How Tall is a Standard Desk?

Today I answer a very important question, how tall is a standard desk?

The standard desk height is between 28 and 30 inches. This is typically the size used in most offices, unless otherwise requested.

Nowadays more and more people are working in an office environment. Which means that they spend a large portion of their day sitting at a desk, behind a computer.

Although you may think it convenient to sit down all day, if you are not using the right-sized equipment for your frame, then you could actually be doing damage to your body.

How Tall Is A Standard Desk

Standard desk size

So, how tall is a standard desk? The standardized size is approximately 30 inches tall.

However, this size is best suited for people who are between 5 foot 8 inches, and 5 foot 10 inches tall.

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Obviously, the standard desk size is made to suit the standard height of office workers.

Why is this a problem?

The issue with a standard desk size, is that if you are too short or too tall then it will not serve you well.

The problem here is both with ergonomics (which is efficiency in the work environment), and posture.

If you are not in an ideal position, then you will not be able to work as well. For example, this is commonly seen with screens that are too high, or too low.

If a standard-sized desk is too small for you, meaning that you are above 5 foot 10 inches tall, then you will either have to spend the entire day hunched over, in order to work at your computer.

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Or, if your office chair allows you to sit at an appropriate height for the desk, then you will have an issue, with the placement of your legs.

Obviously, you are less likely to be productive if you are uncomfortable. 

On the other hand, if the standard desk is too high for you, meaning that you are below 5 foot 8 inches, then you will need to significantly adjust your office chair, to accommodate for this height difference.

This will then result in the need for a stool, or bar to alleviate the pressure from your legs dangling. 

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How Tall Is A Standard Desk

How can I solve these problems?

Obviously, a company is not going to be able to order custom desks for each of their employees, so, the chances are that you are going to be stuck with using a standard-sized desk.

However, luckily there are things that you can do, to improve your working environment. 

If the standard-sized desk is too small for your needs, then you can add a stand to your desk.

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Using a stand will allow you to raise the height of any items, be it a laptop or even a computer screen. Essentially, using a stand will increase the height of your working space. 

By raising the height of your screen, you will also remove the need to lower your chair, meaning that you can sit comfortably.

If the standard size is too big for you, then consider getting a foot stall.

This will allow you to sit at the correct height for the desk, with the disadvantage of having nowhere to place your feet.

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Darryl Higgins

Hi, I'm Darryl. I made this site to help share information & reviews about ergonomic desks, chairs & accessories to help others who want to work more comfortably. Learn more about my journey by reading my bio here. Enjoy!
Darryl Higgins

Darryl Higgins

Hi, I'm Darryl. I made this site to help share information & reviews about ergonomic desks, chairs & accessories to help others who want to work more comfortably. Learn more about my journey by reading my bio here. Enjoy!

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