As the senior writer for HomeFixated, it seems I spend almost as much time staring blankly at the computer screen as I do testing the latest cool tools. It’s a necessary evil, but sitting at a desk, or the kitchen table, for hours on end isn’t great for the posture, and I frequently end up with a stiff neck. I’ve heard good things about the health benefits of a standing desk, and I’ve thought about getting one for a while now, but the crazy prices they go for made it a low priority. Recently, the priority got bumped up several notches, when I trashed my right knee, making it an excruciating experience to sit down and stand back up. Since there was no corresponding bump up in the budget, I started searching for low-cost options. My search led to the recent purchase of a Husky Adjustable Height Work Table. Grab a seat – or assume a comfortable standing position – and I’ll relate my uplifting saga.
The top priority on my adjustable desk wish list was to get a work surface at a comfortable height. I’m almost 6’2” tall, and I didn’t want to have to lean over to use the standing desk. With the top cranked all the way up, the work surface on the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table is just under 42”, which is a perfect height for me. I wonder if my wife would notice if I raised all our kitchen counters to that height…?
Next on the must-have list was quality. I didn’t want a flimsy desk top that would flex every time I leaned on it. With a solid wood butcher block top 1.2” thick, and a weight capacity of 300 lbs., the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table met that criteria. At 52” wide by 24” deep, the desk surface has plenty of room for everything I want to keep handy. The steel frame is also rugged, made of heavy gauge steel.
I only sacrificed one item on my wish list, and that was more a luxury than a necessity. Many of the high-end adjustable standing desks have a motor to raise and lower the desk top. As you might expect, that little convenience item comes with a hefty price tag. The motorized desks I found had prices starting in the $500 range; the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table was $198.
There are several versions of the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table available; we’ll talk a bit more about that shortly. The two-drawer version I bought, Model # HOLT5202BJ1, is a recent addition to the lineup. Here’s the list of features and specs for that model:
• Table height adjusts from a 26 in. to 39 in. H when using the included leveling feet
• Table height adjusts from a 29 in. to a 42 in. H when using the included casters
• 3 mm steel frame construction with a powder-coated finish to resist rust and corrosion
• 15 lbs. load capacity on top drawer and 35 lbs. load capacity on bottom drawer
• 3 in. x 2 in. PPR swivel casters with locking brakes allow ease in mobility
• 4 leveling feet can be installed to use the table as stationary work area
• 1.2 in. thick solid woodwork surface with protective coating
• Multiple uses and applications
• Top drawer: 40 in. W x 8.12 in. D x 2.25 in. H, bottom drawer: 40 in. W x 16 in. D x 2.25 in. H
• Assembled dimensions (approximate): 52 in. W x 24 in. D x 26 in. to 42 in. H and weighs around 70 lbs. *** SEE COMMENTS BELOW ***
• Packaged/shipping dimensions (approximate): 59.06 in. W x 36.61 in. D x 10 in. H and weighs around 80 lbs. *** SEE COMMENTS BELOW ***
• Backed by Husky’s Limited 3-year Warranty.
The Husky Adjustable Height Work Table – Pick A Flavor
As I mentioned, the Home Depot sells several versions of the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table, in lengths varying from 46” to 72”, with black or white frames, and with or without drawers. The pricing seems a bit arbitrary and random; the version I bought, in white, currently lists for $198. The exact same table in black goes for $269. A 52” version in black without drawers currently sells for $239; an identical model that’s 10” longer is five dollars cheaper, selling for $234.
This variety seems to have caused a bit of confusion in the Specs portion of the description, at least in regard to listing the table’s weight. The web site description for the table I bought lists the table’s weight at “around 70 lbs.” and the packaged weight at “around 80 lbs.” The box begs to differ, listing the package weight at 135 lbs. Whatever the reality, it IS heavy and bulky, so bring a friend.
The folks at the Home Depot will help you cram it into your vehicle, but they declined my polite request to follow me home and lug it inside. My wife has one of those pesky jobs that actually requires you to work, and, inconsiderately, no neighbors were available to assist. Since patience is a virtue I have yet to perfect, I cracked open the box in the car, and schlepped the components in a piece at a time.
The Nuts And Bolts Of The Husky Adjustable Height Work Table
Before you can start working at your sporty new standing desk, there are a few pieces to put together. Fortunately, the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table is well designed, and the instructions are clear and pretty easy to understand.
As I mentioned, the table comes in a fairly large, heavy box. Inside, there are a few other boxes, a couple of hardware bags, and about 3,000 pieces of protective foam. All the necessary parts made the trip, and thanks to all the foam, everything arrived in pristine condition. I snagged a nice, thick piece of foam to use as a makeshift kneeler, since most of the assembly takes place at floor level. You could also use a large piece to protect the table top while that assembly takes place; I used a big chunk of the cardboard box instead.
Gathering the necessary tools for assembling the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table didn’t take long. I rounded up a Phillip’s head screwdriver, a 10 mm wrench (which actually never got used), and a 13 mm wrench. I later ended up grabbing a 13 mm socket with a ratchet and 6” extension; if you have one, grab it, and it will save you some time and muttering later. For the tool-deprived, Husky includes a little cheapo double-sided wrench; you’ll still need to invest in a screwdriver.
You Put Your Right Leg In…
Assembly starts with the right leg, which is the one with the protrusion for the crank handle. Make sure the crank faces toward the front of the table, which is easy to spot because that’s where the “Husky” nameplate is. Note: Facing the table top from the front, the right hand leg actually goes on the end of the table to your left.
Wanna save yourself a little fumbling and grumbling? Before you start attaching the legs to the table, insert the rotating mechanism, which is under the center of the leg assembly where it meets the table, into the rotating rod. It’s trickier to do once the legs are screwed down, as space is tight, and it’s tough to see into the opening.
Once the right side is screwed down good and tight, repeat the process with the rotating mechanism for the left leg assembly, before inserting the screws. You should also leave those screws only partially tightened. Note: To get the rotating rod fully seated onto the rotating mechanism, I had to give a gentle tap or two with a rubber mallet on the side of the leg assembly. Once I did so, it seated perfectly.
Next up, it’s time to install the top rail. In addition to serving as a protective channel for the rotating rod, the 18 screws that attach the top rail stiffen the table top and add rigidity to the legs. Once the screws are all snugged down, the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table is almost ready!
Standing Desk Decisions, Decisions
Along with the roughly 4,000 screws you just tightened (ok, fine – there are actually 36 screws altogether), there’s another bag, containing four bolts and washers. These are used to secure the final structural portion of the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table: The support rail. And YOU get to decide where it goes!
The support rail spans the lower portion of the table, tying together the two leg assemblies. Depending on your preference, the rail can be installed right across the center, or all the way at the rear. Choosing the center gives you a footrest when you’re seated at the table; pushing it to the rear gives you the option to store a chair or other items under the table. I decided to install mine at the rear.
Whichever location you choose, line the support rail up with the two holes at either end, and attach it with the bolts and washers. The sides of the rail make it moderately challenging for someone with fat fingers (me) to get the bolts started. Once you do, those same rails make it fairly tedious to tighten the bolts with an open-ended or box wrench.
After wrestling with the first end, I fetched the aforementioned 13 mm socket, and the job went MUCH faster. Once the rail is secured, don’t forget to tighten up those screws you left loose on the left-side leg assembly.
Where The Rubber Meets The…Floor
And now there’s ANOTHER decision to make. The Husky Adjustable Height Work Table gives you two options for how your table will contact the floor: Leveling feet or rolling casters. Mine came with the leveling feet pre-installed. If that’s your choice, because your table will remain parked in one location, you’re almost ready to rotate your standing desk / work table to its upright and locked position!
If you prefer the option of easy scenery changes, like I do, changing over to the casters is simple: Unscrew the feet, and thread in the casters. Swapping in the casters was fast and very easy, and the casters are excellent quality, nice soft rubber to ensure smooth rollabouts. A locking lever on each caster keeps the table in place until YOU decide it’s time to move.
Five Easy Pieces
As I mentioned, the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table is available in several versions, both with and without drawers. The table I bought has two drawers that can be installed – or not. My first thought was to leave them off, but the installation is so simple, I decided to add them, figuring I can remove them if I don’t like ‘em. Now that they’re installed, I’m glad I have them – who can’t use a bit of extra storage?!
To install the drawers, grab the two side panels, and install one on each side, leaving the screws a little loose. Make sure the glides face each other.
Now screw the back panel to the back end of the two sides, using two screws on each side, and snug them up good and tight. Finish the assembly by tightening the side panels to the table top.
NOW you can flip the table upright – after you snag a helper. Pull the slide mechanisms all the way out for one of the drawers. Hold it out, and start feeding the side rail from the drawer into the channel, then start the opposite rail into its channel. Push the drawer slowly closed, and it should lock into the track. Repeat the process for the second drawer, push the crank handle onto its shaft, and you’re finished!
Both my drawers went in very easily, and the drawers operate very smoothly. They feel sturdy; capacity on the smaller top drawer is listed at 15 lbs., and you can put 35 lbs. of detritus into the larger bottom drawer.
Final Thoughts On The Husky Adjustable Height Work Table
Now that I’ve had the opportunity to use the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table for a few days, I’m VERY happy with my choice. It’s a very solid and stable work surface, with plenty of tabletop space for the way I work. I think it looks great, with a nice clean tech/commercial sort of vibe. It would fit right in at any design studio or modern office, and would be a great choice for pretty much any type of workshop.
As for bang for the buck, I think the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table is an amazing bargain for a budget-friendly standup desk. It’s well designed, and all the assembly holes lined up perfectly. The table went together smoothly, taking me about an hour and 20 minutes to assemble, and it’s now a rock-solid piece of furniture. If you bought something comparable at a furniture store, my guess is you’d pay double the price. I plan to buy another one for my shop, before they figure out their prices are too low.
I’ve discovered that I really like the ability to work while standing. It’s easier on my back, and I think my working posture is much improved. To make it easier on my knee, I switch back and forth between standing and sitting, so I’ve cranked the top up and down several times. My 5’1” wife, who works at a computer almost all day, has discovered that she ALSO really likes the “stand to work” option. As a result, she has right-sized the table for her use a couple of times, resulting in a substantial loss of altitude. It takes a bit of cranking to get it all the way back to the top, but the crank operates smoothly, and it’s good cardio. Nonetheless, I think I’ll look for a higher chair, to eliminate some of the frequent elevation changes.
After the first day of using the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table with my external monitor off to the side, I ordered an articulating arm to hold it. The monitor, that is, not the standing desk. It clamps to the back of the desk, and allows me to get the big monitor at eye level, directly behind my laptop, which cuts down on the neck craning. As a bonus, it frees up some real estate on the desktop. I think it’s thirty bucks well spent.
My guess is the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table lineup was probably originally intended for use in workshops or by crafters and hobbyists. As evidenced by comments in the numerous, overwhelmingly positive reviews, a large percentage of buyers are doing exactly what I did: Snagging a high-quality, low cost adjustable height standing desk. If you’ve always wanted to try a new position, check out the lineup of adjustable height tables at the Home Depot. The tables are backed by a three-year limited warranty, and if you don’t feel totally uplifted, they’re returnable for 90 days.
Buy the two-drawer Husky Adjustable Height Work Table from the Home Depot:
Check out the Husky Adjustable Height Work Table lineup at the Home Depot: