Sit stand desks are slowly beginning to make their way into businesses across the world as more people become educated on the benefits of standing at work as opposed to sitting. The first and perhaps most obvious benefit that comes from standing as
opposed to sitting is movement. When you are standing you are able to move about freely and not confined within the constraints of an office chair, allowing you to burn more calories and stretch easier. The second, and perhaps not as obvious but equally as important benefit that is achieved from a sit stand desk is better overall health. Those who sit for 8-10 hours a day are at twice the risk of suffering from health related issues such as back pain, repetitive stress disorder, carpal tunnel, and even more serious ailments such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer. With more businesses making the switch over to sit stand desks, there comes a need to find furniture that will compliment these desks.
Two key pieces of furniture that are recommended to accompany a sit stand desk are drafting chairs and anti-fatigue mats. Most individuals require a break from standing the majority of the day, which is why it is advisable to have a chair to sit in when a seating break is needed. However, not just any regular office chair will do.
Most office chairs are only suitable for desks that are up to 29-30″ tall with their limited range of height adjustment. Chairs that can extend taller than this can cause safety concerns which is why manufacturers try to steer clear of extended height cylinders when manufacturing their office chairs. The problem with this is that sit stand desks are designed to be high enough for individuals to work comfortably while in a standing position, greater than the average 29-30″ high desk. The perfect office chair solution for this is a drafting stool, which is essentially an extended height office chair. These taller office chairs feature a foot ring or some sort of platform for users to comfortably rest their feet on while seated. In the past, they mainly served as a solution for extended height work stations such as in labs, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, drafting tables, and other places that require individuals to work at higher counter tops. They also work well for use at sit stand work stations with their ability to be adjusted to the right height for a taller work station.
Another advisable piece of office furniture to purchase with a sit stand desk is an anti-fatigue mat. With the goal of standing more than sitting throughout the work day at your sit stand station, your employees will need a comfortable surface to stand on in order to avoid fatigue and loss of productivity. Standing in the same spot on a hard surface such as concrete or carpet will create pressure points and will reduce circulation throughout the lower part of the body. Anti-fatigue mats have fatigue fighting properties that allow for a more comfortable standing experience with their thick cushion designed to promote proper circulation. They also are beneficial in that they reduce back pain and stress, reduce slipping and falling injuries, and provide comfort. These mats can be used in conjunction with a drafting stool, however the drafting stool should not be used on top of the anti-fatigue mat. A smaller size anti-fatigue mat such as a 2′ x 3′ mat will suffice and can be easily moved out of the way with its lightweight design when a sitting break is needed.
Anti-fatigue mats and drafting stools paired together make a complete office solution for a sit stand environment. Neglect one piece of the sit stand set up and you may experience the same work aches and pains experienced from staying seated all day. If you combine all three and you will have the ideal ergonomic office set up.
Let’s face it, not every company and job profession fits into our vision of a traditional office set up of neat little cubicles sitting side by side with ergonomic task chairs tucked under standard height desks. There are certain businesses and lines of work that call for a different type of office set up outside the norm, where the desks or work stations are taller ,therefor calling for a different type of seating. This is where drafting chairs or drafting stools become the ideal choice for seating with their ability to extend higher than a typical office chair thanks to their long cylinders.
While the name “drafting chairs” certainly implies that they must obviously be used for designing or drafting on a drafting board, drafting chairs are also used in many other circumstances. They are a comfortable choice for any work area that’s desk, work bench, or counter height requires a higher seat height to reach. With their long cylinders and chrome foot rings for added comfort and style, drafting chairs can be found in many different lines of work. Labs, architects, retail applications, pharmacies, and jobs in the bio field typically require sitting at a counter height station and drafting chairs are a common choice for seating. Doctors also find drafting chairs to be a viable choice allowing for easier examination of their patients and having a chair that fits people of all different shapes and sizes.
Most drafting chairs come with a few standard adjustments and features included pneumatic seat height adjustment and a chrome foot ring to rest your feet on top of, however there are also more ergonomically correct drafting chairs available. Ergonomic drafting chairs come with more adjustments to fit the user such as the angle of the seat, the back angle, and the back height. This adjustability can become particularly useful when multiple people will be using the same chair as they will be able to adjust the chair to meet their specific needs. An ergonomic chair is also important to consider if the work application requires sitting for extended periods of time, when comfort becomes critical.
The growing popularity of drafting chairs has lead to an increased interest in chairs that allow for sitting and standing at the same time. This type of seating application is commonly referred to as a sit stand stool or drafting stool that allows the user of the chair to alternate between sitting down and standing up with ease. Sit stand stools ease the stress off the back caused by sitting all day, and allows for an easy transition to a standing position for at least part of the work day. Alternating between sitting and standing has been proven to increase worker productivity and promote a healthier way of sitting. Taking breaks every hour and stretching is recommended by ergonomists and sit stand stools are an easy reminder to do this throughout the day.