Since the typical office worker spends a great deal of their time at a desk, it's important to consider the ergonomic features needed to relieve some of the physical stresses associated with sitting all day.
A proper office chair with ergonomic features such as lumbar support, adjustable height and arm rests can provide many benefits. However, these merely relieve some of the symptoms without treating the cause. Ultimately, one of the best ways to reduce sitting-related issues is to stand up now and then. Standing desks may provide a long-term solution, addressing the issue at its source by creating an upright workstation.
Sit-to-Stand Desks Provide Versatility
There are many factors which make standing desks valuable in the workplace. Beyond ergonomics, one of their primary benefits is their versatility. Most sit-to-stand desks are adjustable and can be adapted to both seated and standing heights that are comfortable for a wide range of users. These desks use pneumatic, electric or crank mechanisms for adjustment. Pneumatic and electric desks are optimal for the office, with wider height ranges and quiet operation. Cranks are often more affordable and may be a better choice for single-user or home office use. Optional keyboard trays and monitor arms add even more versatility.
Offices can make the most of their square footage with streamlined desks that provide the basics for multiple types of work. A 30-inch depth is recommended, but stand up desks can be quite narrow, as there's little need for elbow room. Rolling sit-to-stand desks offer plenty of surface area, and their mobility can make a small space more manageable. There are also options for more permanently located standing desks, such as L-shaped units and those with built-in shelving.
Portable Standing Desks Maintain Posture on the Go
Outside of the office, there's a tendency to use whatever space is available and ignore ergonomic considerations. Portable stand up desks can turn nearly any flat surface into an ergonomically correct standing workspace for your laptop. Lightweight and adjustable, these units can be used at the office on top of any standard desk. They can also be used to transform kitchen counters, hotel tables, dorm room desks and outdoor seating areas into comfortable standing work spaces. Some models may also be used as ergonomically correct lap desks for use in bed or on the couch.
Ergonomic portable desks offer a tilting top to set the keyboard and monitor at a comfortable angle. Rubber feet with treads and sturdy legs provide stability on nearly any surface. Adjustable legs let the desk top to be set at a comfortable height. Legs that fold down compactly allow for convenient travel and storage.
The modern lifestyle makes it far too easy to ignore the body's need for an upright position. Sit-to-stand desks provide an easy and convenient way to change positions and relieve some of the stresses that a seated job can cause.
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