Ergonomic Workstations For Your Health? Sitting Desk Vs Standing Desk

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Ergonomics workstations, Why They Make The Diffence?

Research illustrates a positive correlation between workstation ergonomics and reducing various health issues. From a stiff neck to tingly a tingly foot, it can affect even high blood pressure when sitting at a non-ergonomic workstation.

Three Benefits of Workplace Ergonomics 

  • Ergonomics Reduce Doctors Visits | Using an ergonomic chair reduces the chances of injury and chronic pain.
  • Ergonomics Improve Productivity | They design these chairs to promote a healthy posture by keeping your back straight; making you alert and more productive.
  • Good for Business | Ergonomic chairs in the workplace lets employees know that their health and safety matters. This attention to detail may boost staff morale and reduce the cost of workplace injuries.

Sitting vs Standing for your Ergonomic Workstation

There are valid reasons to choosing either setup; the most important factor is whether the activities you will do are easier to do standing or sitting?
Type Sitting Desk Drafting Desk Standing Desk
Average Height 29" - 32" inches. 30" - 36" inches. 36" - 44" inches.
Reccommended Break Every 30 Minutes Every 20 Minutes Every 20 Minutes
Reccommended Chair Office Chair Drafting Chair Drafting Chair

Sitting Desk

Usually Cheaper, Easier To Fit In Work Space, Better for Gaming.

The traditional desk is where most great art gets done–writers, coders, illustrators. Do you think George ll Martin is writing Game of Thrones using a standing desk? Who wants to come home from work and game on a standing desk? Console gamers, that’s who.

Standing Desk

Usually Higher Quality, More Adjustable, Better for Your Health.

I’ve said this once on the blog and I’ll say it again… Sitting is the new smoking! Stand up to sedentary diseases with ergonomic protection in the form of a drafters chair or perhaps a standing desk?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Research suggests that sitting for long periods has linked with health problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.”

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sitting desk vs standing desk
James-Watson 1770 Sir Joshua Reynolds, CC0 Public Domain Designation

Tips for your ergonomic workstations

If you’re when you’re stuck in an oversized chair, here are some tips on easing discomfort. We should note this as a temporary fix. Your back will thank you for using the correct-sized chair.

If you’re stuck in an oversized chair, here are some tips on easing discomfort. I should note this as a temporary fix. Your back will thank you for using the correct-sized chair.

Don’t Try To Stand All Day | Take breaks every 30 minutes if you’re sitting at your workstation and every 20 minutes if you’re standing at your workstation.

Evenly distribute your weight |Standing or Sitting; both feet should firmly plant on the floor.

  • If you’re sitting in a chair that is too big and your feet dangle, getting a footstool will correct your posture.
  • If you’re standing on a hard surface, using a standing mat or rug will save your feet from fatigue.

Slow Motion Is Better Than No Motion | Moving just a little at your workstation throughout the day will keep your body from getting sore and stiff.

Position Your Computer Monitor At Eye Level | Standing or sitting, it is important that they align your eye level with the top of your monitor.

Are you using multiple monitors?

  • The largest display should be directly in front of you and secondary screen in a portrait position. This reduces neck strain or awkwardly twisting your body too much.

Everything Should be at Arms Reach |Keep your most used objects, such as your phone, notepad, or printed materials — near to prevent excessive stretching.

Properly Adjusted Chair |Be sure that the armrest is near the height of your desk. Adjusting the height to your comfort is easy, but if you need to change the seat of your chairs width. There is usually a cap or couple bolts underneath the seat that have to be loosened and shifted accordingly. All this customization should help your posture and make sitting at your workstation a joy.

Need more information on your pursuit for perfect posture?  We wrote tips that promote a healthy posture at the workstation.

Back Pain From Sitting
English Dining Room, 1770 CC0 Public Domain Designation

Related Questions

Helpful Info & Some F.A.Q. AnsweredAbout Workstations
  1. Get a pillow or support cushion to compensate for the height difference without having to do a DIY project.​
  2. Throw down a piece of 3/4 inch plywood for your chair to sit on. Don’t cheap out, get a high quality piece and then stain it to make it look like hardwood.

Cut off the legs of your desk to your chair's ideal height. Side note, I made my desk using copper pipes for legs so I can customize the desk to any chair I purchase. If your chair still is uncomfortable, these 3 tips may help extend its life-cycle.

In an unsavory office environment, poor ergonomics can lead to an uncomfortable experience. If you’re working under the following conditions, you may notice:

  • Frequently & Unnecessary Reaching
  • Body strain & Tired Eyes
  • Uncomfortable & Irregular Posture
  • Contact Pressure on Elbows & Rear End
  • Stuffy Room & Sticky Keyboard
If you short on cash, putting bricks or hardcover books underneath each leg are two thrifty alternatives.

 

However… If you want to go down the path less traveled, I created a DIY Walkthrough on how to create your own desk (Standing or Traditional) using a butcher’s block and plumbing pipes.

A hybrid adjustable sitting/standing desk that is clean and is found in many universities as a lecture desk. Sometimes are electronically powered and cable management desk grommets.

SOURCES

Noe, Rain. “Reference: Common Dimensions, Angles and Heights for Seating Designers.” Core77, Nov. 2015, www.core77.com/posts/43422/ Reference-Common-Dimensions-Angles-and-Heights-for-Seating-Designers.

HAWORTH, . “The Importance of Good Sitting | Ergonomic Seating GuideThe Importance Of Good Sitting.” HAWORTH, 2019,  media.haworth.com /asset/13337/ Ergonomic_Seating_ Guide_Handbook.pdf

Paitent.Pop. “10 Benefits of Good Posture.” 10 Benefits of Good Posture: DMC Healthcare: Chiropractors, www.dmc-healthcare.com/blog/10-benefits-of-good-posture.

Clinic, Mayo. “Ergonomic Workstation Assessment.” YouTube, 15 Nov. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxmfue4Hv98. Accessed 6 Nov. 2019.

Zhang, David. “Ergonomic Workstation Assessment.” YouTube, 15 Nov. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxmfue4Hv98.

Phsiotherapy, Coastal. “Ergonomic Workstation Assessment.” YouTube, 15 Nov. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxmfue4Hv98.

Sitting vs. Standing. Is Your Sedentary Life Killing You. “Sitting vs. Standing. Is Your Sedentary Life Killing You?” YouTube, 24 Aug. 2015, youtube.com/watch?v=N8tE6zSPJ7w. 

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Hello, My name is Claude and I enjoy sitting comfortable. Research into what separates the good from the bad, in the matter of chairs started when I made a new years resolution to have better posture.

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