Which Ikea Jerker makes a better standing desk?

So you’re thinking of setting up a standing desk.

And now you’ve heard good things about the Ikea Jerker [all true by the way].

The only thing left now is to decide which version of the Ikea Jerker you should set up as that standing desk.

This post should definitively answer this question for you.

But first, check out this beautifully set up Ikea Jerker version 1 in standing configuration. And make note of the four swing arms projecting from either side.

Jerker Version I - Standing Configuration

You can tell this is the version 1 by it’s hexagonal desktop. It is the most quickly identifiable feature of the version 1.

Line art Ikea Jerker workstation types


But it isn’t the only difference between the two designs. Another feature, one that is far more important for the standing configuration, is the leg height.

But first have a look at this version 2 setup:

Ikea Jerker version II - Standing Configuration

Beautiful right?

It is! But, not immediately obvious, yet critically important, is that the leg height is greater on the version 2.

Ikea Jerker version 1 leg overlapping version 2 legAt just over 55 inches tall, the version 2 is 15 inches taller than the version 1 (which is 40 inches tall).

This is critically important for standing desks. Not just because the desktop has to be higher, but rather because any higher mounted shelves, used for monitors, or to which you might attach swing arms with printers or peripherals, are more subject to wobble.

Now to be fair, both the version 1 and the version 2 are very sturdy desks.

I’ve owned both, I like both. But there was a reason for the evolution from version 1 to version 2.

The version 1, other being shallower, and narrower is also shorter. This means that the higher you mount your monitors and your peripherals on swing arms, the more subject to sag and wobble they will be.

It’s physics. The higher the mass the higher the center of gravity. But the version 1 legs have to have more vertical extensions, which means more connections, and more sag and wobble.

It isn’t ruinous to set up a version 1 as a standing desk, it just isn’t as good as setting up a version 2 as a standing desk.

So, to sum up, unless you’re not going to be mounting very much above the desktop, or unless you’re restricted to a certain minimal width for your desk, you’d be well advised to go with the version 2. The version 1 is a great desk, but it just doesn’t stand up as well as the version 2.

Ikea Jerker - Version 2 - as a standing desk

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