Stand Up: How to Find the Proper Standing Desk Height for Your Size

Stand Up: How to Find the Proper Standing Desk Height for Your Size

Posted by on 19th Nov 2019

When it comes to standing desks, the appropriate height is necessary for maximum ease of use. Learn how to find the proper standing desk height here.

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According to a recent 2017 medical study, sitting for prolonged periods of time can kill you, even if you exercise regularly. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to use a standing desk at work. Finding the right standing desk height can eliminate most health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Sitting for too long can cause muscular problems, postural problems, affects your blood pressure and leads to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, most office jobs require you to sit still for long periods of time, not supporting your health whatsoever. Thankfully, researchers have come up with the standing desk.

So the problem is, how do you set up your standing desk properly so that you are avoiding the health problems of sitting and not hurting your back while leaning over a desk?

Keep on reading to learn how to adjust your standing desk height for ultimate comfort and productivity.

What Is the Appropriate Height for a Standing Desk?

The proper height for a standing desk will vary depending on who is using it, so there is no "one size fits all" approach. Therefore, it is very important to find an adjustable standing desk that can meet your specific anthropometric body type.

The desk should be at about elbow height so that your elbows are in a 90-degree angle from the floor. If you stand with your elbows perpendicular to the floor like a robot and measure the length from the floor to your forearms, this will tell you the proper standing desk height.

How to Test it Out

If you are standing in the proper position with your elbows bent, bring the table up to the height where your fingers are lightly touching the keyboard. If you have a computer monitor, you will need to adjust that height so that your eyes are gazing into the top third of the screen.

Some Points to Keep in Mind

Now that you know the proper standing desk height, you may want to alter it a bit to your liking, as everyone's ergonomic comfortability is different.

If you are not happy with your elbows in the 90-degree angle, make sure you put it lower, and not higher than 90-degrees. Putting the desk higher will add a lot of stress to your upper back, neck, and shoulders.

Your standing desk height will also change according to the shoes you are wearing so you may need to adjust the height daily. Keep in mind that since you are standing more, you will need to wear more comfortable shoes, or else you could be causing a postural issue or back pain.

An anti-fatigue mat is essential to prevent your legs from feeling tired because of more standing. Find one that works best for you.

Learn More About the Proper Standing Desk Height

Now that you understand how to adjust the standing desk height to your comfort, you can now show your co-workers the benefits of them adjusting their standing desks as well.

Keep in mind that if you are sharing the standing desk with another person, you will each have to adjust the desk each time you use it.

If you would like to learn more about standing desks, we have many articles on why sit-stand desks are a great transition for you.

Our team is more than happy to further assist you in your quest for finding the most appropriate Sit to Stand resource. 

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