S2S Sit Stand Workstation

Welcome to Sit-Stand 3.0 

I remember the first ErgoExpo (NECE back then) I attended back in 1999. There were three vendors Sonoma%20Premium_400presenting height adjustable desks and actuators (Linak, SIS and Steelcase). the following year, we had new players including Mayline, and Workrite. This coming show, I expect that every vendor will have some type of sit-stand solution in their booth.

Years ago having facilities transform their current contract furniture into height adjustable workstations was incredibly cost prohibitive. Then came Sit-Stand 2.0 a less expensive two and three leg solution spearheaded by a company called Conset and replicated by many more. Now there where companies like eBay and Google and many more that standardized on a sub $750.00 electric sit stand desk.

1086__04403.1414657538.500.750At the same time there were a number of organizations that wanted their employees to have the option to sit and stand throughout their day, but did not want to replace their current contract furniture. Ergotron was the first to market with their on desk Workfit-S sit-stand workstation. Fantastic idea, but fell short in the quality department and it clamped to the front of the desk which took up too much work-surface space.

Forget the Goldrush of 1849, it’s Sit-Stand Rush of 2016. After Ergotron developed the Workfit-A to counteract the work-surface issue the Workfit-S caused, the flood gates opened with one deciding to market to the masses including the home office user.  The only issue, for someone like me that believes in workplace ergonomics, It was the least ergonomic solution, the Varidesk that was doing the mass marketing. The ironic thing is that you could see the issues in their ads. Any of these desk risers that does not allow you to type in a natural position while seated is not worth the investment. That being said if you have to have that Varidesk, then may we suggest you get a second keyboard tray and a monitor arm.

We are happy to see in 2016, that there is a solution that retrofits current contract furniture without taking up space and best of all meeting the ANSI/BIFMA & HFES standards. 7

Meet the S2S Sit Stand Workstation. This is the ideal sit stand solution that allows almost everyone the opportunity to ergonomically sit and stand. This was a very well thought out solution. The double extension keyboard tray system allows a person to type 7.31″ below the work-surface which allows a person that is 5′ tall the opportunity to ergonomically sit and stand. with a standard 29″ high table workstation, the keyboard tray rises to 51″ tall so that a person 6’5″ can also type ergonomically. That is a fantastic feature, but wait! There’s more (sorry, I could not help myself).



  • With over 22” of gas assisted positioning, the S2S moves easily and effortlessly as users transition from seated to standing positions. Accommodates users ranging from the 5th percentile seated female to the 95th percentile standing male.
  • The S2S cleverly mounts at the rear of the work surface and extends forward so the keyboard tray 15may rest below the desk surface supporting proper ergonomic positioning. Using this location for mounting allows the user to swing the unit out of the way leaving the desk surface fully accessible.
  • Comes with 9.5” of counter balanced height adjustment, 45° of tilt, and 90° of portrait to landscape rotation, monitors may be ergonomically positioned for optimal viewing.
  • The S2S accommodates installed technology ranging from 5 to 25 lbs, specifically supporting LCD screens that weigh between 5-20 lbs.
  • The grommet mount included with the S2S Workstation promotes endless possibilities for mounting locations, through the installation of a 5/8” mounting hole. The c-clamp mount that is also included allows the dual directional base to be installed on either 24” or 30” deep work surfaces.
  • The integral dual tray system offers a spacious keyboard and mouse platform with an adjustable tilt mechanism for comfort settings, as well as a secondary surface for placing items which need to remain close at hand while working in either a seated or standing position.
  • Information sharing is seamless as the monitor tower rotates independently from the work surface through 180° left and right range.
  • Tested to 20,000 cycles (with the exception of the monitor tower which is supported up to 10,000 cycles) and comes with a 5 year warranty.
  • Available in White, Black or Silver
  • LEED Credit Ratings – MR Credit 4.1 (Required Recycled Content, 10%) MR Credit 4.2 (Required Recycled Content, 20%)
  • LEED Recyclability Calculations – Total Weight 36.04 lbs (Recycled Content Total 19.6 lbs, Post Industrial Total 11.6 lbs, Post Consumer 7.97 lbs).

dual armS2S Sit Stand Workstation Benefits:

  • The sturdiest sit-stand arm solution we have seen in the market, period. It is made with heavy duty aluminum. Does not bounce like most of the others.
  • Because it clamps to either the back of your work-surface, or can be put through a grommet or small hole, allows you to fold up the keyboard tray and push it away from your work space.
  • If you are having a meeting at your desk, you can independently swivel your LCD panel 180 degrees in either direction. Ideal for colleague collaboration.
  • The 28″ wide keyboard tray offers 19 inches of tilt. We are not a big fan of positive tilt, but you can set your keyboard tray anywhere from +4/-15 degrees.
  • We also love the second 28″ wide shelf. I keep my papers, coffee and phone on it. You can also put your laptop or laptop and docking station on this shelf, as long as it does not surpass the 25lb max weight limit.

All-in-all we love this solution and for it’s stability & that it meets ANSI/BIFMA & HFES standards.


Best Price Single Monitor: $489.99 Ergoprise.com

Best Price Dual Monitor: $589.99 Ergoprise.com

The S2S Workstation can also be purchased at: S2SDesks.comTigerDirect.comMacMall.com



Side-by-Side Workstation Comparison

There are so many new, as well as older adjustable workstations for corporations to choose from when retrofitting their current office workstations.

We have decided to choose a few well known workstations as well as some newer solutions. We’ve decided to do a side-by-side comparison of Ergotron’s Workfit-A, Workfit-S, Innovative Office Supplies Winston, Humanscales’ new QuickStand & Quickstand Lite, Ergoprises’ S2S Workstation and Varidesks’ Pro Plus 36.

The criteria for the comparison is as follows:

  • Arm Height Adjustment Range
  • Independent LCD Adjustment
  • Independent Keyboard Tray Height Adjustment
  • Keyboard Tray Positions Below the Desk Surface
  • Meets HFES 100-2007
  • Meets BIFMA GI-2013
  • Location of Mounting – Front/Rear Desk Surface
  • Unit Swings Away Freeing Desk Space
  • Total Weight Capacity
  • LCD Weight Capacity
  • Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Tilt
  • Dimensions of the Keyboard Tray
  • Dimensions of the Platform Tray
  • LCD Quick Connect/Release Plate
  • LCD Tilt (Away From/Towards User)
  • LCD Pans/Swivels to Left/Right
  • LCD Independently Pans/Swivels from Keyboard
  • LCD Portrait to Landscape Rotation
  • Desk Mounting Options Provided
  • Clamp Dimensions
  • Color Options
  • Lifting Mechanism
  • Cycle Tested
  • Warranty

We highlighted in green which solutions stood out in the comparison. One of the functionalities you really need to be cognisant of keyboard tray being in your ideal seated and standing height. We are reviewing seven workstations and four of them do not position below the desk worksurface (QuickStand, QuickStand Lite & Varidesk Pro Plus 36). If you have a desk that is 28″ tall, you should be around 6′ tall for ideal ergonomic typing. This is why if you are not this tall you should look at a solution that keyboard tray extends below the worksurface (S2S Workstation, Workfit-A and Workfit-S).

Workstation Side-by-Side Comparison 


A Side-by-Side Comparison of Popular Height Adjustable Desks

We decided to do a side-by-side comparison of some of the more popular height adjustable desks available for corporations or individual home office users. Desks being reviewed are: Conset 501-49, Workrite Sierra HX, S2S Desk S2S-100, NextDesk Tera, Uprise Desk, Steelcase Series 7, Anthro Elevate II, New Heights Elegante, New Heights VERT and UpDesk.

We asked 10 large corporations (1,000 to 100,000 employees), 10 small businesses (25-500 employees) and 10 consumers what were the most important factors when deciding on a height adjustable desk.

The criteria for the comparison which was decided is as follows:
#1 Price: both for just the base (a number of corporations want to recycle their table tops) and full desk (The closest desk to meet a 60″x30″ Table top).
#2 Height range of the desk.
#3 Speed
#4 Weight capacity
#5 Power consumption
#6 Noise level when lowering or raising the desk
#7 Multiple position digital display comes as a standard?
#8 Does the base adjust
#9 Warranty
#10 Shipping

I took the liberty to add a new desk that we’ve been told will ship this June. The reason we added it was that one of the large corporations we interviewed mentioned they will be using this new desk, thus we decided to add it. It’s called the UpriseDesk. After reviewing this desk we believe that you will all be aware of it very sooner or later. It’s fast, quiet, versatile and price friendly.

2014 Height Adjustable Desk Review -Final


The UpriseDesk height and width adjustable desk is one of the newest and most feature rich desk to hit the US market place in some time.

There are numerous reasons why we really like the UpriseDesk. First & foremost the price of this base is advertised on a few websites for $599.00. This desk offers feature sets of those starting at $1,000.00+ base. When we first reviewed this desk, we had just come back from visiting a sizeable Fortune 100 corporation that had deployed a large number of conventional height adjustable desks from an established ergonomic furniture brand. Some of the feedback was that the desks were loud and distracting when their neighbors (most in cubicles) were raising and lowering their desks. Upon our return from the meeting we were very anxious to assemble the UpriseDesk to see if it would be similar to the desk referenced above. We were incredibly impressed with how quiet the operation of this desk. We used our “Decibel 10th” app to check the decibel range of this desk while in movement; it ranged from 39db to 40db which is amazingly low. As more companies are adapting sit to stand it is very important to consider the individuals in cubicles. They need to have movement throughout the day. They will not use the desk if it is loud and bothersome.

P1030227 (3)-Gray BGOther features that stood out; it’s travel speed of 1.7” per second is faster than the Workrite Sierra HX and as fast as the Series 7 desk by Steelcase. The 3-stage lifting columns offer terrific travel distance from 24” to 50.75” high. If you use a standard 1.25” thick laminate table top it will bring the work surface up to 52” which one of the highest of any height adjustable desk. That being said we also have had a number of tall users complain that a height adjustable desks rock a lot when the desk is positioned at their highest settings. The UpriseDesk is incredibly sturdy. We tested by typing and even leaning against this desk, it had very little give. This is very impressive, for a desk without a lower connecting crossbar supporting the desk at its first stroke.

The UpriseDesk crossbar runs along the top of the base which offers additional support to the table top and adjusts from 44.5” to 74” wide. A number of desks have begun to support the base this way, so that one base can acclimated to fit numerous table top lengths. This adjustable base is ideal for either a corporation that may have a number of different work environments including a large offices, small cubes or collaborative nesting pods. The only issue with the crossbeam is that it can interfere with a keyboard tray system. That being said, there are solutions to this problem. You can either use a short track of 11” to 12” long. You can also use two block spacers that will keep your track flush with the desk top.

Additional features of the Uprise Desk worth noting are that the lifting load rating for each column is 800 Newtons which translates to 180lbs per leg. This being said we tested this base at over 400lbs and it operated perfectly.

The Uprise Desk comes with either the standard up/down controller or a three position LED controller, which is ideal if you add a treadmill or recumbent bike to the desk.

Cost & Availability: $599.00 Base & Base with Work-surface Starts at $779.00 Ergoprise.com

• Telescopes from 44.5” to 74” which accommodates desk tops from 46” to 80” plus wide
• Raises/Lowers at 1.7” per sec.
• 3 stroke lifting column raises & lowers from 24” to 50.75” high
• 360 lbs lifting load max
• 0.06 W Power consumption in standby mode
• 39db level (similar to a silent room)
• Control Box: maximum output: 29V DC, 10.0A
• Anti-collision feature
• Frame Finishes: black, silver & white
• 5 year warranty
• 3 position LED pre-set controller (upgrade option)

Pros: The UpriseDesk is without question the most enhancement rich desk base we’ve seen at the modest price starting at $599.00.

Cons: As mentioned the only con we could find is that the telescoping crossbeam can interfere with a long keyboard tray system track. That being said, they have a number of options to overcome this situation.