Ikea Bekant Sit/Stand Desk Review

I work from home, so when I kept hearing about studies showing I was slowly killing myself by sitting, I knew I had to do something about it. But I also have a hard time spending money on myself, so the $1,000 price of a GeekDesk (once you figure tax and shipping) kept me from getting one. Things changed when I realized I could buy an Ikea Bekant Sit/Stand desk for $500.

The base comes in two boxes that aren’t big but are on the heavy side, and the top is 63″ by 31 1/2″ which is a great size in my opinion. Setup was quite easy. Since I bought the top designed to work with the base, it had pre-made holes that lined up with the base. Plastic connectors snap in to secure the top to the base. I was concerned about these at first, but they seem to do the trick. You’ll need a second person to help you flip it over at the end, but other than that, it’s a one person job.

Bekant Sit/Stand Desk Raised Operation of the desk is very simple – so simple you might call it primitive. A small plastic box with up and down triangles mount to the edge of the desk. There’s no height readout or presets – just an up button and a down button. After using it for a few weeks, I have found that to be totally adequate. Not once have I wished I could get it right where it was before. A few times I’ve given it a slight adjustment.

The motors do make noise when it goes up and down. It seems similar to other sit/stand desks I’ve observed, but if you’re on a conference call, you’ll probably want to mute yourself before moving it.

Bekant Sit/Stand Desk Lowered One interesting fact about the desk is that it can go down to 22″, which is pretty low. It could work well as a desk for younger children who need it lower, but you can still raise it up for a full sized person when needed. Even for “normal” sized people, it makes a great regular sitting desk because you can adjust it to the exact height that feels right for you in whatever chair you happen to be in.