Standing Desk Height
If you want to get the most out of your standing desk, it needs to be set up to the correct height. This will help to make sure that no musculoskeletal problems develop as a result of you progressing from a seated posture to a standing posture.
Keep in mind that there is no need to try and stand all day. To learn about how long you should stand for, read this article here.
Another thing to consider is that there is no single formula that will allow you to set your standing desk to the right height. I often get asked in my capacity as an Occupational Physiotherapist for The Ergonomic Physio how high should a desk be for someone of "x" height. Leg length, torso length, and arm length will all influence how high your desk should be. So, the safest option is to not follow any formula.
Instead, use the angle at your elbow as your primary guide (explained below), and comfort at as your secondary guide. If it doesn't feel comfortable, then your desk is set to the wrong height.
Any range between 90 degrees and 100 degrees is fine for most people and it is fine if you find 90 degrees more comfortable than 100 degrees, and vise-versa. Problems can occur if you go outside of this range.
Note that in the photo to the below, my elbow angle is closer to 100 degrees than 90 degrees. I find this more comfortable than 90 degrees.
Neither of these compensations are conducive to an ergonomic set up.
Also, you are more likely to slouch forward if the desk is too low, which will lead to problems.
If you're an organisation and would like assistance in setting up the correct height for your employees' standing desks, or would like some education sessions for your employees, please fill out our ergonomic assessment booking form here, or contact our ergonomic and OHS partner, The Ergonomic Physio, here.