IKEA BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk Review

For many of our customers, a beautiful desk from stores like Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, or CB2 can be a great option if they occasionally work from home.  Unfortunately for myself and the rest of the interior design team at Design Inside, we spend 8+ hours a day at our desks working intensely.  Some flimsy or non-functional desks wont cut it.  We have also seen that more and more of our customers are also starting to work from home for a few days out of the week as well.  Because of this telecommuting trend, we are seeing increased needs for more robust desk systems for the home office which is why we decided to check out and review the Ikea sit/stand desk.

Sit/Stand Desks Come Marching Into the Market

One of the best changes in desk technology in the past few years is the trend towards Sit/Stand desks.  The idea is that instead of sitting all day, these desks give you the option to stand which leads to increased blood flow and better posture.  According to JustStand.org, standing for 8 hours would help me burn an extra 322 calories a day.  Sure, it’s not a big difference, but it helps me justify grabbing a cold beer from Revolution Brewing.  Also, if I were really looking to burn the extra calories while improving my posture, I would have to step it up to a treadmill desk.

The “Functional” Solution

Over the past year, I have been using an after-market sit/stand desk from Ergotron which sits atop an IKEA GALANT desk.  I absolutely love the functionality, but it is a massive unit that definitely seems out of place in my home office.  It easily transforms from sitting to standing position and can support dual 23″ monitors.

Throughout my year of using a sit/stand desk, I’ve noticed that my lower back doesn’t hurt as much and that I generally stand straighter.  Also, standing more has increased my flexibility which has helped me considerably in my Yoga classes as well as when I run with our incredibly hyper Border Collie, Max.  Because of the benefits of standing, Katy and I figured that we would have to suffer through the less than ideal looks of this sit/stand desk.  I figured that I didn’t have many other options since Ergotron makes some of the best static and moving monitor mounts out there.

IKEA Comes to the Rescue

Bekant Sit/Stand Desk from IkeaFortunately, my luck has changed.  The other day while I was at an IKEA in the Chicago area, I spotted the new IKEA BEKANT desk system which included a sit/stand option with a clever cable organization system included.  Even more impressive was the fact that the entire desk retails for $489.  The Ergotron sit/stand adapter was $399 not including the desk.

The IKEA Sit/Stand Desk is Amazing

As an experiment, Katy and I picked up one of these desks in White with the Birch Veneer Countertop and gave it a try for a few days.  The entire design team loved that they could easily adjust the height of the desk with the touch of a button.  I loved the fact that I was finally able to find a sit/stand desk that was less than $1000 and didn’t look overwhelming.

Katy sitting at the Ikea BEKANT sit/stand desk
Katy standing at the BEKANT sit/stand desk

The BEKANT desk comes in a variety of configurations with different tabletops.  Originally, we selected the white tabletop with the white base.  Though the desk had a nice clean look to it, we were not in love with the standard countertop.  So, we retrofitted the white base with the butcher block countertop which has a warmer and cozier feeling to it.  Someday, I’ll try to post a how-to guide on how I did this.

Conclusion

Previously, we owned the IKEAN GALANT desk series and loved the flexibility and durability of the desk system.  The BEKANT (which is replacing the GALANT) looks to have the same build quality with an improved cable management system as well as the sit/stand option.  We are thrilled with how the one desk turned out for Katy and have plans to build similar desks for the rest of the interior design team.  Who knows, I may even get around to building myself a new desk to replace my nerd station Ergotron sit/stand desk.

Let us know what you think about the standing desk trend.  Do you think it’s better for your body?  Do you think it is a fad?  Or, do you think we should all get treadmill desks instead?  I’m interested in your thoughts and feelings.

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11 replies
  1. Amalia Hirsch
    Amalia Hirsch says:

    Hi Bill,

    I would love love love to know how you created the butcher block top to this desk. Could you buy any piece of wood? Was the top super expensive and/or was it also provided by IKEA? Any information on how you personalized this desk would be awesome. It looks amazing!

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  2. Joris
    Joris says:

    Hello

    Also wondering about the butcher block countertop here. Which one are you using, and has it been mounted on top of the standard white top? Looks great!

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  3. Joris Eertmans
    Joris Eertmans says:

    Hi Bill

    I bet you must be incredibly busy, but it would be really really awesome if you could take just a few minutes to briefly describe how you retrofitted the butcher block to this desk.

    Looking forward to your reply,
    Joris

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    • Bill Cherne
      Bill Cherne says:

      Hi Joris, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. For the countertop I used the Ikea countertop that looked a lot like this one, the 74″ MÖLLEKULLA butcher block countertop: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80301136/#/00301135

      Since Ikea has changed their kitchen offerings, I’m not 100% sure if this one will work but it looks like it should.

      Here is how I assembled the desk:

    • Place the countertop on the floor upside-down.
    • Placed the assembled Bekant desk on top of it then outlined where the mount points are located with a pencil.
    • Drill pilot holes which will accept the plastic rivet looking devices.
    • Attach the Bekant desk frame and assemble
    • Attach the cable management netting
    • Turn over completed desk
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      • Joris Eertmans
        Joris Eertmans says:

        Hi Bill!

        Thanks a lot for your feedback, appreciated! Instructions look straight forward enough. Ikea doesn’t sell the Möllekula countertop over here, but fortunately they do have some fairly similar ones. Will definitely be getting the frame and a countertop of choice in the very near future.

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  4. Thomas
    Thomas says:

    Hi Bill, thanks for the post! With the solid wood table top, does it feel sturdy enough to support the weight? I heard that the weight capacity of the ikea frame base is not as high and it tends to wobble a lot. Thanks!

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    • Bill Cherne
      Bill Cherne says:

      Hi Thomas thanks for writing. I think the tables are sturdy and have no problems supporting the weight of the table top, 2x 36″ monitors, laptop, keyboard, mouse and other office accessories.

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  5. Kristen Page
    Kristen Page says:

    Thanks for all of the information regarding the modification. Could you comment further about what your design team disliked about the white top? I was thinking of ordering it with the white top for a home office. Did it look cheap; not durable or not substantial enough, or all the above? It’s for an artist btw. Thanks in advance. Kristen Page, ASID.

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    • Bill Cherne
      Bill Cherne says:

      Hi Kristen,

      If you live near an Ikea I would definitely recommend that you check out the standard tabletop before purchasing it. It’s a thinner white material similar to their older Galant desks. It has a nice crisp clean look which would be good for drawing on but it didn’t have the more rustic look that we liked in our offices. If you are trying to specify a countertop for an artist that plans on drawing, the white countertop might be a good fit. The butcher block is softer and may not be the best for drawing.

      Hope this helps and thanks for commenting on our site.

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  6. Joe Kendall
    Joe Kendall says:

    Excellent job with the table top modification. I too wanted to upgrade the desk top, and did so with a friend using Solid English Oak, although I did it to fit the IKEA Skarsta, however we have since made the same top for the Bekant model too, you can check it out here if you like :) https://sitstanddesktops.co.uk/

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