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How to Make the Best of Your Sit-Stand Desk

How to Make the Best of Your Sit-Stand Desk

Consider the following scenario. You feel you have been spending too much time sitting in front of your computer every day. Typical problem of office workers. You want to do something about it and start researching possible options and come across ergonomics chairs, articles showing the correct posture and how often you should be standing up and walking around the office to avoid back pain. You keep your research until you find the Sit & Stand Desk option. You find it great, because you do not need to actually stop working to use this product. So you buy one. The problem is, after standing a few times while you work, you realize your legs want you to sit down. Therefore, you never use the stand up function again, and your overpriced, fancy sit & stand desk is now just a useless piece of furniture in your office. Does it sound familiar? If so, keep reading and let’s find out why.

The concept of sitting or standing is simple. If you really want to go cheap, you do not even need a sit and stand desk for it. All you have to do is to have a small table top, on the top of your desk and you can alternate between the sitting and standing position. What makes a sit and stand desk user friendly and actually functional are different features that may go by  unimportant if you never used a sit and stand desk before.

If you are interested in finding out what the best sit-stand desks in Australia are and what features a good and reliable product must have, just keep reading this article.

DIY Sit & Stand Desks - Why you should avoid it

The perfect and most comfortable position to work in the office is not something easy to find. Good brands spend thousands of dollars in research and customer feedback to reach the ultimate position to offer to its customers. The chances are, if you build yourself a wooden desk with variable position, you are likely to never use it properly and make your posture worse, having a negative impact on your health. A few negative points of a DIY sit-stand desk.

DIY sit-stand desk


  • Cost - After buying all the materials and tools needed to build a DIY sit-stand desk, you probably will spend more than the cost of buying a brand new desk from TecnoTools.
  • Time - If you want to make it work, you will need days, not hours of work.
  • Operation - It is incredibly hard to operate a manual sit-stand desk.
  • Adjustment - Finding the right height for you is hard; a couple of centimeters off and you will feel uncomfortable to work while standing up for long periods of time. Depending on how the DIY sit-stand desk is set up, it might not be possible to find the most comfortable height for you. The best way to achieve this is by using an electric motor.
  • Overall quality - As you probably know by now, it is going to take a good few days, if not weeks to build a DIY sit-stand desk, you will have to spend a considerable amount of money and if it is not done right, your project might not last long enough. If you decide to go with the project of building a sit-stand desk, if you do not use quality material, you will probably have problems not only with the operation of the product, but also with quality in the long term.

Features you should look for

There are a few features that are very important, so the sit-stand desk can be reliable and functional.

  • Motorized height adjustable frame - It is not a coincidence that this item is the first in our list. Try to move the desk up or down with books, monitor and laptop on the top of it without using an electric motor and you will quickly realize why. It is not only because of the weight, but the  motorized desk offers other important features, a manual operated sit-stand desk cannot. 
  • Programmable Memory - Finding the right height for you to work on while standing is not easy; so when you do you want your desk to memorize the correct height for you. So this feature is very important and is available on motorized sit-stand desks only.
  • Sit-Stand Time Reminder - If working seated for long hours can be detrimental to your health, standing for long periods of time is not any better. What you need is to alternate between the sitting and standing positions. If you have an electric motor operated sit-stand desk, you can have a feature to remind you when it is time to sit, or stand. 
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You do not need to buy the most expensive brand, or the fanciest sit-stand desk you can find to get these features. TecnoTools sells Brateck and Artiss. These are decent quality brands that offer many useful features. The best part is they are not overpriced brands, so you do not need to break the bank to acquire a high quality product that will be comfortable to use for a long period of time.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of sit-stand desks, a good article to read is: How to Increase Productivity with a Standing Desk

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