Elevating your monitors does more than just improve ergonomics. The best dual monitor stand allows you to adjust your screens freely, frees up space on your desk, and even helps with cable management. There are also several different types of stands that work better for different situations.
In this guide, we explain the different types of dual monitor stands and the best available products in each category. After reading, you should have a great idea of what stand to purchase to elevate your monitors and the rest of your desk setup.
The Best Dual Monitor Stands
There are four different types of dual monitor stands: desk-mounted monitor arms, wall-mounted monitor arms, freestanding stands, and basic risers. Check out our top picks for each category first and if you’re still unsure which type of stand to go with, we have a graphic below that should help.
The EleTab Dual Monitor Mount offers what we think is the best balance of affordability, weight capacity, and range of movement available. It supports monitors between 17 and 32 inches in size with a weight up to 17.6 lbs.
The EleTab can attach to either the edge of your desk or a grommet hole. It has two premium gas spring arms that can move independently and provide an excellent range of motion for both monitors. Each monitor arm also has an integrated cable management system that hides monitor wires nicely.
I’ve personally used this product for over two years without problems. Each monitor arm still supports the weight of my monitors and allows easy and smooth adjustments. If you value maximum maneuverability for your monitors, the EleTab is an excellent choice.
The VIVO Dual Monitor Desk Mount is a great budget option at less than half the price of our top pick. For the lower price, you lose some range of motion and support for larger monitors, but get a more aesthetically pleasing minimalist design in return.
The VIVO Dual Monitor Desk Mount is rated for monitors between 13 and 27 inches with a maximum weight of 22 lbs each. Its arms can tilt, swivel, and rotate comparably to the EleTab but is much harder to adjust vertically. Height adjustment requires loosening the screws of the main clamp on the center pole which isn’t really possible once your monitors are mounted on.
Aside from the VIVO’s low price, its most attractive quality is its minimalist design. Once both monitors are set up, only a single pole is visible underneath resulting in an extra clean look for your desk setup. If constantly readjusting your monitors isn’t important to you, the VIVO Dual Monitor Stand will do you just fine.
Either style of dual monitor desk mount is a great option if your desk is sturdy enough to handle it. They clear up space on your desk and are simple to install. The only downside to this type of mount is it may not be compatible with all desks. If you fear your desk isn’t sturdy enough to handle a heavy duty C-clamp, read on.
The VIVO Full Motion Dual Monitor Stand sits freely on your desk supported by its heavy steel base. Its arms are designed similarly to our budget desk mount pick and provide a similarly limited range of motion vertically. It can support 13 to 30-inch screens with a weight of up to 17.6 lbs.
While its footprint isn’t as elegant as desk mounted solutions because of its wide base, it’s still a vast improvement compared to the standard mounts that come with your monitors. This freestanding option from VIVO is especially a good choice if desk mounting or wall mounting isn’t an option.
If you’re comfortable with drilling holes and finding studs, wall-mounted monitor arms might just be for you. While it’s the most difficult type of stand to install on our list, it completely eliminates your monitor’s footprint on your desk.
Our pick, the HUANUO Monitor Wall Mount, shares a similar independent gas spring arm design as our top desk mount. Each arm supports 17 to 27 inch monitors that weigh up to 17.6 lbs. It provides an excellent range of motion allowing you to independently swivel, rotate, tilt, and height adjust each monitor.
When you position its arms correctly and run cables through your wall, you can make it look like your computer screens are floating. If that sounds like a worthy and exciting challenge to you, getting a dual monitor wall mount might be your best option.
Monitor risers are the simplest solution if you just want to raise your screens for ergonomics and can’t be hassled with mounting mechanisms. The extra-long VIVO Black Wood 39″ risers give you ample room for two monitors and open up space underneath for storage.
It adds just over 4.5 inches to your monitor height and looks pretty slick — but they don’t do much else for you. If all you’re looking for is a quick and easy way to elevate your screens, risers are a solid purchase.
Dual Monitor Stand Buying Guide
These key features and functions are what we considered when we evaluated products for this guide. If you’d like to explore options outside of our picks, make sure to keep these features in mind.
As promised, if you’re unsure of which type of dual monitor stand to get, we created a graphic that might help you decide.
By default, we like to recommend desk mounts because they look great and are fairly easy to install. But pick the best option for the features you value.
VESA Standard & Capacity
Since VESA mounts are the industry standard for computer monitors, you’ll want to make sure the dual monitor stand you purchase is VESA compatible. The VESA mounts ensure that the stand and monitor screw holes align.
You’ll also need to make sure your dual monitor mount is rated to support the weight of each of your monitors. Figure out the weight of each of your monitors and check the weight capacity of your dual monitor stand before you pull the trigger. The last thing you want is your fancy gaming monitors crashing into your desk.
Range of Motion
Different dual monitor stands allow for different ranges of motion. How do you want your monitors to move? For example, you’ll need to make sure your monitor stands allow for a decent maximum height if you have a standing desk or you want to position a monitor vertically.
In addition to max height, also take into consideration tilt, swivel, and rotation depending on your needs. Most dual monitor stands will have a demo of their range of motion on the product page. Staying within the recommended monitor sizes of each product will also ensure a maximum range of motion with your monitors.
These Elevate Everything
Elevating your screens with the right dual monitor stand makes your whole setup look and work better. Aside from gaining more desk space and reducing cable clutter, your neck will thank you. So what are you waiting for?