A $400 budget for a standing desk is an excellent budget to have. With this budget point, you have quite a few different options you can go with. Not only are there some excellent desk converters that fall in this price range but you can also find some full standing desks that still fall within this budget.
So with $400 to spend this really is the cutoff where you can start going with some top of the line options and still be under budget.
Just a Standing Desk for $400? Or Accessories too?
With this spending limit, if you want to go ahead and add some accessories to go with your standing desk you could do that too. A few options could be to add a monitor arm, a standing mat, or even some wire management to go with your standing desk.
You can accomplish all of that for $400 if you want to. Or you can of course just go with a top of the line standing desk. It is completely up to you.
The one thing I would highly consider is an articulating computer monitor arm as these can help give you a smooth transition from sitting to standing as your monitor height probably won’t be the same when you change.
With this budget, you can get an excellent desk converter and then add this to it if you want. Or you can always just consider this later on down the line.
Should You Invest in a Standing Desk?
Depending on your financial situation, $400 can be a lot of money to chalk up to a standing desk. You definitely want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth.
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Spending $400 in the grand scheme of things doesn’t sound like a bad investment to me, especially if you are someone that works an office job where you tend to sit all day long then reducing the amount of time sitting should be a priority.
With that being said, why don’t we get on with options you can go with?
Best Standing Desk Options Under $400
There are just so many different directions you can go with this budget. A lot of the top desk converters go for just under $400 making this an excellent budget to have.
But not only that, you are now even at the point where you could start looking at getting a full electric standing desk if that is something you prefer. The point is, you now have options you wouldn’t have at a lower budget. Let’s get on with it.
ZipLift Desk Converter
This is one of the best desk converters you can find right now. And even though you have a $400 budget, you can actually get this one for right around $349. Lately, they’ve even been throwing in a portable standing mat to go with it at no extra charge.
This is probably better than a lot of sit/stand workstations that cost over $400 and yet you can get it for less and you even get a quality standing mat with it. So then the question is, with your $400 budget do you pocket the $50 or go just over budget and add a monitor arm to go with it?
Tough choice considering that would give you the ideal setup. Either way, this may be the best route to go for under $400.
VersaDesk Power Pro
This is probably my favorite electric standing desk converter, and fortunately, it goes for less than $400. This desk converter is great for tall people, holds more weight than just about any other desk converter (80 pounds), and also comes with a lifetime warranty.
You don’t tend to find a lifetime warranty on just about any other standing desk, regardless of the price. So this says a lot about what you are getting for the price you are paying.
If you would prefer ease of adjustment over the speed of adjustment you would get with a manually adjustable desk then this may be the best option for you, especially at this budget point.
Cadence Express Converter
If you want to save some desk space and want something that is super easy to adjust, then the Cadence Express is an excellent desk that usually goes for around $379.
It is made by iMovR who is one of the leading industry innovators. They tend to sell top of the line standing desks, most of which fall out of this price range.
But the Cadence Express and the ZipLift (mentioned above) made by them falls under $400, and they are still excellent products. In fact, the original Cadence made by them
goes for over $500, and depending on what you are looking for, may not be any better than this item.
Update-the original Cadence is now going for $399 on their official website.
Being able to get either Cadence desk for less than $400 feels like a steal.
This desk is a lot like the Ergotech Freedom Desk, you may want to consider that one too if you like this model as it is more affordable and of course that would leave you some spending money for a monitor arm.
But, Ergotron has an excellent track record with standing desks and this one is no exception as it is a top notch converter.
I really like this desk and fortunately, it is just under your $400 budget. Lately, it has been hovering around the $360 mark giving you some extra spending money.
That is for there 35″ model, if you can up your budget about $20 then their 37.5″ model (the Ergotron TL) goes for about $420 or so. Both of these are terrific standing desks and will last a long time, they even have 5-year warranties to back them up.
Ergopose Epo Desk Frame+ Lorell Quadro Table Top
The Ergopose Epo desk frame is one of the most affordable full standing desks you can find. Yes, there are some other crank desks and what not for less but those are annoying.
Oh, and not to mention, even though it’s cheaper the specs on it are still top notch. It adjusts fast, holds up to 350 pounds, and comes with a 5-year warranty so you know you’re not just buying a cheap frame that will break down after less than a year.
This desk simply matches a lot of desks that cost hundreds more and yet you can find it in the low $300 range!
The downside to this desk is that they are a newer company and may not always be in stock.
Also, their tabletops are a little costly, but of course, you’re too savvy for that. So going with the Lorell Quadro Tabletop, which costs less than $70 keeps your overall purchase under $400. Just under your budget point.
If you want everything all in one instead of purchasing a frame and then going elsewhere for a cheaper tabletop then the Tranzendesk is the perfect option. It usually goes for around $500, but lately has been under $400.
They do have cheaper options like the crank version or the manual adjustment version, but the electric is probably the best way to go when getting a full standing desk.
This desk doesn’t have quite the height range of other costlier options so if you’re over 6’3″ you may want to consider something else.
Other than that, this is a solid standing desk and comes with a quality 7-year warranty to back it up. You can’t go wrong with this option, especially if you find it at this budget point.
Titan Fitness Dual Motor Frame+IKEA Linnmon 78 Desktop
This is probably the most affordable dual motor electric standing desk that you can possibly find. It has been going for about $349.
Now if you just go with the Titan desktop that they offer with the standing desk, you’ll be looking at an additional $77 which puts you slightly over budget. But hell, if your budget is $400 I would probably just up it a bit and go with their desktop.
But for the sake of keeping this on point and under budget, you could go with the IKEA Linnmon 78 table top which goes for $45.99. This keeps you just under budget.
As a disclaimer, they say that their a6 desktop is the only desktop that fits this desk. If you’re just drilling into wood though this wouldn’t matter though and you could use other desktops, they just won’t have preset holes.
This, like the Ergopose listed above, is another great affordable electric full desk, but may not be in stock. The more affordable these desks are the more likely they tend to be out of stock.
Other Options Under $400
There are a ton of options you can go with, I gave you some of my favorites, but there are a few others that you may want to consider as well.
Varidesk Pro Plus 36: The original Varidesk 36 inch model after all of these years is still a great produce, the downside is that it only has a 1-year warranty.
Eureka Standing Desk: I really like this desk and it is usually on sale for less than $400. It is a newer item so the only thing in question would be its long-term stability.
InMovement Desk Converter: This is another good option, it has a sleek look to it that may appeal to you.
Victor DC350: This is a base and post style converter. Most of these tend to go over $500, not this option.
Autonomous SmartDesk: This is usually marketed as the best desk under $300, however, after shipping you will at least be in the mid $300 range.
A $400 budget is an excellent budget to have when looking for a standing desk. This is a popular price point for standing desks to go for.
Hopefully, this saves you some time as I think these are the best options at this budget point.
Is there anything else you would have included or anything that you have used you think is better? Let me know in the comments below!