Happen Standing Desk Review
Last Updated: October 2021

Happen Standing Desk Review: For The Mordern Office


Pillar Desk

An electric sit-to-stand desk that ships flat, assembles in under 2 minutes, tool and headache free.

Featured Product: Happen Pillar Desk

Price: $599

The Happen Pillar Desk is unique in its genre since it requires absolutely no tools to assemble. It can be adjusted between 27” – 47” high, for a wide range of functionality. This desk comes in either white or teak, for a bit of added diversity.

Since the desktop itself is 24”D by 48”L, you can be sure to fit everything you need on it easily. And with 4 preset height options, it’s hard to go wrong with this standing desk as a contender.


Great Standing Desk For Office

Ratings Breakdown


The Happen Standing Desk feels solid when in use and adjusting the height. Plus it has a large enough surface area to hold everything needed. But they lack substantial transparency regarding the materials and where it’s made.


This desk comes in on par with competitors, but is much easier and quicker to set up. This time saved alone makes this desk a better value than others.

customer experience

This desk is exceptionally easy to use and set up, plus it has a fantastic height adjustment system. The only place it’s lacking is the cable management system, which could be a bit more robust.


The product this brand is providing seems to be solid, but there is no history or background on this company. Nor do they have a mission statement or any philanthropic endeavors to speak of.

Who Is Happen?

Happen is a company founded to assist with the new working at home environment a lot of us have found ourselves in recently. While there are quite a few standing desk options on the market today, Happen wanted to solve a couple of common issues with them. Happen Office Furniture

The first issue included ease of assembly. Their solution was to create a no tools required standing desk that could be put together in a couple of minutes. The company was able to achieve this by setting the legs a bit off center underneath the desktop. This action allowed the desk to be shipped in one solid piece as well as created more stability with the desk itself. 

The other issue was creating a quieter lift system that would still operate smoothly and quickly, but also quietly. They were able to do this with a hydraulic lift operation and also gave their desk a wider range of lift distances than a lot of their competitors. These two things alone helped the brand realize that they could be a strong competitor in this market and also help make consumers’ lives a bit easier at the same time.


  • Super fast set up
  • No tools required
  • Quiet hydraulic motor
  • Intuitive control panel
  • Hidden cable management system
  • Great weight capacity
  • UL Certified
  • Free shipping


  • Lacks brand transparency on website
  • Could add some upgrades to the cable management system

Happen Desk Assembly And Performance

Happen-Standing-Desk-PreperationI’ve been looking forward to having a standing desk for quite some time. So, when I heard about the Happen Standing Desk that required no tools for assembly, I decided to pull the trigger.

It came quickly in one box and getting the desk in the mail was a really exciting day for me. The box was pretty heavy, and while I moved it myself, I probably shouldn’t have. It’s definitely a two person moving job, as the boxed desk weighs in at 93 pounds. Out of the box, it’s only a bit lighter weighing in at 85 pounds. Either way, this is definitely not a one man job.


Opening up the box setup was really easy. It only required 5 steps and absolutely no Allen key. Woo hoo!Assembling Happen Standing Desk

All I had to do was fold up the legs, lock them down, and then tilt the desk out of its upside down position. Finally, I had to attach the control panel for the height adjustment. And boom, I was ready to rock!

They do hold up to their promise that this desk can be set up in two minutes flat. I set up the desk in under 10 minutes, while also taking photographs of the whole process.

Standing Desk Operation

Everything on the desk worked exactly how I expected it to. The control panel allowed me to adjust the desk to a maximum height (47”) and a minimum height (27”). The control panel also allowed me to save different presets. This will come in handy when I go from sitting to standing to sharing things with coworkers.Happen-Standing-Desk-Control-Console

I wanted to see how loud the lifting mechanism was so I measured how loud the desk is when it’s being raised. First, I took a baseline room measurement of 26 dB.     



When I was operating the desk it maxed out at 58 dB. This means that it does create a barely noticeable noise when adjusting the height of about 30 dB. However, I was really impressed by how quiet this was. And at a speed of 1.5 in./s, it can rise and lower pretty swiftly.


I really appreciate the way that the desk plugs into the wall with a single cord. Everything tucks up nicely inside of the cord panels.Happen-Standing-Desk-Time-To-Assemble2

Although I like this cord panel feature, there are some modifications that I do want to make to the desk. I need to add a power strip so I can power more devices, such as a monitor or laptop computer. I want these to be tucked up underneath the desk with a single wire running out to the outlet. Therefore, my biggest upgrade for this desk would be to integrate a power strip and power management. 

I’ve been using the happen desk for about a month in conjunction with my branch ergonomic chair. I couldn’t be happier with the functionality and ease of this desk. Plus it just looks really nice in my office.

Is The Happen Standing Desk Good Quality?

Happen doesn’t appear to have many certifications to help consumers make an educated decision regarding the how and the where of their desk. However, they do have one certification which can help instill confidence in their brand a bit.Happen-Standing-Desk-Clasp3

Their Pillar desk UL Certified to BIFMA standards. What this means is that the desk, and all of its components have gone through rigorous testing by the UL accrediting body. This certification denotes that the products certified are considered sustainable.

Just this fact alone helps instill a bit of confidence regarding the overall quality of the desk. And their 5 year warranty doesn’t hurt either.

Is The Happen Standing Desk Worth It?

In my humble opinion, the Happen Standing Desk is definitely worth it. It was so quick and easy to set up, and I love how quiet it is when I want to raise or lower it. The extra large desktop size doesn’t hurt either because I’m able to put everything I need on it and still have a bit of extra room.Happen-Standing-Desk-Instructions

The price point is on par with other standing desks I’ve researched in the past. And those desks take much more time, and tools, to set up. Plus, they don’t appear to be nearly as quiet as this one is. The UL certification they have denoting the sustainability of their product helps boost my confidence in the overall product, even if I don’t know much else about them.

Happen Coupons & Discounts

Currently, Happen is offering $100 off on their standing desk. Sometimes they run Facebook ads to promote their product also, so that might be another good place to check.Happen-Desk-Affirm-Pricing


Since they currently offer free shipping within the contiguous United States, you can expect your desk to take the traditional 3-5 business days. However, holidays can certainly prolong your delivery. So keep that in mind when placing your order.

The current Happen Pillar Desk policy is 14 days from the time of product delivery. In order to return your desk, it must still be in new condition and sent back in the original packaging. Plus, you will be charged a 20% restocking fee. This will come off of the total amount you’re refunded once they have received the desk. You are also responsible for paying the return shipping, which could potentially be pretty hefty due to the weight.

Happen currently offers a 5 year warranty on their Pillar Desk from the date of delivery. This warranty includes all parts and components of the desk. However, it does not include the following:

  • Abnormal handling damage
  • Discoloration of tabletop caused by light exposure, aging, ink, dyes, stains, or soiling
  • Natural wood grain variations
  • Standard wear and tear
  • Modifications made by the user
  • Damage caused by improper assembly or disassembly
  • Improper weight load
  • Damage caused by objects placed on the desktop
  • Repairs or attempted repairs by anyone not authorized by Happen

Yes, Happen does offer financing through a partnership with Affirm. Since this company currently only offers one product, their financing is pretty straightforward. If you don’t want to pay any interest, then you’ll need to make 3 equal payments over a 3 month period of time. But, if these payments are a bit too steep for your budget, they do offer two other options for you to consider. However, keep in mind that both of these other options have fairly steep interest rates associated with them.

Yes, you can change your controller to use either cm or in. In order to do so, you’ll need to hold down the “S” button for 7 seconds until the word “SET” pops up on your controller screen. At that point, press the “1” button and the display will show “C” for cm and “I” for in. Use the up and down button to adjust to your preference. Once you have made your choice, simply hit the “SET” button again to confirm. You can change this setting at any time by just repeating these steps.


Happen Summary

Overall, if you’re in the market for a standing desk then the Happen Pillar Desk may just be worth a second glance. This desk is fantastic for versatility, desktop storage, durability, and just overall aesthetics. The fact that it can vary by 20” in height makes this desk a strong contender in the realm of stand up desks. Happen-Standing-Desk-Completed2

If you want something that is quick and easy to put together, I’m not sure if there’s another standing desk on the market that compares. Plus, I love that I don’t have to add one more Allen key to my already burgeoning supply.