Get a new sit-stand desk or a unit that sits on top of my deskThis depends on the amount of space that is available. If there is plenty of space, specifically, to spread things out over a large desk area, then it can make sense to invest in a stand-alone sit-stand desk. If the current desk is right for you, then a sit-stand desk put on top of the current desk may be the better option.
Height AdjustmentIt’s important that the height of the desk can be adjusted. This has to do with different heights for different work tasks. For example, an individual could prefer one height for writing and another height when working/keyboarding on the computer. If the desk is going to be used by others, then it’s essential that the height can be adjusted to meet the needs of those with different heights and work preferences. The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association recommends that the height range be 22.6″ to 48.7″. Ultimately the range depends on those using the desk.
Depth of the deskDepth is the front-to-back tabletop distance when facing the desk. A good choice is a desk that has a minimum depth of 30″. This allows those who prefer more desk space the ability to spread out the work. However, smaller depths are available.
Weight capacitySit-stand desks are built to handle the weight of the usual desktop items:
Desk budgetThis depends on your budget, work purposes, and quality. Sit-stand desks can be found in a wide range of prices. Opting for the cheapest desk is not the wisest thing to do. Remember these desks are an investment in the spine and overall health. Consider the quality of the desk and how long it will last along with a warranty to protect you if the desk malfunctions.
What to look forSit-stand desks come with all kinds of options, in terms of quality and convenience.
Noise level:If a quiet work environment is important, then look into desks that offer a quiet action/transition when switching from sitting to standing and vice versa.
Speed:Some desks can take a long time to switch. Be careful with these because the use of the full functionality can diminish because of the length of time it takes. Look for the quick adjustment type.
Manual vs. electrical:There are some desk models that operate using hand cranks, locking switches, etc. while others use electric/pneumatic lifts to raise and lower the desk with a power button. The method of movement chosen will have a distinct impact on the ease of use, speed, and noise level.
Programmable:Some desks can be programmed with height preferences so they can be set to the desired position and saved.
Customization:If the desk needs to be able to function around privacy screens or specialized office equipment, a one-size-fits-all desk may not be the best option. This is something to consider if the desk needs to fit perfectly in an established environment.
Keeping the desk in the standing positionSome individuals may feel better standing all day. However, standing for long periods does as much damage to the spine as sitting all day. The best approach is to vary postures over a workday.
- After sitting for an hour, get up and move around.
- If you’ve been standing for a while, take a break and sit.