Standing desks are taking the work world by storm.
However, if used incorrectly, standing desks can do more harm than good. So, we’re here to provide standing desk tips and hacks so you can get the most out of your new office furniture.
The hacks in this article aren’t just to do with the desks themselves. We’re taking it a step further and providing you with hacks that you can do yourself to make your life with a standing desk easier and to reap all the benefits they provide.
Although this might not seem like a hack, if you have your desk at the wrong height, it’s, quite frankly, useless.
The height of your standing desk is important when it comes to ergonomics and posture. If you have a standing desk but keep it at the wrong height, it can throw your posture off, which will undo any of the benefits that standing desks provide.
So, our first hack is to make sure that you have the desk at the correct height. Your monitor should be just below your line of vision, and your elbows should be bent at near-perfect right angles to ensure optimum comfort.
You can choose between getting a manual or a motorized standing desk. While manual desks are cheaper, if you can afford a motorized desk, it will make your life so much easier.
Some motorized standing desks even come with height memory, so you can adjust the desk to the correct height at the push of the button. This allows you to save the configuration of your desk onto the table, swapping between them whenever the mood strikes.
Using a manual desk is more of a mission because you have to physically adjust it to the desk height every time you want a change.
Investing in a large standing desk is great because it means that you can fit all your accessories on the desk without it getting too crowded.
This provides for a better work environment, and will result in you being more productive, and getting the most out of your desk.
Untidy workspaces mean you’re going to be spending more time shuffling around looking for things on your desk rather than working.
Although it may be a standing desk, we don’t recommend actually standing behind it the whole time you’re working. Rather, alternate between standing and sitting.
While standing is good for you and your posture, it brings with it leg fatigue, cramps, and it places a lot of pressure on your hips, knees, and feet if done for too long.
If you get too tired to stand properly, you’ll start slouching and lose the proper posture, defeating the objective of a standing desk.
So, the best approach is to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. This prevents fatigue, encourages productivity, and helps you to get the most out of your desk.
If you’re wondering whether a standing desk converter is worth it, the answer is yes. This is a cost-effective and convenient alternative if you can't afford to buy an actual standing desk.
Because standing desks are so expensive, many people can’t afford to go the whole hog and buy one outright. A standing desk converter can do the same job, and give all the same benefits of a standing desk for a fraction of the price.
Many people don’t know that if they keep careful track of their receipts and expenditures, standing desks are tax-deductible.
A lot of people won’t buy these desks because of the price, but if you use them solely for work, you can deduct some, if not all, of the cost on your tax returns. This makes it much easier to justify such an expensive purchase.
Depending on the floor in your home or office, standing desks can wobble if they’re on an uneven surface. This can be frustrating and cause you to lose focus on your work, or worse, your valuable equipment could fall from your desk.
Firstly, you need to know how your standing desk was made. Whether you have an adjustable or fixed-height standing desk will determine how you stabilize it.
We also recommend getting a desk made with a thick desktop, desk feet, and cross support.
The above will enhance stability, prevent wobble, and increase the longevity of the desk.
Anti-fatigue mats are useful when you have to stand for a long time at work.
These mats prevent fatigue by encouraging you to exercise your leg muscles, stopping them from locking in place. This increases blood flow and reduces discomfort whilst standing.
Rolling the bottoms of your feet with a lacrosse ball helps release the connective tissue in your joints that becomes tight.
This allows you to stand for longer stretches of time and be more comfortable while doing so.
Comfortable shoes make a huge difference in how comfortable you are at work.
Another useful idea is to keep a change of socks nearby so you can put on fresh ones halfway through your day.
Not only will this prevent potential infections and reduce foot odor, but keeping your socks dry will also stop you from developing painful blisters after being on your feet for so long.
We all benefited from using these hacks in one way or another. Whether your desk is uneven and needs to be stabilised, or you’re just not used to standing on your feet all day, there are a few simple steps you can take to make your life easier.
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