Choosing A Stand Up Desk that Sits Well with You
Standing desks are a simple solution that is alleviating common workplace ergonomic issues. Office workers who sit for countless hours a day share complaints of back pain and decreased circulatory function. There are a myriad of studies that prove that switching to a stand up desk will reduce the effects of prolonged sitting. If most of your day is spent at a desk, choosing a standing desk that will fit your ergonomic needs is crucial.
The first step toward an ergonomic workplace is to assess your comfort needs. Take accurate measurements of your work space and make note of your budget expectations. If you are looking for a simple attachment rather than a whole desk replacement- standing desk attachments would be the route to go. Standing desk attachments allow you to simply add on to your desk and allow you to make some of the same adjustments as a total desk replacement.
One of the biggest things to consider is having the ability to fully adjust the desk to a sit or standing position. Standing desks that offer a sit or stand position still come with features like: elevation of not only your monitor but also your keyboard. If you are interested in the flexibility of having your keyboard separate, that option is readily available as well. Another essential feature is dual screen accommodation, as I’m sure you’d hate to go through all that trouble to find out that you’ll have to DIY a solution to fit two screens on your single screen desk. Along with this issue, you will need to be on the lookout for standing desks that have enough work space for your computer, accessories and a general surface area for writing or other tasks. If you’re within the assumed 1% that keeps their desk clean at all times, you will most likely need to add storage space to your checklist. Storage space may be considered low hanging fruit in the realm of standing desks. However, choosing a standing desk with proper shelving or storage spaces give you a chance at organization and decreases the need for off desk storage.
Once you have crossed all the must-haves off your checklist, don’t forget about the accessories. Since you’ll be transitioning from standing to sitting, you want to make sure that phone cords and computer cables won’t cause a potential hazard. Invest in cable organizers to keep you safe and your work space more organized. Lastly, unless your work space consists of ergonomic carpet, it is in your best interest to seek out an ergonomic mat to keep you comfortable and keep proper posture within your work space. Now that you have a proper checklist, you know everything that makes the ideal standing desk. You are well on your way to the freedom of comfort and relief from back pain.