Time for an office revamp? If you are rearranging, redesigning, or upgrading your working space to improve your productivity, health, and overall wellbeing, one of the best ways to start is by installing a standing desk. It is a valuable investment that will not only improve your space but also your life.
A standing desk is an ergonomic solution designed to keep people active and moving throughout the day even as they continue to perform their day-to-day work. Its easy height adjustment allows for a smooth transition between sitting and standing, a lifestyle that is fast growing in popularity because of the health benefits associated with it.
If you are considering a revamp of your workspace and thinking about getting a standing desk as your first step towards the goal, then it’s time to take a look at certain factors to prepare for a positive lifestyle transition. Check out the following:
Consider the amount of space you have
Do you have a big enough space for a standing desk, in addition to all your other equipment? If you currently have a fixed office desk that you want to replace with a standing desk, you’ll be happy to know that most desks are not as bulky as traditional desks. You will find ones that come in minimalist designs, perfect for any modern space.
However, if your space is limited and a regular standing desk is not possible, then consider a small desk—not as big but as functional. You may also check if an L-shaped standing desk is for you. It’s perfect for corner spaces, so they won’t eat up the space in your entire room.
Consider the amount of equipment you have
Do you have multiple monitors? Paper files that need their own secure space? Are there specific items you want to have in your office but will take up space? Avoid clutter and avoid cramping your space with too many extra stuff—learn to declutter and to carefully select all the elements you add to your space.
Consider, too, the weight capacity of the standing desk—make sure you don’t overload it to protect it from premature damage. You may need a file cabinet and some neat storage to ensure you maintain a tidy space.
Think about your computer monitor or monitors
When adding a standing desk to your space, proper height setting is crucial to the comfort of your body and your eyes. If a big part of your job entails computer work, then a high-quality monitor strategically placed in your workspace is crucial to your productivity and wellbeing.
The monitor must be placed at a correct height, whether you are working while sitting or while standing—setting the standing desk to the correct height is crucial for this. The angle of the monitors must also be correct relative to your line of sight. Wrong angle can cause eyestrain, which can pose potential risk of eye problem. Lastly, consider the lighting in your space. When arranging the desk in your office, make sure you consider the lighting coming from open windows and your lighting fixture. Arrange the desk and monitor in such a way that you can work without getting disrupted by glare.
Check the overall ergonomics of your space
Ergonomics pertains to the entire setup and arrangement of a space, and this is achieved with several elements working together, starting with a standing desk. Apart from the desk, the following are elements your space will also need to keep it ergonomic and conducive to productive work:
- An office chair with high-quality lumbar support
- An anti-fatigue mat and a footrest
- An ergonomic keyboard and mouse
- A task light for specific types of work
- Noise reduction to keep your space free of disruptions
Consider your readiness for the sit-stand lifestyle
Apart from the readiness of your space, a key element in the transition to this lifestyle is your own readiness, both physically and mentally. It will take some time to develop a comfortable sit-stand cycle, and it’s a habit that you need to build over time. When you decide to try a standing desk and practice alternating between sitting and standing while working, here are some helpful things to consider:
- Maintain a healthy body with enough sleep, healthy eating, and exercise
- Approach the shift with a healthy and happy mindset
- Be patient with yourself—instead of aiming for perfection, aim for progress everyday
Considering all of these things when getting a standing desk and designing your workspace will help you prepare your space and yourself for a lifestyle shift. Keep it slow, keep it steady, and keep going.