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The good and the bad about desk converters

01 June 2022

If you are one of the many who has chosen to take the bold step of completely transforming how you work, you may have already run into some dilemmas. Do I go straight for a standing desk or will some active seating suffice? Or should I just take the plunge and get a desk bike?

There are many options out there at the moment, all of which provide an excellent alternative to a stale way of doing things that we have persevered with for far too long.

But one option that seems to straddle the best of both worlds is to purchase a desk converter from FlexiSpot. If you’re new to the world of converters, then read on for all you need to know.

What is a desk converter?

A desk converter is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to transform your old way of working into a better, more ergonomically minded experience. They can be placed on any desk and then raised and lowered to find the perfect height.

It can be used to create a standing desk or at its lowest height, it simply adds a little extra height when you are seated that can help to bring a monitor into your eye line.

Who uses desk converters?

Desk converters are used for a variety of purposes and mean that you can transform a traditional desk without needing to splash out on an expensive standing desk. They are perfect to use at home because they can be removed after use if you need to use the table for other reasons.

What are the benefits of desk converters?

One of the most obvious benefits is affordability, especially compared with a height-adjustable desk that costs much more. Our lowest-priced converter is the AlcoveRiser Dual X Desk Converters M8 which can be purchased for just £99.99 and comes with two separate levels.

Whichever desk converter you choose from FlexiSpot, all our models are easy to assemble and even easier to use. They are also conveniently portable and before you know it, that standing desk you have created can be once again a traditional desk to be used for other purposes.

What are the health benefits?

The health benefits gained from using a desk converter will be more or less the same as using a standing desk - but at a lower cost of course.

Sitting for extended periods, even if you’re using the most ergonomically designed chair out there, can lead to significant health problems. Musculoskeletal disorders are booming around the world and chairs should certainly take their fair share of the blame.

Standing for periods of the working day has been shown to burn more calories, reduce back and neck pain, and may even help to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. But that’s not to say we should be standing all day either, evidence has shown that those who do stand for long periods at work, such as bank tellers, often experience slightly different musculoskeletal disorders.

The answer is to move back and forth between standing and sitting throughout the day and with a desk converter, you can keep the chair tucked under the table and raise and lower the converter whenever you need a change.       

Are there any drawbacks?

Like any product, desk converters aren’t perfect, but often where there are drawbacks, there are slight workarounds.

Perhaps one of the most obvious drawbacks is that desk converters tend to take up a lot of the desk space. If you’re using a large monitor, keyboard, and mouse, they generally take up most of the room on the converter, which doesn’t leave a lot of space.

But while that might seem a negative to begin with, desk converters are designed to be as small as possible while still providing a good standard of support. It can be easy for papers, folders, and pens to start overflowing from traditional desks, but with a desk, converter space is at a premium and provides a much more minimalist approach.

Another problem that might arise is height issues. While all of FlexiSpot converters give a generous range between their height and lowest placement, for the very tall, it may not be enough. Generally, we say that our converters are perfect for anybody up to 6 ft 2 inches, but after that, we can’t guarantee it would be suitable.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the benefits of desk converters far outweigh the negatives. Considering their low price, excellent portability, and ease of use, they are a great way to transform your working environment into a setting that is healthier and even more productive.

We understand if you’re not quite there with standing desks, wobble stools, or desk bikes, after all, major changes do take time. But if you are looking to dip your toes and try something a little different, a desk converter from FlexiSpot is the perfect entry into an entirely new world of working.