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7 Things You Need to Know When Buying a Treadmill Desk

Treadmill Desk

Switching from a sitting desk to a treadmill desk is a great way to improve your health and lose some weight. Treadmill desks are expensive products so you want to make sure that you are buying the right treadmill desk. Here are the 7 most important factors you need to consider when purchasing your treadmill desk.

Type of treadmill desk

When it comes to desk type, you have 2 choices. You can either purchase an integrated treadmill desk or a standalone treadmill, which goes under your standing desk. Integrated treadmill desks come in various shapes and sizes, colors and height adjustment system (manual or electric). These usually come with a much smaller desk, appropriate only for a laptop or a desktop computer with a single monitor. If you buy a standalone treadmill, you have the option of picking a desk that is as wide as you want. Most people tend to buy a wide enough desk that can accommodate a treadmill and a chair at the same time, thus reducing the time and hassle of switching between the two. The disadvantage of the standalone treadmills is that sometimes they can’t be used with certain desks because of height issues. A normal treadmill has a height of 5-6 inches, so when buying one you have to make sure that you can compensate that difference by raising your desk. If you are unable to work at the optimal height, you will be putting unnecessary strain on your neck and back.

Floor space needed by a treadmill desk

You will need a lot of room for a treadmill desk, as both of the components, the treadmill, and the desk, are going to be pretty large. A spacious desk usually has 60 by 30 inches, while a treadmill will usually be 3 feet long, with a width varying from 38 to 70 inches. For the treadmill you will also need 3 feet of clearance behind, making the total length 6 feet. If you are planning to use a sit-stand workstation, you will need a desk wide enough to accommodate both the treadmill and the chair. Ideally, you will want to go for a 72-inch desk,

Daily usage

You should also consider how much time you are going to use your treadmill, before purchasing a model. On average, a home treadmill is going to be used between 1 and 3 hours. An office treadmill, especially a shared one, can be used for up to 8 hours each day. Figure out how much time you are going to use it each day, then purchase a treadmill desk that can handle that amount of usage. 

Treadmill noise

The level of noise produced by the treadmill engine is also something to consider, especially if you plan on using the desk in an open space office building. So consider investing in a quality treadmill will a silent engine. You will also want to make sure that it is equipped with a suspension system that can absorb the impact of your feet. A treadmill without a good one is going to make a lot of noise. Lastly, you’ll need to consider if you want to buy a desk with a treadmill unattached. If the two are connected, there is a risk of transfer of vibrations to the desktop surface.

Treadmill safety features

Everyone has seen at least one video of someone getting injured on a treadmill. These are the results of improper usage but they still show just how dangerous a treadmill can be if used incorrectly. 

Speed is the first important factor here, as you don’t want to buy any treadmill that has a top speed of over 4 miles per hour. You won’t be able to work at a speed higher than that. Also, this type of treadmill lacks side rails, so it is important not to surpass the 4 miles per hour speed limit, as it can lead to injuries, especially if you accidentally place half of your foot on the belt, while it is still moving, and the other half on the side of the treadmill.

You will want your treadmill to have the auto-pause feature, as this will ensure that once you get off, the belt will stop. Sometimes, people forget that the belt is still running and as they get on they end up falling and getting injures.

This brings us to another important safety feature, belt markings. You want to be sure that the belt has some markings on it so that you will be able to have a visual indication of movement.

Lastly, you will want to purchase one which is as close to the ground as possible, to make it easier and safer to get on or off. Also, you want to make sure that you are not walking at an incline, which, according to experts, can place a strain on your back and joints.  

Treadmill desk maintenance 

As it is a big investment, you will want to prolong the life on your treadmill as much as possible. You should carefully read the manual and follow all maintenance instructions. Most manufacturers recommend that you do cleaning and visual inspection of the treadmill once every 3 months. Depending on the model, you might also have to lubricate the belt.

Warranty and service

Always look for the treadmills with the longest warranty period. Keep in mind that for this type of product, manufacturers offer different lengths of warranty for parts. Also, make sure that, in case of a malfunction, the manufacturer can dispatch a technician to repair your product.


There are 7 key factors you need to take into consideration before buying a treadmill desk: desk type, floor space, noise, usage, safety features, maintenance, and warranty. Now that you know everything, you can go and buy your first treadmill desk and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer. 

Do you already own a treadmill desk? Tell us in the comments below about your experience using it. 

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