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Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Standing Desk

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Sitting for a prolonged time is terrible for your health so if you have to do a lot of work from your desk you might want to consider switching to a standing desk. These are not only a healthier solution but the people who started using them say that they are now more productive and fitter. If you are planning to buy your first standing desk you have to read this article first, as it will explain everything you need to know to make the right purchase.

Purpose built or add-on?

The first thing you want to consider is if you want to change your desk altogether or just get an add-on. If you like your existing desk and don’t want to change it, then an addition might be the best solution for you. This is also the case if you can’t afford a good standing desk, which can cost up to $1.000. If you do have the money and you’re not too attached to your old one, you can consider buying a standing desk.

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Adjustable or fixed height?

Now that you’ve decided to buy a standing desk you need to figure out if you need one that is adjustable or fixed height. The advantage of the adjustable is that you can use it both sitting and standing. This will be less tiring, especially if you have to work at it for 8 hours each day. An adjustable standing desk allows you to easily switch between standing and sitting, preferably every half an hour. 

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Price is again another thing to consider, as adjustable height desks cost more than the fixed height ones. Additionally, if you go with a fixed height desk you have to consider buying an extra-tall chair or a stool since you probably won’t be able to stand for 8 straight hours every day.

Electrical or mechanic? 

If you are going with an adjustable height desk, one again, you have a choice to make. There are 2 systems for setting the height: electrical and manual. The electrical one is more expensive but can also move more weight. The manual one is cheaper and can be moved more quickly. If you want to go with a manual one, make sure that the design is don’t have a lot of cranks and buttons, or sharp exposed mechanical parts that can pinch or cut. 

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What’s your price range?

Like we said earlier, a standing desk can cost a lot of money. Of course, some desks are cheaper than others but don’t be too quick to choose the less expensive version. When you are buying a standing desk, you are investing in your health, so you want to purchase a quality product.

What’s the raising power?

Electric adjustable standing desks usually have one motor, but a good quality one usually has two motors. This means that it has the power to lift more weight, usually over 200lbs, and can do it at a much faster pace, even 1.5” per second. If you are using multiple computer screens, or other heavy objects, you should consider buying an electric desk with two motors. 

How noisy is the motor?

The noise level of the motors is also an important factor to consider. Although at first, a noisy one won’t bother you, it will become extremely uncomfortable after only a few weeks. As such, you should consider investing in a desk that has a silent motor, preferably under 50db.   

What is the surface size?

Don’t skimp on desk depth, which is the front-to-back tabletop distance as you face the desk. A good desk should have at least 30”, which is usually enough for most users. Anything less will mean that the monitor will be too close to the eyes and cause discomfort. When it comes to width, most of the desks will have either 48” or 60”. Adjustable desks come in many different sizes and shapes, including L-shapes, so pick the best option for your work habits and needs. If you plan on using it only for your laptop, you’ll find desks that are just large enough to fit a regular size device.

Consider leg fatigue

If you just decided to switch to a standing desk, you need to keep one more thing in mind. A lot of people, especially when they just started using a standing desk, complain they get tired easily. You might want to consider also buying supportive shoes, a gel mat or adding a riser to support one foot while standing. If you’re just starting, consider slowly building up your tolerance by incrementally adding the time to stand. Also, you should switch from sitting to standing every 30/60 minutes.

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Now that you know everything about standing desks it’s time to buy one and change your life completely.

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