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Want a Great Workstation, but Not Sure Where to Start? Start Standing Up!

by Shannon C on July 8, 2013

The Human Solution's UpLift 900 adjustable-height desk

Our UpLift 900 series adjustable height desks are an affordable electric sit-to-stand desk option.

We couldn’t agree more with the first sentence of Adam Dachis’ recent post on Lifehacker: “You can’t have a great workspace without a great desk and chair.”

These two items are the very foundation of a good work setup. Although a desk and a chair are also going to be some of the more expensive items of furniture in your work station, they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and we have some advice for those on a budget who want to make the most of their money.

First, start with a desk. Dachis points out that people are looking for sit to stand desk solutions in increasing numbers due to a heightened awareness of the dangers related to sitting all day. As demand goes up for desks that are easily adjustable, more affordable options have been introduced, so the ability to sit or stand while you work is truly within your reach. We typically recommend going with electric adjustment over manual, because electric stand up desks offer quick and easy adjustments. After all, if you have a desk that is difficult to adjust, you probably won’t use it, and therefore, will not reap the benefits of your investment.

Since you’re no longer going to be sitting all day, you don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive ergonomic chair out there. But you should still look for something that has seat height and depth adjustment, decent lumbar support and a comfortable seat cushion, and you’ll be all set. When you tire of sitting, just stand up, and vice versa. Generally, we recommend standing for 15 minutes on the hour. So, for an eight hour work day, that would be 2 hours of standing total, but this can vary depending on several factors.

We also think you should take the advice of one of Dachis’ readers, who suggests checking out our website, TheHumanSolution.com, for great height-adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs. We have great options for every budget and space!

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Shannon C

Shannon is on the content and sales team at THS. She has previously worked as a professional ballet dancer and dance instructor, and really appreciates working in an environment where she has the option of standing or even walking on a treadmill while she works. When she’s not working, she loves to try to find new and interesting ways to stay active, cooking and attending as many theatre and dance productions as possible.

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