How High Should a Desk be and Why is it Important?

We know that your health and comfort are important to you. Did you know that the height of your desk could be having a negative impact on your health and wellbeing? If you struggle with lower back pain, joint stiffness, headaches, or chronic fatigue, your desk could be responsible.

How High Should a Desk be?

Have you ever ordered a desk online or tested one out in store? Most of the time, desk height isn’t actually something you consider. Instead, you look at the colour, the style, the available storage, and whether the desk will fit your space, when the key consideration should be desk height and whether it’s right for you.

In the UK, desk height should be between 70 and 80 centimetres to be comfortable for most people. With the correct ergonomic set-up, from the height of your chair to the distance of your monitor, you should be able to find and hold the correct posture all day long.

Why is Desk Height Important?

According to the British Heart Foundation, “Sedentary behaviour is increasingly common in a society where many of us do desk jobs, travel in motor vehicles and spend leisure time in front of computers and televisions [...] Adults of working age in England average about 9.5 hours per day of sedentary time.”

Choosing the right desk height can have a significant impact on your day-to-day health, productivity, and overall posture. We’ve all been told to stop slouching and sit up straight at least once! And while it can be a little annoying, it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your health.

Maintaining good posture can protect you from poor health by strengthening your muscles, encouraging good spinal alignment, decreasing stress on ligaments, preventing muscle fatigue, and reducing the likelihood of back pain. And having the right desk height can make all the difference.

The Benefits of the Right Desk Height

Working at a desk that is the perfect height for you can have a number of benefits, including but not limited to the following:

  • Avoids straining caused by overreaching
  • Allows you to sit comfortably
  • Prevents chronic aches and pains resulting from poor posture
  • Helps you stay focused and productive
  • Reduces your risk of long-term preventable injury
  • Increases your lung capacity
  • Results in fewer headaches
  • Gives you more energy
  • Improves your concentration
  • Reduces muscle tension in your shoulders and back
  • Improves your circulation and digestion

How High Should an Office Desk be? Here’s How to Check

There is no set rule as to how high an office desk should be. The perfect desk height will vary from person to person. What’s important is finding the right desk height for you. Below are a few simple checks you can make to ensure your office desk is the correct height.

Feet Flat on the Floor

When sitting at your desk, your feet should always remain flat on the floor. This is important because it will ensure your body is properly supported while working. If you cannot place your feet flat on the ground, even after adjusting the height of your chair, your desk may not be the right height for you.

Sit Up Straight

Whether you struggle with back pain, joint stiffness, tense muscles, or general discomfort, you may want to examine your posture. How you sit can greatly impact the day-to-day aches and pains you experience. To maintain good posture throughout the day, it can be helpful to position your monitor at eye level. This will prevent slouching and ensure your back remains straight at all times, reducing muscle stress, ligament pain, and spine compression.

Keep Arms at a Right Angle

Positioning your arms correctly when working from a desk can impact everything from your posture to whether or not you experience back or shoulder pain. Many people position their arms too low and struggle with tense or painful shoulders as a result.


A good rule to follow is to position your arms at right angles. To achieve this, you may need to adjust the height of your chair. Doing so should reduce any back or shoulder pain you experience and help you work comfortably for longer.

Proper Chair Support

Your chair should provide adequate support for your upper and lower back, holding your body in the correct position so as to reduce pressure on the spine and avoid the likelihood of back pain. If your chair isn’t offering the correct support, you might choose to sit on an exercise ball or stand for periods during the day. However, the most long lasting and beneficial change you can make is to purchase an ergonomic chair.

Can you make the changes listed above and still sit comfortably? If not, it’s very likely your desk isn’t the right height and you might want to consider a replacement.

Choose an Adjustable Desk

Sometimes, choosing a desk that is the right height for you can prove to be a challenge. That’s why at Pastos Co, we have redesigned our flagship best-seller desk into an adjustable height desk. Adjust the desk height to whatever level suits you best. With our adjustable height desk, you can enjoy:

  • A more comfortable working environment
  • A reduction in aches and pains
  • The avoidance of preventable injury
  • A boost in productivity
  • An increase in energy levels

Made from reclaimed wood (for that beautifully rustic finish) and with a fully adjustable electric base, the adjustable height desk is one of our fastest selling products. You don’t want to miss out!

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Final Words

Finding a desk that is the right height for you, as well as ensuring your chair and equipment is set up ergonomically, will help support your long-term health, comfort, and productivity.

We want you to be happy with your workspace, whether you work from home or the office. That’s why we’ve created a whole desk range - from L shaped desks and desks with storage to our highly popular adjustable desk!

Browse our desks today and invest in a high-quality desk that is custom made to your requirements.