Review of Standing Desks for Women and Shorter Stature Users
Most standing desk manufacturers, re-sellers and product reviewers really do not consider the true ergonomics when designing, selling or reviewing. As a 5'3" CEO of Ergoprise it bothers me how women and shorter end-users are not considered.
When it comes to office workplace standard contract furniture, the standard height of most workspaces is 29" tall, which is ideal for a 6' user. Our goal is to review a number of standing desks and standing desk converters that will allow workers from 5' to 5'11" to type ergonomically in both the seated and standing position.
Potential Issues that we considered when choosing our best standing desks and desk risers for women and other smaller stature end-user:
1. Proper Typing Posture - Must be able to type in an L-shape in both the seated and standing position.
2. Perfect Eye Level to Monitor - It's important that your eyes are level to the top 2" to 3" of your monitor screen. The biggest issue for women is with most standard desks and desk risers you will be looking up at your screen in the seated position due to the fact that your work-surface does not adjust low enough. This is referred to as "head extension" this can cause headaches, neck pain and stress and other musculoskeletal issues.
Below we have designed an elbow and eye height chart that is calculated by your height. We will use these figures when review the best standing desks and desk converters for the female worker as well as shorter statured men.
Best All-around Standing Desk Converter for Women:
When it comes to desk risers 90% are ergonomically dead on arrival, this is due to the v=fact that standing desk converters like the FlexiSpot, Varidesk, VersaDesk, etc all add height to the already too tall worksurface. If you are on a 29" tall desk and 3/4" for one of these aforementioned desk risers and then your keyboard. The odds are you will be now typing at about 30.5" off the floor. That's perfect for someone 6'1" tall.
#1 - S2S Comfort Plus - Click Here to Visit
The S2S Comfort Plus was designed with ergonomics in mind. The keyboard tray and monitor mount offer independent adjustments which is imperative to adjust to your ideal elbow and eye height. The keyboard tray can adjust to 7" below the work-surface which is a net of 22" off the floor. It also can do a negative keyboard tray tilt if desired.
Below you can see 5’ women typing the seated position next to a 6'5" gentlemen standing.
#2 - S2S Sit Stand Workstation - Click Here to Visit
The S2S Sit Stand Workstation is virtually the same solution as the S2S Comfort Plus but its trays are all metal instead of MDF. The reason we ranked in 2 was the fact that it now only comes in the grey color.
Below is our favorite image of the difference between the S2S Comfort Plus & standard Varidesk type desk converter. Both tables are set at 29" tall. Notice on the left that she has head extension as well as having to lurch forward to type. On the right she is in a perfect typing posture.
The rest of the best all come from Health Posures & Ergotron, they are the desk risers that keyboard tray adjusts below the work-surface. All but the Ergotron TX adjust 4" below the work-surface which is ideal for anyone 5'7" and taller. Last to make the list is the Ergotron TX, it adjusts 3.5" below the work-surface.
#3 - Workfit-A - Click Here to Visit
We gave the Workfit A the third position due to it being an arm, it allows the end-user to push the arm away so you can work on your desk. All the other Ergotron's and Taskmate Go take over your workspace. The Workfit A has a static keyboard tray with a monitor VESA mount that has a vertical adjustment of 4.8". If you are a taller female user of 5'7" or taller the Workfit A can meet your needs.
#4 - Workfit-S
The Workfit-S was Ergotron's original desk converter. This desk riser clamps to the front of your desk and offers the following features: Keyboard tray adjusts 4" below the work-surface which would be 25" if using on a 29" tall desk. The keyboard also offers up-to a 7.5-degree negative tilt. Lastly the VESA mount vertically adjusts 4.8" like its sister unit the Workfit-A
#5 HealthPostures Taskmate Go
HealthPostures offers a model that adjusts 4" below the work-surface called the Taskmate Go. This model also offers independent VESA Mount (Monitor) height adjustment as well as a negative keyboard tray for additional comfort. The only downside is that it clamps to the front of your desk which takes away usable desk space.
#6 - Workfit TX
Over the past few years, I would never have even introduced a female user to any Varidesk type desk riser due to its ergonomic issues, but Ergotron has developed their latest TX model that makes it the design leader for the desk-on-desk converter.
Most of these are just plain awful for female and short stature users, almost all add height to the desktop and second monitor shelf is too tall causing head extension in the seated position. For the most part, Ergotron designed the TX model which made adjustments to both of these issues. The keyboard tray adjusts up-to 3.5" below the work-surface and the designed a lower second shelf that should alleviate any head extension.
Electric Standing Desks for Women and short statures
Over the past few years we have seen a huge spike in the economical Chinese made electric desks. They are usually offered in two-segment or three-segment legs. Most two segment legs can adjust as low as 27” which would be a net of 28” with standard tabletop. Three segments usually travel down to 24” with a new of 25” with tabletop.
We have added two desk lines that have been manufacturing standing desks for over 20 years. Workrite Ergo and Conset both offer desk bases that travel down to 21” that are ideal for anyone ranging from 5’ tall to 6’ 2” tall.
#7 Workrite Sierra Desk – Click Here to Visit
The Workrite Sierra HX Rectangular Electric Height Adjustable Desk has eliminated the lower crossbar that can interfere with knee clearance and under the desk accessories such as mobile pedestals or CPU holders. This desk with top adjusts as low as 22” tall for a 5’ user. It’s an ideal choice for large corporations that require their equipment meets ANSI/BIFMA and HFES 100-2007 standards.
#8 Conset 501-27 Desk – Click Here
The Conset 501-27 height adjustable desk series offers numerous sizes, greater weight capacity, increased travel and integrated anti-squeeze system.
The 501-27 is perfect as a free-standing desk or in cubicle applications and it exceeds the standards set by ANSI/HFES 100-2007 Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations guidelines. In short, this adjustable height desk will accommodate individuals from the 5th to 95th percentile by having a height range from 22" to 48".