Once you’ve decided that you want to work while standing, you have two options: an adjustable-height desk or a sit-stand converter. Adjustable-height desks (also known as standing desks) are just that—they’re like traditional desks with height-adjustable tabletops, either via a motorized base or a manual crank system. Sit-stand converters (also known as desktop risers) are meant to be placed on your fixed-height desk, converting it into a sit-stand workspace. Some sit directly on top of your desk, like the Ziplift, while others attach to the back of your desk. Both options provide a healthier way to work, and there are good reasons for choosing each. 

iMovr Standing desk.

Desk Benefits:


You want to save space. Maybe you work with a lot of papers, or maybe you just like to keep your desktop fully loaded with materials. Desktop converters can cut into your desktop space, while iMovR’s standing desks are available in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate your needs. Choose a standing desk if you want the maximum amount of desktop real estate for your work.

You plan to use a treadmill. You’ll have a much smoother experience using a standing desk for treadmill desking, rather than using a converter as a substitute because most iMovR standing desks can be paired with the Unsit Office Treadmill. Additionally, because you tend to anchor your wrists to the keyboard while walking, you’ll want the inherent stability of a standing desk for that functionality. Even if you plan to use a treadmill desk at some point down the road, it’s a good idea to go with a standing desk now and avoid a frustrating set-up later.

You want the advanced ergonomics of SteadyType™. While the ZipLift delivers excellent ergonomics with an adjustable keyboard tray, nothing compares to the complete ergonomic adjustability of SteadyType. The ability to adjust your keyboard to any angle combined with the stability of a built-in tray allows you to achieve unmatched ergonomics. This is especially important for treadmill-deskers, who need a neutral and strain-free hand position while in motion. We recommend a 15-20 degree tilt for stationary standing users, and a 30-35 degree tilt for walkers.

You want the best looking option. iMovR desks feature beautiful 3D-laminated tops with the look of real hardwood. An iMovR desk is a complement to your room’s decor, while converters tend to be focused on functionality more than looks. Plus, the cleaner aesthetic of an adjustable-height tabletop leads to less cluttered space, helping you stay focused on finishing your work.

Converter Benefits:

Convert any desk into a standing desk with the Ziplift.You have a built-in desk. This is a no-brainer! If your desk is built-in, then a converter is the best option to stand up to sitting disease.

You don’t want to give up your drawers. If you find yourself frequently accessing your desk drawers, you probably are not willing to give them up to switch to a standing desk. However, iMovR’s Mobile File Cabinet provides a solution. It matches your tabletop and doubles as a seat, giving standing desk users back their valuable drawer space.

A Note on Cost

It’s a common misconception that standing desks are vastly more expensive than converters. While iMovR’s top-of-the-line standing desks dwarf the price of our converter options, you’ll also find the entry-level iMovR Lander Lite desks to be competitively priced with our converters. While desks may be more expensive in general, you should definitely consider both options when planning your workstation, regardless of how big or small your budget may be.