Working From Home? Consider a Standing Desk for Your Health
According to Entrepreneur Magazine, approximately 550,000 people become entrepreneurs every month. That means there are thousands of us looking to create the perfect work from home environment. From the health-conscious to the not so much health-conscious, we all want to create the best home office setup that meets our personal needs.
Although there are many benefits of working from home, there are also certain pitfalls to avoid, like sitting at your desk for long periods of time. Be strategic in choosing the right items to make your home office set up super efficient without compromising your health.
Since I spend a considerable amount of time writing and researching, my first important purchase was going to be my writing desk. And since it has been determined that “long-term sitting is the new smoking” I thought a standing desk would be an obvious solution.
After researching hundreds of home office ideas for desks, I decided to purchase a standing desk that could easily be converted to a sitting desk.
With the help of some friends, colleagues and a few ‘old pros’, I came up with a list of standing desk options to share with anyone who is running a home based business and needs some guidance in choosing the proper desk.
In this article I will share with you the features, the price range, the pros and cons of some the standing desks we tried out.
Let’s review some options:
Most standing desks are designed simply to alleviate your current sitting position to a more comfortable standing one where you can work conveniently. StandStand didn’t just create a standing desk, but designed a portable standing desk converter that is easily assembled or disassembled, especially for people that live in a small space and work from home.
This design also allows you to carry your desk with you and work on the go. The price range is from $25 to $425, depending on the material used in making it as well as the size.
- It is lightweight, durable, sturdy, affordable and easy to use
- It can withstand a weight of over 882 lbs. without breaking
- Best portable standing desk solution on the market
- It comes in different sizes between approx. 9.5 inches to 1’4 inches long
- The available work space surface will only accommodate your laptop
- No extra space for additional work items
- The design means your keyboard or monitor might be too high or too low depending on your height
You may get a bit of an arm workout with is adjustable standing desk from Devaise, which helps you reduce stress, relieve back and neck pain, but overall increase productivity.
Whether you are intending to stand or sit, Devaise may be the best home office desk for you. Furthermore, this desk comes with removable wheels, which means if you have enough space in your home, you can walk and work relieving stress in your legs and conquer fatigue.
At a variable height of 29 to 45 inches, the Devaise standing desk is truly a designer’s artwork and with enough space for all your office equipment. The laminated surface creates a smooth and gripping layer to stabilize your laptop and other office equipment from sliding off the desk. The price ranges from $200 dollars or more depending on where you purchase.
- The crank allows you to lower or increase the height by turning the knob at the side or front corner of the desk
- The removable wheel allows you to enjoy the desk in two styles – stationary or moving
- It is strong, durable and Eco-friendly
- It comes with a large standing pad for added stability
- The crank suffers wear and tear with continuous turning to adjust the desk
- Some people find assembly a bit difficult, especially with installing the crank
We all love the extra space to place a laptop and a computer monitor with just enough room for the keyboard, a writing pad and other office accessories to make working from home even more comfortable.
If you are looking for a large standing desk with enough space, this sturdy, and well-built standing adjustable office desk with two tiers will solve your entire space problem.
At 5 ft. 6 inches, this ergonomic set up comes with an in-built crank system for adjusting the desk without any pressure on your hand.
Overall, this desk is well-designed, elegant, and sleek, and just what you need for your home office, and at $349 dollars, you may never have the need to buy another standing desk.
- 60 inches long, double tier office desk
- Lower and upper tiers are adjusted separately to suit you whether standing or sitting
- Ergonomic design allows your hands and eyes to be at the right position to the desk for increased comfort
- It comes with wheels for movement across your space which can also be locked for stability
- The assembly manual is a bit confusing, and the screws are not correctly numbered making assembly a bit challenging.
Trying to upgrade from your regular office desk? Take a cue from VariDesk products. The standing desk will convert your regular desk into an elegant standing desk for increased comfort, productivity, and style.
The two-tier desk is designed to set firmly on any surface and has just enough surface space for all your gadgets (laptop, computer monitor and other items) while lower tier holds the mouse, keyboard and writing materials with room for other accessories.
- The desk comes already assembled solving the problem of reading a manual and putting the desk together
- It uses a dual handle mechanism and a spring-loaded boost to lift or lower the desk through the 11 height settings on it
- It comes in various sizes and heights allowing you to choose one according to your needs
- It is very sturdy and durable and can bear weights between 33 and 44 pounds
- It is a bit pricey at $395
If you are like me, you will love this desk, it’s simple yet innovative design allows you to work conveniently at home without bothering about space or weight.
It looks like a zigzag puzzle, lightweight and easy to lift and lower but that is not all, whether you are using it for your laptop or computer, the WorkEZ has a simple draw lower tier for your keyboard.
Although space is limited, you have enough room for your keyboard, mouse, and hands, of course.
- The laptop, keyboard and mouse stands are individually adjusted which is great for users
- It comes at a price of below $100 dollars
- Great setup when working in a standing or sitting position
- Durable, foldable and easy to use
- It could use more stability
- No workspace, but it’s okay for a small home office
When it comes to value, this desk over delivers. It’s height adjusting mechanism is smooth and easy to use. This standup desk looks modern and sleek and fits perfectly into any home or office space. The top of the desk has an extremely smooth feel and is scratch resistant.
One of the best features of the 71 inch Apex Desk is its stability even at the top position. The desk remains stable for the most jarring of tasks, including gaming! This means that a once health deteriorating activity is instantly transformed into one that promotes your well-being.
Another great feature of this electric standing desk is the fact that it has minimal wiring and comes with two grommet holes to keep your other wires clean and organized. Even people with multiple parts on their desks (dual monitors, speakers, etc) can finally rejoice. You have the ability to bunch up the wires and run them through the back of the desk, keeping everything neat and tidy.
- 71 inches wide and 33 inches deep provides maximum office desk space
- You can turn it from a regular desk to a stand up desk in a matter of seconds.
- Includes 2 motors and a 2-stage lifting mechanism which makes for a wide range of heights (29 to 48 inches) and 225 lbs of weight capacity.
- Scratch resistant tops made from MDF which is solid and dense laminated.
- A maximum amount of stability from the center beam which prevents shaking even at top heights.
- It is among the higher priced standing desk options, priced at around $630.
Now that you have read about some of the standing desks we tested, let’s discuss the health and ergonomic benefits of using the standing desks option:
The overall benefit of the standing desk
You must have heard by now that “sitting is the new smoking.” Whether you believe it or not, sitting for long periods does damage the efficiency and proper functioning of your body. Aside from the obvious which is your posture; sitting at a desk can cause chronic pains in your lower back and neck region.
If you’ve thought of a standing desk but never had the courage to get one, then you will feel more confident after knowing the reasons why they are the best office/home furniture for you. Here are some more reasons to consider adding a standing desk to your new home office setup checklist:
Improves your metabolism and circulation
Sitting for long periods has shown to reduce your metabolic activity levels, which lead to fat storage, slow circulation, and improper metabolism of sugars.
However, with a standing desk you are constantly moving your body, which reduces muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, and burns calories.
Standing allows you to keep circulation flowing, regulate body sugar levels, and also lower heart-related diseases like high blood pressure or hypertension.
Improves your Health Status
Standing desks are not designed for you to stand throughout the day, but to get you on your feet for at least 15 to 20 minutes to help eliminate the risk of sedentary lifestyle conditions like obesity, diabetes, and poor circulation.
A standing desk may not cure diabetes or obesity, but constantly moving around will help you realize the importance of fitness and being healthy. Moreover, standing desks are built as adjustable furniture, so when you are tired, adjust the desk to a comfortable sitting position.
Burn Calories and Lose Weight
Standing is not moving, but it takes a lot of energy to stand comfortably and while you think this will not help you lose weight, listen up. Using a standing desk can help you burn more calories than sitting does.
Standing too much and sitting too much are all bad for you, but the movement in between the two activities is what matters. Furthermore, standing can increase your life span; after all, if you are constantly moving up and down, you are making your body move… hence the healthier you are by using a standing desk.
The Ergonomics of the Standing Desk
Yes, they are good for posture, productivity, and overall health, standing can also pose some challenges if you are not correctly positioned. Below are some standing-desk ergonomic tips to help you get the best out of your desk.
Add a platform – A platform, sometimes called a Stand Up Mat or Anti Fatigue Mat, takes the pressure off your feet from directly contacting with the floor, which will tire you easily. The platform will also protect your feet by acting as a shock absorbing product.
Wear comfortable footwear – If you are using the standing desk at home, you can afford to go without shoes, which is very comfortable. On the other hand, if you are using a desk in your office, a comfortable shoe is a must. For ladies, heel and steep platforms will not cut it as it puts pressure on the heel or toes causing cramping and stiffness. Wear or bring comfort shoes to work with you for this purpose.
Raise one foot up – Standing on both feet is the best way to start, however, elevating one foot up on a footrest will reduce pressure on your lower back and keep you standing longer and more focused without getting tired.
Reduce strain on your hands, shoulders, wrist and upper back – Sitting does take its toll on your body, but sitting at a desk also means you are constantly stretching your hands toward your computer and keyboard, this activity strains your shoulder, upper back, and wrist.
With a standing desk, the surface is designed to hold your arm at a comfortable angle, keeping pressure off your arm joints since the desk is at a reasonable height to you.
Standing keeps you moving – Unlike sitting down at a desk, standing allows you to move from side to side, building a balance to where you are very comfortable, allowing you to stand longer. This constant movement also relaxes pressure on the knee, ankle, and hips to keep your leg muscles active and engaged.
The evidence showing the benefits and ergonomics of the standing desk on our body is widely disseminated, even though too much standing is not good for you; adjustable standing desks have proven to improve not just our postures but also our overall health.
If you are thinking this is another piece of furniture, you are wrong as this style of desk can be the difference between leading a more active life rather than a sedentary one.
The desks listed above are some that we tested; we do advise that you seek the help of an ergonomic professional to choose the desk that suits your height and the length of your limbs in proportion to the table.
Furthermore, if you are considering doing something about your current desk, these products are just to raise your awareness of the options that are out there on the market.
Moreover, a standing desk is comfortable with great ergonomic benefits for people whose jobs entail standing over an extended period.
Whether you work from home or in an office, this type of modern home office furniture is an investment worth taking a closer look.