Why architects in Melbourne choose to use standing desks
Architects are lucky – unlike other desk-based jobs, architects have many opportunities to get out of the office, whether it’s site visits or client meetings.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that they automatically have many opportunities to stand up for their health!
We’re big believers in the power of standing desks to improve your health and wellbeing. If you ask us, any desk-based worker stands to benefit from bringing these pieces of furniture into the office.
What exactly are the benefits of standing desks in Melbourne for architects?
How can architects benefit from standing desks?
Like any desk worker, most architects spend a lot of time seated, whether it’s in the office spending hours poring over their desks, drawing and drafting, working with CAD tools, or driving to sites and clients.
These are just some of the day-to-day tasks that come with a career as an architect, almost all of which involve a lot of sedentary work.
While you may have more opportunities to get out of the office, in practice you’ll be seated just like the rest of us for most of that time.
As such, it’s important that architects like you look after your health. Fortunately, Ergomotion can help with our standing desks in Melbourne!
The health benefits of standing desks
Sedentary behaviour is one of the worst things for your health… and sitting is the most common type of this behaviour.
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a range of negative health outcomes:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Weakened muscles
“Use it or lose it” – that’s the maxim that your body operates on.
If you don’t use your body’s muscles and systems, they will weaken and lose strength, which affects your overall wellbeing and health.
Protection against back pain
Due to the nature of their job, architects often have to extend their backs and arms over their drafting table, drawing, measuring and designing a plate.
Incorrect working position and posture while doing combined with the long hours spent seated can dramatically increase the chances of back pain, as well as putting a strain on the hips.
Standing can alleviate this by taking the pressure off your back and hips, thereby minimising back pain. As a result, you can focus on the task at hand, pain-free!
Not to mention, it can also partially correct your posture by forcing you to adopt a more natural, comfortable stance.
How standing desks give you a psychological edge
More than that, however, sitting for long periods can also make you feel like your brain has turned into mush.
Just think back to every time you’ve felt your eyelids drooping while seated, only to feel alert and awake only minutes after standing up!
Anyone architect or draftsman who’s ever had to spend a late night at the office going over blueprints late into the night knows that long periods of sitting can make you feel sluggish.
Needless to say, this is the very last thing you want happening when it comes to designing something as important as someone else’s house!
This is why more and more architects are realising the need for standing desks.
Research suggests that the simple act of standing encourages your brain to commit greater resources to the task at hand, which can improve alertness, engagement and task performance.
Can standing desks improve teamwork?
Yes, they can!
According to a study conducted by Washington University in St Louis, standing up has a small but tangible effect on teamwork and collaboration.
Specifically, it influences group dynamics by reducing the power gap, and fostering a greater sense of equality.
The result? Participants were less territorial, and more (and better) ideas were shared as a result.
Architecture isn’t an individual profession. You’ll often find yourself working with other architects and draftspeople, as well as in-house structural engineers on designs and projects.
To ensure that all of this collaborative work goes off without a hitch, standing desks might help!
Why it’s so important that your standing desk is height adjustable
The best standing desks don’t just look great in your office… ideally, they’ll also be height-adjustable!
According to several studies, standing for extended periods can be just as bad as sitting, only in a different way.
Luckily, sit-stand desks give you the best of both worlds!
Here at Ergomotion, we manufacture standing desks in Melbourne. Each of these desks are height adjustable… without the need for any fiddling or tweaking.
Using electronic motors sourced from reputable European manufacturers, you can save your ideal height setting and switch from sitting to standing (and vice-versa) at just the push of a button.
We don’t just make standing desks!
In addition to standing desks, Ergomotion produces a whole range of ergonomic office furniture, which can help architects like yourself stand up for your health!
In addition to standing desks, our ergonomics experts also provide…
Up. Down. Left. Right. Our monitor arms allow you to choose the most ergonomic and comfortable spot to hold your computer monitor.
Monitor arms can be built into your standing desk, helping you avoid having to crane, twist or bend your neck.
With our monitor arms, you’ll be able to avoid a major pain in the neck… literally!
While most architecture work is done on computers now, there’s still plenty that needs to be done using good old-fashioned pen and paper!
The exact angle is highly individual and depends on the height of your table – that said, there is consensus that it’s best to write at an angle.
Our Microdesk allows to enjoy the most ergonomic and comfortable position for writing and sketching, and allow you to turn any desk you want into a drafting table.
Need standing desks in Melbourne?
You need to call Ergomotion!
We’re Melbourne’s experts in ergonomic office furniture – in particular, standing desks.
As one of the first Melbourne-based businesses offering standing desks, we’re uniquely experienced.
Our ergonomics experts have helped countless businesses and organisations stand up for their health… literally!
Ergomotion designs and manufactures standing desks in Melbourne, and tailor each product to match your needs.
We can further enhance your office comfort by adding other ergonomic equipment and accessories, including:
- Monitor arms
- CPU holders
- Cable trays
- In-built power sockets
Tell us what you need, and our team will work with you to create a custom solution for your architecture firm.