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Recently we posted an article regarding the best standing desks for tall people and it has now become our most popular and most-read article.

For us it was a bit of a surprise, we didn’t realize that so many people would be struggling to find not only a standing desk but even a regular tall desk to fit their body type.

Most offices have pretty standard size desks, and unfortunately, human beings are anything but standard sizes themselves! More often than not, you’re going to have problems with the height of your desk.

So why are we telling you all this?

Well, often people are searching for the best tall desk or the best short desk without actually knowing what the ergonomically correct desk height that is best for your posture. Obviously, most people know you have to sit or stand up straight, you should look straight ahead and not down, or you should keep your feet flat on the floor, but that doesn’t really help if you’re buying a desk online.

We wanted to provide some facts and figures so you can get as close as possible to your ergonomically correct desk, and have a workstation that is inch-perfect.

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Many people ask us, “What is the best desk for a tall/average/short person?” since it seems so many people struggle with the “so-called” correct desk height of 29 inches.

Our recommedation is always the same…standing desks.

Standing desks aren’t just for standing, they are height-adjustable for sitting too. They have varying height ranges depending on the brand, so here are three products we recommend.

  • Best Desk for Short and Tall People – $$$ – The iMovR Lander can go as low as 24.5″ and as high as 50.5″, adequate for people 5’0″ – 6’10” tall.
  • Best Desk for Average Height People – $$ – The Fully 2-Step has a range of 26.5″ – 45.75″. One of the top brands in the industry.
  • Best Affordable Standing Desk – $ – The FlexiSpot only has a range of 28″ to 47.5″ (but it is under half the price and still a fantastic product).

Average desk height

If you work in an office or have bought a desk for your home at any point, you’ll probably notice that in general, all desks come in the same size. In fact, the industry standard for desks is 29 inches tall, or 73.5 cm (approximately). It is curious that this has become the standard, as this would be an ideal height for people 6 feet tall, which according to the National Center for Health Statistics, is far from the average American person’s height.

According to the link above, the average American man is 5 feet 9.2 inches tall, and the average American woman is 5 feet 3.7 inches tall.

So really, most people are dealing with an office desk that is far too tall for them. And of course, there are also plenty of people over 6 feet tall who, for ergonomic reasons, need a much taller office desk.

Correct office desk height and correct standing desk height

So what have we learned so far?

Basically, only the minor percentage of men and women who are 6 feet tall (or near enough) will be sitting comfortably at their office desks. 99% of the world will be sitting sub-optimally, and in the long run, harming their bodies.

Below we have provided a simple table in both feet and inches, and in centimeters, to help you find the optimal office desk for your height. Additionally, we have included the optimal height for standing desks and the optimal height for your office chair.

Remember that when using this table to also take into account your shoes (this could add an inch to your standing height as well as affect your optimal chair height) and also if you use a standing mat.

Everyone is different, some people have longer torsos, some longer legs, other short arms…you get the point. For this reason, these measurements are a guideline to get you started. The only real way to know the exact number is measuring for yourself how tall your desk and chair need to be.

DO NOT MISS: If you are looking for an ergonomic standing desk we have reviewed the best standing desks in 2020 in this post.

Ok, so with all the caveats and forewords out the way, let’s take a look at the table below:

Firstly, our apologies for such a long table! In saying that, we wanted to include as many people as possible into these measurements, so we extrapolated the height ranges from 5 ft to 6 ft 11, covering 95% of the population.

To help you visualize the numbers in the table a little better, let’s take another look at that first image again.

Ergonomic office posture for sitting and standing desks

Correct seated desk height

As you can see, the standard desk height of 29 inches fits someone of around 6 feet tall. Now we believe that you don’t have to be accurate to the smallest degree, in fact, many websites will give you slightly different numbers when it comes to the best height. As we said before, it depends on the individual and what feels comfortable to you. In saying this, you should try stick within a 1 to 2-inch range of your actual height.

As a rule of thumb, for every 1-inch difference in height you are from 6 feet, add or remove 0.4 inches to the industry standard of 29 inches.

e.g. If you are 6 ft 3 in, you need to add 3 x 0.4 to 29, which equals 30.2 inches.

Correct standing desk height

If you are to buy a standing desk, much better to go with an adjustable standing desk as opposed to non-adjustable. This way you will have full control of the desk height.

As you can see in the illustration, the arms are at a 90-degree angle on the desktop, and the monitor is raised up to eye-level.

There is no real industry standard for standing desks, although fixed standing desks like the ones from Varidesk have a height of 47 inches.

Instead, adjustable standing desks have a range of heights, so as long as you fit within that range you will be ok.

For standing desk converters this requires a small calculation. Remember we said that the average desk height was 29 inches. Well, you’ll need to add this to the standing desk converter height range because a standing desk converter sits on top of your existing desk.

QUICK TIP: If you want the flexibilty of having both a normal desk and a standing desk, take a look at some of these desk converters.

Correct chair height

Often overlooked is the ergonomically correct chair height. We have added that to our table so you can see more or less where you need to be. Another rule of thumb, both your hips and your knees should be near a 90-degree angle, with your feet flat on the ground. In this position, you will be most comfortable and put the least amount of stress on your joints.

For more information about ergonomic chairs, take a look at our office chair buying guide.

Conclusion

There is nothing better than having your desk set up to suit you and fit your needs. Spend a bit of time and get out the measuring tape to make sure you are getting the most from your office desk.

Whether you are standing or sitting, it’s nice to have an adjustable desk for health reasons. No more back pain, sore neck, or tight shoulders. Follow the table above for a general idea of what height chair, desk, or standing desk you need, and for best results get someone to help you make sure you are sitting properly.

References:

  1. Laura E. Finch. Taking a Stand: The Effects of Standing Desks on Task Performance and Engagement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(8):939 August 2017
  2. Biddle SJ, Gorely T, Marshall SJ, Murdey I, Cameron N. Physical activity and sedentary behaviours in youth: issues and controversies. J R Soc Promot Health. 2004 Jan;124(1):29-33.
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6 Best Computer Desks for Tall People [2021 Edition]

Being tall might have its advantages, but it can also be a major hindrance when it comes to choosing suitable furniture such as office chairs and computer desks.

Most modern computer desks cater to average height people, leaving persons above 6′ tall in awkward working positions when seated. The result is a hunched back, cramped legs and bent neck that can lead to many chronic issues down the road.

Here are the main issues with standard desks when it comes to accommodating a tall person:

  • Legroom is often inadequate under regular sized desks.
  • Desk top is too low, leading to poor placement of your arms to type or write.
  • Low desk top also leads to a hunched over posture of the upper body and neck when working.

The result is discomfort and medical problems in the long run from sitting in a compromised position.

In this guide we’ll look at the most important information tall people need to know when shopping for the ideal computer desk that caters to their height properly.

See Also:Best Desk Risers and Standing Desks to Help you Stand Periodically at Work.

Ideal Desk Height Guidelines for Tall People

As a starting point, tall people who are around 6′ should opt for a computer desk that is at least 29″ tall. For every added inch of height, add around 0.4″ to get the ideal height for a desk:

  • 6’ tall: Look for a desk that is around 29” high (tabletop height)
  • 6’1” tall: Look for a desk that is around 29.4” high
  • 6’2” tall: Look for a desk that is around 29.8” high
  • 6’3” tall: Look for a desk that is around 30.2” high
  • 6’4” tall: Look for a desk that is around 30.6’ high
  • 6’5” tall or taller: Look for a desk that is around 31” or higher

Of course, these numbers are just general guidelines. In the field I find many tall people actually prefer desks that are higher than the recommended numbers above. In that case, an ergonomic desk that is height adjustable might be the better option.

Best Computer Desks for Tall People Reviewed

With that said, here are my top choices for the most ergonomic, durable, and practical computer desks for tall people in 2019:

Mr IRONSTONE Computer Desk

Desk Height42.5″
Desk Surface Dimensions47.6″ L x 23.6″ W
Warranty12 months
Mr IRONSTONE Computer Desk Review

Mr Ironstone’s sleek and minimalist computer desk is an excellent choice for people over 6′ tall. With close to 42.5″ of maximum clearance underneath, tall people can even extend their legs out underneath thanks to the open design.

This computer desk features a simple design with 47.6″ inches of ample surface space (length wise), easy assembly and thick MDF tabletop with a metal frame to give you a simple desk ideal for any room or office.

The primary highlight of this computer desk is the height adjustable desktop that goes from a low 27.9″ to a high of 42.5″. This ensures that regardless of your height, there is a setting that’s perfect for you. Four wheels that are lockable let you move the desk easily from one space to the next.

One 5’11” tall owner of the Ironstone desk echoed the height advantage of the desk compared to others she’s owned. She said that this is the only desk that fits her height perfectly both when sitting down and standing. It even bests some standing desks in terms of its maximum height.

Despite the desk’s impressive height range, it should be noted that this isn’t really a standing desk, as adjusting the height requires two people, making it difficult to do so at a whim. However, at less than $200, the Ironstone desk is also far cheaper than full fledged standing desks.

The desktop is also completely flat with no lip, making it ideal for attaching clamps for monitors and even a keyboard tray. 

A few users do report some quality control issues with some desks being shipped with incorrectly sized screws. However, the same people note that the company has amazing customer service, taking the initiative to provide a replacement after reading the reviews.

The minimalist design also makes the table extremely easy to assemble, something that multiple users have lauded. Most owners have no problems putting together the desk in under 30 minutes.

All in all, the Ironstone computer desk is ideal for a tall person seeking a simple yet functional and stylish desk that is well-built and ideal for multi-purpose use. 

Monarch Metal Computer Desk

Desk Height30 inches
Desk Surface Dimensions60” L by 23.75” W
Warranty12 months
Monarch Specialties 7145 Computer Desk Review

The Monarch Specialties 7145 computer desk follows a similar modern design language to Bon Augure’s offering, with the added benefit of storage space. Moreover, at 60 inches in length and measuring 30 inches in height, it gives you plenty of workspace and copious amounts of legroom for your taller frame.

The computer table features a slick design with very clean edges giving it a modern look. The highlight feature is the 60 inches of desktop real estate it provides, easily accommodating two monitors and a desktop PC. The huge desktop also ensures you have plenty of space underneath to hold a large office chair comfortably.

Much like the Bon Augure, the table features a particle board desktop covered in a tasteful wood veneer. The frame is supported by a metal leg on one side and a set of drawers with a metal bracket on the other. 

The two storage drawers and open cubby radically increase the practical value of this desk. You can choose which side of the desk to install the drawers on, which is a feature many people applauded.

The table also features a flat surface that is great for writing, something missing in the Bon Augure due to its textured surface. However, like the Bon Augure, it doesn’t have any height adjustability, although adding monitor stands and keyboards trays is extremely easy.

The addition of drawers adds a few additional steps to the desk’s assembly. That said, people were also quick to note that the instructions are quite clear and well explained with illustrations to aid the assembly process.

To conclude, the Monarch Specialties 7145 gives you a sturdy and modern design with lots of storage and a generous desktop easily able to accommodate multiple computers. 

Tribesigns Rustic Lift Top Computer Desk

Desk Height32.5 inches – 41.5 inches (raised)
Desk Surface Dimensions47.2” L by 24” W
Warranty18 months

Stepping away from the minimalist design of the last two desks, we chose to include Tribesign’s Rustic Lift Top computer desk as our first truly adjustable desk for tall people. 

The highlight feature of the desk is the lift-top, raising your desktop between 32.5” and 41.5”. This allows this desk to double as a standing desk. Standing desks are great for ergonomics, giving you essential breaks from long periods of sitting and thereby the debilitating diseases associated with sitting all day. 

The lifting mechanism is also well-engineered, allowing to raise the desktop with minimal effort and up to 40 pounds of equipment. However, the desktop can only transition between completely raised or completely lowered with no intermediate positions. 

Rounded corners and adjustable footpads that allow you to level the desk on uneven surfaces show the thought put into the design of this desk. 

Tribesigns Rustic Lift Top Computer Desk Dimensions

The desk also features plenty of storage space. One large drawer under the lifting top and another at the side. Two open shelves reside under the drawer on the side. The drawers are also shallow to ensure that you have plenty of leg space under the desk. The desk also features a stylish slot at the back for cable management.

At 47” in length, the desk does offer less real estate but this also makes it great for small office spaces.  This combination of a compact design with a raising top to double as a standing desk makes this desk a highly ergonomic prospect ideal for taller people.

Sauder 422379 Harbor View Lift Top Desk

Desk Height30.8 inches – 40 inches (raised)
Desk Surface Dimensions50” L by 23.47” W
Warranty 5 Years

The Sauder Harbor View LiftTop Desk gives you the same hybrid desk setup as Tribesign’s offering, but with a much larger 50” desktop and a charmingly rustic design. 

The lift top features a familiar design with a conveniently located latch that can be used to lift up the desk. The desktop rises upwards and forwards up to a height of 40”, providing prime ergonomics for working while standing. 

The desktop, as well as the lifting mechanism, are also very sturdy, easily accommodating up to two monitors on the raised platform. As with Tribesign’s LiftTop Desk, the standing desk only features two height settings with no intermediate positions possible.  

The desk comes with narrow drawers to maximize legroom for taller people. A low crossbar at the very back of the desk also allows you to stretch your legs uninhibited while still providing a place to rest your feet with ease.

Another major highlight of the table is lots of practical storage, with one large file sized drawer, one smaller drawer as well as an open shelf available to store things easily. However, the storage space under the lift top can only be accessed by lifting the top, as the faux drawer front does not open. A conveniently located slot at the back of this drawer allows for easy cable management.

All in all, the Sauder Harbor View LiftTop Desk features a great combination of excellent ergonomics catering to tall people who want to stand from time to time to mitigate the ill effects of sitting for too long.

TOPSKY L-Shaped Corner Computer Desk

Desk Height29.9 inches
Desk Surface Dimensions55.1″L x 23.6″W (for both sides)
Warranty12 months
TOPSKY L-Shaped Corner Computer Desk Review

Moving to L shaped tall desks for people who need the extra real estate, we feature Topsky’s original L-Shaped desk. With its versatile shape, ample desktop space and huge amounts of storage, this desk is ideal for taller people looking for a stylish and practical computer desk.

Topsky made a name for itself producing gaming chairs, and their foray into computer desks has been successful as well.

Thanks to the minimalist design, putting together the Topsky computer desk is very straightforward. The sturdy steel frame and high quality mdf board can withstand weights of up to 300 pounds.

In terms of ergonomics, the table features dual 55” x 23.6″ desktops with slim metal legs tapering to the side. Combined with the taller than average 29.9″ desk top height, this allows the user to easily house a large chair with ample legroom, especially since you have no under desktop drawers to eat away your legroom.

An interesting optional accessory is an optional filing cabinet you can get if you need storage space to go along with the computer task.

If you’re looking for an easy to assemble, deep L shaped desk with an above average height, you can do much worse than the Topsky Computer Desk.

Mr IRONSTONE L-Shaped Desk

Desk Height30 inches
Desk Surface Dimensions59″L x 21.7″ (on both sides)
Warranty12 months
Mr IRONSTONE L-Shaped Desk Review

If seemingly unlimited desktop space is what you require, then Mr Ironstone’s L-Shaped desk is the ideal option for you. With a massive 118 total inches length wise of desktop space, coupled with a 30 inch height, it easily accommodates tall people who use multiple computers, laptops, and printers.

The primary feature of this table is the L-shaped design which makes it ideal for fitting into corners, giving you huge desktop space in a surprisingly compact package that can even fit in small offices. The shape also allows you to swivel within your chair and seamlessly work across the surface of the entire desk, minimizing strain on your body. 

The L-shaped design also gives this table a huge amount of desktop real estate. This allows it to easily accommodate monitors and stands, printers, and even TVs as some reviewers are proud to show off. 

Mr IRONSTONE L-Shaped Desk Dimensions

The computer desk features a minimalist but very sturdy metal frame construction with a MDF board desktop. Thin but strong X-shape bars tie the metal frame, making the desk rigid and sturdy while maximizing the available room for you to stretch out your legs. The simple design also makes it easy to assemble, something plenty of reviewers are quick to point out.

The frame also features a low crossbar, which at 9” inches above the ground, doubles as a footrest running along the length of the entire table. This gives you an easy place to rest your feet no matter what part of the desk you are using. 

That said, the simple design does come at the cost of little to no adjustability. The table does come with adjustable leg pads though, making it great for uneven surfaces.

All in all, the IronStone Computer Desk is ideal for anyone above 6 feet looking for a large amount of desktop space in a compact package that can be easily navigated while sitting comfortably in your chair.

Checklist for what to Look for in an Ergonomic Computer Desk for Tall People

Table height

Needless to say, table height is the foremost concern when it comes to choosing a computer desk suited for taller people. The handy conversion height guidelines provided in the top section should give you a good idea for what table height is ideal for your height. The key takeaway- the table top height should measure at least 29″ tall for a person over 6′.

Moreover, how you will be mainly using your desk is just as important.

You can go with a slightly lower desk than the guidelines if you will be using it primarily for typing.

In contrast to this, opt for a taller desk if you will be using it often for writing or drawing. Ergonomically a table top that is closer to you is conducive for tasks that require fine motor skills.

Leg Room

The ideal desk should be able to easily accommodate your long legs as well as allow you to comfortably stretch your legs.

When looking at leg room under a computer desk, it’s inadequate just to look at the desk top height, as some desks have drawers or thicker than average desk top panels that take up extra space. Measure the space from the floor to the bottom of the table top instead.

Adjustability

Having multiple levels of adjustability is always a great feature to have in any desk, and is even more important when it comes to choosing computer desks for taller people. In particular, being able to adjust the height of the desk can be a huge asset for very tall persons that require non standard height desks, such as those over 6’7″.

Having an adjustable height computer desk also enables the desk to be used as a standing desk, something health experts generally agree is good for you.

Quality and Durability

Lastly, you want your desk to be a high-quality product built to last you for years to come.

You can use a number of criteria to gauge the quality of the desk. The choice of materials, as well as the warranty period, are good indicators of the manufacturer’s confidence in their product.

User reviews, especially those of people matching your height or medical issues, are also an amazing source for gauging a desk’s quality.

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Ergonomic Desk for Young Kids Study Area, Healthy Kids Room Design Ideas

A modern study area with a writing desk for a young kid should be properly designed, ergonomic, comfortable and attractive, providing healthy seating positions and complementing kids bedroom furniture and decor style. A computer table or a writing desk with a chair for children activities should be made of environmentally friendly materials, functional, durable and safe. Young children’s health depends on the quality of kids bedroom furniture as one of the factors.

A young student grows, and a student desk with a chair should grow with a kid. Young children, especially physically active, get tired very quickly, seating at a writing desk or a computer table that can not be easily adjusted for various positions. Parents need to organize the study area for their child and equipped it with the properly designed kids bedroom furniture, ergonomic writing desk and kids chair, or a computer table, that ensure the correct position for a young student.

Comfortable kids furniture and good organization of a study area in modern kids bedrooms help save good posture and improve back health, or correct it. Uncomfortable kids furniture, computer desks and chairs or poor student desk design can make it worse. Ergonomic and adjustable kids bedroom furniture, that is functional and comfortable for young children, is a very important element of modern kids room design.

Modern kids furniture for a study area

Writing desk height

Growing with kids furniture is the best choice for young students. Adjustable and ergonomic furniture design is healthy and fun to use.

The height of a writing desk and kids chairs sizes depend on young students height and weight. The proper desk height for an average primary school child, who is 100-115 cm (or 39 – 45  inches) tall, should be correspondingly 45-48 cm (or 18 – 19 inches.)

The ideal writing desk height is at the level of the diaphragm, when a child is seating. In this case the distance from the eye to a piece of paper or a book on the writing desk is about 30 cm (or 12 inches.) To check the distance between kids eyes and the student desk top, ask your child to sit down, put his elbow on the writing desk top and look at you. If the student desk height is right, the tip of the thumb should be at kids eyes level.

Modern kids furniture design ideas

For 120-150 cm (47 – 59 inches) tall kids their writing desk height should be between 55-65 cm (or 22 – 26 inches) and the proper distance from the student desk top to the chairs seat is correspondingly 20 -30 cm (or 8 – 12 inches.)

Student desk size

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The size of the working surface of a writing desk or computer desk depends on kids age, personal interests and activities. 60 by 120 cm (or 24 by 47 inches) student desk has a large enough desk top surface for young student activities.

Space under student desk

Kids need at least 45 by 50 cm (18 by 20 inches) space under a student desk top to move feet comfortably. Pediatricians recommend to choose ergonomic chair design and comfortable student desk, that has a top with an adjustable slope.

Student desk design

The ergonomic kids furniture design decreases the pressure on young kids back. Preteens and teens can use an ordinary writing desk or computer desk with horizontal top design.

Modern kids furniture, tables and computer desks that have two parts, – one is for working on computer, another is a writing desk, is a good choice for a young student. It is helpful, if a computer desk has storage drawers or shelves, where a child can organize books, pencils, notebooks and small items.

Writing desk lighting

Kids room design: understanding kids nature

The best position for the kids writing desk is near the window. A student desk should be well lighted from the left side light source, creating a comfortable studying area for the right handed kids, and from the right side for the left handed students. A modern writing desk lamp should be positioned on the left or right side of a student desk correspondingly.

Buying kids desk

Interior decorating from toddler room to teen quarters

Children grow, and their computer table or student desk and chairs should grow with them. If you have a large family with small kids or if you are buying a student desk just for two-three years to use, then a computer desk or a writing desk and a chair, designed for young children, are fine to buy. Soon your preteen will not be comfortable with computer desk designed for small children and you will need to buy a new one.

Purchasing a student desk, that has the adjustable height feature, is a great alternative for a growing kids bedroom. A writing desk or a computer table with adjustable height will serve your child for a longer period of time and save you money on kids furniture.

  by Ena Russ   
   02.09.2021

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