What is an electric height adjustable desk?
With this type of desk the raising and lowering of the top is all controlled by electric motors. This makes it extremely easy to use as it is all push button controlled. You just decide what height you want to work at and the rest is press and go.
Why should you select an electric sit stand desk?
Well the obvious benefit with electrically operated workstations is the speed and ease of adjustment. This means that you will be far more inclined to make regular adjustments because it is so simple and easy to do. Whereas with a mechanically adjusted desk you might be inclined to not alter the height as regularly as you probably ought to, as it’s not so intuitive.
Typically electric adjustable desks move the top effortlessly at around 1 inch per second, so it only takes a matter of a few moments to make height changes.
In terms of where you can use it the answer is pretty much anywhere with an electric socket nearby. There’s no need for any specialist supply a standard power point is all you need and power consumption is negligible.
How does an electric height adjustable desk work?
The operation of electric sit stand desks is controlled by a either a single or pair of electric motors. The desk leg section is often built up from several steel box or channel sections. They work rather like a telescope with each section nesting inside the next one. At higher working levels the legs are extended and at lower levels they retract and nest inside each other.
Corner desks often have a single rear leg which operates in a similar way, however it is usually has a bigger box section profile as all the weight is being supported on a single leg.
Movement is all carried out by the electric motor(s) which the user activates by a switch control wired from the controller and mounted at a convenient point under the desk. Switch operation is usually by one or more switches with some more sophisticated desks have additional memory presets. These allow you to go back to your favorite work heights at the press of a button.
What are the different sorts of electric height adjustable desk?
Top styles come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including rectangular, square, geometric, corner and L shaped.
Most worktops are one-piece construction, as this tends to work well for the majority of users. Where split-level work surfaces are offered they tend to be divided with a small section at the front of the desk for the keyboard and mouse to sit on. However, the two top pieces are connected to each other with a separate hand operated articulated mechanism often seen on keyboard trays. This allows people to adjust the front section independently from the main top itself. Nonetheless the electrical control still moves both top surfaces at the same time. The idea being that you adjust the overall desk height electrically and then make fine-tune adjustments to the front keyboard top by hand. This usually involves setting the front top slightly lower than the main top to suit individual user comfort preferences.
Very easy to use, push button controls
Quick and effortless speed of adjustment
Pre-set memory positions available on higher end models
Very low power consumption
They are usually the most expensive option due to the cost of the controls
Requires an electrical power point close to the desk
There is little doubt that electrically controlled adjustable workstations offer the best flexibility, speed and ease of adjustment of all the different types of sit stand desking choices. Like a lot of things that are the best solution to a problem they are also the most expensive.
However, in the past couple of years more cost effective products have been introduced. And it’s now possible to get electric desks at the same price or less than many manufacturers mechanically adjusted desks. You will find a review of a range of electric height adjustable desks offering outstanding value here.