How to Troubleshoot an Adjustable Height Standing Desk
Let’s face it, sometimes when you’re stuck at work with mountains of paperwork to get through, invoices to create, emails to reply to, etc, it can seem as if time is standing still. Throw back and neck pain into the mix because of bad posture due to the wrong chair and a desk set at an incorrect height, and it’s easy to see why so many people are fed up at work.
If the above sounds familiar to you, it could be due to the fact that you need to invest in a height-adjustable standing desk. Standing desks are designed to allow workers to work at them while standing up, though they can also be adjusted in height to allow for sitting too. Ideally, you should alternate between periods of standing and sitting, as this is what will provide you with the most benefits relating to your posture.
Investing in an adjustable standing desk is all well and good, but as they are expensive pieces of equipment, and complex, they do require care and attention, which is what we’re looking at today.
To help you get the most out of your height adjustable standing desk, here’s a look at how to troubleshoot and maintain a standing desk.
Clean your desktop regularly
Yes, we know that cleaning a desktop can be a pain in the behind, especially if your desktop is full of everyday work essentials such as laptops, printers, notepads, paperwork, and so on.
Despite this however, we strongly recommend that you take the time to clean your desktop regularly, as this is not only hygienic, it will also help your standing desk to last longer, and to look better in the process.
How you clean your desk will depend on what material it is made from. Cleaning a glass adjustable height standing desk such as the SOLOS Glass Standing desk for example, will not be the same as cleaning a wooden surfaced standing desk.
Never leave water puddles on the desk
While many of us can’t really focus at work until we’ve had our early morning caffeine fix in the form of a mug of coffee, one problem that goes with beverages, both hot and cold, is water puddles.
The last thing you want is to invest in a quality desk such as the SOLOS V2 Premium Standing Desk, only to find that you’ve discolored and stained the desktop surface by leaving a coffee ring on there for too long.
The best way to avoid coffee rings and water puddles is to simply use a coaster for your beverages, rather than placing them directly onto the desktop surface.
Reset as a last resort
Technology is fantastic until it goes wrong, then it’s an absolute nightmare.
If you’ve invested in a standing desk and have found that the motor is stuck and you can’t get the desk to adjust in height, no matter what you press or try, you can always reset the desk as a last resort.
Typically, cheap and inferior adjustable height standing desks tend to go wrong after a short while, which is why knowing how to reset them is so useful.
One of the best ways of ensuring that you don’t have to mess around restoring your desk back to factory settings and resetting it, is to invest in a top quality desk to begin with.
As mentioned, manufacturers such as SOLOS offer a selection of top quality adjustable standing desks, all for reasonable prices and as they’re made to such a high spec, the chances of anything going wrong with them are very low indeed.
This brings us to…
Don’t buy the cheapest desks possible
We understand that times are tough from an economic standpoint, and we understand how not everybody can afford to splash out thousands upon thousands on an adjustable height standing desk, but that doesn’t mean we should cut corners either.
If you’re on the market for a standing desk, don’t simply purchase the cheapest desk you can find, just because it’s cheap. If it’s cheap, it’s cheap for a reason, and ultimately that likely means it won’t last long and will cost you money to repair or replace a few months down the line, or a year or two if you’re especially lucky.
Find out the average cost of a standing desk, and look for desks that fall into that particular price limit. Just to give you an example of what is out there, the SOLOS V2 Premium Standing Desk features a powerful 2-motor design, and currently retails for just $389.00 making it a premium product for a very reasonable and competitive price.
Don’t overload your desk
The larger the desk surface, the more tempted you may be to store more and more items on there. Using space is all well and good, but just remember that motorized adjustable standing desks have weight limits for a reason.
One of the most common reasons why standing desk motors tend to break down and burn out is due to the fact that people overload the desks by placing too many items on the desk surface. The more heavy items the desk has to hold, the harder the motor has to work.
Of course, you can include office essentials such as heavy electrical items, but try not to put too many items on your desk just for the sake of it because the more weight you put on there, the more likely the desk motor will be to stop working.
For best results, check the max weight capacity of your standing desk before you start putting things on there.