Looking to upgrade to a standing desk, or have you recently purchased one? Either way, congrats! A standing height desk is a great alternative to a traditional desk and they have many desirable features, as well as plenty of options available to choose from.
When converting to a stand up desk, it's easy to forget about or let the ergonomics part of it to fall to the wayside.
Below we've broken down some of the things to pay attention to when upgrading your workstation with a standing desk, so that you make sure you're working in a healthy working environment.
There is a lot to be said about how to sit properly in your office chair, but not so much about standing. Some tips on proper posture when standing by Focal Upright include placing your legs at shoulder width without locking your knees and slightly staggering your stance with one foot in front of the other.
The height of your sit stand desk should be adjusted according to your height. Set the height of your desk so that you're able to comfortably type on your keyboard without straining your neck or any other muscles.
Once you have your monitor properly adjusted, the setup of your keyboard shouldn't be far off. Make sure that your wrists are straight and sit comfortably on your desk.
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Make sure that your monitor is eye level. You shouldn't be straining your neck or your eyes to read what's on the screen. That means that your neck shouldn't be forced in an uncomfortable position and your eyes should at least be an arms length away from your computer screen.
Having multiple sources of light is also a good idea to keep you from straining your eyes. We recommend to let in some natural light if you can, as well as having a task light on hand in addition to office lighting, that way, if the office lighting is too dim, you can always use your task light as an additional light source.
Some standing desk accessories to consider include an anti-fatigue chair mat or a foot rest to take some of the pressure off of your feet, especially if you're standing all day.
In summary, while standing desks can be a great alternative to sitting, its equally important to pay attention to the ergonomics and health of it as well. If you're looking for more ways to incorporate ergonomics into your workspace, check out more of Focal Upright's office ergonomic tips here.