The standing desk has proven to be a real boon to office workers who prefer not to sit at their desks all day. Prolonged sitting in a desk chair with little capacity for adjustment and little consideration of ergonomic design has several unfortunate downsides, because non-ergonomic designs do not take proper posture into consideration. For example, the chair’s seat is usually configured so that the pelvis is in the wrong position, and the natural curves of the spine are distorted. It’s no wonder that so many office workers experience pain in the muscles of their backs, shoulders, and necks.
In addition, prolonged periods of sitting immobile at a desk contributes to the rising rate of obesity—a serious medical condition that can lead to potentially fatal illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. The discomfort and health risks associated with sitting have led to a huge rise in workers who prefer to incorporate some standing into their work routines. But if you’re not ready for the expense and commitment of a full sit-stand desk, you can try a simple, inexpensive option first: a keyboard riser.
Budget-Friendly Standing Solution
A standing desk keyboard riser (sometimes referred to as a standing desk keyboard stand) makes it simple to adjust your keyboard to your perfect standing height. There are two popular types of adjustable height keyboard stands. The first is designed to sit on the desktop. It can be raised and lowered to just the right height, and can be tilted for the perfect typing angle. Most models come with a mouse platform that can be attached to either side, keeping the mouse at the same height as the keyboard. The other type of ergonomic keyboard stand has the same capabilities and features of the desktop model, but is designed to be attached underneath the desktop. It is pulled out and up when you want to stand, and can also be lowered close to your lap for comfortable typing when you choose to work seated.
We recommend using a monitor stand or monitor arm when standing as well, in order to prevent neck and back pain caused by looking down at your screen. With these simple tools, you’ll be all set to enjoy the benefits of standing at work, without breaking the bank.