What is the best office chair for my variable height desk?
So you’re all set up with a new varying height / standing desk, and you’re alternating between a standing and seated position during the day. Great work! But do you feel that there’s something else missing?
The popularity of height adjustable desks and workstations has led to the need for an office chair or stool that’s capable of movement, so that the operator – that’s you! – can take a break from being on your feet, without moving back to a fully seated position. But what kind of office chair fits this need?
Read more about selecting the best office chair for a stand up desk here
Why should I use a standing desk?
People who sit for prolonged periods during the day are prone to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even early death. Sounds pretty bad, right? Excessive sitting also burns fewer calories, with numerous studies showing a link between time spent sitting and weight gain and obesity.
Other studies have highlighted that standing during the day leads to improvements in mood, energy levels, as well as productivity, while also decreasing the incidence of back pain. Just one of these reasons should be enough to make you sit up – or should that be stand? – and take notice, but together they make a convincing case for why you should be using a stand-up desk.
Is an adjustable stand-up desk good for you?
The key to enjoying the health and productivity benefits of a standing desk isn’t so much in the act of standing itself, but rather in the added movement it works into your day. As a result, it’s important to alternate sitting and standing positions during the day, and to try not to be sedentary in either.
You see, it can often be difficult to get any meaningful movement while seated in a traditional office chair. However, by standing you introduce a greater opportunity to move around, even if it’s just from the ball of the foot to the toe, from foot to foot, or by bending slightly at the knees from time to time.
What height is best for my desk?
It’s important to work out how to set your sit / stand desk to the correct heights, as this will help maintain correct posture while standing up. Ideally, the optimum height is determined by your elbow height.
To calculate the correct height, stand up straight with your shoulders slightly back, and raise your forearms so that they are bent at the elbow and parallel to the floor. You should then raise the desk to a height that allows your fingertips to touch the keyboard or mouse.
While you’re at it, adjust the monitor height so that your eyes rest on the top third of the screen when looking straight ahead.
What are the benefits of a standing desk?
Stand up desks are all the rage, but have they earned their newfound popularity, or are they just another fad enjoying their 15 minutes of internet fame? We’re glad to report it’s the former, not the latter. You see, if you’re someone who sits at their office desk all day, or spends the night staring at their computer monitor, then a sit / stand desk could benefit you!
Read more about the benefits of a standing desk here
Can a sit / stand desk benefit my health?
Workplaces across New Zealand are making the switch. To what, exactly? Standing desks, of course! More people now than ever are changing up their working habits, standing up out of their chairs, and improving their health as a result. But don’t take our word for it! Numerous early research suggests that not only do standing desks provide real-world health benefits, but being stuck in a chair all day could actually be hurting your health more than helping it.
Read more about the health benefits of sit / stand desks here
How do I use my new standing desk?
Have the benefits we’ve discussed inspired you to ‘stand up’, take notice, and purchase a manual or electric adjustable height desk? Then congratulations! Before you set up, stand up, and start working, you should know that the switch from sitting to standing can take some time to adjust, which is why you should check out these tips, tricks, and techniques that will ensure you make the most of your new standing desk.
Read more about the correct way to use your new standing desk here