Are Fixed Height Desks Ergonomic?
May 17, 2022
The longer you sit while working, the more likely your pace of work and chain of thoughts will be affected.
But there's this fuss about fixed height desks. Are they ergonomic? Will they improve your work-life? Let's cut to the chase as we solve these mysteries.
The Science of Work: Why Ergonomics Matter
You see, life evolves, and the corporate world follows the trend.
And there lies the problem - many office workers want to keep in touch with this evolution, but they don't know how to.
That's because they've not gotten something right - the key that unlocks a rich work-life is ergonomics.
What's special in ergonomics?
Ergonomics means human engineering, and the idea is to make sure your office perfectly aligns with your body.
It also helps in reducing your risks of eye strain, neck pain, and upper and lower back pain.
If you could follow the ergonomics rules, you can bid farewell to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
That's not all; ergonomics can boost the quality of your output at work and make you more productive.
By ensuring everything you use is fit and proper, you're investing in yourself by making your daily workload lighter and staying strong at work. Isn't that inspiring?
The beauty's that you don't have to wait for your employer to get it done.
You can do it for yourself.
Pros and Cons of Fixed Height Desks
Focusing on the benefits alone is not enough if you plan to get a standing height desk.
Why are we recommending fixed-height desks when you can get a regular work desk? Are there any drawbacks you should know? You're about to find out.
Pros of Fixed Height Desks
You'll be free from sitting-related health complications like migraine, lower back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain.
Sitting all day saps your energy, but a fixed-height desk will shield you from such an experience. That means you'll have your productivity leveled up and enthusiasm and focus improved.
It's way easier to engage or interact with your colleagues. A standing desk allows you to be at eye level with everyone in the room.
It's a big bonus when you're working on a collective project. You don't have to leave your space when everybody's trying to get out of their regular table and chair.
You'll be motivated to move around the office. Sitting all day isn't cool for your health, and you'll need to take breaks at intervals.
Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Cons of Fixed Height Desks
Fixed height desks aren't without some downsides. Let's get to it.
It might be inconvenient and boring the first time you switch from a traditional work desk to a fixed height.
Although it's a matter of time for you to adapt to standing, what if you work for long hours? It'll be not easy to stand all through 9-12 working hours conveniently.
Depending on your workplace, you may notice that a fixed-height desk exposes you to everyone in the room.
If you work in an open office, you'll understand this better. Even when you use a cubicle setup (with low walls), pairing it with a standing desk doesn't give enough privacy.
How to Maximize the Ergonomics in Fixed Height Desks
Did you know that a fixed-height desk is one piece of the office ergonomics puzzle? Or you don't even know that office ergonomics is a puzzle?
When you want to play a puzzle game, you must obey ALL the rules. That's the same idea; you don't focus on the desk's height alone.
Well, you may end up with the wrong desk. What do you have to do to be on the safe side?
We've compiled some key factors that you'll need to complete the puzzle. And that's your cocksure way to maximize your office work-life and make it more satisfying.
Let's get started.
Identify Your Desirable Desk Height
Above is a simple desk chart for your ideal sitting and standing desk heights. This will help you determine the perfect ergonomic fixed-height desk for your workplace.
But there's a principle you should always remember - your elbows and underarms should lie perfectly on the desk's surface.
If you could ensure that, you're halfway done solving the puzzle and saved from straining your neck!
Consider the Desk Size and Available Work Space
You should ask yourself, why do you need this desk? Do you want to add a few items like your PC and a lamp? Or all your paperwork and other electronic gadgets will be on it?
That means the desk size you should get lies in your needs. We suggest you get a small-sized desk if you have a few items to put on it.
This will give you enough space for other activities, office furniture, or accessories.
If you're like most of us who stock our desks with all sorts of items, which is cool, you'll be glad that you get a desk with a very spacious surface area.
You can put your framed family photos, files cabinet, coffee cup, and other items there.
Since you don't know what tomorrow holds and can't expand your desk size, it'll be in your best interest to get a desk larger than what you think fits your current need.
You should also check the dimensions of your available office space to determine whether your preferred desk will fit in.
You can do some measurements earlier because it won't be funny if your fixed-height desk is delivered and unboxed but doesn't fit the available space.
Pair with a Standing Desk Converter
You should know that working for long hours is here to stay. You're now left to decide whether you want this rigid work-life to have a toll on your body.
Meanwhile, many office workers have fallen in love with their old and regular desks - they don't want to let them go easily.
Some folks are not enthusiastic. They don't want to imagine themselves standing at work.
We've brought some good news for you today if you belong to any of these two categories. Isn't that exciting?
Standing Desk Converter is all you need.
It'll help you have a sneak peek of using a fixed-height desk without discarding your current desk. That's a win-win situation.
Do you want to sit while working? Do you want to stand? You're free to "convert" with a standing desk converter.
AlcoveRiser Standing Desk Converters M7MB-35"
This posh AlcoveRiser Standing Desk by Flexispot is U-shaped with a broad desk surface area.
You can easily place your 17" laptop, monitor, or desktop on the surface, and you'll still have enough space for other personal items.
AlcoveRiser is built with a wide detachable tray. You can use the flick of levers designed on both sides of the converter to detach it.
If you're a fan of X-built converter concepts, you should hurry to order this desk converter.
As you've always known that Flexispot does it best, the converter's parts have a unique height adjustment lever. That's what makes it rise vertically without dismantling under a heavy load.
Are you afraid it won't suit your height? Don't worry. The desk converter can perfectly accommodate 6'1" tall folks on a 28" desk.
And if your desk is 31", it's proper for 6'5" tall people.
This is your chance to rebrand your work-life. Get the desk converter here and now.
Add a Keyboard Tray
Pairing your fixed-height desk with a standing desk converter is not enough. It would help if you were on the lookout for desk converters with keyboard trays.
Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, converters with keyboard trays are more ergonomically beneficial to the users than those without them.
For example, desk converters without keyboard trays put more strain on your spine, and it might lead to upper and lower back pain.
Ideally, your keyboard doesn't have to be on the same level as your PC. A keyboard tray will help you achieve that.
Can you see why it's important?
Meanwhile, you shouldn't order any keyboard tray if you don't want to blame yourself. It would help if you were sure that the keyboard tray you're eyeing fits all the specifics on your keyboard.
This is the point where many people end up with the wrong tray - they erroneously believe that a spacious desk converter also amounts to a spacious keyboard tray.
You should confirm the specifics.
Clamp-on Adjustable Keyboard Tray KT2B
Like a round peg in a round hole, a well-polished, sleek, and black office accessory fits into any workplace or home office.
The keyboard tray has a spacious 25" by 12", and it's large enough to house your mouse and mousepad, full-sized keyboard, and other portable office items.
Oh, your desk is too cluttered? It's time you get Clamp-on Adjustable Keyboard Tray by Flexispot.
The tray is designed to give your wrist and arms top positioning as you tilt it, whether standing or sitting.
It has a strong metal C-clamp that helps you attach the tray to your fixed-height desk without tools or screws.
Meanwhile, you should confirm that your desk's surface is not thick beyond 2.1" before getting our keyboard tray.
Do you want a keyboard tray you can easily slide in and out? A keyboard tray with a very simple installation process?
Clamp-on Adjustable Keyboard Tray is here for you. Don't let this classy offer pass you by.
Get Some Under-Desk Storage Unit
Cluttering your desk is not an option. That means you should consider a storage unit.
Where would you store your files and other items?
We recommend that you get a fixed-height desk with an inbuilt storage cabinet. These desks will save you from the expenses of getting a wall shelf.
It's another creative way to divide your desk space into two separate compartments.
Hope you know that this type of desk occupies more space? You should evaluate the available space in your workplace and ensure it's enough to accommodate an under desk storage unit before ordering.
If you don't have enough space, we suggest you go for a portable storage unit instead.
Under-Desk Cabinet S02
The Under-Desk Cabinet is directly below the deck board for your convenience to slide in or open.
Our engineers designed it to move with the desktop - that means you can easily reach the cabinet irrespective of your standing height.
You can put your precious items in it without fear. Yeah, it has a feature to customize the security lock to any three digits of your choice.
Do you have plenty of items to store? You're also covered because the cabinet is made of steel and has a large storage capacity.
It can stand a weight of 22lbs. Your portable CPU, documents, and books are now safe with Under-Desk Cabinet S02.
If you're not good at assembling office ergonomic furniture, this cabinet is for you.
You have to fix the brackets to the tabletop, hang the cabinet on it, screw it up, and that's it!
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Grab it now.
Try Flexispot's Ergonomic Fixed Height Table: Product Review
Flexispot is known for giving your workstation the best office ergonomic solutions. We're first among equals.
Now, let's introduce the final piece of the puzzle. It's a standing desk that'll end your body pain of sitting for long hours.
Are you ready for it?
Fixed Height Table FDI 47"W
This fascinating piece offers perfect usability and durability.
You can use the fixed height table for your computer station, event, or task. And it's available in different colors.
The legs are designed from steel, and it has a thick chipboard top.
Do you want a table with a very spacious surface area? This Fixed Height Table has 47" inches by 24" deep.
It can hold up to 220 pounds, but that's not the icing on the cake. Do you want to hear it?
The table is compatible with our standing desk converters!
These are all the pieces you need to complete the puzzle in your ergonomic workplace.
Your wait is over. Order your fixed height table today and here.
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