Standing desks: why libraries are moving towards ergonomic solutions
Technology hasn’t killed the humble library – just changed it.
In addition to loaning books, libraries in 2019 have transformed themselves into resources for people who don’t have internet at home, as well as offering digital items and classes.
This change in direction means more on-site computers and as such, more people.
It also means that many libraries will have to consider investing in new furniture to accommodate this shift.
And one of the most ergonomic choices out there are standing desks!
What are standing desks?
Simply put, standing desks are raised desks that are intended for use while standing.
These desks can be purchased either as a complete desk or as an adjustable booster that sits on top of an existing desk, raising your computer and writing area to standing height.
With the shift towards digital resources, more and more libraries are having to grapple with finding new ways to accommodate all the extra computer hardware they’re taking on.
So why opt for electric sit-stand desks, specifically?
The benefits of standing desks for libraries
Standing desks have already established themselves in the workplace. Not to mention, Australian-made standing desks are also becoming a bit of a trend in schools.
So it’s no surprise that many libraries are following suit!
Standing desks don’t only improve workspaces and give your library an air of modernity, but they can also create a safer, healthier space.
How standing desks increase focus
According to some studies the signs point towards standing desks having a positive impact on focus and productivity.
And with libraries being a place for study and learning, this is a match made in heaven!
.Anything that helps visitors maintain focus is unambiguously a good thing – so we’re all for electric sit-stand desks in these dynamic learning spaces!
Alternating between sitting and standing can raise your energy
In addition to helping maintain focus, standing desks can also leave you feeling more energised overall.
Simply put, when you spend a long time sitting it’s all too tempting to get comfortable, lean back and let your eyes glaze over.
Needless to say, this isn’t a good result if you’re in the library to get something done!
By keeping you on your feet, a standing desk forces your body to maintain a higher base level of energy and alertness.
Not to mention, height adjustable desks in libraries also encourage readers to move around more, keeping their energy at a constant level.
Of course, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.
As we have mentioned many times in the past, standing on its own is not the key; instead, it is to constantly alternate between sitting and standing.
That could mean sitting for 30 minutes and then standing for 30 minutes. It can be a bit weird to get used to, so we’ve created this handy blog post that’ll help ease you into effectively using an electric sit-stand desk.
Sitting and standing through the day helps improves posture
Energy levels aren’t the only thing most people notice improving after using a standing desk – they’ll notice a spring in their step as their posture improves!
Stock-standard office chairs are one of the biggest culprits behind poor posture. We all know how tempting it can be to slouch back for hours on end during the workday.
Switching between sitting and standing cuts off this bad habit at the source!
Additionally, standing desks help your body rest in a more neutral position. Ever noticed how you subconsciously bunch up your shoulders when sitting at a desk for an extended period of time?
The health benefits of standing desks
Some research suggests that a single hour of standing can burn around 50 calories. While it mightn’t sound like much, every little bit counts when it comes to your (and your visitors’) health!
Not to mention, when we stand, most of us usually tap and stretch our feet – just another way in which standing desks help our bodies keep moving and blood flowing.
Once again, the research suggests that for best results, it’s a good idea to mix standing and sitting.
Thinking of putting standing desks in your library?
Ergomotion produces high quality standing desks in Australia
Whether you’re getting an entirely new bank of computers installed in your library or looking for more space-efficient table layout, standing desks might be exactly what you need.
And if you’re thinking of getting height adjustable for your library, you’ll want to get in touch with Ergomotion.
We don’t just design sit-stand desks – we create ergonomic solutions.
That’s because it isn’t quite as simple as just making a standing desk. Different people have different heights, meaning your standing desks will need to be adjustable.
Not to mention, you’ll need ergonomic accessories to go with it, including:
We even design custom solutions for libraries looking for a tailored solution.
Our sit-stand desks are manufactured right here in Australia using high quality Danish motors, and are delivered already assembled – so all you need to do is plug them in!