Everything You Need to Know About Standing Desks

Everything You Need to Know About Standing Desks

From numerous health articles to evening news casts we know that a sedentary seated lifestyle is terribly harmful for your health.  Researchers have connected sitting for long periods of time with variety of health issues, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat round the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting additionally appears to extend the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

So before you go out and buy a fixed Standing Desk please allow the specialists at Ergoprise the opportunity to inform you of some potential issues that may have been overlooked, as well as a bit more in-depth features sets that you need to consider before investing in your new desk.  Our goal with this article is to help you become a more informed consumer.

The Potential Issues Sustained Standing All Day while working-

Standing for long periods of time while working on your computer has long best-known to be potentially problematic. It can dramatically increase the risks of arterial hardening of the arteries (eightfold) as a result of the extra load on the circulatory system, and it additionally will increase the risks of varicose veins, therefore standing all day is unhealthy. The performance of the many fine motor skills also becomes less sensible when individuals stand for long periods of time, instead of alternating between sitting and standing.

Another potential and painful consequence of standing all day on hard surfaces is Plantar Fasciitis, which is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole of the foot. It’s usually caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It’s an awfully common condition and may be tough to treat if not taken care of properly. The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day.

Wow, now that we’ve echoed the dire need to get of your tukas and stand; we’ve rained on the standing desk parade. All we want to be very clear that the best solution for anyone that works on a computer is to sit and stand. Spread it out throughout the day and you will feel so much more invigorated and your productivity and health will increase. PERIOD!

Now that we’ve gotten the semantics out of the way, let focus on finding the best desk that meets your body, work environment and budget.

Height Range- since we all come in different shapes & sizes one must realize the importance of both seated & standing elbow heights.

Height Range- since we all come in different shapes & sizes one must realize the importance of both seated & standing elbow heights.

Height Range- since we all come in different shapes & sizes one must realize the importance of both seated & standing elbow heights.  It is very important to understand that an individual at 5’0” is going to have different height requirements than someone who is 6’1”.  In particular if the desk is going to be a shared workspace please take measurements of the employees so you will know what are the minimum & maximum height requirements.  A 3 stage leg will allow for greater height range.  The current ANSI/BIFMA standard for sit-to-stand height adjustable tables is 22” – 48”.

Please check out our “How to Select the Best Height Adjustable Desk” section

(This is a quick guide for seated and standing height. Numbers may vary depending on your chair cylinder and body type)

Motor & Speed - most electric desks have a single motor (plugs into one leg).  This will affect the speed and stability of the desk. A dual motor (plugs into each leg) will provide an unproblematic adjustment.   An electric desk will support the work surface at set height until adjusted, unlike pneumatic legs that may concede to additional movement.  Many non-electric pneumatic legs have to re-calibrate as the table loads change.   The time it takes for the desk to adjust its movement either upwards or downwards will vary from manufacturer.

Lift Capacity- when a product description for a desk describes the lift capacity it is referring to the weight the desk holds.  Keep in mind that you must include the desk top since desk base only options can be purchased.  Do not forget to take in account the monitor, monitor arm, CPU & holder and keyboard tray system when looking at standing desk.

Crossbar Free Layout- many desks are equipped with a lower crossbeam or lower support stabilizer.  This can interfere with a wheelchair.  It is not as “design friendly” since many can be thick & bulky.

Up & Down Switch vs. Digital Programmable Readout – all electric desks are equipped with a standard up/down button. Many individuals who require seeing a specified height will want to equip the desk with a programmable readout.  Most desks have an upgraded option to program 3 height offerings.  A programmable readout is similar to the way one would programming a car radio.  Several desks have this feature as an upgrade.

S2S Height Adjustable Desk


S2S Height Adjustable D

ESI Benefit Crank Adjustable Table

ESI Benefit Crank Adjustable Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanscale Float Pneumatic Adjustable Desk

Humanscale Float Pneumatic Adjustable Desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should you have questions about standard Standing Desks or Height Adjustable Desks please do not hesitate to contact us at 877-907-8688, info@ergoprise.com or via live chat.
Ergoprise: is a certified, woman-owned, multi-brand provider of high quality office, mobile, and industrial ergonomic tools located in Austin, Texas. Through our showroom, website, and sales team we offer a broad range of ergonomic products that have been selected to provide individuals with a comfortable working environment that delivers an excellent return on investment.

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