Friska Primo Designer Standing Desk: Two Minute Review
- Exclusive design for those who value style
- May be too ‘quirky’ for some
Standing tables can be an expensive purchase for many, especially when compared to a more traditional table, but despite this, the market can feel overly saturated with the same styles. The typical T-legs are easy-to-install motors, which is the most likely explanation, but what do you do if you’re looking for something a little more exclusive?
The Friska Primo Designer standing table is here to appeal to this niche market, and it does so with a flourish. You still get the benefits of an electric standing desk thanks to a control switch, but the industrial-style legs give it an oddly aggressive look that feels right at home in a modern setting.
friska (opens in new tab) has a large selection of electric sit/stand tables that you can choose from to suit your needs; so if this sturdy looking table doesn’t hold any appeal, you could also take a look at more conventional designs like the Stockholm, although there are plenty of customization options available across the entire range of Friska tables.
Since the style of the leg is primarily what makes the Primo unique, you won’t be able to adjust its shape or color, but you can play around with topper options and additional specs or accessories like cable port holes and upgraded controls.
This means you can essentially make the Primo as premium as your taste (or budget) requires, as the standard desktop model still comes with all the important functionality to set it up and get it ready to go, including a control switch. basic up/down.
Friska Primo Designer Standing Desk: Price and Availability
- Much more expensive than non-designer desks
- Shipping outside of Europe will be expensive
Friska Primo counter pricing starts at £1,273 (about $1,500 / AU$2,150), and shipping to the UK is free and exceptionally fast, offering next day delivery if you place your order before 2pm.
Friska appears to be based in Sweden, but we are unable to change the displayed prices from GBP to Euros as the site’s conversion feature appears to be broken at the time of writing. It is also worth noting that GBP and EUR are the only currencies listed.
You can pick the topper of your choice at no extra cost, though all other optional extras require you to go back to your pocket.
Fortunately, most of these changes are reasonably priced, such as increasing the overall size of the desktop or upgrading from the basic up/down control switch. The standard table topper is 1200mm x 700mm, and upgrading to the larger 1600mm x 700mm size will only cost an additional £35 (about $45/AU$60).
The price can be hard to sell to shoppers looking for a bargain, as the Primo is nearly double the price of its more basic sibling, the Friska Stockholm, and significantly more expensive than some rival offerings like the Uplift V2.
It’s expensive, but it might be worth it for some who are completely determined to have a table with a more distinctive look. If you just want the motorized foot functionality, there are many more affordable options on the market.
One of the biggest issues across the entire Friska range is shipping, but when you make a product of this size and weight, it will be expensive to ship to places like the US or Canada.
Europe and the UK appear to be Friska’s main market and UK orders will benefit from free shipping, and other regions are also available at an additional cost. For example, shipping to the US will take around 1-2 weeks and costs a flat rate of £498 ($610), but other regions such as Australia are entirely excluded.
Friska Primo Designer Desk: Design
- The leg design is interesting but limited to one style
- Lots of wood effect toppers, no real wood options
The Friska Primo arrived in two well-protected packaging consisting of the legs, control switch and electric motors, while the topper is packaged separately to protect it from any scratches. If you order additional extras like an upgraded control switch or power adapter, they will ship in an additional third box.
If you Does include any extras, so it’s important that you remember to open the smallest of the boxes first before you start building, as this will contain instructions specific to your setup, something that is easy to miss as a set of generic building instructions from table comes with all Friska Tables which can result in some frustration if you find the correct instructions after you have already incorrectly assembled the Primo.
If you’ve selected any options that require additional holes or larger capacity spaces for fixtures, they all come pre-drilled and mounting guidelines are marked on the tops to make attaching the frame to the bench as easy as possible.
The standard control hub is a straight forward case of two buttons with up and down arrows to mark the direction of table movement. They’re silicone-coated for grip and have a satisfying clicking feel, but they don’t come with any option to save height presets for easy adjustments.
If this functionality was something you needed, Friska has an upgrade available for an additional £99 (about $120 / AU$170), although you’ll still get the standard control switch included in the delivery, which might seem a little wasted.
The Friska Primo has dual motors that allow the table to be lowered up to 62 cm or raised up to 130 cm (if measured from the table surface), although the Friska Stockholm is faster to adjust and can support more weight, with a limit maximum weight of 264.4 pounds (120 kg) and a speed of 42 mm per second.
For context, the Friska Primo has a weight limit of 220 pounds (100 kg) and an adjustment speed of 36 mm per second. It’s also a little louder than the more affordable Friska Stockholm when you compared the technical information provided (42dBA vs 38dBA), although we haven’t measured that for ourselves.
We’re really criticizing here, as the main reason you’d buy this on something with a more universal design is aesthetics, and the difference is unlikely to affect most users unless you need a table that can support the weight of a large, adult man.
The topper itself comes in a selection of different styles such as black, white, and a variety of wood and granite inspired looks, although they are all artificial vinyl wrapped in engineered wood, so if you want a solid wood option, you’ll have it. to look elsewhere.
The only issue we had while assembling the Friska Primo was that the design of these legs means it’s very difficult to tighten two semi-hidden screws and you don’t get a specialized tool to do it with the instructions. We had a ratchet socket wrench which made the process a lot easier so you might want to keep a tool kit on hand but it would have been nice for Friska to provide even a cheap tool that is better suited for the task.
Friska Primo Designer Desk: Features
- Lots of optional extras
- Easy to operate although controls are very basic
Like other tables in the Friska product family, the Primo’s base model is quite spartan, featuring only the standard up/down control switch and no additional accessories. This is fine for most furniture, but the Primo is a little more expensive than the Stockholm and all you really get is a different style of legs.
Assembling Friska Primo was easy (as long as you find the right set of instructions) and no more complex than non-designer models. You can build most of it yourself, but we recommend getting an additional set of hands to help turn it over, as the entire table is quite heavy when assembled and can cause serious damage if you drop it on your feet.
The Primo motor is fixed to the underside of the table, with pre-drilled holes to indicate where it would be best placed. In fact, there’s no drilling required, and free adhesive cable clamps are provided to tidy up some of the cables so they don’t fall out and look out of place when you turn the table.
It would have been nice to see some additional extras included as standard to justify the asking price, like an under-table cable tray or an upgrade to the memory control switch, but that It is a uniquely designed piece of furniture so you buy it more for its appearance than its value.
Should I buy the Friska Primo Designer desk?
Do not buy if:
First review: June 2022