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The 7 Best Monitor Stands for a More Comfortable Computer Experience

Popular Mechanics Logo By Michael Natale of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 8: You might not realize it, but a good monitor stand is a crucial component of a comfortable workspace. Even with all of the other investments you might have made to level up your workspace comfort like a supportive desk chair to alleviate back pain, an ergonomic mouse to relieve wrist strain, and even a standing desk to salvage your posture, you’re still straining your neck to stare at a monitor that’s not eye level. Just the simple act of giving your monitor a little lift can alleviate eye strain and neck pain, and many offer other advantages too, from extra storage to being able to adjust your monitor’s angle easier. Some even allow for a more fluid multi-monitor user experience.The Best Monitor StandsWhat to ConsiderWhen you're shopping for the best monitor stand for your space and needs, you can either go with a flat stand or a stand with an adjustable arm. A flat stand can offer advantages like built-in storage, while an arm stand allows for more positioning possibilities and customizability. Beyond that, some key considerations are:Height: Several of these stands feature adjustable heights, while others are a more simple elevated platform — so you should consider just how much adjustability you feel you need from a stand vs. how much stability.Size: It's important to make sure the stand you choose doesn't end up robbing you of too much precious desk real estate, especially if you use your desk for more than just computer work. If your space is limited, opting for a monitor arm, which clamps onto the edge of the desk and lists the monitor above it, might be the better course of action.Storage: While monitor arms are just poles and joints, standard monitor stands can sometimes provide additional storage options in the form of drawers or cubbies. While they won't always be ideal for bigger items, keeping things like paperclips or sticky notes handy can be extremely helpful for some home office owners.Ultimately, while there's a wide range of monitor stands out there, the goal remains the same in all: to help you achieve a better, more comfortable workflow. Whether that's freeing up desk space, creating more storage, or simply helping you get a better view of what you're working on, a monitor stand is a great addition to your home office, and the kind that, once you add it in, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.

You might not realize it, but a good monitor stand is a crucial component of a comfortable workspace. Even with all of the other investments you might have made to level up your workspace comfort like a supportive desk chair to alleviate back pain, an ergonomic mouse to relieve wrist strain, and even a standing desk to salvage your posture, you’re still straining your neck to stare at a monitor that’s not eye level. Just the simple act of giving your monitor a little lift can alleviate eye strain and neck pain, and many offer other advantages too, from extra storage to being able to adjust your monitor’s angle easier. Some even allow for a more fluid multi-monitor user experience.

The Best Monitor Stands

What to Consider

When you're shopping for the best monitor stand for your space and needs, you can either go with a flat stand or a stand with an adjustable arm. A flat stand can offer advantages like built-in storage, while an arm stand allows for more positioning possibilities and customizability. Beyond that, some key considerations are:

  • Height: Several of these stands feature adjustable heights, while others are a more simple elevated platform — so you should consider just how much adjustability you feel you need from a stand vs. how much stability.
  • Size: It's important to make sure the stand you choose doesn't end up robbing you of too much precious desk real estate, especially if you use your desk for more than just computer work. If your space is limited, opting for a monitor arm, which clamps onto the edge of the desk and lists the monitor above it, might be the better course of action.
  • Storage: While monitor arms are just poles and joints, standard monitor stands can sometimes provide additional storage options in the form of drawers or cubbies. While they won't always be ideal for bigger items, keeping things like paperclips or sticky notes handy can be extremely helpful for some home office owners.

Ultimately, while there's a wide range of monitor stands out there, the goal remains the same in all: to help you achieve a better, more comfortable workflow. Whether that's freeing up desk space, creating more storage, or simply helping you get a better view of what you're working on, a monitor stand is a great addition to your home office, and the kind that, once you add it in, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.

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