How To Fix Ikea Standing Desk Not Working

Your standing desk from Ikea isn’t working and you are desperate to fix it before your business meeting in two hours.

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix your Ikea standing desk so that you can focus on the important matters at hand, instead of tripping over your table and injuring yourself!

When this happened to me, it affected my meetings a lot. So, I found some permanent solutions to the problem. These are mentioned below.

How to tell if you have an electric or manual stand-up desk

There are four kinds of stand up desks to choose from: manual (push a button and you get a boost), spring assisted (push a button, sit down, and it lifts you back up again), electric (plug in, push a button, and it comes back down automatically) or hydraulic.

If your desk is connected to your monitor with two cables, there’s a very good chance it’s electric. If there’s one cable connecting them together, then you have an option between electric or hydraulic. And if all your cab

les are in one big tangle hanging out of your monitor…it’s probably manual.

Ikea Standing Desk Not Working

If it’s electric, check the cord or cable

Just because your workstation is equipped with a motor doesn’t mean you have to plug it in. Ikea makes several models of standing desks that are freestanding and don’t require any plugs or wires for operation.

If your motorized model does need electricity, make sure it has power; if you have an under-desk outlet near your desk, try plugging a lamp into it to see if you get power.

You can also try flipping an interior breaker switch or resetting a circuit breaker to make sure nothing else is drawing on power.

Check your control panel

In order to ensure that your IKEA standing desk is properly assembled, check your control panel. The control panel serves as a display board that is on top of your workstation. And it shows you which setting you are currently using (e.g., whether you are sitting or standing).

Some models also allow you to change settings remotely with a simple remote. If none of these solutions are helping and still encounter problems when using your IKEA standing desk, try re-assembling it again.

Ikea strives to make their products user-friendly, so if there is an error in any part of your IKEA standing desks assembly process, there should be no difficulty in fixing it quickly.

Try checking your power source

First, try plugging your electric adjustable-height workstation into a different power source. In case it doesn’t work in another room, you might have a bad cord or adapter.

If you’re under warranty and still within your return period, contact Ikea for support. If you aren’t sure where to get replacements, we can help with that as well. We offer replacement parts at a low price and free shipping. So, go ahead and buy some new parts before you start taking things apart!

Test out the motor directly by hand

Make sure you have power to your motor by plugging it into a wall outlet or into your computer’s USB port. If you don’t hear any noise, or if you don’t feel any vibration, it means there is something wrong with your motor and you might need to replace it.

If you do hear a humming sound but can’t feel any movement from your legs, check to make sure everything is tight. The belt might be coming off of its spindle.

Then try and adjust everything using the knob on top of your Ikea standing desk, as that could solve all of your problems.

Try resetting your power outlet

Before you get started assembling your new IKEA standing desk, it’s a good idea to test that everything is plugged in properly. Unplug your power strip and flip its switch from On to Off, then back to On.

Restart your computer and monitor if you can. If it doesn’t work at first, unplug both ends of each cable—your power strip and PC. After that wait a few seconds before plugging everything back in again.

Reset all plugs; use a different power outlet or wall socket if possible. Be sure there isn’t any bent metal near an electrical connection or within 5 feet of your computer that might be interfering with electricity flow.

Contact the company

It’s always a good idea to contact customer service for any product you are experiencing problems with. This will allow you to get their direct experience from those who know your product best, and it might just allow you to skip steps in trying to solve any problems you might be having.

If no one is answering at customer service, try social media or a live chat feature. Both of these options can sometimes offer an even better line of communication than talking directly with a rep. Especially if they are busy on the phone or email.

Be sure to include your contact information (email and phone number) so they can reach out back if necessary. Also, add them on LinkedIn for added credibility!

Also read: Ergotron Standing Desk Stuck In Up Position Issue Solved

You can Also watch this video to fix your issue


Your standing desk doesn’t work? Don’t despair, you can fix it. There are a few potential culprits for why your Ikea standing desk isn’t working.

You haven’t screwed in the table top correctly; there isn’t enough weight on top of it; or your chair is too light and won’t keep you from falling backward when sitting. We have discussed the details in the article and hopefully, your problem might be solved.

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