Because of the notion that a wider standing desk frame is more stable than a narrower one, some end users might be tempted to only look at desks of a certain minimum width – despite their actual preferences for a smaller size or different style. However, LoctekMotion believes it’s essential for users to find the exact desk that meets their ergonomic needs, as well as the needs of their usage environment, and the common misconception that a wider desk is more stable than a smaller, narrower desk might derail that effort. So today we’ll bust through the myth that bigger is always better, identify the factors that truly affect stability and demonstrate how LoctekMotion’s construction helps our desk frames excel when it comes to stability.
Stability Tests: Different Desk Sizes and Force Amounts
Stability testing for height adjustable desks typically involves both wobble deflection testing (measuring side-to-side motion) and rocking deflection testing (measuring front-to-back motion). One carefully designed study directly compared the stability of a 48-inch wide desk with a 72-inch wide desk. Three different amounts of force were applied and measured (5, 10 and 15 pounds of pull) at three different desk heights (30, 42 and 46 inches), for a total of nine tests for wobbling and nine tests for rocking. 16 of the 18 total scores calculated were the same or within one point of each other between the different desk sizes. Therefore, no noticeable difference was found in stability at different widths.
Factors Affecting Standing Desk Stability
Let’s examine several common reasons standing desks can wobble. One factor that can clearly impact desk stability is loose hardware. Bolts can be loose because they weren’t tightened enough during assembly or can become loose with motion over time. (Check bolts once or twice a year; a high-performance adhesive can also help to hold them in place.)
Another potential cause of instability is ill-fitting glides. Glides are small components placed within standing desk lifting columns, and they serve multiple purposes: they fill the gap between the metal pieces of the columns, and they help create smooth adjustment. Where the metal components would otherwise grind together while moving up and down, glides lubricate and reduce friction. Since glides are so precisely sized to individual desks, installation needs to be perfect. A manufacturer that’s not an expert in sensing the right positioning can cause more harm than good if glides are too loose or too tight. Aluminum and steel are the most common materials for columns, and since steel is more rigid, it’s even more essential that glides fit perfectly into steel desks.
A glide system that’s only installed on one end of the lifting column, rather than both ends, is also a stability disadvantage. If glides are positioned at both the top and bottom of columns, they can counteract each other. However, glides only on one end cause stability problems – at all heights – because the natural gap between columns leaves space between the inner and outer columns on the non-glide end, and space allows unwanted movement. LoctekMotion’s lifting columns incorporate glides on both ends which are made from exceptionally durable material. The inside columns are oiled to reduce friction and facilitate smooth motion. This glide system is just one of a variety of factors that help us to offer superior stability.
Some desk frame manufacturers install a cross bar connecting the legs to increase stability, because it helps to lower the center of gravity and provide additional support. Although a cross bar increases stability, it diminishes the space under the desk and is less aesthetically appealing. For visual appeal and flexibility, LoctekMotion has foregone the traditional cross support in favor of other design choices that bolster stability.
Additional Factors Contributing to LoctekMotion Standing Desk Frame Stability
Sturdy Steel Construction. Our desk frames are constructed with thick steel that contribute to a load capacity of 275 pounds for dual-motor frames and 330 pounds for triple-motor frames.
Minimized Gaps Between Casings. Innovative engineering has enabled us to maximize casing overlap within the lifting column, adding strength.
Long, Heavy Feet. Desk feet are also made from heavy steel and are longer than others on the market, lowering the center of gravity and helping to combat any potential wobbling or swaying.
(LoctekMotion’s stability test added 50 pounds of weight to the desktop. The tester used all his strength to attempt to rock the desk both left-to-right and front-to-back. Even at that amount of force, there was no movement at a desk height of 28 inches, and very little at 37.2 inches. At 47.6 inches there was some detectable movement, but not enough to disrupt use.)
We continues to innovate so as to provide the highest quality standing desk solutions that are not only safe, stable and durable – but also flexible, versatile and stylish.