Must-Have Office Furniture: Standing Desk Buying Guide
What is a standing desk?
Some people tend to believe that standing desks are desks which you stand at constantly while working, meaning that you’d spend 8 – 9 hours per working day on your feet, standing upright at a desk instead of sitting. This is not the case.
Standing desks are adjustable desks that are powered with motors that run off of electricity which can be adjusted in height so you can adjust them from a sitting position to a standing position in a matter of seconds with the push of a button.
An electric standing desk, for example, will allow you to adjust the height of the desk quickly and efficiently, by simply pushing a button. The idea with these desks is that you alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.
To begin with, you may sit down for, say, one hour at a time, before standing up and working for twenty minutes, then sitting down for another hour, and repeating in that manner. As you get used to standing while working, you can increase the frequency in which you stand when working.
With a standing desk, because you’re standing up for so long when working, the desk is designed to promote good posture, your joints will benefit, your back will benefit, you’ll burn more calories, you’ll become more active, and your mental health will improve as a result.
How to choose a standing desk
If you are on the lookout for a standing desk, it doesn’t matter whether you purchase a home standing desk or a more modern and upmarket standing desk for work, it’s important to find a desk that suits you specifically.
To help you find your ideal standing desk, here’s a look at a few tips on choosing a standing desk.
When buying a standing desk, ideally you’ll want one with memory settings so that it remembers the height in which you prefer to set it.
The last thing you want is to constantly be fiddling around adjusting the height of your desk every time you want to set it for standing, or sitting when you’re trying to get some work done. With a good quality standing desk such as the SOLOS V2 Premium Standing Desk, you won’t need to worry about that as the memory setting will have you covered.
What is the min and max height?
If you’re average-sized, you probably won’t have to worry about the minimum or maximum height settings for your electric standing desk, but what about if you’re not?
If you’re much taller than average, or much shorter than average, you may find that the height of your standing desk isn’t suitable for you and that it may be too high, or too low.
When you’re standing working, ideally you should find that your elbows are down at your sides with your forearms angled slightly downwards. As for the monitor, it should be roughly eye level so that you’re not having to look down, or look up at the screen.
When you’re buying a standing desk, desk space is a hugely important consideration. The SOLOS Glass Standing Desk offers plenty of desk space so you can organize your workspace neatly and efficiently without everything getting cluttered and messy.
When you buy an electric standing desk, you need to ensure that you find one that is big enough to hold your laptop, files, printers, and various other electronic gadgets, without your workspace becoming cluttered and disorganized.
If your laptop is particularly large, or if you know that you have a lot of gadgets and items that need to be stored on your desktop, pay attention to the size of the standing desk you’ve got your eyes on, and if it is too small, look for the next size up and go from there.
Another hugely important consideration when buying a standing desk is whether or not it has any safety features.
If you’re purchasing a home standing desk in particular, and you have children in the house, safety features are going to be particularly important. Look for an electric standing desk with features such as an ‘anti-collision feature’ along with a child lock.
The anti-collision feature prevents the desk from slamming into obstructions as it is equipped with in-built sensors that apply an emergency braking system to stop the desk from hitting the obstruction.
The child safety lock is important because it prevents the desk from falling, meaning that if a child is underneath the desk, you needn’t worry about the child accidentally engaging the desk, causing it to fall down onto them. SOLOS even sells a Kids Standing Desk which comes with a free bookshelf.
For the peace of mind, you get from using a home standing desk with in-built safety features, these products are well worth the money.
Finally, the last consideration we’re going to be looking at today is the assembly.
If you’re purchasing a home standing desk, the last thing you want is to be faced with a million different parts, and instructional diagram that looks like a child’s drawn it, millions of screws, and an overwhelming amount of regret that you didn’t buy a ready-assembled standing desk in the first place.
Check whether the desk comes assembled, part assembled, or whether you need to assemble the entire thing, and consider whether or not you’re up to the task at hand.