Now that you are up and running it is essential to determine the correct height of your desk in order to maintain the best posture possible. It would be of little essence to use a Standing Desk should you be slumped into it straining your back, or straining up to reach it, so here we will establish the perfect height of your specific Standing Desk. Just to note, if you are looking for details on the proper height for a Treadmill Desk, don’t worry, the same rules apply.
For the video I used the Taskmate EZ 6400, a full review can be found here.
The height of your desk should generally be at elbow height. This means as your elbows are positioned at a 90 degree angle measure the distance from the floor. The desk should be built to this height.
The average desk height for those 5’11” tend to opt for a Standing Desk which stand at some 44 inches tall, but it all obviously comes down to your size and whichever height suits your needs.
Some may choose a slanting desk, therefore if the elbows are resting at 44 inches, the upper most part will be 48 inches while the center of the desk will be 46 inches.
So the rule of the thumb is generally that your elbows should naturally be resting on the desk at a 90 degree angle without having to strain or slouch.
An easy way to get the proper height with your current desk is by using a Varidesk. Here is a review of their two models: the Varidesk Pro, and Varidesk Single.
Standing Desk Mat
Once you have decided to purchase or build a Standing Desk, make sure you pickup a Standing Desk Mat as it will help you throughout the beginning phase become accustomed to standing and your feet will thank you. The last thing you want to have happen is to spend money on a nice desk and then not be able to use it because of foot/calve or back issues.
A Chair, If Needed
If you are looking for a chair which you may have to occasionally call upon during those moments of lower limb discomfort, the following tips as to which kind of chair should come in handy. Check this article where you can review a number of options for standing desk chairs.
- Obviously make sure that the chair is adjustable with regards to its height and tall enough so that your elbows can be raised higher than the work surface, while your finger tips are pointing down.
- The seat should have both a forward and backward tilt, allowing maximum versatility.
- A lumbar support should be added to the chair in order to maintain a good posture.
- The chair should also have an adjustable backrest.