Top tips for making the most of a sit and stand desk

Sit and Stand desks are becoming more commonplace in offices, retail, schools, colleges, and
libraries across the country. Whether you’re already using one or are looking at the options for
making your workstation, office, ICT suite or internet cafe user-friendly, here is some good advice
from one of the UK’s leading desk solution designers and manufacturers of integrated ICT modular
Sit and Stand desks.

These height adjustable desks allow office and home workers to enjoy the ergonomic and
health benefits of both sitting and standing while you work. Using an i-desk Sit Stand desk can
result in increased alertness and activity levels as well as promoting good blood circulation. It also
helps fight fatigue making it easier to focus on work tasks, improving focus, mood, and productivity
levels. Choose from a selection of i-desk’s electrically controlled Sit Stand solutions. Our Sit Stand
solutions have the option of integrating your IT within the desk and all have ‘invisible’ cable
management systems to hide all that cable spaghetti.

It’s not one or the other

Remember that it isn’t about standing all the time. Office workers may be on their feet in ever
increasing numbers thanks to a range of studies suggesting that staying seated for long periods
can be detrimental to health, particularly back and shoulder issues, however, you do need to sit
down as well as walk around at regular intervals too.

Staying seated slows down our metabolism, which affects our ability to regulate blood sugar, blood
pressure and break down body fat. This can lead to a range of health risks including weight gain,
type 2 diabetes and some cancers. However, this does not mean we should throw the office
chair away. We all need a good office chair because sitting down gives us a break and reduces the health risks from standing for a long time.

Studies on workers who stand for long periods, such as in retail, catering or industry, have shown
that standing throughout a working day can lead to lower limb problems, back pain and other

So, the answer is to use a good office chair and a sit-stand desk in rotation with one another
throughout a working day – and not to forget to take regular walking breaks too.                                                      


Stand up tall

Ergonomics are as important when using a sit-stand desk as when seated at a traditional desk. From a posture point of view, the same rules apply, so users should set their desks so that their arms are at a 90° angle from their bodies when typing. Monitors should be at eye height, ideally 15 to 30 inches away.  i-desks are height adjustable via an electronic switch built into the desk allowing you to set the perfect height whether you are sitting or standing.

Your “standing posture” matters. Physiotherapists often advise users to stand as if there is a balloon gently pulling their heads up, with their knees slightly bent. Backs should be in neutral alignment, in other words not leaning backwards or sloping forwards. Comfortable shoes are also crucial, as the soles of your feet will need support during these stand-up periods.

For wheelchair users the i-desk is the perfect solution.  The electronic up and down switch means you can adjust the height to achieve the most suitable desk and screen height for you.

Fit for purpose

Before taking the plunge on the latest sit-stand workstation or desk, check that it meets your specific usage needs. Do you have more than one device on the go at a time?  If so, look at models with a dual monitor set up that can hold a PC, laptop and/or tablet simultaneously. This will save you switching equipment around and enable you to work more quickly and efficiently. At i-desk we can also manufacture your desks in a variety of colours and finishes to suit your corporate environment – just tell us what you want!

Check the weight-bearing capacity of the workstations you’re researching, as these can vary. So if you have a large screen PC, big laptop and separate keyboard, find out if your new desk is designed to hold these weights.  i-desks are designed to support multiple screens and all of your IT equipment in one place.   

i-desks have power sockets and USB charges built into the desktop for your convenience with all the messy cables managed and hidden within the desk itself.  The modular design of i-desks means that you can have a stand-alone desk or many desks all linked together be it for a

classroom, lecture theatre or call centre.  i-desks are a modular design and can be configured to any space or environment.

At i-desk we are not interested in selling you just a desk we want to provide a unique solution that suits your requirement, increases productivity and provides a comfortable and enjoyable working environment for you, your staff, students or customers.

Think about what you want from your desk and i-desk will make your vision a reality!

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