How to get the most out of an electric standing desk

Electric Standing Desk

How to get the most out of an electric standing desk

You’ve finally decided to give that electric standing desk a go! 

You’ve convinced your boss of the health and performance benefits. You may even have used some of the talking points we gave you.

Now the big day has come – you enter the office to find your old desk replaced with an electric standing desk.

It feels good to use your standing desk for the first time. It’s sturdy, just the right height and it adjusts silently.

However, it can feel even better if you take a couple of extra steps!

Alternate between sitting and standing

You know that prolonged sitting can be bad for your health.

What you might not know is that standing for long periods can be just as bad!

Just ask anyone who works in food service or a production line – standing all day comes with its own unique problems:

  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Cramps

The key to getting the most out of your standing desks is to alternate between sitting and standing frequently throughout the day. 

This way, you can enjoy all the benefits of standing, without the potential complications!

No matter how much you love to sit in that ergonomic office chair or confidently stand at your standing desk, switching positions can greatly improve your focus and work productivity.

Your electric sit stand desk switches heights seamlessly, without disrupting you and the task at hand.

Make sure you maintain the right posture while standing

Standing isn’t the only thing that’s good for your health – it’s also important that you stand with the right posture too!

You might not realise it, but poor posture has a significant effect on your health. Muscle pain, fatigue, and low energy levels… slouching and slumping can cause a whole host of issues, many of which can translate into bigger problems like back pain.

Take your electric sit-stand desk to the next level by taking measures to maintain your posture both when sitting and standing.

In particular, make sure that you:

  • Keep your shoulders straight (don’t bunch them up!) 
  • Evenly distribute weight on both feet
  • Stand with your feet slightly apart

And what of the periods when you’re sitting? Luckily for you, our ergonomic office chairs are specially designed to provide support and help you maintain good posture while seated.

Electric Sit-stand Desk

Get comfortable with your footwear

You’re going to be spending a lot more time on your feet, after all – best to make sure your shoes are comfortable!

When buying shoes for work, make sure that you choose a pair that has good arch support, and which will give your feet the support that they need while standing.

Comfort should also be the number one factor to consider so you can sit and stand at your convenience!

We suggest avoiding wearing high heels while working, as you might put strain on your legs and feet while standing at your desk.

And if you’re wearing closed shoes, make sure that your toes have enough space to move and wriggle.

Not only does good footwear protect your feet, but it can also keep you standing!

Think about it – if you wear uncomfortable shoes, are you really going to look forward to standing at your desk? Of course not!

Adjust your desk and screen

It isn’t enough to stand at your desk – your desk should be set to a height that fits your body.

Specifically, you’ll want to ensure that your desk and screen are set to levels that won’t put any unnecessary strain on your body.

That means setting your electric standing desk to a height where

  • Your elbows are at a 90 degree angle
  • They rest comfortably on the table
  • Your eyes align with the top third of your screen
  • You don’t need to crane your neck to do your work
  • There’s a half metre distance to your computer screen

Luckily for you, our electric standing desks (by virtue of being adjustable) can be tweaked to suit each individual user.

What’s more, they also come with the option to include other ergonomic features…

Consider these great extras! 

At Ergomotion, we don’t just produce electric sit-stand desks – we also produce a range of ergonomic supports and extras to make your workday healthier and more comfortable.

Best of all, many of these can be integrated into your electric standing desk to maximise the health benefits!

For example, monitor arms give you even more control over the angle and height of your computer monitor.

With this, you can adjust your screen until you’re comfortable, eliminating the need to crane your neck (and all the posture problems that come with it).

Best of all, they can be integrated into your electric standing desk, making your workstation even more ergonomic than it already was!

Use a non-slip and anti-fatigue mat

It’s a small thing, but it can make a world of difference!

When we stand, we don’t stand completely still. Many of us fidget and move while using our standing desks – this is a good thing!

Ideally, your work area should support this type of movement.

And that’s where the Topo standing mat comes in.

With its soft material and curved surface, this mat gives office workers plenty of support for their feet, no matter what stance they take while standing.

Over time, this can help alleviate cramps, pain and discomfort whenever you use your electric standing desk.

To get the most of your electric standing desk, you should include a Topo mat when using it for you to move and stretch with comfort while standing.

Consult with any existing injuries before using the standing desk

Before you start using your electric standing desk, make sure you consult with your doctor or physiotherapist regarding any existing injuries that you might have, past or present.

The use of a standing desk will see you sitting and standing throughout the day. For some people, this can aggravate existing back, leg, or hip injuries.

Before making the transition to an electric standing desk, it’s a good idea to talk to a medical expert first to determine if it’s appropriate for you.

Get the most out of your electric standing desk with Ergomotion

And of course, it’s crucial that your electric standing desk is of high quality!

You aren’t going to be getting much out of your desk if it’s cheap, poorly-made or not up for the rigours of daily office work.

Many of our clients have found this out the hard way – late last year, we were contracted by a large state government agency.

Our brief was simple: to replace the faulty standing desks they had purchased from a no-name overseas manufacturer.

After a few short months, their motors were seizing up and the hydraulic table legs failed, leading the desks to skew and computer equipment and paperwork to fall all over the place!

Don’t be like them – get the most out of your electric standing desk by choosing a quality desk that’s built to last.

Ergomotion’s Motiondesk® range is proudly made right here in Melbourne, combining quality European motors and hydraulics with Aussie ingenuity and workmanship.

We’ll help you get the most out of your desk! 

Call our ergonomics experts on (03) 9579 1454 or fill in the form to reach out to us.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.

Nickel 10/05/24

Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.