Choosing the Best Material for a Standing Desk Tabletop
When it comes to our health and our comfort in the workplace, standing desks are, without a doubt, one of the best inventions in recent history.
Standing desks are great for offices because they allow workers to switch between sitting and standing while they work. Sitting for too long can cause bad posture, it can lead to back issues, it can lead to weight gain, neck ache and many more health issues. Standing desks of course cannot prevent all of these things, but they can certainly help to reduce the risks substantially.
Buying a standing desk is easy, but choosing the perfect standing desk for you and your business, that’s where the difficulties lie. With so many different products to choose from, finding your perfect standing desk is much easier said than done.
The problem with choosing a standing desk is knowing which material to go for. Do you opt for a glass standing desk, a wood standing desk, plastic, or even a bamboo standing desk for your tabletop? To help you make a decision, here’s a look at several tips to help you choose the best material for your desk tabletop.
Laminated standing desk tabletops
If your budget is modest and you want a desk tabletop that is easy to look after and maintain, a laminate standing desk is the ideal solution.
Lamination is basically a term used to describe the technique to stack things up in multiple layers to give products stability, support, and an aesthetic finish. Laminates can come in the form of wood, veneers, vinyl, or even metal.
Usually standing laminate desk tabletops are made from MDF wood. This looks attractive enough, it is fairly hardwearing and durable, plus it is easy to look after and maintain, and can be wiped clean.
The main downside to MDF laminated desk tabletops is the fact that MDF is fairly cheap and so it isn’t the best quality and wouldn’t be suitable for desks with a lot of weight on.
Glass standing desk tabletops
People don’t often consider glass for standing desks because of the fact that glass can chip and break, and is considered delicate. The truth of the matter however, is that tempered glass desks in offices worldwide are actually very popular.
A tempered glass standing desk, just like the SOLOS Tempered Glass Standing Desk is ideal for use at home and in studios, it offers a one-touch lifting capacity, a 110lbs max weight, three charging ports in convenient locations, and much more besides.
Another advantage of going with tempered glass for your desk tabletop is the fact that it doesn’t stain and can be wiped down easily, meaning you needn’t worry about those coffee mug rings when you forgot to put down a coaster.
Reclaimed wood tabletops
Wood standing desk sales are up for 2022 and that trend only looks set to continue, especially when it comes to reclaimed wood.
With so much emphasis being placed on tackling climate change, and being more eco-friendly, reclaimed wood standing desktops look set to be huge this year.
Made from old wooden materials which otherwise would simply have been burnt, or thrown in the trash to rot, reclaimed wooden desktops come in a variety of unusual patterns and designs and look extremely unusual and eye-catching.
Reclaimed wood is great because it can be stained, you can polish it, you can wax it, you can sand it, paint it, or even just have it in its natural form. Working particularly well in rustic offices and more industrial chic-styled offices, reclaimed wooden desktops really do look the part and also work extremely well when used as part of a standing desk.
Bamboo standing desk tabletops
Bamboo is another material which is great for the environment because it is so sustainable.
Bamboo is easy to grow and is easy to manufacture, plus it has a very low carbon footprint and is very versatile as well. In recent years, we’ve seen an influx in bamboo clothing and bamboo furniture, particularly in the office.
Bamboo standing desk tabletops are ideal because they look great, they polish up very well, they’re strong and sturdy, and they’re more than capable of withholding a decent amount of weight, in the form of computers, printers, speakers, and other heavy electronic gadgets.
The only real downside to bamboo wood tabletops is the fact that they do require more care and maintenance than other woods and other desktop materials, so you will need to polish and maybe even wax them fairly regularly. Bamboo tends to fade and weaken in direct sunlight and it won’t withstand too much moisture, so just bear that in mind before buying.
If you don’t mind the slightly more maintenance and care you will need to perform however, bamboo is a great material for standing desktops.
Powder coated desktops
Don’t let the low price tag fool you, because if done right, powder coated desktops can look the part and function very well as part of a standing desk tabletop.
Powder coated desktops usually involve spraying MDF desktops with various coloured powders to achieve a lamination that is protective and that also happens to look good. Okay, it won’t preserve the wood all too well and you will need to be wary of chipping the desktop when placing heavy and sharp objects down, but if you’re on a budget or if you just want a simple and effective wood standing desk for use at home, a powder coated desktop is almost certainly the way to go.
If you are concerned about the durability and the quality, there are more upmarket powder coated desk tabletops which feature a moisture protecting seal for added durability, hardness, protection, and ease of cleaning.