Adjustable Height Desks for the Ideal Workspace
Did you know that sitting can kill you? Well, at least I think it can. Honestly, I'm not really sure. But, we've all seen articles that seem to suggest it does and it seems like a new one is published everyday. The latest reports claim that you should stand about 4 hours a day. Yet, regardless of what you believe, it doesn't hurt for all of us to get off our keister for just a few hours.
So in that spirit, let's talk about some standing desks. Or, to be more specific, adjustable height desks that allow you to stand or sit.
Over the past two weeks, we've been covering our office makeover, which features Kee Klamp fittings and pipe in virtually every piece of furniture in our new workspace. So far we've covered "Creating the Perfect Office Layout" in which we go over the layout of our new office and our reasoning behind moving, and we've also covered "Office Cubicles that Provide Privacy and Facilitate Collaboration" where we cover the design of our new cubicles. Now it's time to move onto the desks.
Most everyone in our office likes to work at a standing desk. They enjoy the flexibility of being able to work while standing yet still have the option to sit as well. You can do both at a standing desk along with a pedestal chair.
So when we started planning for our new office, we decided to make nearly all of the desks in the office adjustable height desks. Each desk would allow the ability to be used as a simple sitting desk or be converted into a standing desk. The height of the desk would adjustable and be able to accommodate the worker's height perfectly.
The desks were designed to have the ability to be positioned as a sitting or standing desk due to the adjustability. To do this, the frame of the desk utilized a few Kee (get it? do you? do you? okay I'll stop) fittings and different sizes of pipe. To allow the desk to be adjusted in a height, a size 7 pipe rests atop of a size 6 Single Socket Tee which then allows a size 6 pipe to slide through it. The size 6 pipe slides through the Single Socket Tee into the size 7 pipe (a size 6 pipe can slide into a size 7 pipe, a size 7 pipe can slide into a size 8 pipe, and so on). This allows the desk to be adjusted in height by loosening the set screw to the fitting and sliding the size 6 pipe up or down to heighten or lower the desk. This configuration is present on all legs of the table. You can more clearly see in the diagrams below how this combination works together.
In addition to the flexibility of being able to stand or sit, we also wanted our new desks to be spacious and allow for collaboration (but honestly, mostly to store all our stuff). We decided to create the desk top using two IKEA table tops to form an L-shape. This would make the desks large enough to allow someone to set down their laptop and sit next to one of their co-workers for training or to work together on a project.
The L-shape was formed using two Gerton beechwood IKEA table tops, one completely rectangular and the other in a rectangular shape with a rounded edge. The rectangular table top is 61" long by 29 1/2" wide while the rounded top is 55 1/8" long by 27 1/2" wide. Bringing the total length of the desk to 88 1/2" long, just over 7 feet, when combined. Both tops are 1 1/8" thick.
To finish off the table tops, we coated them with three layers of Aqua Zar Premium Water Based Polyurathane. This gave the desks a nice, clean finish yet kept the natural colors of the wood.
For additional storage space, we paired each of the desks with a 3 drawer unit from IKEA that also compliments the look of the desks.
Overall, we're quite happy with our new desks and love the fact that they allow us to stretch our legs during the day. If you are looking to outfit your office, adjustable height desks are really the best way to go. They provide the most flexibility, allowing you to position the desk as simple sitting desk or one that you can stand or sit at. Best of all, according to the latest studies, they'll help you to avoid an early death from sitting all day. Our desk kits make it easy to implement and are a breeze to put together.
Be sure to stay with us as we close in on the last segment of our new office; the tables. Next week, we'll cover the various tables in our office which will feature a conference table and coffee table both holding a concrete table top. See the unique designs and how it all came together in next week's post.