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How to Select the Best Height Adjustable Desk

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How to Select the Best Height Adjustable Desk

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Factors to consider when selecting a height adjustable desk
Height adjustment range comparison chart for electric desks
Height adjustment range comparison chart for gas or spring desks
Height adjustment range comparison chart for crank adjustable desks
Height adjustment range comparison chart for pin adjustable desks

Why consider a height adjustable desk?

Let's start off by discussing why someone would want a height adjustable desk. There are two primary reasons to consider a height adjustable desk.

1. To set the desk height to the correct height for the user. This is particularly helpful for shorter and taller users. People in wheelchairs also often benefit from a custom desk height. How tall the desk should be depends on the user and whether or not they are using a keyboard tray. Users without a keyboard tray will need the desk to go lower than those with a height adjustable tray. Consider a height adjustable desk for your children. It will grow as they do.

2. So the user can stand part of the day. Why stand? Research has shown for more than 30 years that sitting all day is unhealthy. In addition to adding to the obesity crisis, sitting is hard on the back. Additional concerns are poor circulation and after four hours, sitting can change the way blood sugar is handled by the body. Standing for an hour or two improves alertness and productivity. Dr. Mark Benden of Texas A&M University has done research showing that standing just two hours a day can help a person lose up to 20 lbs in just one year.

Factors to consider when choosing a desk

  • How high does the work surface need to be?
    • For sitting - sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, your knees approximately even with your hips (this is proper seated height). Your keyboard should be positioned low, in your lap so your forearms are approximately level with the floor when typing. If your keyboard tray doesn't let you do this, your desk may be too high. If your knees don't have enough room to move comfortably, a taller desk will be more comfortable.
    • For standing - we recommend the use of an anti-fatigue floor mat to reduce the stress of standing. Stand on the floor or the mat you will use. Your keyboard should be at the height that allows your forearms to be parallel to the floor.
    • Will the user only stand or sit and stand? We strongly reccomend that you trade off between sitting and standing. As we've all learned over the years sitting all day at your desk can be very harmful, but standing all day can cause lower extremity issues.
    • Which desk best meets my sitting and standing height? Please make sure that the height adjustment meets your needs or look at adding a keyboard tray. A seated person who is 5'0" will need type at 21.4" to 21.9" (depending on chair height) off the floor and 36.4" to 36.9" off the floor when standing. On the other hand a 6'1" person will type at 29.5" - 30" while seated and 45.4" to 45.9" Standing.   
    • See Height Ranges Below:
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    • Pin-set height adjustable desks are meant to be set and left and are not well-suited for frequent height changes.
    • Crank desks use a crank (usually removable) to set or reset the height of the desk. Crank height adjustable desks usually do not have the height range to accommodate standing, and frequent height changes would be inconvenient. Crank desks are great for multi-user situations.
    • Gas cylinder or spring-assisted lift desks are a newer design and can allow for fast and easy height adjustments without requiring any electricity. This type of desk is an earth-friendly option.
    • Electric height adjustable desks offer maximum adjustment range and are easy to change from sitting to standing height in a matter of seconds. Some models offer memory settings and/or digital displays for height.
    • Will the user be installing a keyboard tray? We recommend using a height and angle adjustable keyboard tray for maximum positioning flexibility for the keyboard and mouse. However, pedestal desks may not always have enough clearance to handle a full length track (usually 22"). Shorter tracks are available for many brands but using one will prevent the tray from storing completely under the desk. Whether or not this is a problem depends on the user.

Single surface or dual? Most users will benefit from a single desk surface. Bi-level surfaces offer a built-in keyboard platform that is height adjustable and sometimes angle adjustable (depends on the model). However we don't recommend these for most purposes as tilting the keyboard platform can cause everything to slide off the desk, and the front platform will not push underneath the rear part of the desk. This makes the main surface hard to reach for phone access or writing.

 Check out our section of height adjustable desks.

Height Adjustment Range on Electric Desks

Brand Height Range Legs or Pedestal? Memory
S2S Desk 23" - 50" 2 or 3 legs Yes. Standard
Idea at Work Proliftix 27.35" - 43.25" 2 legs No
Conset 501-27 22" - 48" 2 or 3 legs No
Conset 501-29 24" - 51" 2 or 3 legs No
Conset 501-19 25" - 46" pedestal No
ESI Rectangle Desk 24" - 50.5" 2 or 3 legs Yes
Ergoprise 2 Stage 27" - 47" 2 or 3 legs Yes
Ergoprise 3 Stage 24.5" - 51" 2 or 3 legs Yes.  
Sis Move 24" - 48" pedestal No
Sis Xtreme 24.5" - 51.5" 2 legs No
Sis Surf 2 22.1" - 48.6" 2 or 3 legs Optional
SpaceCo ILS 24" - 50" 2 or 3 legs Optional
Workrite Sierra 22" - 48" 2 or 3 legs Yes
Workrite Sierra HX 22" - 48" 2 or 3 legs Yes



Height Adjustment Range on Spring and Gas-Activated Desks

Brand Height Range Pedestal or Legs
Sis Move 26" - 45" Pedestal
Humanscale Float 27" - 47" Legs



Height Adjustment Range on Crank Desks

Brand Height Range Legs or Pedestal?
ESI Ergo 26" - 42" 2 or 3 legs
Idea at Work Proliftix 27.25" - 43.25" 2 legs
Mayline Basic 22" - 33" 2 legs
Right Angle NewHeights NC 27" - 47" 2 or 3 legs
Sis Move 24" - 48" pedestal
Sis Basix 24.25" - 52.25" 2 legs
Sis Xtreme 24" - 50" 2 or 3 legs
Workrite Sierra 22" - 34" 2 or 3 legs
Workrite Sierra HX 22" - 34" 2 or 3 legs



Height Adjustment Range on Pin Set Desks

Brand Height Range Legs or Pedestal?
ESI Ergo 26" - 42" 2 or 3 legs
Idea at Work Proliftix 27.25" - 43.25" 2 legs
Sis Basix 25" - 34" 2 legs
Workrite Sierra 22" - 34" 2 or 3 legs
Workrite Sierra HX 22" - 34" 2 or 3 legs

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Stand Up For Your Health & Burn Calories At The Same Time

It’s early January and by now you most likely have seen the increased number of commercials for weight loss.  Now counting calories is important; but if movement is not incorporated into your daily life, you are substantially decreasing your metabolic rate.

Now before you go out a purchase a membership to a pricey gym (which most people will stop visiting within weeks of joining) consider the use of a Sit to Stand Desk which offers simple ways to rev up your metabolic rate at work or your home office.  At Ergoprise we offer a variety of height adjustable desks.  According to Mark Benden, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M’s Health Science Center, “standing more is the single healthiest change most office works can make,” you burn 20 percent to 25 percent more calories versus sitting, and it can improve your posture.  Dr. Benden has documented his research that standing two hours a day can result in a 20 pound weight loss over a year’s time. How’s that for losing some extra flab without finding time or exerting the effort of a gym?  Please view this free whitepaper that offers research summaries of how to use standing to reduce healthcare costs and improve worker productivity.

S2S Bamboo

What we love about S2S Electric Height & Width Adjustable Desks is theamazing quality at an extremely affordable rate!What makes the line so unique is the fact the base has telescoping properties.  This means that the base can go from 48”-78” in width.  If the space requirements change the individual only needs to purchase a new top as opposing to buying an entire new desk.  This feature makes it quite green both from an environmental & financial perspective.  Other components include as a standard (this in an upgrade on other desks) a digital programmable readout with 4 presets.  Height adjustment from 22” to 50” (including the desktop).  The desk has a dual motor, 3 stage leg and moves effortlessly.  The desk can be purchased as base only, base with standard laminate or base with aluminum or bamboo top (both are particularly gorgeous).

TR800-DT3 Standing Desk Treadmill.On a recent episode of NBC’s RockCenter, Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic stated, “sitting isn’t pretty. The body’s metabolic engines go to sleep. The muscles stop moving all together and the heart slows. Then, the body’s calorie-burning rate plummets to about one calorie per minute — a third of what it would be if you were walking.  Insulin effectiveness drops and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises.  Fat and cholesterol levels rise too”.   Dr. Levine not only promotes the use of a treadmill at the desk, he personally uses one in his office.  An average walking speed set at 1.0 MPH at 0 degrees incline at a treadmill desk will burn 2.6 calories per minute or 156 cal/hr.  Just think about the ease of calorie burn at 2.0 to 3.0!

Get a jump start on an exercise resolution with the TR800-DT3 Standing Desk Treadmill.  This is a walking treadmill and console that works with most standing desks.  The compact console sits on your desktop and gives you easy access to the control buttons and workout readouts without getting in the way of your work. The LED digital display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance travelled and walking belt speed. In addition, this new console is Bluetooth-enabled so you can connect wirelessly to your Windows or OS X computer to automatically track results while you exercise. Once you’re done walking, sync your data with your LifeSpan Fitness Club account to retain your exercise history online. The console also comes with one USB port for charging portable devices.

Works With Your Existing Desk                                                                                                

The TR800-DT3 is designed to work with most standing desks. You choose the desk that is right for you and pair it with our treadmill and console. You pick the standing desk whether it has a larger desk surface, is taller or has special features, you can turn your desk into a walking desk simply and easily.

Well Designed ConsoleTR800-DT3 Console

The small contemporary design console is 12.9” long by 2” tall by 3.25” wide and sits on your desktop and is small enough to not get in the way of your work. The digital LED display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. The weighted console has a safety key that shuts down the treadmill when removed.

TR800-DT3 BluetoothBluetooth

The TR800-DT3 is Bluetooth-enabled to wirelessly sync your data to your computer and share with a specially designed app that sits on your computer desktop. Track your steps taken, walking time, calories burned distance traveled all on your computer screen as you walk. Once complete, sync your data with your online LifeSpan Fitness Club account to retain your walking history.

USB Charging PortTR800-DT3 Charging Port

The TR800-DT3 comes with one rear USB port for charging portable devices. Charge your iPod, cell phone or other USB device right on your desktop.

TR800-DT3 Intelli-GuardIntelli-Guard and Intelli-Step

The TR800-DT3 comes standard with two of LifeSpan trademarked technologies: The built-in Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your walk for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them. With the Intelli-Guard™, you no longer have to worry about leaving your treadmill running if you have to step off to take a call. When your foot no longer continuously strikes the belt surface for 20 seconds, your treadmill will automatically pause.  Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt.

For the ultimate Sit Stand & Move Solution, we recommend the combination of both the S2S Desk with the Life Span Treadmill with the models choices of the Premier S2S Height Adjustable Desk & Treadmill, the All Day Use Treadmill w/ S2S Height Adjustable Desk, and the S2S Economical Treadmill w/ Height Adjustable Desk.

We are available to provide assistance with any height adjustable desks & treadmill recoomendations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 877-907-8688info@ergoprise.com or via live chat.

Ergoprise:  is a certified, woman-owned, multi-brand provider of high quality office, mobile, and industrial ergonomic tools located in Austin, Texas. Through our showroomwebsite, and sales team we offer a broad range of ergonomic products that have been selected to provide individuals with a comfortable working environment that delivers an excellent return on investment.

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