Why choose electric sit-stand over manual sit-stand desks?


Why choose electric sit-stand over manual sit-stand desks?

You’re employing a great fitness routine, have cleaned up your diet, and are sleeping better than ever before.

But you’re still searching for a way to break up that painful 8+ hours of sitting you’re doing every day in the office.

You’ve decided you’re tired of dealing with aching back pain, and have made it your mission to stand up for your health!

And for that, you’ll need a sit-stand desk.

But how can you choose which desk is best suited to your needs? Which will provide the most effective and seamless system to ensure you enjoy easily switching between sitting and standing during the workday?

The major difference between all the players in the market?

Electric vs. manual.

Not sure which is right for you? We’ve built a strong case supporting the benefits of electric sit-stand desks.

Read on to learn why, and to discover some drawbacks of manual sit-stand desks that may help you make an informed decision for your office or workplace!


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The case for electric standing desks

Electronics makes everything easier for us:

  • Electric drills make drilling a piece of cake – they’re a staple in every tradie’s toolbox
  • We can open and close car windows quickly and with minimal effort compared to the manual crank
  • Electric TV lifts make it simple (and safe!) to conceal your television when it’s not in use

So why should your desk be any different?

Electric standing desks are not only sophisticated – they operate seamlessly and ensure you actually use your standing desk as intended.

High weight capacity

Electric standing desks are built tough, withstanding up to an astonishing 200kg!

Ergomotion’s electric standing desks are custom-made with either 2 legs (DL2 regular desk) or 3 legs (DL3 corner desk).

The DL2 has a weight capacity of 140kg while the DL3 boasts an impressive capacity of up to 200kg!

Seamless and quiet motor

Our electric standing desks are fitted with high-quality Danish motors, ensuring quiet and seamless operation.

Within seconds you can quietly adjust your desk between sitting and standing, without the need for a cumbersome, manual crank.

Preset height levels

No need to spend time tweaking the height of your desk each time you lower or raise it – with preset height levels, you can reach your desired height (sitting or standing!) within seconds and just at the push of a button!

No physical effort required

Due to its motorised activity, you don’t need to spend more than a few seconds adjusting your desk.

The ease at which you can raise or lower your desk means you’ll be more inclined to use it as, indeed, a sit-stand desk!


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Pitfalls of manual sit-stand desks

Handle placement

A manual standing desk requires a manual crank or handle – this can be located in an awkward or inconvenient position.

At the front of the desk means it might interfere with your day-to-day movement, while at the back can be problematic if your desk is positioned up against a wall.

Manual cranking is heavy

Beyond actual force to raise your desk, you’ll also be lifting all the components atop your desk. This can be truly cumbersome and even difficult for some.

Additionally, it can take many cranks to adjust from sitting to standing – imagine having to crank your desk 20 to 30 times each time you wanted to switch working positions?

The result? A manual sit-stand desk that quickly becomes a permanently lowered desk, negating its purpose!

Limited weight capacity

Manual sit-stand desks are usually built to not withstand the same sort of weight as an electric standing desk.

Depending on your office set-up, a manual desk may not be able to withstand your needs.

We conducted our own research and found the capacity of most manual desks to be between 30-50kg – a significant amount less than Ergomotion’s electric sit-stand desks!

Interested in electric sit-stand desks?

Get in touch with the ergonomic experts – Ergomotion!

Our electric sit-stand desks are used throughout corporate and government settings, helping employees ease the burden and negate the ill effects of sitting all day.

They’re also used in the medical industry, for rehabilitation purposes, and in call centres!

All our desks are custom-made to your exact height preferences, and made right here in Australia using high-quality Danish motors.

To learn more about Ergomotion’s electric sit-stand desks, please get in touch with our friendly team.

Give us a call on (03) 9579 1454 or fill in this enquiry form and we will get back to you!

Google Reviews


Google Reviews

Nancy Tseng 22/04/22

I would highly recommend this electric desk to all ages, the the best decision I’ve made for my sons study table. The service was excellent, prompt in responses and on time schedule with the delivery time. The removalists were very careful bringing into our study room on the second level.
Very happy with the purchase!!

Farhin C 12/04/22

Amazing e-desk - sturdy, spacious and great quality wood. It fits well into the home office. Assembling it was mostly straightforward with the video! Thanks Guy

Nick G 11/04/22

I'm only just reading all the Google Reviews now, just before writing this, after having purchased and built a desk; and this is basically going to be saying the same thing as all the others, the owner, Guy, is absolutely great and so are the desks. There's a reason why all the reviews are genuine 5 stars. I had been doing research on numerous sit/stand desks and the manufactures of the frames/motors that go into them. I wanted a good quality and reliable setup so I decided to something that utilised Linak (manufacturer) hardware and so I set out trying to find a sit/stand desk that used them. As I was after something specific, I contacted a number businesses before placing an order so that I understood exactly what it was I was purchasing. Unfortunately most of those other businesses seemed more interested in B2B, and a couple didn't even bother responding. I had even gone so far as to contact a business in Canada, who eagerly could supply everything, but unfortunately not for running on 240v. I almost gave up and was just about to head to Ikea. Then I came across Ergomotion. I shot through an email with some questions about their Edesk, and I got a clear informative response within hours. The owner, Guy, kindly followed up, answered further questions, and was also able to order extra parts from Linak on request. To ensure I had all the information I needed before placing an order, he even went so far as to warn me of a slight upcoming price increase. Guy knows his products, knows it in great detail and has a wealth of helpful knowledge.

Ronnie Bernhart 04/04/22


Alice Burgess 19/03/22

Great customer service and desk is exactly as described. Setting it all up was straight forward too. The electric movement up and down is really smooth and quiet - couldn't be happier!

Kevin Ha 17/03/22

After a very unpleasant and disappointing customer service experience with another desk from one of the more "well-known" commercial standing desk companies, I came across Ergomotion and Guy after extensive research to find a replacement and I am glad turned out this way. Dealing with Guy was an absolute pleasure, he was able to answer all my questions and provide me with a range of customisation options including a solid rubberwood desk top which I decided on after seeing the desk in person. In the end, I ended up with a higher quality desk and look forward to continue using it for years to come. Thanks Guy!

Anthony Lunken 17/03/22

We’ve had an Ergomotion High /Low Desk since 2015, well before standing at a work station was a “Thing” in Australia. It’s been fabulous! It’s reliable, speedy and quiet in its height adjustments. Guy, the business owner, is approachable for after sales service queries. To achieve more posture positions & comfort, we use a 10cm foot stool while standing! Many thanks Guy for the great service… Cheers Avril & Tony (Heidelberg West, formerly Moorabbin)

Andre Fernandez 15/03/22

Before purchasing from Ergomotion, I wondered how a business can actually have a 5.0 star perfect rating on Google. After purchasing an electric standing desk and dealing with Guy, I know how. 1) HIGH QUALITY: The desks from here all use high quality LINAK motors and frames. The desk top that I received was commercial grade laminate from Laminex. 2) GENUINE SERVICE: When I initially wanted a more expensive variant, Guy explained to me the differences and suggested the more affordable variant. 3) CUSTOMISATION: Guy helped me customise the size of the size of my desktop - something no other business offered. 4) CONVENIENCE: For a nominal fee, Guy delivered the desk, FULLY ASSEMBLED. All I did was plug it in. Can't get this level of convenience with any other of the many businesses that offer standing desks. If I buy another standing desk, it will be from Ergomotion.

Tas Maniatis 15/03/22

Amazing customer service and quality product and exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend Ergomotion for their exception product offering and service.

Jake Port 12/03/22

Quality at a reasonable price which is made even better by Guy. You’re made to feel special and nothing is too hard which in this day and age, is honestly hard to come by. Do yourself a favour and support a local family business.