Taking a Stand on Desks

Remember the eight-hour work day? Seems it’s gone by the wayside, replaced with 10, 12 and sometimes more hours seated at a desk…often to a body’s detriment. But standing while working, even for a portion of the day, can have a major positive effect on your wellbeing.

Standing desks have come a long way from when they first entered the scene.  Some of the best these days are super quiet electric desks that have programming buttons so you can automatically adjust your work surface from sitting to the perfect standing height and vice versa.  One specific model even has a QR code that can be programmed for adjusted elevations throughout the day – for example, setting it so that 15 minutes of every hour is in the standing mode.

Previously, some people didn’t like the look of sit-to-stand desks, specifically with the sparse metal look and exposed wires.  Now, though, the legs of the desk are frequently encased to hide the wires, making for a much cleaner look.  Additionally, most come in black, grey, and white. 

The range of a sit-to-stand desk can also vary; one especially wide-ranging model goes from 48 to 96 inches.  The base can be used for a variety of different applications, and can be attached to almost anything.  Traditional desks can also be repurposed into sit-to-stand desks.

Another option is a “workpad” – a smaller, pneumatic version of a sit-to-stand desk that comes in bright fun colors.  They’re frequently used as podiums, and we also see them in many people’s home offices.  Although they don’t have a large work surface, they’re perfect for a laptop setup.

Having the ability to stand while working has proven health benefits, including the reduction of back, neck and shoulder pain associated with sitting in one position for hours on end.  Do yourself a favor this new year, and look into these options for better health today!

To learn more about standing desks, get in touch with our team of experts.