Our perception of the perfect office environment is constantly changing; new information is always being released on how best to enhance employee productivity and wellbeing, so it’s important, as an employer, to be privy to these trends. Standing desks have been a legitimate alternative to traditional desks for a few years now, and the demand is only growing. Writers such as Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemmingway and Vladimir Nabokov were all in favour of the standing desk, and recent studies show that a whopping 43% of people reported a large increase in productivity after utilising them, amongst other benefits.
What is a standing desk?
The standing desk is a relatively straightforward, yet effective, invention. It allows the user to work whilst standing upright. Also known as a sit-stand desk, most modern versions tend to be adjustable – so you can easily alternate between standing and sitting. Any potential accessibility issues can be remedied with a variety of accessories, for example an anti-fatigue mat if you tire easily, or an arm rest.
You really do get the best of both worlds with a standing desk. Office work is varied at times and you may prefer to reply to emails or notifications whilst sitting down, switching to a standing position when completing a group project or getting involved in a high energy brainstorming session. Users have complete flexibility to swap between sitting and standing at their leisure, improving both comfort and productivity.
How to use a standing desk
Using a standing desk may seem daunting at first, but it’s easy to get the hang of. You should stand fully upright, and avoid slouching. To maximise the benefits, it is important to maintain good posture, but also to remain comfortable while you work. A good standing desk should not distract you from your work, but rather help you stay engaged and productive.
How high should a standing desk be?
To efficiently utilise a standing desk, you should be aware of two key elements – the height of the raised desk and the duration you are standing for. Ideally, your desk should not be so low that it impacts your posture – that would defeat one of the purposes of standing – but also not so high that navigating and typing becomes a strain.
How long should you stand at a standing desk?
Whilst spending all day sitting may be detrimental to your health – this certainly doesn’t mean you should spend all day standing instead. Alternating between the two is most beneficial; a rough 1:1 ratio for standing/sitting will do the trick. If you work a typical 9-5, it would be advisable to stand for around 4 hours of the day, but make sure that you take a load off every hour or so.
Benefits of using a standing desk
Several studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods can increase your risk of chronic health problems, mainly heart disease and diabetes. Comparatively, the use of a standing desk helps you burn excess calories, can lower the risk of heart disease by up to 147%, and eradicates back pain caused by bad posture when sitting. Another study showed that 87% of those who used standing desks claimed they felt more energised, so if there’s any reason for you to invest in one, it’s surely this.
A standing desk may also be a more suitable choice for someone who finds themselves spending most of their day standing up, or alternatively, for someone who can’t find much time for exercise. Although you may not think it possible, there are plenty of ways to stay fit with a desk job – it’s all about understanding how to optimise your setup.
There’s little doubt that a standing desk can help to create a happier, healthier environment to work in, so why not take a look at our collection today? Get in touch with us to find out how our experienced team of office fit out experts can help match you with the best furniture for your business.
The sit-stand desk is thankfully becoming a more common sight in the modern office environment as the problems caused by extended periods of sitting at a computer become more obvious and understood. We supply an eclectic range of sit/stand desks, as they are commonly known, and here we offer some tips for ensuring their optimum performance.
Recent research that revealed the many health problems caused by sitting down for too long, particularly with little other movements, caused an instant call for people to stand more. This increased focus has ironically led to some people now standing up for too long – a practice that has its own accompanying health risks such as increased risk of varicose veins and atherosclerosis. As with many things in life, balance is the key.
Users of sit/stand desks should adjust their posture approximately every 30-45 minutes and in not less than one hour. Avoid extended periods of standing or sitting. What is the best posture? The next posture
Ensure that the desk is adjusted correctly. People have a tendency to set the desk too high, forcing a posture of elevated shoulders and increasing fatigue levels and injury risk. A safe working level is at or just below the height of the elbows at 90 degrees when the shoulders are relaxed and the upper arms resting by the sides
Sit back completely, allowing your chair to support you. If you have one, position your computer keyboard to around 2” above the lap and keep the elbows close to the body as you work
If budget permits, choosing a sit/stand desk with electrical adjustment is preferable to avoid cranking by hand
Be proactive – don’t wait for discomfort or pain to strike before optimising your workstation setup. Get it right first time and avoid stress later on
Please enjoy browsing our select range of sit/stand desks – or indeed take a peek at all our office desks. For more tips on optimal usage, call our technical team now or chat to us online.
Long periods of physical inactivity can lead to an increased risk of serious illness and even premature death, warns the report, before suggesting that sit-stand desks should be used in conjunction with more traditional seated arrangements.
Several health experts conducted the research that backs up the report, which was commissioned by Public Health England in partnership with Active Working CIC. This latter organisation is an actively-campaigning group of people whose slogan and aim is to ‘Get Britain Standing’. The authors of the report calculated that the average UK resident spends around 60% of their waking time in a seated position, rising to a worrying 75% of office workers.
Popularity of sit stand desking is increasing as office furniture designers respond to the growing need for alternatives.
This is the ultimate solution, allowing its user to work comfortably from a sitting or standing position as they wish. Clamping quickly, easily and securely to any standard fixed-height work surface, the versatile QuickStand can be used for either new or existing workstations. Expertly-engineered cable management systems combine innovative function with a clean aesthetic, creating one of Humanscale’s most impressive pieces of office furniture so far.
A compact, convenient height-adjustable table that features a unique and extremely reliable counterbalance mechanism, Float is designed to make everything easier, safer and more comfortable for the user. With one hand, you can easily adjust the height to what best suits your own ergonomics before enjoying the desk and its distinct lack of obstructive, uncomfortable crossbeam.
We introduced this brand new range from market-leading Senator Group in a news article back in January. By flawlessly incorporating several disparate elements into a single sit/stand desking unit, the Chemistry collection is described as a ‘future proof solution’ to modern office design challenges. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to office furniture design is thrown out of the window by Senator, who choose instead to focus on making office ergonomics a personal, individual matter.
Whatever kind of office desk you want, DBI Furniture Solutions are with you all the way. We are an independent company and so have the freedom and buying power to work with all of the major modern office furniture manufacturers to deliver the perfect bespoke combination of components. Call us today to find out more about how sit stand desks can positively change the way employees work while improving their long-term health.
If you want to stay as healthy as possible – then stand up. This is the advice being given to office workers, drivers and other employees who spend extended periods of time sitting down at their office desks which, according to recent research, significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes and cancer.
The study was carried out by Kansas State University and, led by Professor Richard Rosenkranz, looked into the sitting habits of more than 63,000 men aged between 45 and 65 in New South Wales, Australia. Though only men were studied in this particular research, the findings are also likely to apply to women.
Comparing men who remained seated for less than four hours, four to six hours, six to eight hours and over eight hours, the study looked into related health problems. Findings included:
Those who sat for in excess of four hours a day were ‘significantly more likely’ to report having one of a number of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or cancer
The chance of such a condition being reported increased as participants indicated a higher amount of time spent sitting
Results were consistent across factors including age, height, weight and level of physical activity
Professor Rosenkranz said: “We saw a steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat.. the group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk.” He then warned that: “A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure.”
This study adds to the large body of research that shows how sitting for extended periods can have dramatic negative effects on human health and wellbeing. Other studies have shown that:
Compared to someone who watches no television, someone who watches six hours a day can cut their lifespan by five years
People who sit for long periods have higher cholesterol and blood sugar along with a corresponding larger waist size
Less than 50% of adults meet the physical activity recommendations of the World Health Organisation
Sit-stand desks, a select range which will soon be available from our website, offer an ideal solution to the health problems caused by extended periods of sitting inactive. To find out more about this essential enhancement to office ergonomics, contact us now for exclusive information.