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How to determine your ideal desk height

The height of your desk plays an essencial role in how you feel physically, whether that be standing or sitting.

Should your desk be set at a height that is either too high or too low, it will inevitably make working for longer periods of time uncomfortable. If you find yourself hunched over, or are straining yourself to sit at a desk, you risk causing pain in your back, neck and shoulders. 

Most employees spend the entire work day at their desk, and as such, can lose oversight of regulating their posture throughout the day. If you happen to be sitting at a desk now, ask yourself the following:

How are you sitting?

With a straight back? Or are you tense and hunched over?

Having the correct desk height can help you keep a straight back, relax your shoulders and improve your posture. However, the ideal height for your desk is determined by your own height.

Throughout this article, we will take a closer look at:

  • How tall your desk ought to be
  • Why height is crucial
  • The average height of desks
  • HOW TALL IS MY DESK SUPPOSED TO BE?

    Finding your ideal desk height is pretty straightforward and made even easier when you have a height adjustable desk. The perfect height for your desk is dependent on one key aspect: how tall you are.

    The taller you are, the higher your desk has to be. This applies to both sitting and standing desks.

    Your elbows should always be parallel with your desk and rest comfortably on its surface. Your forearms should form a 90-degree angle parallel to your shoulders. This means your arms should be resting in such a way where you are not rasing your shoulders, nor adjusting your posture to sit accordingly.

    Having a height-adjustable desk brings the benefits of being able to frequently change from sitting a postion to a standing one. Even the most diligent individuals will start to slouch if they've sat or stood at their desk without taking breaks and not alternating their working position throughout the day.

    Furthermore, not everyone has a desk that is height adjustable. If you can’t adjust your desk, you could alternatively get an adjustable desk chair instead. At OMNI, we have a broad selection of both adjustable desks and ergonomic desk chairs.

    WHAT ABOUT LEGROOM?

    When you’re sitting by your desk, it is also important that there is sufficient space between your thighs and the desk. It can be uncomfortable if you are constantly banging your knees against the desk and this is also a sign that the desk is not the correct height.

    As a rule of thumb, there should be the equivalent of a closed fist between the top of your legs and the desk. However, this rule does not take into account any drawers or cable boxes you may have mounted on the bottom of your desk. If this is the case for you, you should instead make sure that you can sit comfortably with your arms resting at a 90°-angle – and have sufficient room to rearrange your feet or exit the desk.

    It is also important that you can place your feet firmly on the ground or at a slight angle using a footrest. 

    WHY IS DESK HEIGHT SO IMPORTANT?

    A comfortable work position is an absolute must if you wish to avoid discomforts or pains in your body because of taxing desk work – both at the office or when working remotely. 

    Your working posture is just one way to create a healthy physical working environment and one of the most effective ways to achieve this is by adjusting your desk and office chair in accordance with your height.

    HOW TALL ARE DESKS USUALLY?

    Desks are normally adjusted to a height of 73.5 centimeters. This is the ideal height for a person that is 183 centimeters tall.

    However, as few of us are precisely 183 centimeters tall, it is often necessary to adjust either desk and office chair to achieve the ideal height.

    Have you decided on which type of desk best suits your working space?

    Then take a look at our selection of desks – and read more about how a subscription to OMNI works, or visit our LinkedIn page for more exciting news.

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