We’ve blogged about why you need to avoid sitting (here and here) and the benefits of a treadmill desk (here and here). So if you’re ready to take the next step and buy a treadmill desk, what should you consider? Of course, getting a high-quality, durable product is important, but here are other, less-obvious considerations:
1) Give Yourself Choices
No matter how much you love walking at your treadmill desk, sometimes you might want to stand still or sit down. Think about how your treadmill desk setup will give you flexibility to switch your position throughout the day. Many treadmill desks users, stand right on the treadmill when not walking on it. If you are going to want to stand next to the treadmill rather than on it, make sure that your desk is easily adjustable by one person.
Finding an option to sit at your treadmill desk can be tricky. Some folks use their treadmill desks in addition to their traditional sitting desks. If you want just one desk, you will want to find a chair or stool that fits at the desk. Best case scenario is that the chair looks nice as well! Take careful measurements before investing in a chair or stool that you hope will work at a treadmill desk. Rebel Desk offers a uniquely designed chair (Rebel Chair 1000) that fits right next to the treadmill for those times you need a break. When the Rebel Chair 1000 is in place, you can walk on the treadmill without having to move the chair. When you want to sit, stop the treadmill and shift over to the chair.
2) Think About Ergonomics
So imagine that you have your treadmill desk and are walking while you work. Great! Now make sure this dream doesn’t turn into an ergonomic nightmare. A key to proper ergonomic setup on a treadmill desk is to ensure that the height of the desk can be adjusted. This might seem obvious, but there are treadmill desks on the market that are not adjustable height desks. If you are 5’4″, you need a different setup than someone who is 6’1″. Walking at a treadmill desk that is too tall or too short will be uncomfortable and maybe even lead to repetitive motion injuries.
Next, consider the position of your wrists as you walk and type. Some treadmill desks have raised wrist rests on them that can create discomfort while typing. Finally, make sure that you can add a monitor pole to the back of the desk so that your computer screen can be raised to eye-level. Your neck will thank you if your screen is high enough that you don’t have to be looking downward.
3) The Treadmill Controls
If you use your treadmill desk on a daily basis, you are going to get to know the control console very well. You want the controls to located in a safe and accessible spot. If you are thinking about converting a running treadmill into a treadmill desk, consider that the controls are going to be far away from you. It will seem awfully inconvenient to reach that stop button when you’ve got a laptop, papers, and a cup of coffee between you and the button.
Treadmills designed for treadmill desks have control consoles that sit on the desk. Desk space can be precious, so you might want to avoid a console that takes up a lot of room. Rebel Desk’s control console takes up about as much space as an envelope on the desktop. You also may not want a control console that makes noise when you press the buttons. Some consoles, including Rebel Desk’s, have options to turn the sound off.
These are just three considerations to take into account when shopping for a treadmill desk. Learn more here about why Rebel Desk offers an optimal complete solution.