Would you like your Office to look and feel professional and efficient, then perhaps a Sit-Stand Desk (know as a Standing Desk) would work for you.
“A Standing Desk is a desk for writing or reading while standing up or while sitting on a high stool”. The Standing Desk is expected to become “The Norm” in the very near future, as they have considerable health benefits, not least in relieving some of the stress associated with sitting all day.
Lakeland Furniture have recently added some standing desks to their offices. “Experts claim sitting behind a desk all day is bad for your health and advise people to stand for between 15 - 30 minutes an hour to get health benefits.” Said Ryan Lee, their MD. “It is felt that if you have a height adjustable desk, as a rule of thumb, stand about as much as you sit every hour.”
Standing Desks are made in many styles and variations, they may be specialised to suit particular tasks and sizes and weight of any equipment needed to go about your daily tasks.
The desks can be height adjustable to allow office and home workers to enjoy the ergonomic and health benefits of both sitting and standing at work. Using a Standing Desk can result in increased alertness and activity levels as well as promoting good blood circulation. It also helps fatigue, making it easier to focus on work tasks, improving focus, mood and productivity levels.
“Sit-Stand-Lean-Stretch be your Healthy Active Self”
Several Statesman and writers all wrote standing up including Thomas Jefferson, Charles DIckens, WInston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway.
It is possible to choose from a selection of Sit-Stand Solutions including a manual control, counterbalance control, and electric control. Standing Desks are the perfect alternative to fixed furniture, not only for the added health benefits they also offer flexible working conditions.
They work well alongside matching office storage and active seating for a complete office environment.
The best way to use a Standing Desk
Ergonomics are key.The top of your monitor should be at or just below eye level (make sure your head isn’t angled down) and your eyes should be 20 to 28 inches from the screen, keep your upper arms close to your body, your wrists straight, and your hands at or below wrist level.
The table height of a Standing Desk should be at or slightly below elbow height- basically make a 90 degree angle with your elbow. Your head, neck and torso should be in line, and your keyboard and mouse should be at the same level. Standing Desks can accommodate a wide variety of body types, some models reach 48”, with a sit to stand range, which is ergonomically okay for people up to about 6’7” tall.
Working at a Standing Desk
Standing Desks are frequently used alongside a Standing Desk Chair or a Wobble Stool, both are made with an adjustable height facility. Further accessories include a CPU holder and these under the desk mounts for your desktop computer are something of a misnomer.They don’t hold your “CPU” they hold your case and all the internal components.
The benefits for a Standing Desk are that the CPU holder keeps the cables for your monitor, keyboard, mouse and various gadgets at a constant height, alleviating tangles and the need for cable extensions.
Under desk cable routing is a necessity as standard desktop PC needs a lot of cables (to say nothing of lamps, chargers and other desktop accouterments) and adding in cables for powered desktop’s motors and controller don’t help the situation.
Mounting cable management gear to the bottom of your desk is a great way to keep things tidy. Long horizontal trays are good for surge protectors and big bundles of loose cables while velcro ties and plastic cable clips are good for individual cable runs.
Mini Surge Protectors complete the organisation of your desk as they’re great for adding small easily reached power outlets for laptops and USB charging cables to your desk (you would be very popular with other members of the office). One of the most important aspects of a Standing Desk is the overall stability of the desk when raised to a standing position.
If a Standing Desk is found to “wobble” they are not easily fixed - If stability is important then purchasing a Standing Desk that is stable when purchasing is important as the desks stability will impact your work. With all desks tested the two important motions are front to back rocking motion and then left to right wobble motion.
Choosing Your Standing Desk& Accessories
Monitor Arms, Anti Fatigue Mats, Cable Management and Storage. Making changes to your office space can be incredibly beneficial, allowing you to boost productivity, engagement and staff satisfaction levels, as well as refreshing the business, and of course increasing the health benefits of you and your staff.
There is a considerable choice of styles available for your Standing Desk - a White Desk creates a contemporary look and a feeling of space, while a Maple coloured desk creates a light, airy and modern look to your office space, and Beech coloured furniture gives the feel of a more traditional office space.
Small additional touches around the Standing Desk can make a considerable difference to the working environment, even if you wish to keep to a minimalistic look a well placed pot plant or print will create a soothing office space leading to more efficiency.
Creating a collaborative workspace around your Standing Desk will not only optimise productivity and creativity but also promote wellbeing and a positive healthy culture. Once you decide to work with a Standing Desk you probably are not going to stand up at all times, and therefore need to decide what sort of seat suits you best.
A popular choice is a stool obviously with a height adjustment facility. Lakeland carry a range of height adjustable stools that are perfect for these tasks. An “active stool” is another choice, this moves about on a pivot on the base. This continues the health benefits as the body has to re-center itself constantly to keep its centre of gravity, therefore using the abdominal and back muscles keeping them strong.
If you prefer a chair, there are a range of chairs which do work with a Standing Desk, choosing one with plenty of adjustment will support your skeletal movement, also armrest adjustment is important. If the chair is for a larger person, then a seat that can move forward and back to set the distance of the knees from the back rest is important.
Children and Standing Desks
Encouraging our children to be more physically active is a big part of school teaching today. The adoption of Standing Desks through schools is on the increase. A Standing Desk or two can allow a Teacher to help implement a notion of physical literacy in their students without adding to their workload.
The benefits shown appear to be many, from increased engagement, so more hands shooting up and more questions being answered. Helping students understand the benefits of movement and becoming physically literate will help create a suitable environment for learning.
As with anything there are Pro’s and Con’s to using a Standing Desk. If you have the space and the resources then a Standing Desk is highly recommended. Some days you may find you stand more than you sit - perhaps using the sitting down time as a break - other times you may sit for the majority of the time, but if you see a dip in productivity then stand to re-energise.
When using a Standing Desk to begin with it has often been a case of using an App to remind you of when to sit and stand, but after a while it is noticeable that listening to your body or going with the flow of work needs is enough to keep using the desk to regularly stand.
Standing Desks are for anyone who uses a desk. A desk has previously been thought of as a surface for doing work. Some are big, some are small, some cheap, some expensive, but a desk is a desk!
Although Standing Desks have been referred to as the latest “trend” in office furniture, just sometimes “Trendy” things are “Trendy” for a good reason, and we believe Standing Desks are one of these.
Ways to fight fatigue while using a Standing Desk:-
• Maintain correct posture
• Vary your standing position
• Get an anti-fatigue mat
• Choose your shoes wisely
• Vary between sitting, standing and walking
• Stretch a few times throughout your day
Some final thoughts aboutStanding Desks
• Choose a desk with easy adjustment for standing and sitting
• Remember that no single solution works for everyone
• Increase your activity level
• Change your habits at work.
• Standing Desks help to create a healthy and pleasant environment to add to you working day.