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But, well, it's… IKEA. The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant is known for forward-thinking design, innovative assembly methods, stores that you could live in, and delicious meatballs of questionable origin. It is not, however, known for quality or durability. This is not a surprise or a problem, necessarily, because IKEA's products are often impossibly cheap, and, well, cheap stuff is cheap. So I went into my experience with the Bekant Sit/Stand desk with a measured amount of skepticism. IKEA did not let me down.


Oh, and assembly is a breeze. I did not assemble the desk—although I wish that I had in retrospect. A couple of very nice fellows that IKEA hired to deliver the desk did, because that was the plan for press who were reviewing the desk. (I think IKEA was just trying to be nice.) The process only took about 15 minutes. Basically, you have to bolt the tabletop to the motorized legs and plug it in.


The only other gripe I can think of are those ugly buttons. Not only are they ugly, they're also a little bit finicky. They're barely buttons, really. They're more like little bubbles, not unlike the buttons you find on shitty stereo remotes. When you're adjusting the desk, moving your finger even slightly to one side or the other will disengage the button, and the desk will stop moving. You get the hang of it, though. It's just a bummer that IKEA did so much great work building a beautiful desk and then skimped on the gadgety bit. Then again, IKEA's never been into gadgets.


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This is a big desk. It's entirely possible that IKEA is planning to offer sit/stand options for its smaller, more city-friendly desks, but for now, you're pretty much screwed if you're trying to squeeze this thing into a small room with other furniture. There's also no way to add a shorter desktop due to a support beam that connects the two legs. The control is also fastened to the tabletop, so that annoying. Then again, if you do the dinner table trick, the tabletop will fit six people, snugly. And you can even adjust the height for a standing dinner!


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Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!


But guess what. Trendy things are sometimes trendy for a good reason. Now that I've spent a couple of weeks with one, I am inclined to believe that the standing desk is one of those things. Sit/stand desks, as opposed to standing-only desks, are even better. IKEA's Bekant Sit/Stand desk is perfect for someone who wants to enjoy the proven health benefits of a standing desk, while also maintaining the option of sitting in a chair like our forefathers did—all without breaking the bank. In other words, this desk is for everyone.


IKEA furniture is famous for its utilitarian simplicity, and the Bekant Sit/Stand does not disappoint in that regard. It's almost identical to the standard Bekant desk which is a simple particleboard desktop with a stain-resistant veneer and a handy cable management net hidden underneath the surface. The only real difference is the motorized frame, controlled with a small push-button interface tucked under the right side of the desktop. This comes equipped with a safety, in case you ever want to disable the motor.


This is the fun part. Like I said before, I've always been a bit of a Negative Nancy when it comes to expensive standing desks. That's not to say I don't work standing up from time-to-time! My IKEA Hopen dresser—you can see it in the background of the photos—is almost the perfect height for me to use it as a standing desk. But I never really do that because my toes hit the bottom of the dresser, and I don't know, I just feel weird working on top of my dresser.


Quick note about ergonomics: be nice to your body. I just used my aging MacBook Pro when working and found myself slouching quite a bit. But since I do not want to become a hunchback, I plan on elevating my laptop to eye-level and using an external keyboard and mouse. Obviously, the need to make a desk more ergonomically friendly exists for any desk, but don't expect this magical, motorized IKEA creation to magically fix your bad posture.


Aside from how much fun it was standing up and smashing laptop keys for hours at a time, I was also surprised by the quality of the desk. It feels rock solid, especially compared to my dirt cheap Arlik swivel chair. The motor works better than I expected, and the desk just glides up and down when you're adjusting it. Finally, the surface seems like it would look new for years, and if something happens to the desk, IKEA's likely got you covered with a 10-year limited warranty. They probably don't got you if you sit on the desk, however. Again, the load capacity is 154 pounds, so this desk is not for sitting—unless of course you weigh less than 154 pounds.


Whether working from home or updating your profile, it’s easier to get it done when you have a desk that works for you. Our computer desks come in different sizes to fit wherever you have space and give you plenty of room for paperwork and cables. The BEKANT series is tested for use, and you’ll even find laptop supports that make it more comfy to work in bed or on the sofa if that’s more your style. View details aboutlimited warranties View the IKEA Business Brochure


Desks and computer desksDesks that work anywhereWhether working from home or updating your profile, it’s easier to get it done when you have a desk that works for you. Our computer desks come in different sizes to fit wherever you have space and give you plenty of room for paperwork and cables. The BEKANT series is tested for use, and you’ll even find laptop supports that make it more comfy to work in bed or on the sofa if that’s more your style. View details aboutlimited warranties View the IKEA Business BrochureBEKANTCorner desk right sit/stand$669.00


Desks and computer desksDesks that work anywhereWhether working from home or updating your profile, it’s easier to get it done when you have a desk that works for you. Our computer desks come in different sizes to fit wherever you have space and give you plenty of room for paperwork and cables. The BEKANT series is tested for use, and you’ll even find laptop supports that make it more comfy to work in bed or on the sofa if that’s more your style. View details aboutlimited warranties View the IKEA Business Brochure


Office furniture Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? It might be work, but it doesn’t have to feel like it. All it takes is a comfy chair, home office furniture that keeps things organized, and the right lighting for the job. And by making it easier to tackle those to-do’s, you’ll have more time to spend on your wanna-do’s.


Too often, our days are shorter than our to-do lists. But a well-organised, functional and comfortable home office can help lighten your workload. That's why you'll find all the home office furniture you need here – whether you've an entire room, a corner in the kitchen or just a spot on the sofa.

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