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Sit stand desks are perfect for home working

If you've got as far as reading this paragraph, then you're proabably already having some concerns about your health and productivity with you current setup. It's particularly important for home workers to consider their working environment for hazards which could affect your long term health. Sit-stand desks allow you to adjust your position throughout the day and ensure that your body is not held idle for too long.

With the rise of home working, more and more people are realising that their home office setup is not suitable for long term use and a height adjustable desk could be a welcome addition which your body will thank you for in the long run. If you're sitting down all day and craning your neck to work on a laptop, you could benefit by elevating your worktop to a standing position using a height adjustable desk.

The following impartial video reviews will help you make a decision on which standing desk to buy:

How to choose a standing desk

We want you to be able to make informed decisions, and we’re more than happy to direct you to check out some of our competitors in the space.

When choosing your standing desk, you’ll want to be sure to consider some of the following. 

  • Consider the size of the desktop, and the space that you have available. In particular, think about what you’ll need to put onto the desk, and make sure that you have sufficient space for everything that you’ll need. 
  • Similar to the above, you should think about the weight that the desk will hold. All of EZ Shopper’s desks hold a minimum of 80kg, and we’ve never heard of anyone who’s required more than this weight on their desk. To put it in perspective, 80kg is around 8 iMacs, or a baby elephant! Depending on how much you need, we’ve got a solution for you. For the heavy users, our EZ Desk Dual would best suit your needs.
  • Think about the colour scheme of your room. We have a lot of options for you in our standing desk range. For example, our carbon fibre desks are most popular with gamers, and our dark walnut desks have a more traditional look. The most popular overall look is the black frame and white desktop EZ Desk Air, which with a minimalist design fits in with most room’s colour schemes.
  • Height range of the desk. Different sit stand desks have different height ranges. Some are more suited to shorter or taller users. Our desks are typically in the middle of this range, with the dual motor desk at the lower side, and the single motor desk on the taller side.

 

Why buy an EZ Shopper standing desk?

There’s no shortage of options when purchasing your next standing desk. Whoever you choose, be sure to look for the following:

  • A warranty which will protect you against manufacturing defects. At EZ Shopper, all our desks have the option of a 5 year warranty for complete peace of mind.
  • Advanced safety features certified by international testing labs. Our desks are put through their paces with rigorous tests over thousands of cycles, to ensure they are up to standard.
  • Features typically not found on cheaper models. Memory settings, sit stand reminders, extensive height ranges and much more.
  • Beautiful, well thought out colour schemes to suit any mood. Whether you’re a gamer, minimalist, or prefer the traditional wood look, we have something for you. 
  • Free delivery on every desk.
  • Dual motor versions for those who need the extra lifting power (we’ve even built these for world class DJs!).

 

Who can use standing desks?

Our standing desk range has been popular with people from a wide range of demographics and industries. The versatility of standing desks whilst working, studying and playing games means that they are suitable for just about anyone who wants to feel the benefits of sitting less and standing more. Stand for your health as we say at EZ Shopper! Some examples of our customers include:

  • Wheelchair users who, although not standing at the desks, appreciate the ability to raise and lower their desk when moving under, and away from the desk. The precise, incremental height adjustment allows them to also set the most comfortable working height for their wheelchair. 
  • Schools, colleges and universities. Many schools have purchased our standing desks for their students and teachers. In particular, teachers and lecturers find the option to stand whilst teaching incredibly beneficial, as a way to better communicate with their students. Not only does it mitigate the need to bend over when accessing documents whilst standing and teaching, but it means they can effectively present, and use computers whilst lecturing the class, or monitoring students during examinations. You can check out our blog post and case study on the subject.
  • Artists and creative designers. We’ve had customers who use their standing desks for sewing and craftwork, and also those who prefer to stand whilst drawing and painting. Our white EZ Desk Air has proven most popular with this demographic.
  • DJs and audio producers. We produced with our partners a bespoke standing desk solution for DJ Hype, a popular global house music producer and DJ. Our EZ Desk Dual, dual motor desk with insane lifting power and bosch motors was perfect for the job, and acrylic upstands were designed to create this one of a kind standing desk, as featured in many of James’ videos. 

 

Posture, neck and back pain

A standing desk aids in maintaining overall excellent posture, which goes a long way toward reducing back and neck problems with the skeletal muscle. A standing desk helps take pressure off the pelvis, forces your body muscles to work to maintain a healthy standing posture. This restores your spine to its initial S-curve over time, so you don't have to hunch or gaze down the entire day, protecting your neck and back from pain.

If you don't have a good posture, buying a height-adjustable standing desk can be extremely helpful. When your desk and equipment are at the wrong height, you might risk your postural health with your head and neck protruding forward, which adds weight to your neck. An electric standing desk sets your workstation up to an appropriate height, preventing you from incorrectly craning or angling your neck. This takes off the pressure on your neck and relieves the pain. Moreover, prolonged sitting can result in neck stiffness, which is not the case if you use a standing desk.

It's important to note that in addition to a standing desk, choice of a suitable office chair with lumbar support, and multiple ergonomic adjustments, is necessary to provide the best ergonomic setup. Chair choice is often overlooked, but is just as important as choosing a desk.

 

Health benefits

Standing desks have been proven to help mitigate the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and have positive impacts on health for those with cardiovascular disease and other ailments. In addition, sit-stand desks can help with overall mental health and productivity in the workplace and at home. Research has shown that risk of diabetes can be reduced in addition to lower blood sugar levels when standing when standing instead of sitting. For a full run down of health benefits, check out this article from Harvard University

Standing Desks Frequently Asked Questions

How high should a standing desk be?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on the individual‘s preferences and needs. However, a good starting point would be to have the desk be at a height that allows the person to keep their elbows at a 90–degree angle when typing. We’ve written this insightful blog post on the topic.

How to stand at a standing desk?

There is no one “correct“ way to stand at a standing desk, but there are a few things to keep in mind that can help you maintain good posture and avoid fatigue. First, make sure that your feet are firmly planted on the ground, with your weight evenly distributed between them. Second, keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. Third, keep your head up and your chin level, looking straight ahead. Finally, take breaks often, and move around frequently to avoid stiffness and fatigue.

How to make a standing desk?

There are a few different ways that you can make a standing desk. One option is to simply use a regular desk, but raise the height of the legs so that the desk is higher off the ground. Another option is to purchase a standing desk converter, which will allow you to easily adjust the height of your desk to accommodate both sitting and standing.

How long should you stand at a standing desk?

You should stand at a standing desk for as long as is comfortable. Some people find that they can stand for long periods of time without any discomfort, while others find that they need to take a break after standing for a few minutes. If you start to feel discomfort, take a break and sit down for a few minutes. Using a cushioned standing desk floor mat can help you to stay comfortably standing for longer periods.

What are the benefits of standing desks for students and teachers?

There are several benefits of standing desks for students and teachers. First, standing desks can help to improve students‘ focus and concentration. Additionally, standing desks can help to reduce back pain and improve posture. Finally, standing desks can help to increase energy levels and calorie burn. They can be particularly useful for teachers who want to conduct a class whilst standing.

How do standing desks work?

Standing desks work by raising the height of a person‘s work surface to allow them to work while standing. This can be done by using a special desk that is adjustable, or by using a simple stand that raises the level of the existing desk.

Are standing desks good for you?

Standing desks have been shown to have a number of benefits, including improved posture, reduced back pain, and increased calorie burn. However, it is important to find a comfortable position that works for you, as standing for long periods of time can also lead to fatigue.

Is a standing desk good for ADHD?

Yes, a standing desk may be beneficial for people with ADHD. Studies have suggested that standing desks may improve focus and reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Additionally, the physical activity associated with a standing desk may help to increase alertness and reduce hyperactivity.

What is a sit-stand or standing desk?

Height adjustable, or standing / seating desks are a great way to improve your productivity in your home office environment. Our range of height adjustable desks are designed for ergonomic use and allow the user to easily change the working desktop height for comfort and flexibility. Whether you're using your desk for handwriting, typing or artwork, our EZ Desk range will help you to look after your body after a long day at work. A standing desk allows you to stretch your body, elongate your back and neck for improved posture during long hours working in front of a computer screen.

What about electric desks?

Electric height adjustable desks such as the EZ Desk range from EZ Shopper are designed with a quiet operation electric motor which allows swift and easy adjustment to the desktop height. Electric height adjustable desks are typically able to move in small increments and some models including our EZ Desk come with memory functions which allows the user to setup the desk for multiple users or working positions. 

Check out our range of electric adjustable height desks at EZ Shopper.

Standing desks, sit stand desks, stand up desks... What's the difference?

Put simply, there isn't a difference! They're different terms for describing the same products and are often used interchangeably. There are different categories of each of the above products, including manual or electric height adjustable, with the former requiring manual cranking to achieve the desired height. In addition, fixed standing desks are available which do not allow height adjustment. 

The desks available at EZ Shopper are all electric height adjustable standing desks and are height adjustable.

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