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In order to fully benefit from your sit-stand desk, it’s important to customize your workspace to suit your body’s needs. Using standing desks correctly may seem like a no-brainer from an outsider’s perspective: You stand. You work. You repeat. However, ergonomics is not an exact science because every human body is different. The optimal height for your desk will be different for you than for someone else, and that’s a good thing!

Here are some step-by-step instructions for how to use your own body’s proportions and natural posture to create the ideal active workstation. Once you’re all set up, make sure to read further for additional tips on how to use the standing desk correctly and reap the most rewards from everything it has to offer.


In order to fully benefit from your sit-stand desk, it’s important to customize your workspace to suit your body’s needs. Using standing desks correctly may seem like a no-brainer from an outsider’s perspective: You stand. You work. You repeat. However, ergonomics is not an exact science because every human body is different. The optimal height for your desk will be different for you than for someone else, and that’s a good thing!

Here are some step-by-step instructions for how to use your own body’s proportions and natural posture to create the ideal active workstation. Once you’re all set up, make sure to read further for additional tips on how to use the standing desk correctly and reap the most rewards from everything it has to offer.


Adjust your sit-stand desk to your ideal height standing

Standing desk - posture - ergonofis

Step 1:

Stand up straight, shoulders back

Stand up straight while facing the desk. Keep your shoulders back, and allow them to relax with your arms hanging naturally by your side.

Standing desk - posture - ergonofis

Step 2:

Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height

Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, keeping your neck neutral and your wrists straight in front of you. Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height, so your forearms are parallel with the desk surface.

Standing desk - posture - ergonofis

Step 3:

Remember: wrists should remain neutral, always

The final adjustments are to ensure your wrists remain neutral: Your fingers can hang down to meet your keyboard but your wrist should never be inclined up or down.

Tip:   Save your custom height setting so you can easily transition between sitting and standing without interrupting your workflow. All ergonofis smart desks encourage this by allowing users to save 2 custom heights so they can switch up easily.

Adjust your sit-stand desk to your ideal height standing

Step 1:

Stand up straight, shoulders back

Stand up straight while facing the desk. Keep your shoulders back, and allow them to relax with your arms hanging naturally by your side.

Step 2:

Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height

Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, keeping your neck neutral and your wrists straight in front of you. Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height, so your forearms are parallel with the desk surface.

Step 3:

Remember: wrists should remain neutral, always

The final adjustments are to ensure your wrists remain neutral: Your fingers can hang down to meet your keyboard but your wrist should never be inclined up or down.

Tip:   Save your custom height setting so you can easily transition between sitting and standing without interrupting your workflow. All ergonofis smart desks encourage this by allowing users to save 2 custom heights so they can switch up easily.



Adjust your sit-stand desk to your ideal height when sitting

Step 1:

Adjust the height of your chair

Adjust the height of your chair so that the top of the seat cushion is parallel to the base of your knees. Keep your feet flat on the floor and leave a fist-sized gap of space between the back of your knees and the seat's front edge.

Step 2:

Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height

Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and allow your arms to hang loosely near your torso, with armrests barely touching your elbows. Raise or lower your adjustable desk until its surface reaches the bottom of your forearms. Your hands should float over the keyboard with straight, relaxed wrists.

Step 3:

Watch your posture while sitting!

Your upright posture while sitting should be supported by the chair's backrest, which must be curved or padded to meet the hollow of your back.

Tip:   It's better to remove your chair's armrests if they cannot be adjusted low enough to stop your elbows from elevating - otherwise your neck and shoulders will be tense all day!


Adjust your sit-stand desk to your ideal height when sitting

Standing desk - sitting - ergonofis

Step 1:

Adjust the height of your chair

Adjust the height of your chair so that the top of the seat cushion is parallel to the base of your knees. Keep your feet flat on the floor and leave a fist-sized gap of space between the back of your knees and the seat's front edge.

Standing desk - sitting - ergonofis

Step 2:

Lift or lower the standing desk to meet your elbow height

Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and allow your arms to hang loosely near your torso, with armrests barely touching your elbows. Raise or lower your adjustable desk until its surface reaches the bottom of your forearms. Your hands should float over the keyboard with straight, relaxed wrists.

Standing desk - sitting - ergonofis

Step 3:

Watch your posture while sitting!

Your upright posture while sitting should be supported by the chair's backrest, which must be curved or padded to meet the hollow of your back.

Tip:   It's better to remove your chair's armrests if they cannot be adjusted low enough to stop your elbows from elevating - otherwise your neck and shoulders will be tense all day!


How to adjust your computer screen to ideal height

Monitor stand - sit-stand desk - ergonofis

Using a monitor screen

Screen at eye-level - not too close from your face

The top third of your monitor’s screen should be at eye-level so your neck doesn’t have to bend upwards to view it. Tilted your monitor towards you, slightly upwards (10 to 20 degrees), so your neck doesn’t have to bend down, either

Tip:  Your monitor should be no less than 20 to 28” (51-71cm) away from your face. Another way to calculate this optimal length is measuring the distance from the tip of your middle finger to your elbow.


If your computer is too low, we highly suggest using monitor arms or another accessory like our handmade monitor stand beautifully crafted with solid wood.


Laptop stand - sit-stand desk - ergonofis

Using a laptop

You need accessories to elevate your screen

Laptops were designed to rest on your lap (hence the name), so they’re not great for standing desks. If you work with a laptop, you will need a separate keyboard, monitor and mouse so you can elevate the screen to meet your line of sight. Have a look to our handmade laptop stand.


Laptop stand - launching soon!

The ergonofis laptop stand elevates your laptop and features an angled platform to position your head in a perfect ergonomic posture, ultimately preventing and alleviating neck pain. Lauching soon! Subsribe to our newsletter to be the first to know


Tip:  Avoid having single light source or any lights that cause a glare on your screen to prevent eyestrain.


How to adjust your computer screen to ideal height

Tip:  Your monitor should be no less than 20 to 28” (51-71cm) away from your face. Another way to calculate this optimal length is measuring the distance from the tip of your middle finger to your elbow.


If your computer is too low, we highly suggest using monitor arms or another accessory like our handmade monitor stand beautifully crafted with solid wood.


Using a laptop

You need accessories to elevate your screen

Laptops were designed to rest on your lap (hence the name), so they’re not great for standing desks. If you work with a laptop, you will need a separate keyboard, monitor and mouse so you can elevate the screen to meet your line of sight.


Laptop stand - launching soon!

The ergonofis laptop stand elevates your laptop and features an angled platform to position your head in a perfect ergonomic posture, ultimately preventing and alleviating neck pain. Lauching soon! Subsribe to our newsletter to be the first to know


Tip:  Avoid having single light source or any lights that cause a glare on your screen to prevent eyestrain.


A few more tips for optimal health at your desk

How to maintain proper posture while standing

Keep your neck tall and your shoulders relaxed. Don’t bend your chin down or up – allow the neck to remain neutral.

To prevent fatigue, shift your weight from one foot to the other. You can use a small footrest to keep one foot elevated when you alternate, or an anti-fatigue mat .

Don’t slouch forward nor strain your spine by leaning backwards. If you can’t tell whether your back is straight, remember the invisible string visualization, or try the classic book-balancing-on-head debutante trick!

Tip: Play music! Listening to a beat that inspires you to move your hips and shift your weight, even slightly, can help take the strain off prolonged standing sessions.


Our anti-fatigue mats are built to allow your muscles to de-contract, which increases your blood circulation and relieve tension in your ankles, knees, and back. It’s been compared to standing on a cloud... At least that’s what our customers say!


How to prevent body pains while standing

Your hands should be able to rest directly over your keyboard without hunching forward to prevent shoulder pain.

Your wrists should remain straight and parallel to desk surface to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Don’t lock your knees. Keep them “soft” (i.e. slightly bent) to reduce pressure on your hips.

Most importantly: don’t stand for too long! Remember to take breaks from static standing by either switching to sitting, doing some stretches, or taking a short walk.

Tip: Use a timer to remind yourself when to switch positions. You should not remain in a static standing position for longer than 1.5 hours at a time.

Keep customizing your active workstation for comfort

Remember, everyone is different and should be able to adjust their workspace to their own needs. Some of us have longer arms, or shorter legs. Some of us have weaker knees, or flatter foot arches. No matter what your specific needs are, the advantage of height-adjustable desks is their versatile nature - they can be customized to suit everyone.

The tips provided here are a starting point. We suggest that you try minor tweaks as you get acquainted with your workstation. Try moving your desk up or down by 0.2” for half an hour and see how it feels. Any bodily discomforts should be dealt with as soon as they come up, and a truly ergonomic workspace will allow you to make proper adjustments in seconds.

A few more tips for optimal health at your desk

How to maintain proper posture while standing

Keep your neck tall and your shoulders relaxed. Don’t bend your chin down or up – allow the neck to remain neutral.

To prevent fatigue, shift your weight from one foot to the other. You can use a small footrest to keep one foot elevated when you alternate, or an anti-fatigue mat .

Don’t slouch forward nor strain your spine by leaning backwards. If you can’t tell whether your back is straight, remember the invisible string visualization, or try the classic book-balancing-on-head debutante trick!

Tip: Play music! Listening to a beat that inspires you to move your hips and shift your weight, even slightly, can help take the strain off prolonged standing sessions.


Our anti-fatigue mats are built to allow your muscles to de-contract, which increases your blood circulation and relieve tension in your ankles, knees, and back. It’s been compared to standing on a cloud... At least that’s what our customers say!


How to prevent body pains while standing

Your hands should be able to rest directly over your keyboard without hunching forward to prevent shoulder pain.

Your wrists should remain straight and parallel to desk surface to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Don’t lock your knees. Keep them “soft” (i.e. slightly bent) to reduce pressure on your hips.

Most importantly: don’t stand for too long! Remember to take breaks from static standing by either switching to sitting, doing some stretches, or taking a short walk.

Tip: Use a timer to remind yourself when to switch positions. You should not remain in a static standing position for longer than 1.5 hours at a time.

Keep customizing your active workstation for comfort

Remember, everyone is different and should be able to adjust their workspace to their own needs. Some of us have longer arms, or shorter legs. Some of us have weaker knees, or flatter foot arches. No matter what your specific needs are, the advantage of height-adjustable desks is their versatile nature - they can be customized to suit everyone.

The tips provided here are a starting point. We suggest that you try minor tweaks as you get acquainted with your workstation. Try moving your desk up or down by 0.2” for half an hour and see how it feels. Any bodily discomforts should be dealt with as soon as they come up, and a truly ergonomic workspace will allow you to make proper adjustments in seconds.


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