you work strictly on a laptop, then The Upstanding Desk may offer enough room for you. But there is very little room to spread out papers or other materials on the small work surface. The main work surface is about an inch and a half deeper than the other plywood desks we looked at, so The Upstanding Desk scores a little better here.

In the active office, we also judge a desk by how easy it is to change back and forth from sitting to standing positions. Since you have to remove everything from The Upstanding Desk to adjust its height, it scores low here.

24 of 45 possible Productivity points

Portability (5% of Ergonomics score)

Modern offices flexible and many folks want or need to change locations throughout the work day. The Upstanding Desk is light enough to be fairly easily carried from desk to desk. If you need to navigate hallways or go to another office, The Upstanding Desk can be disassembled and reassembled in just a couple of minutes. You’ll have to carry both it and your laptop, keyboard, and other work materials with you to the next location.

2 of 5 possible Portability points

Noise (5% of Ergonomics score)

This criterion is normally concerned with how well the noise of electrical motors and other moving components in height adjustable desks is managed. The Upstanding Desk’s lack of moving parts makes it a perfectly quiet desk.

5 of 5 possible Noise points

Safety (5% of Ergonomics score)

The Upstanding Desk poses few, if any, safety hazards.

4 of 5 possible Safety points

Ergonomics score 22/35 (62%)

Warranty (5% of total score)

A good way to gauge a manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of their products is by the length of the warranty they offer.

We couldn’t find any information on a warranty or a returns policy on The Upstanding Desk website.

We award warranty points for standing desks based on this scale:

  • less than 1 year = 0 points
  • 1-2 yrs = 1 points
  • 3-4 yrs = 2 points
  • 5-7 yrs = 3 points
  • 8-10 yrs = 4 points
  • 10+ yrs = 4.5-5 points

Warranty score 0/5 (0%)

Customer Service (5% of total score)

We didn’t have any need to contact Upstanding Desk, so they get the mid-range starting points.

Customer Service score 3/5 (60%)

Overall Rating: 67%

We compute the overall rating by adding up the number of total points earned and dividing by the total possible points (which, to simplify the math, is always 100 for any one product category) and then rounding to the nearest whole digit. The rating is expressed as a percentage, but don’t automatically assign a corresponding letter grade based on that percent. The Upstanding Desk’s raw score of 67 is pretty low, but bear in mind that we are comparing it to highly engineered desks that cost 4 times as much. If you don’t change your desk height very often and just want to get standing, The Upstanding Desk may work fine for you. We will never give even the highest-rated product in a category a 100%, mainly because we’ll always leave room in each criterion in our rating system for the possibility of superior products emerging in the future.

Price Details

Basic Deluxe
Model/Price UpStanding Desk Standard $199 UpStanding Desk Double-Wide  $249
Main Work Surface  27 1/4/” wide x 13″ deep  (to come)
Footprint 30 1/2″ wide x 25″ deep  (to come)
Monitor Surface 27 1/4/” wide x 8″ deep  n/a
Keyboard Tray no (uses main work surface)  no (uses main work surface)
Shipping ground $35  ground $35
TOTAL Basic $234  $284

Both the Standard and Double-Wide versions of The UpStanding Desk are available in versions for taller users. You can also buy extra upper and/or lower shelves.


  • sits on top of your existing work surface
  • made from furniture-grade Baltic Birch plywood



Lowest desk height:
5 inches

Tallest desk height:
14 inches

Desk height range:

Desk height measured from:

Height-Adjustment Notes:
Height adjustment differs from model to model. Versions for taller users also available.


Shipping & Delivery

Default assumption is shipping from/to the continental U.S. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii or to Canada and other countries will cost more.

Shipping Options

  • Ground to continental U.S.


Assembly & Set-Up

Estimated assembly time less than one hour



Warranty notes:
No information on warranty available on manufacturer website.

Return Policy

No information on returns policy available on manufacturer website.


The UpStanding Desk User Reviews

Updates and Corrections

All basic product information (features, pricing, specifications, etc.) on this page is from the desk information page on the manufacturer’s website or in its product documentation, or from correspondence with the manufacturer or an authorized representative. We do our best to keep the information on this page up to date. If you see any errors or omissions, please let us know and we’ll correct the information as soon as possible.

Page last updated: July 14, 2016

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