You’ve seen the headlines and read the research on switching to a standing desk. You’re convinced. Sitting all day is bad news. You’re ready to make a change for the better in your own office. You’re ready for a standing desk!
Buying a standing desk is an investment in your health, energy, and productivity. You may wonder though how you will know which standing desk is best for you. One size does not fit all when it comes to office furniture. After years of working with people to find the right furniture solutions, we have put together six questions to ask to make sure you find the perfect standing desk match!
- How much do you want to spend? Standing desks vary widely in price and material. You can buy a stand that sits on your desk literally made of cardboard, a modern glass adjustable-height desk, or even a desk equipped with artificial intelligence to order your lunch and turn on the lights! You could spend $50 or $5,000 on a solution. Identify your price range first. If you’re looking for a high-quality standing desk that includes the ability to raise and lower it plus some other functional features, expect to spend around $450 to $600. There should be an option available to anyone who wants to vary their working position during the day.
- Do you plan to keep your current desk? If it’s time for an office remodel and you’re looking for new furniture, a full-size standing desk can be an awesome replacement for your traditional, sitting desk. If you are replacing your desk, be sure to invest in a new one that adjusts in height rather than one that stays at standing height. This way you still will have the option to lower the desk and sit when needed. If you do not have the flexibility of new office furniture, there are options for desktop risers that can convert your sitting desk into a standing one with relative ease. The risers are less expensive but are a bit of an incomplete solution as they typically fit only your computer.
- How much desktop space do you need? Do you need a desk that can accommodate multiple monitors, an ergonomic keyboard and loads of paperwork? Measure the amount of space you would like to have and then keep an eye out for a standing desktop that can work with your needs. If you plan to put a lot of weight on the desk, you may want to inquire about recommended weight limits. Some desks also come with additional features that can help you use space efficiently, including charging stations, keyboard trays, and cable organizers.
- Do you need cable control? Although we can dream of a time when we don’t need all those wires to keep our devices charged, that time is not here yet. Do you hate looking at a jumbled mess of wires that take away from your office aesthetic? When you’re searching for the right standing desk make sure to find out if the desk comes with a cable control system or a cable drop within the desktop. Cable control systems can keep your office looking organized and clean.
- What kind of floor will you be standing on? Traditionally officers were designed around people sitting in their chairs all day. As a result, no one paid much attention to the comfort level offered by the flooring in the office. When you make the switch to a standing desk, however, you will be keenly aware of the floor beneath your feet! In addition to wearing comfortable shoes, you should consider adding a standing mat to your desk. A standing mat has a cushioned surface designed to reduce fatigue and increase comfort while standing. A good pair of shoes and a standing mat can really change how you feel during the day while you stand. Your legs can get tired after standing for a long period of time, but if you have the right cushioned support, you’ll feel much more comfortable after a day of standing.
- Why do you want to stand? If you’ve been contemplating a standing desk for a long time, there must be a reason for it. Do you see your coworkers standing at their desks and loving it? Are you tired of the constant back and neck pain from sitting? Do you feel tired as soon as 2PM hits you and need to power through the rest of the day? If you’ve had any doubts about how a standing desk can help you, rest assured that it will. Standing desks have been proven to increase productivity, happiness, and health. In the unlikely event that you do not like switching to a standing desk, check out the return policy before you buy. How long is the return period? Does the company require you to pay shipping fees? Some companies have more generous policies than others so be aware of which ones give you more time to test it out.
If you’re ready to take a stand (literally) and purchase a standing height desk, these six questions will help you make the right choice for your office. You can see our full lineup of treadmill and standing desks here.