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Standing Desks and Height-Adjustable Tables

Standing Desks and Height-Adjustable Tables

When it comes to ergonomic workspaces, standing desks and height adjustable tables offer the flexibility to stand during your workday, preventing the negative health effects that come with sedentary work. These height-adjustable standing desks are customizable and cater to the needs of your unique body for a work environment that feels like it was made for you.

A height-adjustable standing desk is a type of personal desk or workstation that can be adjusted to different heights to suit the needs and preferences of its users. It's also commonly known as a sit-stand desk or standing desk. The desk features a mechanism, which can be either motorized or manual, that allows the user to adjust the height of the table surface to their desired position.

Height-adjustable tables and standing desks are an excellent solution for people who spend extended periods working at their desks as they can help alleviate the health risks associated with prolonged sitting, such as back pain, poor posture, and decreased circulation. They are becoming increasingly popular in both workplaces and home offices, as people are recognizing the benefits of a more active and ergonomic work environment.

Benefits of Standing Desks and Height-Adjustable Tables

Height-adjustable tables are an essential component of an ergonomic workspace, promoting good posture and reducing the risk of discomfort and pain associated with prolonged sitting. By allowing you to adjust the height of your desk to suit your body, height-adjustable desks help you maintain proper alignment and reduce the strain on your back and neck.

Here are some specific benefits of working at a height-adjustable table:

Improved Ergonomics:

A height-adjustable table allows you to adjust the height of your desk to suit your needs and preferences, promoting good posture and reducing strain on your back and neck.

Improved Comfort:

Related to the above, height-adjustable tables allow you to set the height of your desk to suit your body, you can work more comfortably and for longer periods, reducing the risk of discomfort and pain. This is especially useful for people who may be shorter or taller than average: height-adjustable desks allow them to set the working surface at a height that is best suited for their body, rather than having to force themselves into uncomfortable postures to fit a standard desk.

Increased Energy and Focus:

When using a height-adjustable table, you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, which can help improve blood flow, increase energy levels, and enhance mental clarity, all of which can help you stay more productive and focused.

Reduced Health Risks:

Prolonged sitting has been linked to various health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. A height-adjustable table allows you to switch between sitting and standing, reducing your risk of these health problems.


A height-adjustable table provides you with the flexibility to work in different positions, whether you prefer to stand, sit, or even lean against the table. In addition to these benefits, height-adjustable tables also provide versatility and comfort, allowing you to work in different positions and for longer periods. Whether you prefer to sit, stand, or lean against the table, you can adjust the height of your desk to suit your needs and preferences.

Types of Standing Desks and Height-Adjustable Tables

As height-adjustable tables become more common and in demand, the variety of options available is increasing. These days, you can choose from many types of height-adjustable tables, including:

Manual Height-Adjustable Tables

These tables are adjusted using a crank mechanism, which can be turned to raise or lower the table. They are typically less expensive than electric models, but require more effort to adjust the height.

Electric Standing Desk

These tables have a motorized mechanism that adjusts the height of the table with the push of a button. They offer greater convenience and ease of use compared to manual models. Many height-adjustable desks also feature buttons that allow you to save certain heights as presets, so you can transition from sit to stand even easier.

L-Shape Height-Adjustable Tables

If your job involves using a computer for most of your tasks, but also requires paperwork or other office essentials, an L-shape height-adjustable table can be a great choice for you. This type of work often demands more surface area, which is where the L-shape configuration comes in handy. With an L-shape height-adjustable table, you can move the entire surface of the desk to adjust the height, ensuring that everything stays in place without disrupting your workflow.

Sit-to-Stand Tabletop Height-Adjustable Desk

These are tabletop attachments that can be placed on top of an existing desk to convert it into a height-adjustable desk. They are typically less expensive than full-size height-adjustable tables but have a smaller work surface.

How to Buy a Height-Adjustable Table

Choosing a standing desk and height-adjustable table can be a daunting task, but here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

Consider the type of adjustment mechanism:

There are manual and electric height-adjustable tables. Manual tables are generally less expensive, but electric models offer more convenience and speed. Consider which type of adjustment mechanism would suit your needs and budget.

Check the height range:

Ensure that the height range of the table is suitable for your height and working preferences. Our height-adjustable tables have a wide range, but it's important to check that the table that can accommodate your specific needs.

Look for stability and weight capacity:

A stable and sturdy table is essential to ensure safety and prevent wobbling or tipping over. Check the weight capacity of the table to ensure that it can hold your equipment and other items.

Check the tabletop size:

Consider the size and material of the tabletop to ensure that it can accommodate your equipment and provide sufficient workspace.

Check your options:

Some height-adjustable tables come with options such as cable management systems, adjustable keyboard trays, and monitor arms.

By considering these factors, you can choose a height-adjustable table that meets your needs and budget while providing a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.

Retrofitting Your Desk to Become a Height-Adjustable Table

Our height-adjustable table bases are compatible with our Classic desktops, so if you already have a Classic, Classic Plus, Elements, Encore or Signature desk and want to turn it into a height-adjustable table, simply purchase the base, and we can help you install the desktop onto it. That way you don’t have to purchase the complete table, especially if your quality desktop laminate is still in great condition.

What is the Best Height to Use a Standing Desk?

Choosing the right height for your height-adjustable table is important for your comfort and productivity. The height range of your table will depend on the number of stages in its telescoping legs. A 3-stage lift can provide greater height adjustability, which may be preferable for taller users. When selecting a height-adjustable table, consider its height range to ensure it accommodates both your sitting and standing positions comfortably.

Once you've found a table with the right height range, ergonomics comes into play. Your monitor should be at eye level to avoid strain on your neck and shoulders, while your keyboard and mouse should be positioned at elbow height to keep your arms and shoulders relaxed. Finding the perfect height that accommodates both your height and ergonomic needs may require additional accessories such as monitor arms, stands, or keyboard trays. Investing in these accessories can help create a comfortable and productive workspace you'll enjoy working in.

How to Maintain and Take Care of a Standing Desk?

Taking care of your height-adjustable table ensures it stays in good condition and functions smoothly for a long time. Most height-adjustable tables come with a laminate surface, which may be susceptible to watermarks and stains. By taking some preventive measures, like using coasters and high-quality pens, you can avoid these stains and maintain the surface's appearance.

It's also essential to protect the laminate finish from direct sunlight as prolonged exposure can damage the surface. You can use a dry cloth or duster to dust the surface and then wipe it with a damp cloth followed by a dry one for regular cleaning. Non-oil based polish can also be used if needed, but ensure that you wipe it off thoroughly.

For the base of the table, including the feet, telescoping legs, and under-frame, you can simply dust them with a dry cloth, avoiding introducing any liquid.

Storage for Height-Adjustable Tables

Because height-adjustable tables have a slim base profile, they don't typically offer as much storage as traditional desks with attached pedestals. However, there are solutions available that can help maximize your workspace storage.

Mobile pedestals can be a great option, as they can be placed beside the legs of a height-adjustable table, making office essentials easily accessible. When choosing a mobile pedestal, it's important to look for a low-profile option that won't disrupt the table's full height range.

Another solution to consider is the Narrow Pedestal by Performance Furnishings. This innovative pedestal attaches to the underside of the height-adjustable table and moves up and down with it, providing maximum leg space while still offering storage. The Narrow Pedestal also includes two USB ports for convenient charging.

How Long Should I Stand at a Height-Adjustable Table or Standing Desk?

Recent research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time can have negative health effects on the body, including back and posture issues, increased blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. In light of these potential health risks, many desk-bound workers who spend most of their day working on computers have turned to height-adjustable tables as a way to mitigate the negative effects of sitting. But how much standing is required to achieve ergonomic and health benefits?

According to ergonomic experts, standing for five to fifteen minutes every hour or at least two hours per day can be a good starting point. Incorporating standing into your daily routine can have immediate, short-term benefits such as increased blood flow, less fatigue, and improved concentration. Additionally, it can create a more comfortable workspace that can enhance your productivity.