You almost certainly need a monitor stand on your desk to raise your computer screen to a more ergonomic height or a better level for video calls. We’ve reviewed a bunch of the best monitor stands for you, and point out why this may be one of your best-ever purchases whether for the office, working from home or PC gaming.
Pain in the neck? Stiff back when you get up from your desk? It’s likely your computer screen is at the wrong height, and you’re damaging your vertebrae for hours every day.
Long-term bowing of the head can lead to cervical dislocation and spinal stenosis. This can compress blood vessels and displace nerves, which can cut off blood supply to the brain, causing dizziness as well as a sore neck and numbness in the elbow.
Headaches, insomnia, neck stiffness, sudden dizziness, or weakness in the arms – all can be caused by the way you sit at your desk and view your computer screen. A monitor stand is the first step to solving these symptoms.
Your monitor should be at a comfortable height that doesn't make you tilt your head up to see it or bend their neck down to see it. Your eyes should be in line with the screen about 2-3 inches below the top of the monitor.
Even a slight lift will relieve your neck muscles of some strain.
You can just put your screen on a pile of books, but just how stable does that look? You don’t want a screen - and certainly not an iMac or all-in-one PC – falling onto your keyboard or off the back of the desk.
Neck strain is no laughing matter, and difficult to recover from if you don’t address it quickly - so let’s get serious about this.
Also, consider how you look on video calls. Don't have others look up your nostrils if your webcam is too low. Try to have your camera at the same level as your eyes, if possible, so you are on the same level as your viewer.
There are plenty of inexpensive PC monitor stands available. There are many monitor stands on Amazon UK and Amazon US, made from wood, glass or metal, and fitting one or two displays. Some can take more than one display. Others have extra features you'll soon wonder how you lived without them.
While you are waiting for a professional stand from the options below, try using a shoebox, which is usually much more stable than a pile of wobbly books - although a heavy all-in-one PC or iMac might be too heavy.
We'll start with a couple of basic monitor stands, and then look at stands and risers with more features.
AmazonBasics Adjustable Computer Monitor Riser Desk Stand
Amazon’s rather dull but certainly inexpensive adjustable screen stand sells for under £20 or around $20.
This monitor stand has broad column-style stackable legs with non-skid feet, so you can choose the perfect height (from 4-8 inches) for you.
It is not pretty but has 11 inches of storage space underneath for laptops, keyboards, and game consoles, or maybe that essential packet of biscuits. And your neck will thanks you very quickly.
It can handle monitors or computers weighing up to 22lbs.
Kensington Monitor Stand Plus
Another basic stand that comes with little in the way of features is the Kensington SmartFit Monitor Stand Plus, which costs more tahn the AmazonBasics stand but does look a little better..
It much safer than a pile of books, and is adjustable with three height settings (3in to 6in").
The wide platform design fits any monitor up to 24in and can hold up to 36kg (80lb).
There's just under 30cm of height beneath the stand for you to store a keyboard, mouse, etc.
It does seem a little expensive for what it is, but it will help you avoid neck strain, and that's probably worth any money.
Satechi Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub
The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub has been created for Apple’s iMac (it’s built from a similar aluminium and pleasingly minimal Apple design aesthetic) but will work with just about any monitor, all-in-one PC or display.
It does a good job of raising the screen to a height where I'm not looking down at it and damaging my neck muscles and vertebrae.
Yet, it is more than just a monitor stand, as its front is bristling with USB ports (three USB-A and one USB-C) plus SD Card readers and an audio jack. Just plug it into the back of your PC or Mac with the neatly hidden built-in cable (USB-A or USB-C).
Use the SD Card readers to create inexpensive and super-fast backups, and never again have to fiddle around at the back of your computer trying to find the spare USB port.
Read our full Satechi Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub review
FlexiSpot MonitorStand Workstation S6G/S6T
The FlexiSpot MonitorStand Workstation is a chunky multifunctional monitor stand that can declutter your desk, relieve neck strain via raising the height of your screen to ergonomic levels, charge your phone, and even UV sterilise your bacteria-covered keyboard and mouse in 10 minutes.
It may be a little too large (20.5-x-13.6-x-5.3 inches) for some desks, but it can also hide all your pens, paperclips, cables and memory sticks in its built-in drawer.
The UV disinfection feature is certainly topical, although don't be tempted to clean your hands using it!
It can handle anything from a laptop to a display, and right up to a hefty all-in-one computer.
Read our full FlexiSpot MonitorStand Workstation S6G/S6T review
These stands will work with laptops, too, but we've also rounded up our best laptop stands.