Standing desk tips: How to get started with your standing desk
How to build a healthy workspace that lets you sit, stand, and everything in between
If you’re thinking about an adjustable standing desk, or you’ve just made the switch, congratulations, and welcome! A desk that lets you sit, stand, lean, stretch—and everything in between—is a game-changing purchase.
Purchasing a standing desk is just the first step toward your new, more active work life, but no need to be intimidated. We’ve done the research, talked to the experts, and compiled the best practices on how to maximize your experience so you don’t have to. We’re here to help you customize for optimal productivity, creativity, health and fun. Whether your desk is already set up, or if you’re wondering how to get started with a standing desk, read on.
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How to use a standing desk: It’s really not about standing
A decade ago, when a scattered group of office workers revolted and got up out of their chairs, most of them just stood up and raised their desks to counter height. But standing wasn’t the panacea that those pioneers thought it was. We weren’t meant to stand all day, just like we weren’t meant to sit all day. At Fully, we believe in movement and listening to what your body needs. Our Jarvis Standing Desk is adjustable to the millimeter. You can sit, or sit a little higher. You can stand, or stand a little lower.
We encourage you to try it all. Just do what feels right, and aim for the expert-suggested advice to move every 30-to-60 minutes. When your new desk arrives, hit the button to raise it to standing height and try that for 30 minutes. It’s a big change in posture and perspective. Your office may seem different from your new standing workstation. Open your shoulders and look around. Listen to your body. For years, we adjusted our bodies to our desks. With a Jarvis, your desk adjusts to you.
So, with that in mind, how high should a standing desk be? Here’s what you need to know to find a healthy posture, whether you’re working seated or standing:
– You want your elbows to make an angle close to a 90 degree angle so you neither reach for your keyboard, nor hunch over it. This is really the only 90-degree angle you should feel inclined to maintain while working.
– Get your computer monitor up to eye level (more on how to do that below). Most people have theirs too low, forcing their back and neck muscles to support their hanging heads. And heads are heavy, accounting for 8 percent of our body weight!
– Make sure your feet are flat on the floor, or, if you like to sit up high like in a bar stool, support them with a footring.
And here are two scientifically-proven moves
for good posture when sitting:
Make sure your knees are lower than your hips, and that your hips are open. Instead of sitting with your hips at 90-degrees, aim for a 120-degree angle between your torso and quads.
While all of our chairs help facilitate sitting in this open- and dropped-hip angle, you can feel the difference even more by sitting on the edge of your seat and engaging your core to sit up straight. Yup, that back rest and those arm rests are just a crutch. These small, key movements will take pressure off your tailbone, make you engage your core, and improve your circulation.
When you find the seated and standing desk heights you like, you can use the Jarvis memory handset (that cool set of buttons that allows you to adjust your desk) to save them. Hit M and 1, for seated, and M and 2 for standing.
Standing desk chairs
Not your grandpa's office chair
As you can probably tell by now, we think sitting is A-OK when you do it right. Check out our Three Keys to Active Sitting, complete with our active chair guide, to find an ergonomic desk chair that’s right for you. Whether you want something more traditional or a chair that rocks, bounces and sways, we can help you sit with confidence.
Jarvis Monitor Arms
Mind your spine
We promised to talk about your neck and getting your computer screen at just the right height. Looking down at a monitor day after day collapses the natural curves of your neck and back and can compress the disks in between your vertebrae. So, it’s time to ditch that stack of books and try a monitor arm or shelf to get your screen right where you need it. Whether you work from just a laptop or a 4-monitor command station, we have options for getting your screen right to eye-level where it belongs.
Jarvis desk accessories
Power to the (tidy) people
Pop quiz: What is a grommet? A) A piece of rock-climbing gear; B) Wallace’s dog; C) A little kid who surfs; D) The little metal eyelet in your tennis shoes that the laces goes through. The answer is E, all of the above. In our world, a grommet is a hole in your desk near the back that funnels all your cords down in one tidy stream to the outlet in the wall. With an adjustable desk, you can’t hide your rats’ nest of cords underneath with those shoes you keep meaning to return. A well-placed grommet and a wire management kit keeps everything untangled.
We even have power grommets (I know, right?). It’s an outlet and USB plug all in one that means you’ll never have to crawl under your desk to find juice again. Are you a super neat-freak with a lot of devices to charge? For all you dongle-carriers out there, no worries, we have integrated USB C along with USB A charging ports. Consider a clamp-mounted surge protector. Don’t want your boxish computer on your desk or on the floor? Stash it underneath with a Buddy CPU Holder.
What about my stuff?
Regular desks have drawers built in. Adjustable desks don’t. Most people don’t miss them because so many of our old files are in the cloud now. But if you like paper, and staples, and you’re not ready to give up those squeezy stress balls you got at the software conference three years ago, we have some desk storage options for you. The most delightful one might be this drawer that attaches under your desk top. Also cool: this under-desk coat hook.