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What Size Standing Desk Do I Need?

June 10, 2022

What Size Standing Desk Do I Need

While there are a ton of benefits to purchasing a standing desk, choosing the right size can be a tricky task. With so many options out there, you might find yourself wondering, “What size standing desk do I need?”

Well, don’t worry, because that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about. In this article, we will delve into all the different factors you should be considering. We’ll also show you exactly how to work out the right size for your standing desk. 

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What Is A Comfortable Desk Height?

A great way to see if you are using the correct height for your standing desk is to ensure that your keyboard and desk surface are both at your sitting elbow height when you are standing at your stand-up desk.

When you use your desk in the ideal way, your seat height should make sure that your shoulders are relaxed and your forearms are bent at an estimated right angle.

Considerations to make when choosing the right size standing desk

Seated Height Adjustments

Being able to adjust a seated desk height is another convenient advantage for a height-adjustable workstation but first, you’ll need to understand how to adjust your desk.

Most of the conventional seated desks are designed with a fixed height of 29 inches. This puts the keyboard at the perfect height for someone who is 6’4”, which is hardly the standard worker’s height. In order to meet the diverse needs of even the shortest and tallest users, you would need a  height-adjustable desk which can go from 22.5” to 48.5”.

What Size Standing Desk Do I Need

Eye Height

The general principle is that you want your eyes to be in line with the top two to three inches of your computer/laptop screen in both the seated and standing positions. 

For users who are shorter, make sure that your desk riser allows your computer screen to adjust accordingly while you’re seated in order to have a  small adjustable desk. For the users who are too tall when standing, a possible issue would be head and neck extension so you would need a  large stand-up desk.

You add 10 pounds of extra pressure to your spine and neck for every inch that you move your chin to your chest in order to look down. If your chin is directly touching your chest, then you are adding about 40 pounds of extra pressure.

If you already own a standing desk but it does not accurately meet your height requirements, then the most suitable solution would be to add a trackless keyboard tray which is ideal for standing desks that have a crossbar, as well as a monitor arm.

Typing Position

When you are in both the seated and standing position, you need to ensure that you are able to type in an L-shape meaning that when you are typing, your keyboard needs to be below your elbow. This is considered to be the most relaxed typing position. 

The correct  stand-up desk dimensions are 22 inches off the floor if you are 5’ tall. If you are 6’3” or taller, you should make sure that your table or desk riser is tall enough for you to type in an L-shape as well. You will most likely be extending your wrist if you are typing at a length closer to the waistband of your pants, which ultimately applies pressure to your ligaments and tendons.

Desk Size

As soon as you have found the perfect standing desk height range, you will then need to take the size of your work surface into consideration. This aspect will boil down to your own personal preference, as well as the type of work you do. The only thing you will need to make sure of is that you have adequate room for your keyboard, mouse, and hands.

Weight Capacity

This is generally an overlooked element, so you will have to ensure that your desk converter is able to handle the weight of all the objects you will be placing on it. It shouldn’t be heavy if you have a single computer screen, but if you are using two or three screens then the weight will definitely add up.

Weight capacity is even more important to keep in mind when choosing a  wall-mounted standing desk because you don’t want to run the risk of damaging your walls.

Tips To Adjust Your Desk and Computer Screen Height

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Desk Height

Always remember that your elbows and underarms have to lie straight on the table with your upper arms hanging loosely. You should try to have a 90-110° angle at the elbow, and you should try to sit with your elbow height parallel to the desk height.

Computer Screen Height

When looking straight ahead, you need to ensure that your eye height is looking directly at the top third part of your screen and that your computer screen is tilted slightly to a 10-20° angle. Also always be aware that each body is unique so these measurements should be taken as a guideline which would help you get started. 

You should always make sure that your table height is adjusted to the one that is most comfortable for you in order to achieve the most convenient workspace. Having an adjustable computer screen arm would also ensure that your screen remains at the optimal standing eye height in order to have great posture.

The Most Important Aspect of a Standing Desk

Having a fullyportable adjustable desk enables you to adjust the height of the desk regardless of who will be using the desk, or whether you are wearing a different pair of shoes. You should find one that is not only convenient for your working positions but also meets your need for flexibility. 

By paying attention to comfort and remembering to switch between sitting and standing, you will be able to settle on a perfect standing desk height.

If The Standing Desk Is For One Person

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  1. You have to sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, your upper arms resting at your sides and your elbows bent as though you are typing on your keyboard.
  2. You then have to stand up and take the measurements.
  3. Next, you will have to choose a desk that can adjust at least as low as your sitting elbow height and at least as high as your standing elbow height.
  4. For shorter users, if you are unable to find a table that adjusts low enough, you might have to add a footrest or an adjustable-height keyboard tray to your workspace.
  5. Lastly, you will also need to think about adding casters (wheeled devices) to your table as this will create a flexible work environment, and make sure that you keep the caster height in mind when deciding on your final standing table height range.

If The Standing Desk Is For Two or More People

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  1. You should follow the same instructions described above, but make sure you do it for each user, or at least for the shortest and tallest users.
  2. You will then have to choose a desk that adjusts as low as the shortest sitting elbow height and as high as the tallest standing elbow height.
  3. Lastly, if you are unable to make accommodation for a shorter user, you will need to think about adding a footrest or an adjustable-height keyboard tray to the workspace.

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