Adjustable Height Workstations: Here to Stay or Passing Fad?

Trends come and go but some of the best fads never leave us. Adjustable height workstations are not new to the office furniture industry. On the contrary, these pieces of furniture have a very long and remarkable history. Leonardo Da Vinci is one of many famous people who are known to have used a standing height work surface. Da Vinci was a writer, scientist, mathematician, inventor and too many other great professions to name. He may have just designed one of his famous flying machines standing at his work surface.

However, as the days of cubicles may be passing us by and the collaborative workspace has begun to take over, the standing work surface has made a triumphant return. While most who use an adjustable height work surface cite health benefits there are many other reasons to make the switch. Check out some pros and cons for adjustable height workstations.

Pros

  • Keep up your energy level: Spending 8 plus hours working at a computer screen will eventually take a toll on the amount of energy you have throughout the day. Having the option to stand while completing work is a great and easy way to keep your blood flowing and your focus on the task at hand.
  • Move your metabolism: Standing has been shown to increase the speed of the metabolism over sitting. American Medical Association has stated that "Prolonged sitting, particularly in work settings, can cause health problems, and encouraging work places to offer employees alternatives to sitting all day will help to create a healthier workforce."
  • Increase productivity: In a recent study, workers who transitioned to a standing workstation have found that they are able to focus and in turn increase their productivity.

Cons

  • Laptop usage: The standing workstation is great for those who work on a desktop computer. However, if you use a laptop for business you may have to lean into the screen since the space between keyboard and screen is very small compared to a desktop. You may like the feel of your the keyboard that is attached to your laptop so an external keyboard may not be right for you.
  • Fatigue sets in: No matter who you are, you will get tired. If you get a standing only workstation, your feet can get tired. An adjustable height work surface, gives you the option to sit and stand throughout your workday, so you don’t lose steam towards the end of your workday.
  • No where to hide: While we should always be working while on the clock, taking a moment to ourselves is sometimes necessary. However, if you are standing all day, you are more exposed to your co-workers, and of course your boss. Furthermore, if you tend to eat at your desk everyone will see you chowing down!

In conclusion, we feel the benefits of using an adjustable height workstation, outweighs the cons. If you are in the Bay Area, contact us today to find the right standing desk for you. 

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