Adjustable Height Desk Review: The Humanscale Float Table

by Will M on April 9, 2012

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Humanscale is responsible for making some of our most popular ergonomic chairs and workstation accessories. When someone is looking for a quality standard keyboard tray, we almost always steer them first toward the Humanscale 900 Keyboard Tray System for its ease of use and versatility. In fact, many of my conversations with customers eventually lead to Humanscale products. Oh, it’s a great chair you’re looking for? Take a look at the Freedom Chair. Monitor arms? Check. LED task light? You bet. Er, Mouse Mate? Why not? Just about anything you can put on or at your desk, Humanscale offers.

But what about the desk itself?

Sit-stand desks were the one area Humanscale had yet to go. So all of us here knew it was inevitable that they would enter the adjustable height desk market eventually, and when they did it would definitely be a product worth the wait. So it comes as no surprise that when inevitability became reality, the result was the Humanscale Float Table.

The Humanscale Float Table was so named for its work surface’s near-effortless ability to “float” from a sit to stand position without using an electrical motor or one of those cranks your great-grandfather used to use to start his car.  Instead, it uses a constant-force counterbalance mechanism that makes adjustment quick and easy. Other tables offer the same kind of one-hand adjustment free of pesky electrical cables or cranks, like the Steelcase Airtouch, but there are several features which set the Humasnscale Float apart.

For starters, its 20 inches of one-handed, tool-free adjustment is the best around for this type of mechanism. Also, it can handle up to 120 pounds of desktop weight, and that’s not even counting the table top. A table top, mind you, that has an optional width as big as 72 inches. (You can even purchase the Humanscale Float Base only and use another manufacturer’s desktop if Humanscale’s doesn’t fit your needs.) Also, despite its hefty weight capacity, there’s no annoying support beam to take up valuable leg space under the table. And for our more accident-prone customers, there’s a safety feature to keep the table from “floating” right into your chin when counterbalanced incorrectly.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of sit-stand adjustable height desks or tables, but for those who are a little late to the party, the advantages of being able to intermittently stand at your workstation are innumerable. Sitting for extended periods of time can cause circulation and pain issues, and standing all day isn’t much better. Having the option to go from a sitting to a standing position a few times a day can help offset a lot of future health problems.

I can also tell you from personal experience that using a sit-stand desk does wonders for your energy. I probably don’t do it as often as I should (it’s recommended you stand 15 minutes for every hour of work), but when I do stand at my desk, I notice an immediate increase in energy and productivity. We all use them here in the office, and all day long you can hear the hum of our electric sit-stand desks going up and down.

We’re already taking orders, for the Float, and they are currently scheduled to start shipping in May of 2012.  Humanscale’s proven track record has me excited to get one here in our showroom — I like the idea of having a few less cords to get my feet wrapped up in, and I like the simple design, especially the lack of a crossbar. And while my electrical sit-stand desk works great, it takes a little while to go from sit to stand and back again. I look forward to what Humanscale is referring to as the “next generation” of height-adjustable desks.

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Will Moore has been with The Human Solution since 2011, and currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his lovely wife Angie and their terriers Eli and Hannah. When not writing about or selling ergonomic furniture, he’s usually catching a live music show or watching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. He enjoys bacon, Pearl Jam, and sitting in a Steelcase Amia Chair when not using his desk’s standing capabilities (ah, the perks of working at THS). He is responsible for spearheading the very popular Music Friday at THS, in which a theme is picked and everyone plays a song in turn, culminating in the entire office ceremonially playing “Who Let the Dogs Out,” no matter what the theme, every Friday at 6 pm when we close.

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