FAQ's Desks General

What is the difference between Square Leg and Rectangular Leg

This is mainly aesthetic; the square leg looks chunkier and the rectangular slimmer. The Square leg is around 5% more stable at height than the rectangular leg.

How stable are the desks? Do they wobble?

If you look at the internet you will see an enormous amount of information about desk stability and a lot of it is wrong.

So we would advise to largely ignore it. Standing at the end of a desk and pushing it is not a good representation of how you will use the desk nor its stability. This tests the response of the desk to forced oscillation setting up essentially simple harmonic motion.

Low amplitude non-forced oscillation is the main concern for standing desks as you either type on them or write on them. Let's face it keyboard typing is the most prevalent use case and how well this is handled by the desk is what is most important to users, We design our desks using computer aided design, analysis and manufacturing to ensure the desk is stable and is well damped. We try to balance the desk weight against it's rigidity and we use finite element analysis to focus on each aspect of the design.

In the end the desk does have to move and the leg sections have to slide one inside the other. Basic geometry means even a small movement at floor level equates to a larger movement at desk working height. So at top height (1.3m) the desk will not be quite as stable as it is at say 0.7m. Could we make them more stable - yes - but not for the same price, with the same aesthetic design and at roughly the same weight and definitely not the same cost. Desk design is a compromise between many factors.

In practical terms what does this mean. Well our Series 2 square leg is the most stable desk we have ever sold or tested due to the aspect ratio of the legs. The Pro version performs identically to the standard version in terms of stability.

Looking at the historical data, having sold thousands of desks (and some to customers with a real concern on stability) we have never had one returned. As long as the desks are built correctly and loaded to a reasonable weight we can say that in almost all cases clients are very satisfied with the stability. Note a stable, solid, level floor will greatly help stability. Any desk foot movement is undesirable.

Are the desks easy to build? Do you provide an assembly service?

Our desk are designed to be simple to build and we provide excellent instruction manuals and extremely useful video instructions. If it is your first time building one of these desks, we would recommend it should take around 45mins to 1 hour to build. Note that we design our Series 2 desks to be quick to build for commercial installations where time is money. Experienced installers can build a desk in 15 mins.

Our Series 2 desks are of a commercial standard in terms of their design and manufacture. All the fixings and fasteners have large thread sizes and the holes well tapped. They can be disassembled and re-assembled any number of times.

Any tips on installation would be to have your desk top inserted so that you do not have to screw into the top with a self-tapping screw. Two people are not necessary but as they say "two heads are better than one".

Currently we do not have an assembly service but we are working on it for 2021.

Can I use my own desktop with a Gostand frame?

Yes, however we do not recommend using a desk top deeper than 90cm, Any deeper and the frame will be slightly more liable to tip over.

In terms of weight and depth of the top as long as it does not exceed the maximum loaded weight of the desk then you can put it on. The standard screws are for 18mm desk-tops but we recommend to check them.

If you have any doubts then just check with us.

Can I get a special sized desktop?

We currently do not have the capacity to offer this service.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak we have been inundated with orders and this a bespoke item that is time consuming to make. Unfortunately we do not have the machine time nor manpower currently to offer bespoke sizes.

We hope offer this again in 2021, please feel free to ask then if you are interested

Why do electric desks support a heavier load than a manual? Why do they go higher?

This is due to the design of the gearing at the top and inside the legs. The gearing systems between manual and electric desks are quite different and this results in different maximum loads.

All our dual motor electric desks have three section legs and as such they will go to a greater maximum height than manual desk which with only two section legs are constrained in how high they can go up.

Can I have a bespoke sized 90-degree desk?

We currently do not have the capacity to offer this service.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak we have been inundated with orders and this a bespoke item that is time consuming to make. Unfortunately we do not have the machine time nor manpower currently to offer bespoke sizes.

We hope offer this again in 2021, please feel free to ask then if you are interested

 

Can the 90-degree desk be reconfigured to use it as 3 legs in a straight row?

Our 90-degree frame cannot be converted to be used in this way. It can only be assembled in the 90-degree position.

How long does it take to between standing and sitting in a manual sit stand desk vs electric?

We suppose the smart answer is it depends how quickly you wind the handle. Our dual motor electric desks move at 38mm/s so from min to max height is approx 20 secs. Moving a manual desk from min to max height takes about 50 secs but can be quicker or slower.

How does the handle fold away under a manual desk?

Position the handle horizontally, pull all the way out. It should fold underneath and sit in the holder.