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.
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.
DIY Standing Desk
A popular DIY choice is to add a shelf like the following to the top of the desk. Both of these options are inexpensive ways to experience a standing desk without buying a proper desk. The first item is 14″ tall which for the average desk height of 30″ puts the desk at a total of 44″ tall, but make sure you get a mouse pad or something that the mouse can slide on. The second item is a little shorter at 11.5″ for a total of 41.5″, because of the color, I suggest getting a mouse pad for this as well, but that isn’t required.
Proper Monitor Positioning
Next we have to concentrate on the distance you stand from your computer monitor, which should generally be 20-28 inches from the screen. This insures that you aren’t leaning too far into the workstation and therefore keeping a posture which promotes a strong and muscular back.
The top of your monitor(s) should stand at about the same height as the top of your head. This should put your eye-level at about 3 inches down from the top of the monitor. By positioning our monitors this way, most of the focus will be put in the top area of the screen which is the most used area. Since looking down puts less strain on us than looking up, we have approximately 2/3rds of the monitor on a slight down angle. Again, an easy way to try out a standing desk would be to prop up the monitor on a smaller shelf such as this:
A Chair, If Needed
If you have a seat which you may have to occasionally call upon during those moments of lower limb discomfort the following tips as to which kind of seat to obtain would be very beneficial.
- 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.
If you are using a standing desk that is not adjustable, then consider getting a stool for those sitting breaks.