Lorell Sit-to-Stand Monitor Riser Desk Converter Review

The first step in creating a healthier workspace is to use ergonomically friendly pieces of furniture such as standing desks to encourage a less sedentary lifestyle.  But with all the options available, how do you choose which one to buy?

One great way to determine the best desk available on the market today is to check for those with the highest rating and number of reviews. These reviews are helpful but not always thorough. To help you narrow down your options, we will give you an honest review of one of the popular choices when it comes to standing desks, Lorell’s Monitor Riser.

Lorell Sit-to-Stand comes ready to use

This desk comes fully assembled and ready to use. You can set it up on top of your existing desk and get back to work in just a few minutes. This saves you time, effort, energy, and potential frustrations.

Work surface is great for dual monitor

iMac on a lorell desk adjustable heightThe large 31 x 20 inches work surface can accommodate multiple monitor setups:

  • One monitor setup
  • Two monitors
  • One monitor and a laptop

The desk also comes with an adjustable keyboard tray that you can easily pull in and out depending on your preference and comfort level. It can fit a standard size keyboard and mouse with plenty of space for mouse movement.

Lorell builds sturdy stand up desks

This monitor riser converter comes in black and white. The desktop material is made of fiberboard, which feels kind of cheap, and the finish is not fingerprint resistant. This is not the best choice for nitpicks and obsessive-compulsive people.

There is no question about its built and construction. It is pretty robust and sturdy for its price range. The gas spring mechanism makes it possible to adjust the desk from sitting to standing position. However, it seems like a lot of users are having trouble adjusting the desk. Locking it to the desired height level is difficult. It would require a lot of tugging to set it into place.

Reaching around the back to lock and unlock the desk for adjustment might cause more damage to people with bad backs more than the relief they can get from standing.

Lorell desk converter uses locking mechanism to lift

In order to raise the desk, you’ll need to unlock/lock the desk and lift. Since it doesn’t use any hydraulics, it could be heavy to lift if the desk is at capacity. This can be an issue for those that have bad backs or can’t lift anything heavy.

Size and height capacity of the stand up desk

This desk has a weight capacity of 50 lbs while most of its competitors can only hold up to 35 lbs of weight. This means you do not have to worry about the desk and your equipment crashing even if you have the huge and heavy iMac monitors.

You can choose the most comfortable height from its five height level adjustments. It stands up to over 16 inches above your desk. Another issue users have with this desk is that it stands at an awkward height even at its lowest level. The maximum extended height is also a problem especially for people over 6 feet tall. They find the need to slouch, which beats its ergonomic purpose.

Expect this desk to be heavy. The good thing is that it does not move around the desk when you work, but you might pull a muscle when raising and carrying the desk with all your equipment on it. If you have back problems, lifting the desk from sitting to standing position and moving it from one location to another might be a challenge.

Lorell’s pricing and warranty

This desk is probably one of the affordable ones on the market today, while its rivals cost two times the price of this desk. If you plan to buy on Amazon, you may take advantage of Amazon’s return policy if you receive a defective desk.

Lorell also has a warranty in place in case if there’s any issues, click here [PDF] to check out their policy.

How to use Lorell Adjustable Desk Riser

Lorell is great for beginners at an affordable price


If we are honest, this desk does not stack up well against its rivals. Although it is sturdy, cheap, and comes with an adjustable keyboard tray, which we love, it does not live up to our expectations.

It seems to neglect the most important factor of what makes a great ergonomic standing desk, which is to make it comfortable for people to work either sitting or standing without needing to slouch or bend over to lock it. The positioning of the lever made it difficult to convert the desk. The awkward height levels when it is fully lowered and at maximum extended height do not satisfy people who are short and those who are over 6 feet tall.

One great advice that never grows old is that you always get what you pay for. Although we mentioned the quality of construction is good for the price, you don’t have to settle just because you want to be frugal. You might end up adding more discomfort and causing more damage to your health, which will cost you more than what you hoped to pay for.

There are a lot of different options available on the market today. You just have to do your research until you find the one that fits your needs and budget. Before you hit that buy button, make sure you the desk ticks all the right boxes. Always remember that once you invest in something really good even if it cost you a few extra bucks, you won’t have to upgrade or replace it until it wears out.

Sources & Resources

  1. Lorell Furniture Official Website
9.3 Total Score

Material & Quality
8.1
Price
9.2
Lifespan
7.9
Warranty
9
Adjustability & Ergonomics
8.3
PROS
  • The desk comes fully assembled and ready to use.
  • It has a wide surface that can fit multiple monitor setups and an adjustable keyboard tray.
  • The weight capacity of this desk is 50 lbs while most of its rivals can only hold up to 36 lbs of weight.
  • It is sturdy and does not wobble at an extended height
  • It is a standing desk that gets the job done at a very affordable price. It is way cheaper than other brands.
  • It comes in black and white.
CONS
  • It's hard to raise the desk to the desired height level.
  • You’ll have to bend over, lean, and do some tugging before you can lock the desk to the height level that you want. It is not okay for people with bad backs.
  • The desk stands at an awkward level when lowered.
  • It might not be advisable for people over 6 feet to use this desk. They might feel the need to slouch, which beats the ergonomic purpose of the desk.
  • It is heavy and hard to carry.
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

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