Living Your Healthy Work Life: How to Choose the Right Type of Standing Desk

You’ve probably heard this already but there is a mountain of evidence-based facts on how a sedentary lifestyle at work will negatively impact your health. You may very well be reading now because you know that it’s about time to take a stand and move on over to the standing desk lifestyle. Congratulations, you’ve made the first and most important step to a new healthy you!

While making the conscious decision to choose a standing desk is the best choice you could make, choosing the right sit-stand desk might feel a bit overwhelming at first. You are definitely in the perfect spot right now where we can discuss a few things prior to making your purchase.

The most important considerations you will need to think about will be adjustability, look and feel and cost.

Adjusting your desk – you have options


  • Would you prefer a desk which allows you to sit or stand?
    • These desks are perfect when following the “everything in moderation” rule. They are an excellent choice as you can choose to sit or stand at any time of day to stay productive at all times. One hour sitting and two standing perhaps or any combination of those in whatever way works best for you.

      Keep in mind that you can still do it with a fixed-height style of standing desk but you would then need to pick up a tall chair or stool to do it properly.
  • Is it easy to raise or lower your desk at any time?
    • Choosing a powered sit-stand desk with an electric motor can handle a lot of weight on your desktop. On the other hand, using a manual adjustment design means moving the desk much quicker. This may be better as it is faster to changeover to keep you moving.

      Regardless, check the design for cranks or buttons or locks. You don’t want too many to slow you down or additionally, any exposed mechanics that might pinch your fingers.
  • Will the desk be shared with other workers?
    • Obviously, the assumption is that at home, you will most likely be using it alone but just in case you aren’t or you are looking for one at the office:
      • It’s best to choose on with many height adjustment points from low to high.
      • The goal is to cover ergonomics for those just over six feet tall to those around five feet in height.

The Look and Feel Matters

  • Do you have a preference for converting a traditional desk to a standing desk?
    • If you don’t want a new desk or do not wish to do a complete rearrangement of your workspace, you can always consider using a Standing Desk Converter that will sit on top of your existing desk. This attachment is portable, flexible, and movable from desk to desk if need be.
  • How big do you want your desk to be?
    • Are you the type who spreads out your work? Maybe you are the minimalist type who barley keeps anything on the desk. Standing desks come in all sorts of styles and types. You will easily find one that caters to your workflow and space needs.
  • Is mobility a requirement?
    • If your work environment is one that involves moving the desk often, or if you will frequently need to go behind the desk, give some thought to investing in a desk with casters rather than static legs. This makes moving the desk painless and quick.

Budget cost

  • How much is your planned budget amount?
  • What are you expecting regarding the level of quality of the desk?
  • Ask about the warranty and how long it is.

Last thoughts

Yes, the cheapest desk is the cheapest cost, but don’t always choose that one. Invest in the desk that will give you the best value for the money spent. It is vital to consider the quality of the materials used to make the desk. In addition, it’s worth having a good warranty to back up the desk you are interested in.

If you are ready to GET HEALTHY even while working on your office, I encourage you to check out our selection of standing desks at