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How to Choose Sit-to-Stand Office Desks

Posted on Sep 26, 2016, by Mike Brown

Choosing the right sit-to-stand desks for your clients’ unique space and requirements is essential for the success of their transition to sit-to-stand working. So today, I’m looking at 5 vital questions you should ask when choosing sit-to-stand office desks for your clients.

Featured image: CBRE, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, USA. ©Gensler. 

1) How Do You Adjust the Desk?

There are two main types of sit-to-stand desks: those adjusted manually with a hand crank, and desks that use a motor to raise and lower. The method of adjustment will be a major contributing factor in how easy it is to adjust, and how much it costs.

2) How Easy is it to Adjust?

This is one of the most important considerations, as it can have a surprising impact on sit-stand adoption in your client’s workplace. There are several factors that affect the ease of adjusting sit-to-stand desks:

  • Effort required – this will obviously be less for motorized desks than desks you adjust with a hand crank.
  • Speed – how long does it take to adjust the desk from your preferred ‘seated work’ height to ‘standing work’ height? For taller people, this can take longer, likewise if it’s a manually-adjusted desk. Additionally, different motorized desks have different motor speeds.
  • Noise levels – while this doesn’t directly affect how ‘easy’ or ‘difficult’ it is to adjust your desk height, the noise levels of your desk when adjusting the height will impact how comfortable your clients feel when using it.

3) How Much Does It Cost?

Your choice of sit-to-stand office desks will be heavily influenced by your client’s budget – and what they need from their budget.

Whether your client needs one sit-to-stand desk, half a dozen, or one for each of their 100+ employees, cost will always be a major factor in your decision-making process – but the more desks you’re ordering, the more negotiating leeway you may have when purchasing them.

4) How Big Is It?

The size of office desks your clients need will also impact your choice. The size of the sit-to-stand desk you choose will be impacted by your client’s day-to-day working requirements: do your clients use one monitor or two (or more) when they’re working? Do they have a lot of paperwork out on their desks that they need to consult regularly?

Additionally, desk size will be limited by practical constraints such as how many desks you need for the office space. It’s also worth noting that you normally pay more for larger desks, so if price is the main deciding factor you may only be able to choose from a selection of smaller-sized sit-to-stand desks.

5) Does it Fit with the Office Design Aesthetic?

You’ll want to choose a sit-to-stand desk that fits in with the overall design of your client’s office space. For example, an ultra-modern desk will look out-of-place alongside wooden desks in a traditional office, whereas a more traditional-looking desk won’t fit in with the overall design aesthetic a very modern office.

Fortunately, most standing desks are available in a variety of finishes: for example, Steelcase’s height-adjustable desk has different frame, leg and desktop choices – everything from three wood-effect to sleek white. This means that you will be able to choose a sit-to-stand desk with the right design aesthetic for your client’s office space.


Mike Brown

Written by Mike Brown