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The Best Tips for Using a Standing Desk

22 March 2023

So, you've purchased your first standing desk, and you're ready to elevate your workday.

But are there any techniques you should be using? Is your standing office desk as effective as possible? Not all users realise that there are some hacks to get more out of your desk. If you're ready to take your experience to the next level, keep reading. We've gathered all the hacks you need to ensure your desk complements your lifestyle.

Ready to dive in? Scroll down to find all you need to know about your height adjustable desk.

Measure to Your Body

One of the main perks of a height adjustable desk is being able to stand while working. This has numerous benefits, improving your physical and mental health. However, it's important that you retain a healthy posture while standing — and there are some easy tips to maintain this.

When standing at your desk, ensure your adjustable desk top is level with your elbows. To gauge this height, bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle and lift the desk until it meets this height.

After measuring this position, bend your arms to a natural position and then place them over the desk surface. Your hands should sit over your workstation/keyboard without any strain. If your wrists are inclined in any direction, continue adjusting your desk. This is to prevent injuries to hands and arms as you work.

Correct Your Standing Position

Working with a standing desk is a proven way to improve your posture. However, you need to identify a healthy position before you get started. If you don't, you might accidentally fall into the habit of working with a slouch, and we don't want that!

The best way to stand while using your desk is with your shoulders relaxed and your neck tall. Don't hunch up or bend your back but do slightly bend your knees to avoid locked joints or hyperextension.

Good posture while working is the key to future health, so take your posture seriously!

Keep Your Computer at the Right Height

If you're using a computer, consider using a monitor to make sure your screen is at eye level. Constantly looking down while working is unhealthy, and the top third of your screen should be at your eye level. Bending for over eight hours a day can cause neck pain, leaving you with bad posture and a sore neck — not ideal.

If you're a laptop user, you should consider adding a separate keyboard, mouse, or monitor to make your office desk experience more comfortable. Many platforms can be purchased to elevate your device, removing potential neck pain.

Standing desks provide a healthier workstation, but elevating your screen is an extra step you can take for increased comfort.

Keep Your Desk Optimised When Sitting

Height adjustable desks are great for standing while working, but they're great for seated work, too!

If you use your standing desk in a lower position, you need to make sure it fits with your chair height. For example, ensure your office desk isn't too low or high. You want your body to be in a comfortable position while working, so if you're feeling neck or arm strain from bending up/down, it might be time to adjust your format.

In addition to adjusting your standing desk, you can also edit your office chair to fit the desk. Ensure your chair seat is parallel to the base of your knees and keep your feet on the floor while working. This will help you avoid aches and pains from sitting for long periods.

Switch Between Sitting & Standing

When you purchase a height adjustable desk, you might be tempted to use the standing function all the time. Unfortunately, standing all day is also not great for your health — just like sitting all day.

Instead, the best way to work is to alternate between sitting and standing. It's recommended for standing desk users to switch from sitting to standing every 1 to 2 hours for the best results. Some users swear by the 1:2 method. This involves only standing one hour for every 2 hours of sitting. Work out what feels best for you, and don't push yourself if your body feels tired.

An anti-fatigue mat can help you if you're keen on standing. These specialist mats help to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort, ideal for anyone who wants to stand for over 2 hours a day.

The Takeaway

Are you curious about trying a height adjustable desk, or are you already a proud owner? We hope this blog has helped you learn more about these health-conscious office additions. Want to know more? Explore our standing desk information and options online here.