Adjusting the height of an adjustable desk depends on the type of desk you have. Here are some common types of adjustable desks and how to adjust them:
Manual Crank Desks
- Locate the crank handle. It's often tucked underneath the desk's side or can be detached and stored when not in use.
- Insert the crank handle into the appropriate slot if it's not already there.
- Turn the crank handle clockwise to raise the desk and counterclockwise to lower it.
- Once you've reached the desired height, you can remove the crank handle and store it if necessary.
Pneumatic or Gas Lift Desks
- These desks utilize air-pressure mechanisms for height adjustments.
- Typically, there's an activation lever or button located beneath the desktop.
- To elevate the desk, gently lift the surface while simultaneously engaging the lever or button. Once you've achieved the desired height, release to lock in place.
- For descending, press the lever or button and apply a mild downward force to the desktop until it reaches your preferred level. Release the lever or button to secure the position.
Electric or Motorized Desks
- These desks typically have a control panel with up and down arrows or buttons.
- Press and hold the up button to raise the desk and the down button to lower it.
- Some advanced electric desks might have preset height settings, allowing you to save and instantly go to your preferred heights with the push of a button.
Pin-and-Ratchet or Set Screw Desks
- These desks have predefined height settings.
- To adjust the height, you typically need to pull out or release a pin, move the desk to the desired height, and then re-insert the pin or tighten a screw to lock it in place.
- These desks use weights or a tension mechanism to balance the desktop.
- To adjust, release a locking mechanism and move the desk to the desired height. The counterbalance will hold it in place once the lock is re-engaged.
- Always clear your desk or lighten the load before making height adjustments, especially if doing so manually.
- Adjust the desk to an ergonomic height that allows your arms to be at a 90-degree angle when typing and your monitor at eye level.
- If you're using a chair, make sure the desk height aligns with the chair height, so your feet are flat on the ground and knees are at about a 90-degree angle.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific desk model.