On Stand-Up Desks
We’ve been using stand-up desks almost exclusively for over a year in the office. We love them. Even as we’ve brought on new people, they quickly grow to love them and can’t go back. We even have a great story about how we re-arranged the desks in a client’s office so we could stand. We got funny looks for days.
This new infographic, “Sitting is Killing You” has been floating around the internets this week. Read it, then I’ll share our thoughts & tips.
Infographic by MedicalBillingAndCoding.org.
Like I say, we love our standup desks. We have couches in our office for sitting but no more sitting desks. We just don’t need them.
- Get a good height. We started standing in cafés, where they had counters for us. They weren’t the right height, and you can tell. Find an appropriate height. Our favorite is about 40.5 inches.
- Get stools. You can’t stand all day, even those of us who have been doing it for years sit once in a while. Get stools that keep your hands at a good height so you can sit when you need to. I find that I sit when I’m reading something confusing or thinking deeply. Most stools are too short, so you’ll have to shop around.
- Ease into it. It’ll be hard at first. That’s ok. Have a stool or a sitting desk you can use while you adjust. It won’t take too long.
- You don’t have to spend money. We just propped up normal desks at first. We’d all love desks that raise and lower at the touch of a button, but you don’t need that.
Why do we do it?
Our team has reported that their backs feel better than ever before. Those without back pain say they feel better. I like that it lets me move a bit more, and that we don’t have to buy expensive chairs!
Standing is also a good outlet for frustration. You can quickly go for a quick walk, pace, or move about easier.
We wouldn’t go back. We love our stand-up desks!