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Why choose a sit-standing desk?
Sit-standing desks, also known as standing desks or height-adjustable desks, offer great benefits for posture and may help to relieve back pain.
Research indicates that a change of posture from sitting to standing at regular intervals is much healthier than sitting for the whole working day.
Various studies have found a correlation between sedentary jobs and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neck pain and obesity, as well as an increased risk for certain types of cancer. But a standing desk can help combat these health risks if you discipline yourself to change position every 30 minutes or so.
Many back and neck pain sufferers report increased comfort from using sit-standing desks, and changing position regularly may improve energy levels.
A further benefit is that you burn more calories while standing up, and a height-adjustable desk may encourage modest weight loss and better regulation of blood sugar levels.
At Paperstone we sell a range of high quality, height-adjustable desks by Trexus which carry a reassuring 5-year warranty. The desk height can be adjusted from 660mm to 1310mm on all of these models.
When choosing a desk, decide on the width you require (1200mm-1600mm) and your choice of veneer - white, walnut, maple, oak or beech.
If you choose a sit-standing desk, it's recommended that you should begin by standing for two hours a day and build up the amount of time spent on your feet. There are a few people who can't use standing desks because of joint problems or other medical conditions, so if you're in doubt, check with your doctor first.
If you require more information on our sit-standing desks, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team by phone or email.
Questions when buying a sit-standing desk
Is the desk easy to adjust up and down? Choose the right solution for you: A powered standing desk with an electric motor can move a lot of weight on the desktop, whereas a standing desk with manual adjustment can move more quickly, meaning you’ll be better inclined to change your position as you desire. Check that the design doesn’t include a ton of cranks, buttons or locks that can slow you down. Or sharp, exposed mechanics that could pinch fingers.
Will you share the desk with multiple people? If your office uses a hot-desk system or runs multiple shifts necessitating shared workspaces, it’s essential to have a height-adjustable desk with a broad range of adjustment points from low to high. That way, a person who is 6’1” can use the same desk as a person who is 5 feet. An optimal range of 22.6″ to 48.7″ is suggested but it will depend upon the height and needs of the individual using the desk. If people are sharing the sit-stand desk then it’s best to find a desk with a large range. Some desks are easily programmed to different settings making them super easy to set the proper ergonomics every time.
Do you want to convert a traditional desk to a standing desk? When you don’t want to buy a full standing workstation, or completely rearrange your space, consider an attachment that goes on top of an existing desk. An adjustable add-on unit is flexible and portable, so you can move it from desk to desk, or office to office. If you invest in one yourself, you can even move it from job to job.
How large do you want your desk? Do you like to spread out when you work, or are you more of a minimalist with little extra stuff? Standing desks come in all sizes and shapes, so pick the one that best fits you, your equipment, workflow, and space.
What kind of environment do you work in? If you work in an office, you’ll probably prefer your desk to have a sleek, professional look that matches your décor. If you work in a lab or industrial environment, you’ll probably need something more rugged that holds more weight.
How heavy is your equipment? Each desk has its own weight restrictions, make sure the desk can handle your equipment.
Do you need your desk to be mobile?If your work environment tends to move around often, or you need to frequently access cords and cables in the back of your desk, think about investing in a desk with casters, to make movement quick and painless.
What's your budget? Of course, some standing desks are less expensive than others, but don’t be too quick to choose the low-cost option. When you invest in a standing desk, you’re investing in your health and well-being.
What level of quality do you expect? Consider the level of quality you’re looking for, and how long you want the desk to last.
Does the desk come with a warranty? If so, how long is it? A robust warranty and service package are nice to have in your back pocket, in case an issue comes up.