Sitting for hours at a time isn’t healthy, but many standing desks are difficult to use or set up. The FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk combines style and function while giving you a healthier way to work. I had the pleasure of testing the desk out in this review to see if it really does work as promised.
Overview of Features
On the surface, the FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk looks simple, but that’s actually a good thing. Instead of a bunch of complicated hinges, latches, and manual controls, everything happens with the touch of a button. This means the entire desk is sleek without any clutter.
There are two components: the desktop itself and the base. First, let’s talk about the desktop.
It’s made of bamboo. FlexiSpot uses lateral compression technology to ensure you get the beauty of the natural grain in the bamboo. Plus, it’s stronger than steel, giving you a highly durable surface that’s waterproof. The lacquered coating also helps the desktop resist scratches. At 0.7″ thick, it doesn’t take up much space but still looks elegant and professional. The top is 48″ by 24″, giving you ample room for office supplies or anything else.
The frame features a dual core motor that quietly and smoothly adjusts the height at the push of a button. It operates at 1.5″ per second and adjusts from 22.8″ to 48.4″. There’s no crossbar to deal with, so you have much more legroom when you are sitting. You also don’t have to worry about overloading this desk, as it supports up to 275 lbs.
The small control panel features buttons to make quick adjustments to the height. You also have three memory settings for one-touch adjustments and, finally, an alert setup to remind you to stand after a set period.
One thing I love about this desk is you can customize it before you buy it. While I received the rectangular top, you can upgrade to a curved top that aids in cable management. There are also two other frames available that support 220 lbs. and adjust from 27.2″ to 46.5″ and 24.4″ to 50″.
Of course, you can add on accessories as well, such as chairs, mats, under-the-desk drawers, and more.
Setting Up the FlexiSpot Kana Standing Desk
Due to the size and weight of the entire desk, the desktop and frame are shipped separately. You’ll likely want to get someone to help you put everything together. The frame alone weighs over 60 lbs.
Outside of the parts that come with the desk, you’ll also need a Phillips head screwdriver and a drill. The only reason you need a drill is to slide the support bar to fit your the desktop you choose when ordering. Since there aren’t any pre-drilled holes for this, you’ll need to add those yourself.
Putting the FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk together took around 45-60 minutes with help. It’s a good idea to have someone to help you balance things and turn the frame right side up when you’re finished assembling everything.
The instruction manual is pretty clear. I love that it came with cable ties with 3M strips to keep the motor and control panel cables tucked neatly away.
Overall, it was fairly easy to put together, which is always a nice surprise.
Many standing desks require manual adjustments or even a foot pedal to raise or lower the desk. The simple control panel on the FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk features just seven buttons.
The first two adjust the desk’s movement up and down. The height (in inches) appears on the left side of the panel.
The next three buttons are your memory settings. Once you’ve set your desired height, you can save it to one of the three buttons. Then, when you press 1, 2, or 3, the desk auto adjusts to the saved settings. Use the M button to enter the memory setup, then choose 1, 2, or 3 to store the setting.
I’d like to note that even after unplugging the desk for a while, the memory settings still held. So, if there’s a power outage, you won’t lose your settings.
Finally, the A button allows you to set up the Sit/Stand reminder. The default time is set to 45 minutes. However, you’re free to adjust this higher or lower. When it goes off, the beep lets you know it’s time to sit or stand. You can then set it again. It’s a good way to ensure you’re not sitting or standing for too long.
Using the Desk
My experience with a standing desk before this was a DIY option that definitely wasn’t easy to use. The FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk makes it simple to switch back and forth between sitting and standing. Within a few minutes, I had my ideal sitting and standing heights programmed in.
One thing I really love is how smoothly the frame adjusts to different heights. While it moves quickly, it’s not fast enough to disturb anything on the desk. For your memory presets, the frame slows slightly as it reaches the setting to avoid a quick stop.
Honestly, nothing moved, not even a cup of water, as the desk adjusted. I also found myself switching back and forth between sitting and standing more often with the reminder. If you’re not sure if it can handle much weight, I sat on the desk, and it had no issues still moving. Naturally, I’m not going to give away my weight, but it did support an adult woman.
The desktop itself is beautiful and seems made to last. I “spilled” some water on it just to see, and yes, it is waterproof. I can honestly see this making a great crafting desk or kitchen prep table just for how durable it is.
If you’re looking for a standing desk that will last you for years, the FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk definitely delivers. While it will take a little effort to put it together, it’s all worth it once you start using it.
With smooth transitions at the push of a button, memory presets, and an elegant bamboo desktop, it fits well within any home office. Or, you could use it for any other area where you need an adjustable table or desk.
You can try this desk for yourself, and customize it a bit if you’d like, for just $449.99. Currently, you can also use the code KANA20 and get it for $20 off.