Your 7-Point Checklist for Choosing a Standing Desk
The dangers of sitting all day have been well established. Everyone knows that sitting at a computer can cause bad posture and back problems, but it’s far worse than that. According to cardiologist Dr Martha Grogan, people who sit 6 or more hours a day are about as likely to have a heart attack as heavy smokers. With sitting having such a dramatic effect on your body, easy to see why standing desks are becoming more and more popular.
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Who Needs a Standing Desk?
If everyone in your office is tied to a desk all day, then you’ll need to outfit the entire staff with standing desks. But that’s often not the case. Staff members whose jobs involve a lot of time on their mobile phones can be up and about a lot anyway. Likewise, in an open plan office, you could create shared sit-stand workspaces that people can use as needed. Whatever the case, it’s important to consider the needs of your office and your budget before proceeding.
Once you’ve established that, here are 7 important points to consider:
What’s the Height Range?
It will depend on the height and needs of the individual using the desk. If people are sharing the sit-stand desk then it’s best to find a desk with a large range, such as the Elevar E-Series three motor, three leg desk.
Is the Desk Deep Enough?
The depth and shape of the desk surface are very important. It needs to be able to easily fit everything your employees will need to work. Generally 75cm is the recommended depth but more or less may be needed depending on the ‘footprint’ of the equipment, papers, and so on that needs to fit on each desk.
Is the Desk Noisy?
When sit-stand desks are noisy they are often not utilised for fear of disturbing colleagues. That’s why it’s worth investing in a very quiet desk, especially for motorised models.
Is Adjusting the Desk Easy?
There are numerous ways to raise and lower desks, from buttons that need to be pushed simultaneously, simple up and down buttons, and pre-programmed controllers with height displayed on an LCD screen, the latter being the easiest to use, from buttons that need to be pushed simultaneously, simple up and down buttons and pre-programmed controllers with height displayed on an LCD screen, the latter being the easiest to use, the latter two being the quietest, most efficient and easiest to use.
Is it quick?
If a standing desk takes a long time to raise or lower, this will give workers a strong incentive not to use it – and why would you invest in something that won’t get used? Make sure you choose quick models for your office by choosing from our range of fast, simple-to-use adjustable desks.
Can It Handle the Weight?
Every desk has its own weight restrictions, so make sure whichever desk you choose can handle your equipment. Elevar’s desks can support anywhere from 70kg to 150kg, so even the most lightweight will meet most needs.
Can You Program the Desk?
Some desks are easily programmed to different settings, making them easier to use and customise for each employee’s needs. At Elevar, we stock a range of desks with programmable controller App for the businesses in Australia.