We Love Sit to Stand Desks and You Should Too
These days people are becoming more and more concerned about the ill effects of an overly sedentary life. There is strong evidence linking excessive sitting (7 hrs or more per day ) to poor health. High cholesterol, lower back pain, colon cancer, poor circulation are just a few of the many health issues that can be triggered from to much sitting. With so many issues arising from our increased sedentary lifestyle the medical community has even coined a term to describe the problem- the sitting disease. Businesses are feeling the effects of employees becoming ill due to lack of exercise. Some are even going so far as to invest in their employees health and wellbeing at work by attempting to find alternatives to all day sitting. Today many furniture and office product companies are offering solutions to the problem, but how to they stack up? Is standing while working as uncomfortable as it seems? We tried a Sit to Stand desk for one week. Here’s what happened.
First Impressions: I am a naturally fidgety person and sometimes suffer from back pain when I sit for too long. I was definitely excited to get this system. The Kantek Desk took quite a bit of assembly but the instructions were fairly easy to follow. When I placed it on my desk, I thought it looked quite bulky and didn’t love the fact that the keyboard tray was overhanging the edge of my existing desk. This could be due to the fact that my desktop is quite shallow. Aside from the overhang, it was fairly compact and left me some room on either side of my existing desk for the things that I need. I’m so excited to start using it and being able to stand while I work, but I have to admit it’s not the best looking piece out there.
The Experience: At first I couldn’t get over how bulky it looked on my desk but I have to say, I LOVE IT! Whenever I got tired of sitting, I simply pushed my chair away and stood up to work. The lift mechanism was smooth and easy to position. Everything on the desktop felt stable. I even kept my tea cup on it while lifting! When I got tired of standing, I switched to my Mogo seat. The leaning position was the perfect compromise between sitting and standing. The ease of use allowed me the freedom to move around as I pleased all day long.
Pros: Physically, I noticed that the freedom of movement had virtually eliminated the back pain that I was experiencing under my shoulder blade. It’s been a week and I haven’t experienced it once since I started using this system. I also noticed that being able to change positions kept me much more alert, energized and engaged in my work. Working on a sit to stand also has psychological advantages. Knowing that I was able to stand at my desk encouraged me to want to do so; even during times when I wasn’t particularly interested in standing. It helped me to stay moving and got me out of my chair. The mogo seat is super easy to perch on and even easier to store when you‘re ready to take a seat. It is also very comfortable to lean on.
Cons: In my opinion, this version of a sit to stand desk is not pretty at all. Unless you have a very deep desktop to work with, expect this one to overhang to some degree. When fully collapsed, it measures 35” deep. If you don’t mind the overhang, it is a great compact option for people who need a space saving solution. With the mogo seat, getting on and off without the seat falling to the floor posed a challenge. I tend to move around a lot at my desk and work on various physical projects as well as computer based ones. Perhaps the Mobis would have been a better option for the office since it is self standing.
Final Thoughts: Despite the cons, I don’t think I would ever go back to a standard sit-down-only desk again. I love my sit to stand and it has really changed the way I work. I feel more energized, engaged and free to move around as I please. I am no longer restricted to the confines of my desk chair while I work and it’s all thanks to this system. The pain in my shoulder is virtually gone and I have much more consistent energy throughout my day. I also feel more at ease knowing that staying active will help me to live a healthier life despite my desk based career. That alone makes this desk worth every single penny!
First Impressions: Like Jessica, I was also excited to get this system. While I love my job, I feel that being in the same position for 9 hours each day definitely takes a toll. Out of the box, this desk system is much bigger than I imagined it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly takes up a significant portion of my desk. Set up was easy as this one already comes assembled! It only needed some slight tension adjustment with an Allen wrench. I definitely had to rearrange things to accommodate the Kantek Sit To Stand. The upper level has an overhang on the left and right sides, which makes it difficult to see items on the sides of your desk. If you’re the kind of person who likes to see everything at a glance, some rearranging is definitely needed.
The Experience: I loved this desk. Even in the sitting position it was a huge step up from what I had going on before. The upper level was large enough for both of my monitors. The upper portion stands about 7 inches off the desk. Incidentally, this eliminated the need for my monitor risers, which was great. This desk is extremely well made and whenever I wanted to change my position, it was simple. The hydraulic mechanism that assists in raising the desk is effortlessly smooth. It can ‘lock’ into any position along the way, so no matter your height, this rising desk can accommodate. It’s extremely sturdy even when raised to its highest position.
Pros: The purpose of this desk is to allow you to sit and stand at your desk comfortably with minimal hassle. It achieves this with flying colors. Its biggest ‘pro’ though is that it’s a great desk to add on to the desk you already have. The Kantek STS is great for the already furnished office, for that health-conscious person who wants to simply introduce this to their work life. It’d be great for companies that have sitting desks already but want to give their employees more options to practice a healthy lifestyle at work.
Cons: The one issue I faced was the issue of desk space. The Kantek will force you to rearrange your desk, and the split levels will make it seem more busy, so you might have to put somethings in drawers to compensate. This may be because my sitting desk is on the smaller side to begin with. I’d imagine that if you were using a full-size cubicle desk or even working in an open office this really wouldn’t be a flaw. I would also imagine that the white color won’t always be an exact match to most existing desk tabletops, but it comes close.
Final Thoughts: The Kantek Sit To Stand is definitely worth it. Even with those minor issues, for what it does, and the ease of setup and function, you get more than what you pay for. The ability to stand as I work has changed everything. I don’t feel as confined to sitting in the same place for 9 hours, and instead I can stand, lean, or sit whenever I get tired of one position. It’s the incremental daily victories that lead us on a path of healthy living, and to me having the opportunity to stretch and move my legs while working feels gratefully like a win.