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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Searching For a Height Adjustable Desk

Doctors and scientists have long known that sitting for long periods of time can be bad for your health. Your body was meant to keep moving and, when you sit for too long, crucial bodily functions temporarily slow down or stop altogether. 

For example, when you sit for a long time your blood flow slows down, you burn less fat, and you produce more insulin. Those who sit for too long each day are at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as colon, breast, endometrial, lung, and uterine cancers. When the Apple Watch was introduced Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, stated that, “sitting all day is the new cancer.” While we feel this is an exaggeration, science supports a healthy mix of 45 minutes sitting and 15 minutes standing every hour throughout the workday.

This knowledge has created a a revolution in the workplace. Now more than ever, employees and management are beginning to understand the physical and emotional health benefits of standing while working. Beyond the health benefits, these desks allow your diverse workforce the ability to have a desk height that suits them while they are sitting. Meaning taller-than-average or shorter-than-average employees can sit at a desk that is the ideal height for them in their chair.

To support the need, there has been an explosion of products introduced that create a standing workspace, but not all of these are created equal. The two most popular options - height adjustable desks and sit/stand desks - are very different from each other, despite their similar functions. We will explain some crucial differences to help determine the best solution for you.

What is a Height Adjustable Desk?

Height Adjustable Desk

Sit Stand Riser Desk

Height adjustable desks and height adjustable tables have full work surfaces that replace an existing desk or table. They are either motor driven (sometimes by multiple motors), are crank driven or are pneumatic and move when a handle is depressed. Many varieties and colors exist and are even available in L-shape and U-shape configurations which appear to be standard desks until they are elevated. Height adjustable desks offer plenty of work area and accommodate monitors, keyboards and mice just like a standard desk.

What is a Sit/Stand Desk?

Sit/Stand desks or riser desks sit on top of an existing stationary work surface. They elevate using a pneumatic system or manually and have limited space on their work surface. They can accommodate a keyboard and mouse as well as a monitor but little to no space is available beyond that. Other items commonly found on a desk would remain on the stationary desk.

Considerations Between Sit/Stand and Height Adjustable Desks

While a sit/stand desk may seem like a good alternative to a more costly height adjustable desk, their downsides many times outweigh the upsides. If you’re thinking of seeing what it’s like to work standing up, consider the following information before deciding between a sit/stand desk or a height adjustable desk.

  • Since a sit/stand desk sits on top of of your existing work surface, it takes up a large amount of valuable space. Retrieving files or other items means bending over and finding them on your stationary desk. A height adjustable desk allows you to keep 100 percent of your work surface usable no matter if you are sitting or standing.
  • You may assume that a riser would be cheaper than a whole desk; but you’d be wrong. Risers often cost about the same as a new sit/stand desk.
  • Many standard desks are between 22” and 24” deep, but most risers start at 28” to 30” resulting in modifications to your desk or completely eliminating a riser as an option.
  • Sit/Stand desks are either fixed height or adjustable. The problem is that fixed height risers have a tendency to wobble, while adjustable risers move towards the user and push them away from their desk. Height adjustable desks, on the other hand, are inherently balanced and stable no matter the height.
  • Many risers aren’t very flexible and can either be in the up position or the down position. Sit/stand desks feature programmable preset heights and electrical controls that make dialing in the perfect height as easy as pushing a button.
  • Height adjustable desks can range in support from 325 lbs to 525 lbs. Finding a riser that can handle that much weight is not possible.

At Office Furniture Source, we believe in offering our customers as many options as possible. That’s why we have a variety of new and pre-owned height adjustable desks and sit/stand desks to meet your needs. Contact us today at 972-242-1700 to learn more about how height adjustable desks and sit/stand desks can help you work healthier and happier.

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