The adjustable desk is exactly what it sounds like, an entire desk that can be adjusted upward or downward to accommodate the height of the person using it.
There are times when an adjustable desk is a better choice than a sit-to-stand desk. For example, when:
An adjustable desk should fit well into your workspace, be easily adjustable without risk of physical injury, and accommodate all of your equipment.
Whether you are petite or tall, your chair should fit the size of your body comfortably. Elements for the adjustable chair:
The most important aspect of a good desk is that it stands at a height where the keyboard and mouse can be reached without upward or outward extension of the arms.
The person sitting at the desk should:
If a person is typing on a desk that is too high, they are most likely to experience upper back, shoulder, and neck pain. Having to raise and extend the arms outward puts stress on those muscles.
The keyboard should fit the size of your fingers, hand and body.
Elements for the keyboard:
If the fingers are at an upward tilt and the wrist is bent, this could eventually lead to sore wrists, numbness or the beginning stages of carpal tunnel because of improper blood flow.
The mouse should fit the size of your hand. If the mouse is too small, over gripping the mouse can cause fingers to cramp. If the mouse is too wide or long, reaching for the buttons can cause unnecessary stress or pressure on the joints.
Keep this in mind for the position and height of the mouse:
If the fingers are at an upward tilt and the wrist is bent, this could eventually lead to sore wrists, numbness, or the beginning stages of carpal tunnel because of improper blood flow.
Monitors should be positioned directly in front of the keyboard, about an arm’s length away and can be slightly tilted for easy reading. If you are using dual monitors, they should be centered equally in front of the keyboard to avoid twisting the neck for viewing one or the other.
The height of the monitor should be at eye level or a little below. This encourages you to sit up and back into the chair and avoid leaning forward to see the monitor.
If information on the monitor is shared frequently, monitor arms can be purchased to make it easier to adjust the monitor to the desired position. Monitor arms can also be used to easily bring the monitor closer to the body if you need a closer look or they can be pushed back and moved out of the way to make more room on the desktop.
The purpose of a sit-to-stand workstation is to provide the body with an alternate way of working, other than sitting in the same position all day long.
Sit-to-stand workstations have benefitted individuals:
Which sit-to-stand desk is right for you? Check out our guide (PDF).
When standing, use a thick foam mat for cushioning the feet. Standing for long periods of time can be very hard on the legs and feet, but a good cushion underneath can soften the tension.
For many of us, the office environment is our second home. Creating a workspace unique to you will make you happier and more productive.
Sometimes the lighting in office environments is not the best, especially to those who may be sensitive to light. If you are experiencing headaches during the day, lighting may be a possible cause.
Surround yourself with things that make you happy and productive:
Temperature plays a big role in productivity; for many, the option to change the temperature gauge in the office is not available.
With so many distractions, it is easy to lose concentration and become frustrated.