The appropriate desk height will depend on how tall you are and how your body is built. Desks without height adjustment are often set between 28 and 30 inches, but this isn't ideal for everyone.
Here's how to find your desk height while sitting:
- Adjust your office chair to a height that keeps your knees bent at 90 degrees with your feet flat on the floor.
- Adjust the height of the armrests on your chair to allow your arms to hang naturally with your elbows bent at 90 degrees while resting on them.
- Measure the height from the floor to your hands while they're in this 90-degree position. This is the correct desk height for you while sitting.
Once you've found the correct height, you'll want to test it out with your keyboard to see if it's comfortable. You might need to slightly adjust your desk and armrests based on how the position feels.
Here's how to find your desk height while standing:
- Put on the shoes you'll wear while working, if any, and place your standing mat in front of the desk.
- Stand up straight on the mat wearing your shoes, allow your arms to hang naturally, and bend at the elbows so that they are at 90-degree angles or slightly over.
- Measure the height from the floor to your hands. This is the correct desk height for you while standing.
Just as you would do when finding the right sitting height for your desk, you may need to adjust the standing height slightly for the best comfort level after testing it with your keyboard. The tabletop or keyboard tray should feel comfortable beneath your wrists while you type.