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Top 10 Standing Desk Myths: Debunking the Misconceptions

Get the right facts about standing desks

Despite their rise in popularity over the past several decades, motorized standing desks are still largely shrouded in mystery. Without the proper research, the average desk worker may not understand the full scope of these products, how to use them properly, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Our team at EffyDesk is passionate about debunking common standing desk misconceptions so that our customers can get the most out of our products. Continue reading to learn the top 10 standing desk myths and the truth behind them.

1. Desk workers should spend their entire day standing

Standing desks are well known for their ergonomic benefits. However, many people mistakenly believe that to be healthy, it is necessary to spend all day on their feet. Rather, standing desk users should alternate between standing and sitting behind their desk throughout the day. Flexibility is key with these products, which is why all of our models at EffyDesk can easily be raised and lowered according to each user’s height specifications using a convenient electric control panel. Experts recommend standing between 15-30 minutes per hour to maintain optimal health.

2. Standing desks are overpriced

Although standing desks on average, tend to be more expensive than their stationary counterparts, these products are well worth the investment for a variety of reasons. First, these desks are carefully engineered to support the physical and mental health of users, preventing serious problems and expensive medical bills down the road. Additionally, our electric standing desks at EffyDesk are built to last and come with an extended warranty to ensure long-term functionality. Our electric desks range from $715-1749, making them suitable for many different budgets.

3. Standing desks are only for busy professionals

If you are not a high-level executive, you may be unsure of whether a high-quality standing desk is a worthwhile investment for you. However, the average person spends up to 12 hours per day in a chair. Therefore, whether you are looking into furniture for your home workstation or for a corner office in a commercial building, a standing desk may be the perfect addition to relieve some of the negative side effects of sitting.

4. Standing desk users do not need to exercise

Contrary to popular belief, a standing desk is not a substitution for regular exercise. Although these products can facilitate fat loss, blood circulation, and other health benefits associated with physical activity, it is important not to use standing as a replacement for exercise altogether. If you do not have time to go to a gym or to get out for a walk after work, a great way to incorporate exercise into your workday is by adding our WalkingPad under-desk treadmill to your standing desk.

5. Standing at work is uncomfortable

When we think about comfortability, sitting may seem like the obvious choice as opposed to standing. While taking a seat may relieve some of the pressure of being on your feet, the long-term effects of sitting can actually be extremely uncomfortable. One of the reasons for this is poor posture, which can eventually lead to musculoskeletal problems, causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Therefore, a mix of sitting and standing has proven to provide optimal comfort for desk workers.

6. It is difficult to focus while standing

If you have never stood up during your workday, it may be difficult to imagine completing your everyday tasks in an upright position. However, many standing desk users report that standing has resulted in a higher level of productivity at work than sitting. There are many driving forces behind this, including improved comfort, release of excess energy, a rise in mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, and more. Therefore, standing desks may actually improve your focus rather than diminish it.

7. Standing desks cause pain in the lower body

Many people believe that standing behind their desk for hours each day will cause the legs and feet to become tired and strained. This may be the case for those who spend their entire workday standing, however this is not the way that standing desks are intended to be used, as mentioned previously. Rather, alternating between sitting and standing is a great way to improve blood circulation in the legs and feet, relieving any existing pain in the lower body. If you are currently struggling with pain in this area, a standing desk may be a great solution as opposed to exacerbating the issue.

8. Electric standing desks are detrimental to the environment

An electric standing desk may seem like an unnecessary use of energy when stationary options are available. However, many manufacturers are creating sustainable standing desk models that aim to positively impact environment. An example of this is our TerraDesk, which is made from 10,854 recycled chopsticks. Standing desk users can feel good about their choice when they buy from EffyDesk.

9. Standing desk owners do not need high-quality office chairs

Although standing desks cut down the amount of time that users spend sitting, it is still important to select an ergonomic office chair that will support your health needs when your desk is lowered to a seated position. At EffyDesk, we offer a range of top-rated ergonomic office chairs to facilitate an optimal experience.

10. It is difficult to accessorize a standing desk

A standing desk may seem like a difficult piece of furniture to accessorize due to its unique design and adjustable features. However, we have a range of exciting desk accessories available to complement your standing desk and enhance your user experience even further. Examples include our standing mats, monitor mounts, and filing cabinets. Beyond practical use, our accessories are also designed to pair perfectly with the minimalist appearance of our standing desks and office chairs. For example, our solid wood desks from our WildWood collection look flawless with our matching DeskShelf and Wall Decor Set.

Do you have another myth about standing desks that needs to be debunked? Do not hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about standing desk benefits, misconceptions, and more. We are standing by, ready to assist you.