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With the increasing popularity of sit/stand desks, employers are asking questions about how to select the right model and type of standing desk. As with most things in life, one size does not fit all and picking the right style model will depend on the employee’s stature and the type of work being done.

Desk Mount (Adjusts above & below the desk surface)

Pros:

  • Adjusts below the desk surface to allow short and average height employees to sit with the feet flat on the floor without the use of a footrest

Cons:

  • May lack sufficient vertical range for tall employees (tall kits available)
  • Limited flexibility over monitor positioning
  • Small (optional) paper surface

Desk Mount Units to Consider:

  • Ergotron WorkFit-S

Desk Mount (Adjusts above the desk surface only)

Pros:

  • Flexible positioning of monitors,phone, and paperwork because of the larger adjustable work surface

Cons:

  • Renders the top of a standard desk ½-1” higher, making the surface too high for many employees (a footrest will be required)

Desk Mount Units to Consider:

  • Ergotron WorkFit-T
  • Veridesk Pro Plus
  • Humanscale Quickstand

Fully Adjustable Desk

Pros:

  • Desk can be positioned lower than a standard desk allowing short and average height employees to sit with the feet flat on the floor
  • Allows height of paperwork and tools to be adjusted easily

Cons:

  • Some units may lack sufficient vertical range for taller employees
  • More costly than desk mount options

Fully Adjustable Desk Units to Consider:

  • ergoCentric upCentric
  • Ikea Bekant
Please give us your feedback on what your organization uses for sit stand options.  
For further assistance with office ergonomics or workstation assessments please contact ERGO Inc. Conducting an Ergonomic Assessment to determine an employee’s needs is always the best approach.