With this desk height calculator, you'll find the proper range your seat, desk, and monitor should be at. Choose between two working positions — sitting or standing — and in an instance, we'll give you a hint on how to prepare your workstation. Ergonomic desk height is a really important thing that shouldn't be neglected — unfortunately, standard desk height is adequate for rather tall people — around 6 ft. Luckily, you can use height-adjustable desks or non-standard chair height, footrests, and other tricks to overcome that problem.

If you're particularly interested in stand-up desks, check out our standing desk height calculator, where you can set up your office ergonomics as well as calculate calories burned by standing.

How to find the most ergonomic desk height? Desk height calculator on the go

So, how to get the most out of your office ergonomics? Just give the desk height calculator a try!

  1. Begin by choosing your height. Don't forget to take into account the heels or soles of your shoes. Our exemplary person is 5 ft 7 in.
  2. Next, pick your working position. Let's choose a standard sitting desk for this example.
Ergonomic desk height, monitor height and chair height while sittingErgonomic desk height and monitor height for standing desk.
  1. And there you are! The desk height calculator just gave you some tips on how to adjust your workstation for maximum comfort:

    • Chair height: 16.5-18 in

      Make sure to follow the recommendations: your thighs and feet should be parallel to the floor (thighs and lower legs forming a 90-110° angle). In many cases, you don't need to worry about standard chair height, as they are adjustable, and their position is easily changed.

    • Desk height: 25-27.5 in

      It's also important that your elbows and underarms lie straight on the table and armrests. Try to have a 90-110° angle at the elbow.

    • Monitor height: 46.5-48 in

      Looking straight, you should be looking at the top third part of the screen. Your monitor should be tilted a bit, like 10-20°.

Don't forget about proper lighting!

Height adjustable desks — is it a good idea?

If you're buying a desk only for yourself, there's usually no need to buy a height-adjustable desk — if you plan and measure everything properly in advance, that is. However, if you're:

  • preparing shared workstations, for people of different heights, you should definitely consider height adjustable tables:

    • Sitting: optimally in 22-33" range, but a 5" range is a minimum (25-30")

    • Standing: optimally in 35-47" range, but a 4" range is a minimum (38-42")

  • buying a desk for a kid — as a child's height changes very quickly, a height-adjustable table that grows with your kid is a good idea.

In these instances, you might want to buy an adjustable desk. If you can't afford or don't want to buy a height-adjustable table, you can compensate for the differences with a footrest or an adjustable chair.

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Office ergonomics — should I stand or should I sit?

Well, if you have the opportunity, just try it to see what works best for you! Recently, there's been an increase in interest regarding standing desks, as many reports praise their health benefits, improvement of worker productivity, and even an increase in life expectancy. On the other hand, others claim that stand-up desks are overrated, and there's no scientific evidence that they improve health. What's more, they claim that people succumb to the illusion that they are exercising. Let's make one thing crystal clear - standing is not an exercise, and it won't replace daily activities, like, for example, walking, biking, or running.

You should also remember that a dramatic change can lead to side effects. When changing from your sedentary desk to a standing desk, you may encounter back, leg, or foot pain. Also, people who stand a lot may develop problems with varicose veins. If you want to try a standing desk, make sure to introduce changes gradually — e.g., start from 30-60 min a day. Also, don't forget about walking and stretching every half an hour — our bodies are not meant to stand or sit still in one position for extended periods of time.

Standard chair and standard desk height

The average desk height is 29 inches tall (approx. 73.5 cm). Unfortunately, that height is suitable for only a small part of the population - people around 6 feet tall. There's no standard desk height for stand-up tables, but you can expect them to be around 38”-42” (97-107 cm) in height.

When it comes to standard chair heights - there isn't one. Your chair height will probably fall into the 16-20" range, but fortunately, most office chairs are adjustable, so you can improve your office ergonomics without any extra money.

FAQ

How do I calculate desk height in inches?

To calculate desk height in inches:

  1. Find your height wearing the footwear you'll be wearing at the desk in inches.

  2. Divide your height in inches by 2.

  3. Subtract 8.5 inches from the result of the previous step to find your minimum desk height.

  4. Subtract 6 inches from the result of Step 2 to get your maximum desk height.

  5. Remember, these values should only be a starting point for you. You might need to adjust your desk to sit safely and comfortably.

What height should my desk be if I'm 5 ft 5 in?

If you're 5 ft 5 in tall, your ideal desk should be 24-26.5 in tall. Remember that everybody's different, so this range should serve just as a starting point.

How high should my desk be for my height?

You can adjust your desk height with the instructions:

  1. Use the 0.4739 × height − 6.678 formula for the minimum desk height (inches).
  2. Use the 0.5538 × height − 9.4270 formula for the maximum desk height (inches).
  3. Your elbows and underarms should lie straight on the desk and armrest. Aim for an angle of 90-110° at the elbow.
  4. Looking straight ahead, you should be looking at the top third of the monitor.

What height should a standing desk be if I'm 5' 7''?

If your height in shoes is 5 ft 7 in, your ideal standing desk should be 40.5-43.5 in tall. But this is just a starting point — you might have to adjust it to your actual needs.

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