Look at the standing desk in front of you – How long do you think it will last? What if I told you it could last, as a piece of functional furniture for 100 years. But ONLY if it was made from a couple specific types of material.
Would you think I was crazy?
As designers and architects have been working with standing desks for decades now one thing had become very noticeable – their longevity.
When desks are made from quality materials they tend to last a lot longer. This is due in part to the fact that natural materials, like wood for example, have an inherent strength that can withstand years of use.
But there are other factors at play here too. For one, standing desks are generally less complex in design than their sit-down counterparts. This means there are fewer moving parts and less opportunity for something to break down over time.
In addition, standing desks tend to be used less frequently than traditional desks. They’re often seen as a secondary workspace, which means they don’t get the same amount of wear and tear.
The Desk You Don’t Lean On
Due to the way a standing desk functions you are less likely to put your elbows or forearms directly on the top of the desk. As a result there is less skin-to-surface contact, which means less transfer of oils and acids from your skin. These materials can make the wood weaken overtime, and can cause weird issues with appearance on laminate desk tops. Because, by their nature, a standing desk is up and away from your lower body you are also less likely to put your weight against it.
At a traditional desk you spend a good amount of time leaning into it. Either because of your posture, or comfortability, either way that is additional weight that pushes against the frame of the traditional desk, and can weaken the legs or joints.
The same is not true with a standing desk. Because you are mostly upright against it you do not cause as much structural damage to the integrity of the desk.
That means, Standing Desks Live Longer.
The Top Matters.
All of these factors contribute to the longevity of standing desks. But if you really want your desk to stand the test of time, there are two specific materials you should look for:
Lasts Nearly Forever: Solid Wood
When it comes to furniture, solid wood is always a good choice. It’s strong, durable, and looks great. Plus, it’s a natural material that can be refinished and repurposed over time.
There are a few different types of wood that make great standing desks, but hardwoods like maple, oak, and cherry are some of the best. They’re less likely to scratch or dent, and they age well.
If you want a desk that will last for generations, solid wood is the way to go.
Lasts A Very Very Long Time: Laminate
Laminate is a synthetic material that’s made to look like wood. It’s usually composed of several layers of paper or plastic that are glued together and then covered with a clear protective layer.
Laminate is a popular choice for standing desks because it’s durable and easy to clean. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and finishes, so you can find the perfect look for your space.
When it comes to choosing a laminate desk, make sure to pick one with a high-quality finish. This will help it resist scratches and stains.
All of this means that the next standing desk you buy may be the LAST standing desk you EVER buy. This can be a good thing if you choose something with classic style – but may mean an outdated looking office if you choose a very specific style that is trending. In whatever you do, make sure you take note of the materials the standing desk you buy is built with.