A Standing Desk Has a Space Footprint You Need to Consider
by Kenny Rhoads
If you like to work from home, whether it’s woodworking, crafting, or conventional computer use, an adjustable standing desk is a great way to improve your comfort and health, and it can even increase your productivity. However, some people are hesitant about bringing adjustable height standing desks into their home because of the space requirements and how the furniture doesn’t cohere conventional ways with other typical storage and furniture items. Making space for a standing desk is just a matter of forethought and planning.
The biggest issue is that storage above and below the standing desk has to adjust. You can have more space below your sit to stand adjustable standing desk when it is extended, but you sacrifice the option for low shelves above the standing desk. You can plan for this by purchasing storage that is at tall as possible while fitting under the height adjustable standing desk when in the lowered position. Another great solution is to use stackable storage like a bookcase on the side of the desk, because it offers storage at multiple heights. This is ideal because it means you can reach the shelves while seated or standing.
The problem with wall shelving emphasizes another related space issue, art on the walls above the desk. In a home office, you will be sacrificing the ability to have calendars and art at seated eye-level. However, putting it at eye-level while standing is easy enough and solves the problem. You just have to realize it and know exactly how high to hang stuff so it looks right while standing at your desk.
Another space issue arises from the way standing and having a chair in the same area takes up more space. You need the floor space for a chair, and when you stand you need space to move the chair and stand comfortably. This isn’t a big problem, but you need to be sure to move storage and other things that you keep on the floor to create this space. If you tend to work standing up more often than sitting, you might even do away with the chair to ensure more open space.
One of the last issues you have to overcome as far as the space for a standing desk are the things you may have stored on your desk. Anything that’s heavy, such as books or papers, make the standing desk difficult to raise or lower, they need to be stored somewhere else. Furthermore, if it could potentially unbalance the desk when it’s standing, you need to find another storage space. This also applies to a computer tower if you’re using a desktop. Space on the desk will be at more of a premium, but you also need to manage your floor and under-desk space. Under desk CPU holder in our ergonomic accessory page is the perfect answer for this.
A standing desk can make your home office significantly more efficient, and is obviously a huge benefit for your own personal health. As long as you remember these space considerations, setting it up should be easy.