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The Benefits of Sit-Stand Desks

We understand that an investment like a sit-stand desk is something you want to consider carefully. You'd like to see your choices and weigh your options - and you'd like to know the facts! We've compiled some resources to keep you informed of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. If you already know all that - we also have some overviews of our sit-stand desk options and advice on how to get the most out of your adjustable height desk.

Sitting vs standing infographic - the risks of sedentary lifestyle

Sit-stand vs. non-adjustable desks

A commonly presented "solution" to sitting disease is simply standing instead or breaking up your work day by going for short walks around the office. However, these solutions end up creating a different set of problems.

  • Loss of productivity. It's difficult to be productive when your body is so tired from standing all the time (just take a look at Jennifer Hunter's experience at Apartment Therapy) or when you're regularly having to break your focus and regain it from all the walking breaks. We love walking! Nothing against it but statistic tells us that it takes roughly 20 minutes to regain the same level of concentration that we had before the work disruption. This loss of productive time can cause us to compensate with a faster and more stressful working style than before. Whereas simply breaking up seated-based work with standing can help you accomplish work at a more reasonable pace without the stressful price tag.
  • Oh, the pain. If you're buying an in-store non-adjustable standing desk then you're in for almost as many problems as you've had sitting. It's likely it's not the correct height you need unless you're going the DIY route and even then you're putting too much strain on your lower limbs. This can lead to limb swelling, tiredness, discomfort and medical professionals also link standing too much to varicose veins and a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). With CVI, veins cannot send enough blood to the heart.

More Sit-Stand Reads

Work Interruptions: Cost and Benefit

5 Office Furniture “Solutions” That Can Hamper Our Personal Well-being

Desktop Risers Are Not The Solution

Do We Have Standing Desks All Wrong?

Tips for getting the most out of your Sit-Stand Desk

  • Our computer monitor should be at or just below eye level, about an arm's length away and the top should be titled slightly back. This will reduce neck and eye strain.
  • Those of us with a laptop will notice the above tip would be impossible without some additional accessories. Laptops were originally meant for occasional use but now many of us use them as our main work computers, making our work life painful. In order to put our monitor at the right height, we'll need a laptop stand. Putting our screen at the correct height and distance will create the need for an external keyboard and mouse if you want a comfortable keying position.
  • Our shoulders should be relaxed and our arms hanging naturally at our sides. When keying our forearms should be horizontal and our wrist in a neutral position. 
  • Standing while we work will require comfortable, supportive footwear and an anti-fatigue mat for additional comfort.

Our featured desks

OVERTURE II - Affordable Sit-Stand Desk

OVERTURE II

Our most affordable sit-stand desk option. Great stability without the restrictive crossbar, ample lift capacity thanks to dual Bosch motors and quiet at only 55db.

Get the OVERTURE II

eXPRESS 660 Sit-stand desk

eXPRESS 660

Our extended range sit-stand desk. Easily adjust and program the standing desk height with our programmable handset that digitally reads out the height in inches.

Get the eXPRESS 660

 

Ready to start standing? Use our free ergonomic assessment tool to find the right desk for you or go to our shop to see your options.