Health and Wellness

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Standing Desk Converters

Let me start by saying I was amazingly lucky with the first Sit Stand Desk Converter I used. The company I worked for purchased Ergotron Workfit Standing Desk Converters. Talk about being spoiled!

I had two large monitors and a large work surface. It even had room for a family photo. There was a shelf for my keyboard and mousepad. I did have to lift up the seat of my desk chair a bit more, but not a ridiculous amount. I’m short (5’2”), so I was already using a slanted footboard so my feet wouldn’t dangle above the floor.

The desk converter was not electrically powered; however, the hydraulic pistons were easy to use. Even with many items on the work surface, the desktop rose up easily and just as smoothly went down. My effort to lift the tabs on either side did not reflect the weight on the desk.

Best of all, the work surface moved straight up! I didn’t know this was a big deal at the time, but I have since learned (and experienced) some other brands move the worksurface forward to go up.

Here is a picture of the desk I had. I think this is 2016.

This picture is of the sit desk converter is in the “standing” position. In some cheaper models on the market the desks come forward when they come up. They look like their center of gravity has changed. I’d worry about them tipping forward. Maybe they wouldn’t, but some look like they would!

But, of course, Ergotron is not the only good manufacturer for Sit Stand Desk Converters. I have friends who have liked VariDesk and VersaDesk, both well-known brands. And I have heard horror stories about “off brands”, the most common being the same complaint I had, they were hard to raise up.

There are links to a few Sit Stand Desk Converters in this post; however, if you are in the market for a Sit Stand Desk Converter, please do your research. What have the reviews said? Any common problems? Choose carefully.

Will I use it?

That is the question to ask yourself before you plunk down your money for a Sit Stand Desk Converter. It’s the question management asked when I got my Ergotron. It is a fair question, and honestly, it is about forming new habits.

I started by standing up for the first 20 minutes or so at work. I had a 40 to 50 minute commute to work so standing up was a bit of a relief. I checked my morning email, checked my schedule, got my morning tea all before I sat down.

Goal: 10 Minutes every hour

I tried to stand up for 10 minutes every hour, but I won’t lie to you, I didn’t remember to do that consistently. I did try to stand up for conference calls and webinars. The raised desk was the perfect height for note-taking. I also tried to take two walks a day — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Again, the operable word here is “tried”. Change is hard, work toward small milestones.

In 2016 I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Changing my sitting habits went a long way toward reversing that diagnosis two years later. I’ll talk more about Osteoporosis and “The Sitting Disease” in another post.

Sit Stand Desks are not the only solutions for standing more during your work day. In future posts I’ll talk about other options. Please subscribe so you can get notified of upcoming articles.

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