When I first started working from home, I used to sit for hours on end. As I’d just started out, I had to put in long hours to make ends meet.
This eventually started to take its toll on my health, strength, and happiness… not to mention the extra “padding” around my middle! I decided that something had to be done and invested in an adjustable standing desk.
Needless to say, after the first day of enthusiastically standing for the whole day thinking I was burning enough extra calories to magically melt the padding in a couple of hours, my legs and back were complaining and I was exhausted! All I wanted to do was sit down.
This is one of the reasons why an ergonomic standing desk chair is so useful. When you first transition to standing, it’s important to do so gradually. And, although standing is really good for one’s health, the key is to be able to alternate standing and sitting throughout the day.
This gives your legs a break, your back some support, and also prevents you from staying in one posture for the whole day.
In the same way that you can find yourself hunched over hammering away at the keyboard while sitting, you can end up doing the same when standing the whole time as your body does get tired.
Being able to partially sit, perch on the edge of a seat or even sit completely, prevents this from happening.
Like most products meant for improving health and productivity, standing desk chairs or stools also require you to consider a specific set of criteria to choose the best models.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
1. Height Adjustment
Each of us has different posture needs and these needs might change if you are standing, sitting, or “sit-standing” like you would on the edge of a bar stool.
A standing desk chair’s height adjustment feature allows you to set the seat height at a level that meets your posture requirements.
That way, you can use the stool for long hours without feeling the least bit of discomfort.
Most ergonomic standing desk chairs can lean so that you can perch on the edge and give your back a break. However, the last thing you would want is to take a topple sideways and land up on the floor especially, during a video Zoom call. But hey…you never know, you might end up on YouTube with the funniest work-from-home videos out there.
But, jokes aside, since considerable pressure is applied when you lean, you should consider if your chair has features that contribute specifically to its stability.
It really is better to be safe than sorry, so be sure to keep stability in mind.
A design that works for other people might not work for you.
Still, that doesn’t make the design any less important when choosing standing desk chairs.
Standing desk chairs come in different looks and qualities. Some are more generic and subtle, and others are designed more boldly and uniquely.
Find a chair that appeals to you and will motivate you to pursue your standing desk goals.
Now, this is pretty self-explanatory.
Most of the time, standing desk chairs require the user to work in a position that they are not used to, so comfort becomes even more of a priority.
You want to pick a particular model that’s forgiving and ergonomic.
In this way, you can use it for hours without your back hurting or your legs getting tired.
Quality focuses on the finish, fit, durability, and other characteristics considered important in a standing desk stool or chair.
As some chairs can be quite pricey, make sure that the quality reflects the investment.