Implementing a height adjustable desk is a huge step in the right direction of workplace health. But perhaps surprisingly, it can be just the beginning. Use this comprehensive, categorized list of standing desk accessories to guide end users toward their perfect office workstation.
-Ergonomic Chair: An ergonomic, adjustable chair is essential for proper positioning while seated. A user’s chair height should be adjusted so that legs are at a 90 degree angle with feet flat on the floor. Lumbar support for the back is also an important chair component.
-Foot Rest: If the chair is positioned such that a user’s feet cannot rest flat on the floor, a footrest helps to achieve the proper leg angle.
-Seat Cushion: Similarly, if the knees are at an angle slightly less than 90 degrees, a seat cushion can be added to the chair to reach proper height relative to the floor, chair armrests and desk. It can also help relieve pre-existing back and hip pain.
-Step Stool: A step stool can be used when standing to rest one foot at a time while shifting weight between each foot.
-Anti-Fatigue Mat: This cushioned mat helps to relieve foot pain that new standing desk users might experience, absorbing pressure placed on feet by the floor as well as promoting circulation.
-Keyboard Tray: A keyboard tray that attaches just underneath the desktop surface can be adjusted to the exact, correct height for comfortable arm and wrist placement while typing and using the mouse.
-Armrest: An armrest helps to support forearms at rest or using a mouse (note that for proper ergonomic positioning, armests should not be used when typing as wrists should float). Some armrests are part of ergonomic chairs, while others attach to the desktop separately.
-Monitor Mounts: If the monitor (or monitors) cannot reach eye level on their own, monitor arms mounted to the desktop provide more customization to achieve higher placement.
-Laptop Stand: Using a laptop often requires ergonomic adjustments, since when the keyboard is positioned correctly, the screen is often too low. A laptop can be propped up on a stand so the screen can reach the proper height, and a separate keyboard can be used on the desktop or tray.
-Ergonomic Mouse: An ergonomic mouse cuts down on carpal tunnel and allows for more natural arm movement by incorporating a curved shape and a trackball to move the cursor.
-Posture Corrector: A posture corrector can be worn underneath or on top of clothes as a gentle reminder to avoid slouching and keep shoulders pulled back.
Movement and Exercise
-Mini Elliptical: The compact version of the larger exercise machine, a mini elliptical can be used at a desk (sitting, or standing for those with excellent balance) to get blood flowing and burn a few extra calories while working.
-Desk Bike: A desk bike takes the place of a chair, acting as an exercise bike but specifically designed for use at a desk – so users can work and work out at the same time.
-Desk Pedals: Desk pedals allow for the same type of exercise as the desk bike, but without the bike itself – the compact, independent pedals can be placed under the desk and used with the existing office chair.
-Treadmill: Instead of standing, a treadmill can be placed in front of a standing desk to allow for walking while working.
-Exercise Ball: When used as a desk chair, an exercise ball requires more muscle engagement and helps increase core strength. Experts recommend switching between the ball and the chair throughout the day to avoid too much pressure on the spine.
-Wobble Stool: A wobble stool provides similar benefits to an exercise ball – it tilts all directions without falling over and swivels 360 degrees, so occasional use provides similar opportunities to engage core and leg muscles.
-Balance Board: Standing on a balance board while working encourages controlled use of core and leg muscles to stay balanced – and to rock back and forth slightly to keep up awareness and energy.
Storage and Organization
-CPU Holder: A CPU holder is a small shelf that attaches to the underside of the standing desk surface to keep a traditional desktop computer stored neatly and conveniently.
-Under Desk Cabinet: An under desk cabinet tucks just underneath the desk at its lowest height – off to the side so as not to interfere with posture – to store files and office supplies while using space efficiently.
-Privacy Panels: Privacy panels are rectangular barriers that can be attached to the sides and back of standing desks to offer some relief from noise and other distractions in open offices.
The right combination of standing desk accessories can help to create a completely customized workspace…users will not only feel healthier but will likely enjoy work more too! At LoctekMotion, we manufacturer some of those accessories for our clients, feel free to contact us for more information.