Are you in the market looking for a new standing desk? The high number of options available can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to get confused when it comes to finding the right desk for you according to your need. And because a standing desk is a big investment, it’s important to be doubly careful in picking any desk. Make sure you are properly guided as you make your choice.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the typical mistakes people make when in the market for a standing desk and see how you can avoid the same mistakes, ensuring that you get only the best desks for you.
Not looking into the motor quality
When you are shopping for an electric standing desk, it’s important to understand that much of its operation is determined by the quality of the motor it is equipped with. The most common motor options are single motor and dual motors, with the latter able to give more power in operating the desk.
We’re not here to tell you to pick one or the other, but we are here to give you basic ideas on which is better in terms of different features. As in many cases, “the more the better” applies in this case. This means that in general, standing desks with dual motors are able to carry more weight and move faster. However, electric standing desks with a single motor are generally cheaper. Apart from this consideration, it’s important to look into the brand and the quality of the motor—these determine how long the motor would last and how good the desk will be in handling its day-to-day tasks.
Choosing the wrong height range
Each standing desk has a specific height range, say between 23” to 49”. Most individuals will go well with the regular desk. However, if you are higher than most or are in the smaller spectrum in terms of height, the regular desk may not be fit for you, and you must find a desk that can go lower or higher than the regular height range.
Otherwise, choosing a desk that is taller or shorter than your height will likely result to you having poor posture and back pain.
Failure to consider the equipment they need to place on the desk
This point is related to a desk’s weight capacity. Some individuals forget to check the load capacity of a desk and end up putting on more weight on the desk than it can handle. The end result? The desk gets overloaded and is unable to move fast when it goes up or down. You may also experience wobbling and unsteadiness, especially in the taller height range. Lastly, this can cause premature breakdown of the desk.
When shopping for a new standing desk, look first into all the materials and equipment that you need to place on the desk. As much as possible, try and declutter—look for items you don’t actually need on the desk, and either discard them or place them somewhere else. The fewer the equipment on your desk, the better not only for the desk but also for your wellbeing. The less visual clutter means less distraction and likely more productivity for you. And, when finally shopping for the desk, check the weight capacity and go for one that will match the load you plan to place on it.
Not getting the right accessories to go with the standing desk
Some people make the mistake of thinking that a standing desk is all they need to go into the sit-stand lifestyle. Sure, in some cases it is all that’s needed. However, there are cases when you need some help to make the transition much easier.
There are different accessories available that can help you complete your ergonomic set-up. Depending on your need, you can choose the right add-ons to help make the sit-stand experience more convenient for you. Do you feel easily fatigued when you stand? Try an anti-fatigue mat? Do you experience problems with the angle and height of your monitors since you started alternating between sitting and standing? Check if a set of monitor arms can help? And of course, make sure you have a high-quality ergonomic office chair to pair your standing desk with.
When shopping for a new standing desk, keep all these things in mind to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes most people make. Find the right desk and enjoy the shift to a healthier, better lifestyle.