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Do sit-stand desks work?

Lee Moore

 

 

 

Sit-stand desks are the current trend in optimising workplace ergonomics with many raving about the benefits of frequent posture change. The question is, do they really work? And with so many options on the market how do you choose?

A sit-stand desk (also known as a height adjustable desk) is a desk that gives the operator the ability to adjust the height of the work surface with ease. This not only allows changes in working posture from sitting to standing but gives the workspace the ability to adapt to the ergonomic needs of the individual user.

Prolonged sitting has been identified as an emerging workplace health and safety issue with evidence demonstrating that it is linked to increasing rates of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, mental health, some cancers and even premature death (Safe Work Australia).Using a height adjustable desk to perform some work each day whilst standing has been shown to improve employee energy levels and productivity whilst reducing fatigue, the risk of injury and sick days.

Despite there being multiple types of sit-stand desks on the market, there are just two basic designs around which they are all based; one where the entire desk top is height adjustable, the other a gas assisted unit that is placed on top of a fixed height desk.

For those looking to try sit-stand working, a gas assisted unit placed on top of your current desk is a cost-effective option.

For those more committed to the practice, purchasing a height adjustable frame with a custom top can give your office a sleek, professional look. Height adjustable frames are available in a variety of sizes and configurations, from standard desks to corner workstations and pods. With regards to mechanism you have a choice of electrical, gas lift or manual options, each with their own height ranges with most allowing a maximum operating height of over 1100mm.

Ready to start shopping? We stock multiple types of height adjustable desk which are all available both instore and via our website.

Still confused? Contact us in store – we would love to help you find the best height adjustable option for your office.