Unless you have a height-adjustable desk, chances are that your computer monitors sit at about neck height.
This convention impacts your posture, energy levels, and overall health by causing you to slouch in your seat while you work or play games.
Thankfully, there is an inexpensive solution to this problem that doesn’t require stacking books under your monitor.
A small wooden monitor riser can bring your screen up anywhere between 4 and 16.5 inches, allowing you to sit up straighter and more comfortably.
Many risers have handy organization compartments, and even the most simple designs will add desk space to your setup. So without further ado, read on below to free up desk space and fix your posture.
1. The House of Trade Standing Desk Riser
The Standing Desk Riser from House of Trade rises above your average monitor stand. Its large wood desktop sits atop an adjustable aluminum frame which can be raised all the way up to the height of a standing desk.
At its lowest setting, this desk is 32.5 x 20.5 x 6.5 inches (LxWxH), but two easy hand levers can be used to raise the desktop up to 16.5 inches.
The top surface is spacious enough to fit two 24-inches monitors, and there is a sliding keyboard tray beneath. The keyboard tray helps free up additional space on your desk.
Ultimately, this desk riser will only appeal to those most dedicated to ergonomics because of its hefty price tag. But price aside, this is definitely a top choice.
Price: $218.99 (16 percent off MSRP)
2. Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand
The Satechi F3 is a self-proclaimed Smart Monitor Stand, which features four built-in USB 3.0 ports plus a headphone and microphone jack.
The included USB hub keeps your desk organized, and the lifted surface creates extra space beneath your monitor. Its dimensions are 15 x 26 x 4 inches, providing only a small amount of lift with its aluminum alloy legs.
Because it only adds 4 inches of height your monitor, this won’t be enough for taller users, but the ultimate height you need also depends on the height of your desk.
Price: $47.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
3. Fellowes Designer Suites Monitor Riser
The Designer Suites Monitor Riser from Fellowes is a simple yet sturdy wooden stand that is a little smaller than other options, but works just as well.
Its top surface is 9 x 16 inches, and its adjustable legs raise your screen anywhere from 4.4 to 6 inches. This surface is large enough to comfortably hold a 21 inch monitor.
This riser has a storage drawer with a built-in organizer for items like pens and paper clips. It further asserts its quality with non-skid rubber feet that keep your monitor in place.
4. Lorell Monitor Riser LLR84148
The LLR84148 is a spacious and sturdy mesh wire monitor riser from manufacturer Lorell. At 12.1 x 20.3 x 6.1 inches, it offers plenty of room for a modestly sized monitor.
Beneath its sturdy metal frame, this stand sports a pullout drawer and recessed side compartments, all of which help contribute to an organized work space.
5. Designs2Go Large Monitor Riser
If you are looking for a simple wooden monitor riser that supports two monitors, Design2Go’s Large Monitor Riser is a great choice.
At 23.6 x 15.8 x 4.8 inches, this stand can hold two 24-inch monitors, or a 40-inch television if its base is the right shape.
6. Fitueyes Glass Computer Monitor Riser
The Fitueyes Glass Computer Monitor Riser is a sophisticated looking stand that adds space and style to your desk without costing too much.
This riser is 11 x 23.6 x 4.7 inches, which offers enough lift to improve your comfort level when sitting. The legs can be shortened by screwing them down.
The top surface has enough space to hold a large monitor, and the tempered glass can hold up to 33 pounds.
Price: $27.99 (69 percent off MSRP)
7. Royal Craft Bamboo Monitor Stand
The Royal Craft Bamboo Monitor Stand stands out from the competition with its natural bamboo pattern and carved organizer slots.
This version is 12 x 25.5 x 3.5 inches, though they also have a version that is 12 x 25.5 x 12 inches for maximum lift.
Some might prefer to have pull-out drawers for keeping larger items, but if you have as many desktop trinkets as I do, the organizer slots are still appreciated.
Price: $29.97 (50 percent off MSRP)
8. Rolodex 82411 Wire Mesh Monitor Stand
The Wire Mesh Monitor Stand from Rolodex is an industrial-looking stand that would fit in perfectly in an office setting.
The wire mesh material is lightweight and sturdy, and forms an open document compartment beneath the stand’s 14.6 x 11.9 x 4.4 inch frame.
9. Victor Technology Monitor Riser VCT11755
The VCT11755 model monitor riser from Victor Technology is a sturdy wooden option that provides some useful storage compartments atop nonslip rubber feet.
At 13 x 13 x 6.5 inches, this stand provides plenty of lift, with room for one monitor on top (as long as it uses a centered stand). Underneath, it has an open shelf for documents and books. Beneath that is a sliding drawer for extra storage space.
This stand is a little pricier than other single monitor stands, but high quality elements like frosted glass, a faux leather top, and rubber feet make it worth a little extra.
10. AmazonBasics Adjustable Monitor Stand
You can always count on AmazonBasics to offer a solid product at a decent price. Their adjustable monitor stand is the least expensive on our list, and also the least attractive.
But looking past its dense plastic material, the stand is a nice quality. It sits at 11 x 16.1 x 4.9 inches, though the legs can be adjusted to 2.8 inches if needed.
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