Choosing the Right Adjustable Desk for Your Office

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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  • What are economical options for rolling out sit-stand options at the office?
  • How can I ensure return on investment when I invest in stand-up desks?

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

4 Myths about Standing Desks Busted!

As scientific understanding of the human body has continued to grow, many surprising facts have been unearthed. One fact, in particular, has been shaking up the world of office work and that is the health consequences of long periods of sitting.

Of course, no one thought sitting for 8 hours a day was getting office workers ready for the Olympics but most people wouldn’t have anticipated that sitting would be dubbed ‘the new smoking’! Surprising or not, the fact that remains that extended bouts of desk-bound labour significantly increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, various forms of cancer, and many other health issues.

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A Simple Solution

Standing desks have come onto the market to solve this problem but their widespread adoption has been held back by some persistent myths. We’ll guide you through the smoke and mirrors to put your mind at ease about investing in this life and productivity enhancing technology.

Myth 1: Standing Desks Encourage Standing All Day

Standing all day actually isn’t the rationale behind stand up desks. In fact, extended periods of standing can cause problems for the lower back, legs, and feet. The healthy way to use a standing desk is to alternate sitting, standing, stretching, and breaks. According to Dr James Irvine, a healthy work day should cycle through 20 minutes of sitting, followed by eight minutes of standing, then two minutes of stretching and moving – ideally with short breaks every 30-60 minutes.

Myth 2: All That Standing Will Increase Employee Fatigue

Sometimes our intuitions simply don’t match with biological reality – because sitting is easier than standing, it seems like standing will be more tiring and sap workers’ energy. But standing intermittently – especially combined with active breaks and stretching – will actually increase energy, concentration, and productivity. Think about it – what makes you feel more energised, sitting in front of the TV for hours or going for a brisk walk?

Myth 3: Standing Desks Are Too Expensive

It’s true that standing and adjustable desks cost more than standard desks. But does that mean they are too expensive? Definitely not! For one thing, they are a superior product. Better products always cost more because you are paying for quality and additional features. Here are three more reasons why the cost of stand up desks shouldn’t turn you off:

  • The health and wellbeing of employees is important and better health will also reduce sick days and increase productivity
  • A more productive workforce will, in turn, boost your business long-term and help you balance your initial investment
  • Out models are capable of being used as a site to stand in most situations.

Myth 4: Standing Won’t Help Me Get More Movement

It’s true that simply standing still is not all that much better than sitting, but standing naturally encourages movement. Some things will come naturally, like shifting your weight or swaying to the music in your headphones. Standing will also make it easier to incorporate movement into your day. Sitting slumped in a chair and getting up and going for a brief work can feel like more of an effort. But if you’ve been shifting between sitting, standing, and stretching all day, it will seem much easier.

Invest in Your Team’s Health Today

Elevar provides a fantastic range of adjustable stand-up desks for the businesses throughout Australia including Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Cairns, Adelaide etc. Get in touch today and join the standing revolution.