In offices and workplaces up and down the globe, standing desks are becoming more and more common with each passing day. This is hardly surprising when you consider the fact that chiropractors are now in greater demand than ever before, and our posture in general, well, it sucks.

Whether you’re an employer looking to increase productivity and comfort levels for your employees, or a self-employed worker looking to kit out your home office, standing desks are ideal.

The main issue that people tend to have with standing desks, is the fact that they’re not quite sure what height the desks should be set at.

If you’re looking to purchase a standing desk, you must ensure that you set it at the perfect height, which is what we’re going to look at today.

Here’s a look at some handy tips and info based upon the ideal height of a standing desk.

What height should my standing desk be?

This is quite a subjective question, and the answer is no different. The general rule of thumb is that your standing desk should be roughly 44 inches high, based upon an average sized person.

However, don’t take this too literally as different people are different heights, and not only that, but people also have different sized limbs.

What about my elbows?

When you set up your standing desk, the table itself should be level with your elbows, which means that when you rest your forearms on the desk, your elbows should form a perfect 90-degree angle.

You can get away with an inch or so higher, or lower, but roughly, aim for the table to be elbow height.

Where should my eyes be?

Assuming that your standing desk is to be used in conjunction with a laptop or computer, it’s important that you ensure that you have the monitor at the perfect height.

One of the main reasons why people suffer with neck, back, and spine issues, along with bad posture, is because they spend hours a day with their shoulders hunched forwards and their heads slumped, looking down at their screen.

Ideally, your eyes should be level with the top of your screen/monitor, as this will help ensure that you are standing up straight with your shoulders hunched back.

Do I need to stand all day long?

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to standing desks, is that people often assume that you will spend the entire working day stood at your desk, which would hurt anybody’s feet.

This is not the case.

In reality, experts recommend that you spend your working day alternating between periods of standing and sitting, in 2-hour windows.

Should I take a break?

In order to get the most from your standing desk, you must make sure that you take regular breaks throughout the day.

Aim to take a 5 minute break every 25 minutes or so, in order to perform some gentle stretches and to help prevent your joints from stiffening and ceasing up.

Author's Bio: 

Rick Tinderman has always been interested in ergonomic life style and he now owns a small business selling electric standing desks & accessories to help customers work more healthily and productively. To get more info about workplace & home office furniture, please feel free to visit: