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How High Should a Standing Desk Be?

Now that you’ve got your adjustable standing desk assembled, it’s time to set it to the perfect height so you can begin working in maximum ergonomic comfort. 

Choosing a sit-stand workstation is a good first step toward a more ergonomic lifestyle, but did you know that improper height settings on a desk can cause more harm than help while you’re working? Having the height of your desk set too high or too low can cause strain on your eyes, neck, and back.

Setting your desk to the right height is a crucial step to an ergonomically-optimized workspace. When your standing desk is at the proper desk height, you can benefit from reduced back pain, lower cholesterol levels, and increased productivity.  

So, what is the ideal height for your standing desk? Here’s a simple guide to discovering the best sitting and standing height when using a standing desk for you.

Standing Desk Basics 

Black Table Top Standing Desk with White Frame - Standing Height

Standing desks are known for improving productivity since standing keeps you alert while working, instead of forcing yourself to break focus from work to take a walk. The good news is, standing up doesn't mean standing still! 

While they’re called “standing desks," experts recommend that you alternate between sitting and standing while working. It's all about getting the appropriate amount of exercise, which involves enhancing circulation in the right areas. 

Switching positions every 30-60 minutes can help to improve blood flow and circulation, allowing you to be more alert and concentrated when working. This is also known as active standing, where your muscles can benefit from periodic movement by shifting weight from one leg to the other.

Whether you’re sitting or standing at your sit-stand desk, your feet should be flat on the floor in a comfortable position. If your feet don’t reach the ground when you’re sitting, try a footrest to take the pressure off your legs and lower back. 

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To ensure proper foot support while standing, use an anti-fatigue mat to absorb the impact of your stance and alleviate stress on your muscles and joints with a comfortable, cushiony surface. (When planning to sit for long periods of time, why not treat your body to Canada’s best ergonomic chair?)

Adjust your monitor so it’s 18-24 inches away – this will keep you from straining your neck and shoulders, and will also help to prevent eye strain. A monitor mount can come in handy for simple adjustments!

Most importantly, make sure it’s at the right height for you. Look out for electric standing desks with preset options so you can adjust your desk to the right height with the push of a button. 

But how can you find the perfect height for you? Read on and you’ll know just how to find that sweet spot every time!

What is the Proper Height for a Standing Desk?

The perfect standing desk height allows you to sit and stand with good posture, without straining any part of your body to do your work. 

Black Table Top Standing Desk - Low Height Setting

How to Achieve the Perfect Standing Desk Height for You

Let’s take a closer look:

  • Whether you’re sitting or standing, your forearms and wrists should rest comfortably on the desk surface. Your elbows should be bent at a 90 degree angle.
  • When you look straight ahead, the top one-third of your computer screen should be at eye level.
  • Your keyboard and mouse should both be on the same level, and within reach. Place them close to you so you’re not repeatedly reaching for things. 
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, on an anti-fatigue mat for the best support. 
  • If your setup includes a keyboard tray or adjustable arm supports, make sure they’re optimized so your shoulders are at ease.
  • Keep your wrists straight and in a neutral position to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and “computer elbow.” (Check out some elbow pain relief tips here!)
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When you’re setting up your standing desk, move the tabletop up and down to find the right height for you. Generally, the best setting will be somewhere around elbow height.  If you have a smart keypad, add the heights to the presets so you can set it and forget it. 

PRO TIP: Make sure you’re not leaning on your forearms while you’re working or locking your knees. Check out our tips on how to fix common standing desk mistakes!

Don’t forget to make small adjustments as needed. Factors like shoes, mats, and even small height fluctuations throughout the day can require you to change the height of your workspace. 

What is the Best Standing Desk for Tall People?

While some standing desks only go up to 44 inches, EFFYDESK standing desks boast an impressive 24” - 50” adjustable height range, making this the perfect option for taller users. 

This chart, based on data from the Cornell University School of Ergonomics, shows that people up to 6’5'' can use the Business Office standing desk, TerraDesk, or Corner Desk! 

Best Standing Desk Height for Tall People

Of course, exact height varies from person to person, so make sure you’re tailoring the height to fit your needs. But with a wide height-adjustment range and a smart keypad with presets, EFFYDESK standing desks are here to ensure a comfortable, ergonomic workday for everyone.

Work Smarter with EFFYDESK

EFFYDESK Standing Desk - White Table Top White Frame - Standing Position

A standing desk is a long-term investment for your health and productivity, so you want to make sure you’re choosing the right one that suits your needs.

Shop with confidence at EFFYDESK, as our desks are backed by an 8-year warranty, and our staff are just a click away to answer any questions you may have. We design, mould and deliver Canada’s top-rated Electric Standing Desk from Vancouver right to your doorsteps. 

Our award-winning ergonomic office chairs ensure that office workers are protected against desk job damage and are well-equipped to maximize efficiency and morale in the workplace — wherever that may be for you.

Browse our signature Standing Desks, Office Chairs and Monitor Arms designed to boost workplace productivity, so you can get more done, more comfortably. Claim your 30-day free trial today.

To learn more about EFFYDESK’s ergonomic products and services, be sure to check out our FAQ page or browse the blog archive for other helpful articles on ergonomics in the workplace.

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