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Standing Desk Basics: What you Need to Know

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By now, you’ve probably heard the bad news about how too much sitting can negatively affect your health. Therefore, you’re looking towards welcoming a standing desk into your life. However, you’re wondering “is there more to know?” Do you just…start standing? Jumping into anything without the right preparation and research can cause problems. This post will give you the basics on standing desks and will show you how to make the most of your new office tool.  

Why should I use a standing desk?

How long should I stand up?

While there’s a lot of agreement on the dangers of too much sitting, there are no hard and fast rules about how much you should stand. What everyone does agree on, though, is that it’s best to start slowly. Stand until your feet (or back, or legs) get tired, and gradually build your standing time. Try not to sit more than 30 minutes at a stretch and make sure when you do sit, it’s on an ergonomic chair. Overall, you should aim to stand for at least 2 hours out of an 8-hour workday.  

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What’s the correct height for a standing desk?

The rules of good ergonomics still apply when you’re standing up, so follow these guidelines when setting up your desk:
  • Set your desk height so that you’re able to type on the keyboard with your arms hanging comfortably at your sides and your shoulders relaxed. Your hands should be at, or just below, your elbow. Check out this desk height calculator for easy reference.
  • Put your keyboard and mouse close together at the same level. Your wrists should be straight while typing, and you can always use an adjustable keyboard tray to give you more mobility.
  • Set your monitor at eye level so that you’re not tilting your head up or down while you work. A monitor arm is a handy tool for this — and easier to adjust than a stack of printer paper.
Standing Desk Basics Read more about standing desk tips here and then talk to a Source Furniture Specialist about our standing desk options. Our electric and hand-crank options come in a variety of finishes, and they’ll all get your on your way to a healthier work day. Source Office Furnishings — Making Your Office Work Better!
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