IKEA Adjustable Desk Review | Is the Bekant worth it?

If you’re from the United Kingdom, then you’ll have seen IKEA go from strength to strength over the last decade. Nowadays, many people just pop into IKEA for lunch and to have a browse around. One of their best known models is the Bekant, which looks pretty great when you look at it on their website.

So the last time I was in IKEA, I ended up in the office section (as always) looking for new gadgets for my home office. Whilst I was there, I ended up coming across these adjustable desks – I’d seen these kinds of standing desks online, but I wasn’t 100% sure whether they were worth the investment.

At IKEA, you have the choice between two different types of adjustable desk – one that you adjust manually with a level, or one that you can adjust electrically. Being the lazy person that I am, I of course opted for the electrically adjustable Bekant model.

This was half due to laziness, and partially because I looked at the IKEA example desk they had out with an adjustable lever, which was pretty much broken. I’m sure that was down to kids playing with it, but either way, I was set on the electric powered Bekant as opposed to the pneumatic desks that they had on show.

So, I purchased the Bekant back in early 2020, and it’s been almost a full year of owning it now. How have I got on with the Bekant a few months after initially purchasing it? Well, let me run through a quick review with you before you purchase it yourself.

IKEA Adjustable Desk Review – The Bekant

Almost a year on, and the Ikea Bekant standing desk has been doing its job pretty well. The electrics still work as well as the first day I bought the desk, and I’ve used them pretty much every day since. It’s a great way to relieve your back in the afternoons, as no-one wants to spend 8am-6pm sat at a desk for the entire day.

I decided to match the Bekant up with the Järvfjället, which is one of the higher quality office chairs that Ikea also sell. They’re both in a white colour, which you can’t find too often if you’re based in the UK.

And with electric standing desks being few and far between, this still stands out as one of the cheaper options out there. Let’s get this straight – it’s not cheap by any standards. But I do think that these desks tend to be pretty expensive all round, and when you compare it to others similar, it’s probably one of the lower costing desks for its style.

When looking online, the main problem that I can see people have had with their desk is an issue with one of the columns. This then leads to the desk tilting to one side, and a couple of people seem to have had this problem if you look at other purchasers. I can only speak for my own experience, with the table top itself being fine and holding up pretty well.

It is hard to comment on the weight capacity, as I’ve never had more than 20kg of equipment on the top. It’s been fine with this, but I’m not sure if it’d be okay with heavier items than this being placed on the desk itself. Let’s look at some of the aspects of this standing desk in more detail.

Building the Table

Now, I’m definitely not the most DIY friendly person. In fact, I’m pretty useless at putting stuff together, and it took me a good few hours to put up my wardrobe from IKEA.

The Bekant isn’t super easy to put up, but by the same standards, I wouldn’t say it was easy either, especially with the electrical aspect of the desk too. I managed to put the desk up in around an hour of my time, but that was with the help of a friend who was more.. mechanically gifted, shall I say. If I had to do it alone, it would have taken me a lot longer.

Functionality

The electric function of the desk works great and is really responsive – to be honest, I don’t have it switched on all the time as I don’t like to leave plugs on. But throughout the day, when my back starts aching in the afternoon, I’ll raise the desk up to standing position and start doing some easier work. This is a great way to take a break and give myself the chance to stretch my legs.

The desk also comes with a small key that you can put into the electric panel – if you don’t have this key inserted, then it won’t work and you can’t put the desk up and down.

Appearance & Design

To be honest, the appearance wasn’t one of the things that drew me to the Bekant. It doesn’t look ugly or anything, but it’s also not the nicest looking desk out there. It’s mainly there for it’s practicality as opposed to it’s appearance.

However I do like the design of this IKEA desk. Aside from being adjustable, the feet of the desk are made to be extremely sturdy (a necessity with any adjustable table). You can get the Bekant in both a white colour and a black colour, which isn’t nearly as nice in my opinion.

In terms of dimensions, the desk is around 1.3m long and 0.85m with curved edges. I’ve found this to be the perfect size for my study room, but it might be a little large if you want the table in your bedroom. Altogether the packages weigh 25kg, though they do come in two separate boxes which makes things a little easier to carry.

Conclusion

Overall, although this desk is more expensive than I’d typically like to pay for a desk, it’s proved to be a great investment and I’m very happy with it. Whether this is just because this is my first electronically adjustable desk or not I’m not sure, but having the ability to change my desk to a standing desk whenever I want has proved invaluable.

In terms of the longevity, I’ve only had the desk for a few months so I can’t comment on that too much. However, in the short time I’ve owned it I’ve definitely found it to be very resillient

About Steve

Hi, I'm Steve. I've worked for the past 8 years in a major furniture retailer in the UK, so I know my way around a desk or two. On the weekends, I spend time with my kids or I'm probably outside in the garden doing something or other!

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