Generic Crank Sit/Stand Desk

This desk is hard to categorize with a brand, hence my “generic” description. It is sold by the “Stand Up Desk Store” from Amazon, also making a unique identifier hard to come by. In any case, this desk actually looks pretty nice to me.

Crank Adjustable Standing Desk

Crank Adjustable Standing Desk

This “Crank Adjustable Height Desk” (What I’m going to call it) reminds me of the late Ikea Fredrik and Jerker desks in its design, expect this one has an adjustable crank and wheels. This is probably the best deal for an adjustable standing height desk, compared with some of the super fancy, super expensive motorized models.

The thing I really like about this model, however, is that it has two levels. Even the $700+ models often only have a single level. I don’t understand this trend because the ideal position of the monitors is such that you’re eye line is at 75% to the top of the monitor. Also, the ideal height for your keyboard would be at the same level as the natural bend of your elbow. (See my ergonomics page if you’re interested in seeing a diagram of this.) Both of these ergonomics requirements supports the use of a dual level desk to get better separation without having to buy a separate monitor arm.

Another point I like to make is that the supports are primarily on the sides of the desk, allowing an open space down below where you can potentially fit a treadmill, such as the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill, with a bit of modification, described HERE. However, because the keyboard level of this desk only goes up to a height of ~42.5″, it may not be high enough for a treadmill desk or tall users. My current desk is set to 48.5″ with that particular treadmill with bars still detached , and I’m about 5′ 10.5″. That means that if you want to make a treadmill desk using this Crank Adjustable Height Desk and the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill, then you have to be about ~5′ 4.5″ or shorter, which wouldn’t work for me. :(  But if you don’t plan on using it as a treadmill desk and only as a standing desk, then it would support a user ~5′ 7.5″ or shorter without modification and proper ergonomics. (Assuming your arms are the same length as mine.) There are reports of people who are 6′ and taller who “love” this desk, but I maintain that without proper ergonomics, you will regret it sooner or later.

The “Generic Crank Adjustable Height Desk” Pros:
* Relatively cheap compared with motorized models.
* Two levels for easier ergonomics.
* Crank adjustable so you can have multiple users.
* Supports a treadmill because there is no obstruction below.
* Comes in multiple sizes. (48″ and 60″ desktop width.)
* Very sturdy!

The “Generic Crank Adjustable Height Desk” Cons: 
* Would be better if the desk went a few inches higher to support a treadmill desk for users taller than 5′ 9″, or users taller than 5′ 11.5″ without a treadmill. (I guess that covers most people though.)
* Assembly instructions aren’t the best. Get ready to read carefully.
* Not for people taller than ~5′ 4.5″ with a treadmill or ~5′ 7.5″ without a treadmill.

Find it on Amazon

48″ Crank Adjustable Height Sit to Stand Up Desk

60″ Crank Adjustable Height Sit to Stand Up Desk

Generic Crank Desk Schematics

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