If you’re in the market for a standing desk for the first time, you’ll find yourself facing a wide variety of options, from add-ons for your current desk to desks designed exclusively for standing, to desks that adjust to accommodate both sitting and standing. So which option is right for you? There’s no single right answer to that. But we’ve found that most people buying a sit-stand desk for the first time can stumble into a lot of the same mistakes.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 6 of the biggest mistakes people make when buying their first height-adjustable desk. Keep reading to find out what they are and learn how you can avoid making the same mistakes.
Not Getting a Desk with Enough Height Range
Some people get so focused on having an adjustable desk that they don’t really pay attention to exactly how adjustable it really is. Regardless of whether you are sitting or standing, your desk should support an ergonomic work position throughout the day. If your desk doesn’t rise high enough or drop low enough to allow you to sit in an ergonomically correct position, then you shouldn’t buy it.
The majority of high-quality desks will accommodate people of an average height without much difficulty. But if you’re rather tall or quite short when compared to the average, then you need to take a little extra care when reading the specifications for a sit-stand desk. Do some measuring and see just how high and how low the desktop needs to be allow you to work comfortably in both positions.
Not Getting a Desk with Enough Depth
Pay attention to how deep the desktop is when you’re looking over the furniture specs. Don’t sacrifice on an appropriate desk depth just so you can get a standing desk. Typically, you’ll want a desk that is at least 30 inches deep in order to have ample room for your keyboard and monitor. If the desk is much narrower than that, you run the risk of eye strain from having your monitors too close, or discomfort while working from having your keyboard and mouse in uncomfortable positions.
It is also worth taking the time to measure your current desk and the distance from the front edge of your workspace to the computer screen. This will give you an idea of how much space you are personally used to working with. If you’re someone who needs their screens farther away, or who is more comfortable with a deeper desk, then it is worth looking for an adjustable desk that will suit these needs.
Getting a Desk with a Manual Crank
Getting a height-adjustable desk is going to cost you more than a regular desk, and some people try to minimize that extra cost by downgrading certain elements of their new desk. Usually, the first thing that they want to downgrade is the means of adjusting the desk; rather than opting for a motorized model, they choose to get one that adjusts with a manual crank, rationalizing that it’s not all that hard to crank the desk up by hand.
While adjusting a desk manually isn’t exactly a workout, it does take time and effort, and not many people are willing to put up with the hassle of manually adjusting their desk several times a day. So, they end up working at their adjustable desk in a sitting position, just as they would have done before, making their new investment completely worthless.
Yes, a motorized adjustable desk will cost you more. But for a few more bucks, you’ll find that you actually use your investment, rather than just putting money into a new desk that you’ll use exactly like your old one.
Not Getting an Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat
Having a standing desk is a great way to take a break from sitting while you’re at work, but standing takes a toll on your body too. Your feet will get tired, and your leg muscles will eventually begin to feel fatigued as well. If you want to maximize your investment in that adjustable desk, then you should purchase an anti-fatigue floor mat to go with it. It is a relatively inexpensive accessory for your desk, and it will make standing much more comfortable for you, allowing you to stay on your feet for longer periods of time and get more out of your new desk.
Getting a Subpar Chair
Some people think that, since they’re sitting less with an adjustable desk, it’s fine to get a subpar chair. That’s kind of like saying, “My commute is shorter now, so I’ll just remove the air conditioner from my car.” Whether you’re spending eight hours in your chair or four, your chair should be comfortable as well as ergonomically supportive for your body.
One of the primary reasons people invest in a height-adjustable desk is to reap the health benefits of standing for part of the day. What’s the purpose of making that investment for your body if you spend the other half of the day in a chair that causes back pain, neck pain, aches, pains, fatigue, and carpal tunnel? Regardless of whether you have a sit-stand desk or a regular one, you absolutely need a high-quality chair that is fully adjustable to fit your body’s needs.
Getting a Low-Quality Desk
Yes, an adjustable desk is more expensive than a standard desk or even a stationary standing desk. But if you’re making this investment, you shouldn’t cut corners and get a desk made of cheap materials with subpar manufacturing processes. If you’re making this investment, make sure it is one that will last. Maybe you can save a few hundred dollars by getting that low-end adjustable desk. But if its life expectancy is less than half that of a slightly more expensive model, then you’ve made a foolish investment.
So don’t make the mistake of getting a low-quality desk to save a few bucks. If you’re making the choice to invest in a height-adjustable desk, then ensure that it is a worthwhile investment that will last you for many years to come.
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