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IKEA Skarsta Reviews

When the IKEA Skarsta came on the scene a few years ago, freelancers and other professionals working from home leapt for joy. We had read the research suggesting standing up whilst working was important, but most sit/stand desks were coming in at £500 and over. This offered a hand wind mechanism at just £179. It was a game changer, that received widely positive reviews, as below, or at the bottom if you prefer video reviews:

Overall, I personally have found the Skarsta desk is a great option, and it’s value is absolutely undeniable. I have 3 main areas to comment on: it’s desk top, stability, and the hand winder.

IKEA Skarsta Desk top

I didn’t get on with the desk top long term. The Skarsta, unlike the other desks, only comes with the white top. Whilst you could describe it as minimal, I think most would go with cheap. It chipped easily when I moved house. It scratched. It didn’t fit in with the home office I was trying to create.

That’s why I started the process making excellent alternative desk tops for the IKEA Skarsta (and other desks too). The 120x70cm desk top and monitor raiser work particularly well together. They are made out of one length of solid english oak, making it economically and environmentally sound.

We find that 70cm depth on the 120cm wide top is a little annoying, especially for use with external monitors etc. So we fixed that problem too. We offer an upgrade to the 80cm depth (which the 160cm Skarsta comes with), alternatively you can undersize or oversize your top to almost any size with our custom size desk top product.

Sit Stand Desk Stability

My experience is based on what you would assume is the around average height (6 foot), probably the sweet spot for this product. Likely, in part, due to that I have found the stability of the desk to be good, in that I have never once thought about it. Never once have I notice desk shake, not once have I been distracted from work due to worrying about the stability of the Skarsta.

I would say the feet of the desk are considerable in width and length, it is clearly a more light weight product than the larger desks (the Bekant goes up to 1600mm x 800mm) and so I think in general the desk’s stability is probably due to it’s proportions being on the smaller side.

Skarsta Hand Crank/Winder

This is both a blessing and the curse for this desk. It’s good to be wire free. It even comes with a slight environmental bonus. However, the number of revolutions from sitting to standing is annoying. I find myself sometimes just staying seated/standing for longer as I can’t break off to adjust it.

The hand winder also means I needed to draw a mark on the leg as there is no preset, though despite there being a motor, there is no preset function on the Bekant either, unless you are happy to employ some after market hacks, you will need to look to the more expensive sit stand desks.

If the hand winder is a real issue for you, and I understand it might be, the only option for me would be to go with the Idåsen. The motor they use is an industry recognised brand, you normally have to shell out a lot more to get anywhere close in terms of quality. Take a look at our review round up for the Idåsen here.

IKEA Skarsta video reviews

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