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Take your work to the next level with an adjustable desk

Boost productivity and your mood with a healthy, active work style! Read this guide to discover best practice use for sit/stand desks, plus a bonus comparison guide to our most popular electric sit stand desks.

Adjustable desks are quickly becoming a popular option in offices around the world. Research shows that using a standing desk can boost your productivity, your mood and your energy levels, as well as reduce back and neck pain. But—as anyone who works on their feet will agree—standing all day could actually do the reverse!

Here are some tips for first time sit-standers to take into consideration.



1. Get your ergonomics right

Just like your seated desk, your standing desk should also tick all the safe workplace ergonomic boxes.


Correct height
When you're standing, your keyboard should be around your hip level, so when your elbows are bent over the desk they're at a 90° angle.

Monitor at eye level
To avoid neck and eye strain, the top of your monitor should be at eye level height and the correct distance from your face. A quick tip for this is to take the size of your monitor (i.e. 17 inch monitor) and keep your screen the same distance from your face (in this case, 17 inches).

With a moving desk, this can be tricky. If you know you'll be switching from sitting to standing and back a few times throughout your day, take this into consideration and opt for a desk mounted monitor stand.



Man using a sit stand desk


2. Look after your feet

Be kind to your feet! Wear comfortable shoes (save the high heels for meetings) and invest in an anti-fatigue mat.

They may not sound like much, but a good anti-fatigue mat can help you stand a lot longer. The softness of the mat causes your muscles to subtly flex and shift as you stand, increasing the blood-flow and oxygen levels to your heart, significantly reducing fatigue.



3. Give yourself another option

Why stick to two options when you could add in a third? That's right, instead of just sitting or standing, you can also lean or perch. Perching stools can help you get even more movement and comfort out of your sit stand desks. You can use these to take some of the weight off your feet while you're standing – but remember to maintain your posture and ergonomic settings.



4. Switch it up

The key benefits to adjustable desks come from giving your body some movement. While sitting in a sedentary position all day has proven un-healthy side effects, so does standing all day. The key is to switch it up.

Set a timer
The amount of time you spend sitting or standing will depend on the type of work you do and how used to standing you are. When you first start with a standing desk, it can be hard to remember to switch, so set yourself a timer (start with 20 minutes) and adjust it to suit your needs and physical strength.

Another option is to invest in a desk such as our Breeze Active with USB. This desk works with an app via Bluetooth. You can set it to send you reminders, plus view your sitting vs standing history and more.

Take breaks
Take a break where you can, go for a walk to the kitchen for some water (and up your bathroom breaks). Eat lunch away from your desk and, if you can, see if you can take a walk outside for fresh air and to get that blood pumping again. These mini breaks will get you through that afternoon slump!

Make sure your desk is easy to adjust
If it takes you 10 minutes to crank your desk up and down, you're not only losing time, you're probably losing your enthusiasm as well. Invest in a desk that has a good electric motor, and if you really want to get fancy, one that has memory settings so you can set it at your ergonomic sweet spots.

Woman working at an adjustable standing desk








Sit to Stand Desk Comparison

Agile 2
65991423

The Agile 2 is a single user desk which allows you to set your height preferences with the touch of a button. Plus it comes with a 4 point memory so you can set and forget it at your preferred heights.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
120 1130 450 22 15 $$$


Agile 3
65866023

The Agile 3 Electric Desk allows you to set your height preferences with the press of a button. This desk has a 2 point memory to let you set your perfect sitting and standing height to get it right every time.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
140 1230 620 35 15 $$$$

Agile Move
2548577

The Agile Move desk features a low noise, single motor and anti-collision protection. With a 4 point memory, you can set it to your favourite height settings and get the ergonomics right every time.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
100 1145 445 30 15 $$$

 

Agile Round
2551330

The Agile Round Leg electric desk features a dual motor with rubber cushion damping design. With a 2 point memory setting and anti-collision protection, this desk is great for comfortable sit and stand working.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
140 1290 650 30 15 $$$$


Amplify (electric)
1372114

The Amplify desk is sturdy with a simple, modern design. It comes with a single, 2-stage motor, 3 programmable height memory setting and built-in levelling guides to ensure it can be used on most floor surfaces.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
80 1195 470 25 10 $$


Arise
2679205

Designed in Denmark, this desk brings contemporary European design to the table. With a dual lift system on each side, this desk is a smooth and silent option.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
120 1300 650 25 5 $$$$$


Ascend
2438909

One of our fastest adjustable electric desks, the Ascend features a twin motor and anti-collision safety feature.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
180 1290 650 30 5 $$$$


Breeze (No USB)
2518228

This height adjustable desk is easily controlled with a hand paddle. It runs on a single motor with low noise level.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
80 1100 400 22 15 $$


Breeze (With USB)
2556456

This desk is electronically controlled with a hand paddle. It can be personalised through the Sit Stand Desk App by setting minimum and maximum heights, reminders for standing/sitting, position favourites and more.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
80 1100 400 22 15 $$


Cubit Highrise
2449374

Go from sitting to standing at the touch of a button. This classic desk is great for hot desking as it's easy to adjust for multiple users.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
70 1205 545 25 10 $$$


Duo II
61211423

The Duo II is electronically adjustable with a fast and quiet motor. The desk comes with a programmable controller with an LCD display.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
100 1145 500 20 10 $$$


Emerge
2451190

The Emerge desk is great for activity-based working. It comes with a built-in cable port to make cable management easy and built-in levelling guides.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
160 1275 640 35 5 $$$


ETL
60210023

A classic, this ETL electric height adjustable desk comes with all the levelling feet to keep the desk on a right angle, protecting the rod and motor.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
70 1205 520 25 2 $$$


Summit II
2554135

This desk is an excellent option for the home or office. Programme three height settings, plus keep peace of mind with its collision avoidance technology.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
140 1255 640 30 10 $$$$


Tidal
2690993

This height adjustable desk combines excellent stability with a smooth and quiet operating system.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
160 1150 470 40 5 $$$


Tidal Premium
2540800

The Tidal Premium has a 4 button digital display and programmable height settings. It operates smoothly and quietly, perfect for home or office use.

Load Bearing (kgs*) Max Height (mm) Height Range (mm) Speed (mm per second) Warranty (years) Price (ex GST)
240 1300 640 25 5 $$$$

Terms and Conditions: This information is gerneral in nature and should not be taken as professional advice. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information has been obtained from reliabel sources, OfficeMax New Zealand LImited is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.

 

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