Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a standing desk can be a big decision that requires a good bit of research. At VARIDESK, we get a lot of questions about our desks, accessories, health benefits, and more. To help you out during your research process, we’ve created this resource that includes answers to our most frequently asked questions surounding VARIDESK, standing while you work, and office wellness in general!

How do I lock the desk in different positions?

VARIDESK seamlessly clicks into 11 different height positions by just squeezing the two handles and either pulling up or pushing down. This allows you to easily adjust your VARIDESK to your specific height setting.

*Also note that if you are over 6’0” we advise you purchase either our Exec Series desk or a Pro Desk to accommodate your height.

What if I don’t like my desk/it doesn’t fit my current setup?

For all of the indecisive people out there, we’ve got your back. At VARIDESK, we offer risk-free, 30 day returns and exchanges. If you don’t like your desk or need a different size, just contact us, pack it up, and someone will be scheduled to pick it up from you. We advise that you keep your box for at least 30 days, but we know things happen and boxes are bulky, so if you need a new box, we will ship you one free of charge.

Is my standing desk a tax deduction?

Of course, as is the case with most tax issues, whether you can write off your standing desk will depend on several different factors. The best thing you can do is ask a tax professional to advise you on the matter. If you’re already claiming self-employment or home office deductions, you probably have a better chance of claiming a deduction for a standing desk. If your employer didn’t reimburse you for the cost of your standing desk, the rules depend more on your salary and how much you spent on the standing desk. The rules for small business owners are even more complicated still!

How long does it take to set up?

However long it takes you to pull it out of the box. That’s right! VARIDESK comes fully assembled. No screws. No tools. Nothing. Just pull it out of the box, place it on your desk, and you’re ready to get standing!

Can I carry my desk by myself?

Unless you plan on purchasing our Laptop 30™ desk, we always advise you get someone to help you lift your VARIDESK out of the box and onto your desk. Our desks range anywhere from 57-157 pounds and can be hard to maneuver. So be safe rather than sorry and get a friend to help you out!

Will VARIDESK fit on my desk?

We try to make a variety of desk shapes and sizes so that you are sure to find one that fits your setup. No matter what size your current desk is, we are confident you can find a VARIDESK that fits. Our standing desk converters range anywhere from 11.75” to 24” in depth, along with a variety of widths and height settings.

Do I need to save my box?

We always recommend you save your box until you are 100% sure that you want to keep your desk, but we also know boxes are bulky and get in the way. If you do end up misplacing your box in the trash, we will happily send you a new box if you need to return your desk for any reason within 30 days.

Will my white desk get dirty?

While the white desks don’t get super dirty, they are white, so things like food and dirt can show up more on them. We recommend using a magic eraser or disinfectant wipes to clean your desktop when necessary, and for the set in marks and spots, an eraser often does the trick!

Do I really need a mat?

While a mat is not required to stand, we highly recommend using one while standing if you don’t want to be nursing some sore feet at the end of the day. activemat varidesk After a full day of standing on a hard surface, your feet will probably feel pretty sore and tired. Having a mat makes a world of difference by keeping your feet supported and comfortable. There are also added benefits to using a mat like our ActiveMat, which encourages you to stretch and move while you stand.

What if I don’t like my desk/it doesn’t fit my current setup?

At VARIDESK, we offer risk-free, 30-day returns and exchanges on any items. If your VARIDESK product isn’t satisfactory in any way, send it back for free! We are confident that you will love your product once you receive it though.

Is it hard to lift and lower?

Not at all! Thanks to our spring loaded boost design, VARIDESKS are easy to lift and lower for anyone, at any size, with any setup. This is even true amongst different desks. You’ll find it is just as easy to lift and lower our Pro Desk as it is our Pro Plus desk, so no need to worry!

How long do desks take to arrive?

In the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, desks are sent using ground shipping and usually take 3-5 business days to arrive. In other countries where distributors are used the shipping time will vary based on the distributor and location.

I see a product on another country’s website that isn’t on mine. Can I still order it?

While we have plans to expand many of our products to other markets in the future, we currently cannot ship products that are exclusive to one country to a country where they are not sold.

Do you offer any discounts or deals?

Unfortunately, we do not have any sales or offer any discounts. We strive to provide every customer with the lowest possible price everyday. We do offer a great 30-day no-risk return, however. This allows you to try the desk out for 30 days and return for a full refund-no questions asked!

How tall should my desk be while I’m standing?

To be at a proper ergonomic height, your elbows should be at about a 90 degree angle while typing. If you are having to reach down slightly to type, you might need to raise your desk, or, if it is at it’s maximum height, you might need our Exec Series desk. This desk is made to accommodate users over 6 feet tall.

How durable are the desks/what are they made out of?

Our desks are made out of a high density, industrial plastic and are build to last for the long haul. They are very resistant against cracks and scratches, and hold large amounts of weight so there’s no need to worry.

In the off chance that something does break or become damaged, contact us immediately and we will get you a replacement as fast as we can!

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How much assembly is required for the Pro Desk 60?

Our only product that requires any assembly is the Pro Desk, but we use the term “assembly” very loosely. The only thing you have to do is screw on the 4 legs and you’re done! No tools required.

What is the best desk for working from home?

If you are working from home, but don’t really have a designated office or space you work in, we would definitely recommend the Laptop 30™. The Laptop 30™ is big enough for a laptop and mouse and portable enough to move into any room you please.

If you to have an office at home that you consistently work in, the Pro Plus Series, our best-selling desk, is always a great option. It fits on your existing desk and is compact, yet will hold your monitor, laptop, mouse, and keyboard comfortably!

How durable is the mat?

Very durable! The high-density core provides long-lasting support for your feet while standing. These mats are built for the long haul so no need to worry about them wearing thin!

Are there any accessories I should get with my desk?

With every desk purchase, we always recommend you add on an anti-fatigue mat too. While it is possible to stand without one, it is not pretty. After a few hours of standing the first day, your feet will know what we’re talking about. By using an anti-fatigue mat, you can stand much longer and more comfortably.

We also highly recommend monitor arms that help adjust your screen to its ergonomic height and free up more space on your desktop, as well as the VARIChair that allows you to take a break and keep moving weather you are in the sitting or standing position.

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Will monitor arms fit on my existing desk?

Our monitor arms are made specifically to fit any VARIDESK, so we cannot guarantee they will fit on other desks. However, the 1 3/8" inch clamp does mean that it should technically fit on a desk with a 1 3/8" inch width. If you try it out and it doesn’t fit, you always have 30 days to return any VARIDESK product, risk-free!

Can I fit my laptop and two monitors on the desk?

Any of our 48” desks can easily fit two standard size monitors and your laptop. Also if you use our dual monitor arms with any of our desks it will create enough space for all three!

Is it okay if my VARIDESK hangs over my desk a little bit?

With the endless sizes and shapes of desks that are out there, there are bound to be desks that VARIDESKS simply don’t fit perfectly on. In some cases, desks are slightly more narrow than the desk that was ordered. Lucky there are some solutions to look into.

If it works for your height and space, a Cube Plus is a great, narrow option for those with slimmer desks. If you need the height of an Exec or the Cube Plus simply doesn’t fit your setup, there are times that overhang happens. If the overhang is between 1-2 inches you should be able to still sit at your desk comfortably. If it is more than that, we suggest researching possible other options.

The good news is that no matter what your question or concern is, VARIDESK offers risk-free, 30 day returns on any products, for any reason. If you are not 100% happy, or if you just need a different fit, we have you covered!