The perfect office desk height: today´s article will show you how to set your office desk to the perfectly suitable height. Since a well-adjusted office desk will have a positive impact on your efficiency as well as on your back health.

The height of an office desk

Conventionally, normal office desks do have a fixed height of 72 centimeters. For adjustable office desks the height can be set between 66 and 75 centimeters. Electric height-adjustable desks can allow a height adjustment from 70 to 128 centimeters.

How high your office desk should be

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How high your office desk should be set: the correct office desk height is between 66 and 75cm. Your forearms are laying easily on the tabletop and upper arms hanging down relaxed from the shoulders.

Depending on your body height, the correct office desk height is between 66 and 75cm. Our step-by-step instruction will help you to find your appropriate office desk height.

Calculate the perfect office desk height

Just easily calculate your perfect office desk height for conventional and height-adjustable desks:




Instructions for setting the correct office desk height

First, check if your desk is adjustable in height or shows a fixed height. Then choose the according method to set the correct height.

Desk with a fixed height: adjusting the office chair

The following construction will help you to set the perfect desk height by adjusting the height of your office chair.

  • Take a seat on your office chair.
  • Let your upper arms hang down relaxed.
  • Your forearms are laying on the armrests or tabletop and the keyboard lays exactly horizontal to your forearms.
  • Upper and lower arms should approximately form a right angle, otherwise the office chair will be set higher or lower.
  • Upper and lower legs should be at least at a right angle.
  • Your back should fit closely to the backrest.
  • If the chair is too high, a footrest can be used to maintain the correct sitting posture permanently.

Our advice: if you have a desk with a fixed height, you could also replace the desk legs with adjustable legs (available on Amazon). Otherwise, replace your desk with another model which allows to compensate the height.

Remember to set the desk height of your screen after that! The top edge of your monitor should be maximally at your eye height.

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Here you see correctly adjusted office desk. Thanks to the instructions you should set the perfect office chair height within a few minutes.

Set the correct height: office desks with legs that compensate the height

If your office desk is adjustable in height by legs to screw or a grid in the side panels, the range of adjustment is usually between 66 and 75 cm.

When setting the perfect height for an adjustable office desk, the following instructions will help you:

  • Sit down on your office chair.
  • Upper and lower leg should be at least at a right angle and the seat approximately at the height of your knees.
  • If it’s not the case, place your office desk higher or lower.
  • In doing so, your back should always be next to the backrest.

Following the next step, the office desk will be adjusted to the height.

  • Let your upper arms hang down relaxed.
  • Your forearms are laying on the armrests or tabletop and the keyboard lays exactly horizontal to your forearms.
  • If it’s not the case, the desk height could be, by rotating the compensating legs, corrected above (by turning to the right) or down (by turning to the left).

Office desks from Deskonia which are adjustable in height

Setting the height of an electric height-adjustable office desk

You can adapt the desk height of an electric height-adjustable desk within a few minutes continuously variable to your body height. Therefore, you follow the same instructions as for office desks with compensating legs. You can calculate the correct desk height here.

We put together the numerous and further advantages for you in a comprehensive article here.

Height-adjustable office desks from our shop

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The post "The perfect office desk height: How high should my desk be set?" written by:

Stephan Forstmann

Experte für Home Office und gesunde Büroarbeit

Stephan is from Dresden, Germany. He is a founding member of Deskonia since 2009.

Stephan is a home office worker since 2013 and became a home office expert. He shares his experience and publishes various tutorials for a better life at the office und creates tutorials on topics like ergonomics and communication.

In private, he is also very passionate about photography. He loves to chat about photography-gear and composition an. Stephan also published a lot of photography tutorials.

If you want to get in touch with Stephan, you can easily reach him via e-mail: forstmann@bueromoebel-experte.de.

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