The Humanscale Float gives you the ability to work in different positions throughout the day. Being in a static position for an 8 to 10 hour work day causes stiffness and poor blood circulation. When you sit for too long, it's natural to want to stand. And when you stand too long, you're going to want to sit. The Humanscale Float provides you with the freedom to move.
The Humanscale Float Desk is an adjustable height desk that allows you to work in both seated and standing positions. Instead of a hand crank or electric motor, the Humanscale Float works with a counter-balance system. Simply press the adjustment lever and the tabletop will feel weightless, as it “floats” into your desired position. With a table height range of 27” to 47”, you're sure to find a perfect working height whether you're sitting or standing.
Adjustable height desks with a hand crank can be slow and tedious. Those with electric motors require electricity and have an unsightly cord you're always trying to hide. But with the Humanscale Float's counter-balance system, you have a clean design and a table that adjusts quickly. No electricity needed.
The Humanscale Float accommodates tabletop widths from 48” to 72” so you'll have plenty of desk space to spread out. The desk also supports up to 160 lbs of weight on your tabletop. So load your desk as much as you want and you'll still be able to adjust desk height effortlessly and easily. Being able to change positions through the course of the day is one of the key principles to good ergonomics. Feel better, and be more productive at work with the Float Desk from Humanscale.
|48'' W x 24'' D||2448|
|54'' W x 24'' D (+$10.00)||2454|
|60'' W x 24'' D (+$100.00)||2460|
|66'' W x 24'' D (+$110.00)||2466|
|72'' W x 24'' D (+$120.00)||2472|
|48'' W x 30'' D (+$50.00)||3048|
|54'' W x 30'' D (+$60.00)||3054|
|60'' W x 30'' D (+$150.00)||3060|
|66'' W x 30'' D (+$160.00)||3066|
|72'' W x 30'' D (+$170.00)||3072|
The counterbalance crank is a small tool which adjusts the desk's tension. "Tension" is the force required to pull your desk up or push it down. The counterbalance crank can be mounted permanently on to your tabletop, or kept removable. Most people will be fine with the removable crank - since once you set the tension initially, you will rarely have to adjust it again. Just remove the crank and store it in a safe place for next time. But if you prefer to keep your crank permanently mounted, you can order that way if you like.
|Adjustment Type||Non-electric, counter balance system|
|Max Height||47 inches|
|Lowest Height||27 inches|
|Lifting Capacity||130 pounds|
|Table Top Shape||Rectangular|
|Accomodates Table Tops||48" - 72" wide, 24" - 30" deep|
|Base Materials||Steel and aluminum|
|Shipping Time||2 - 3 Weeks|
How Do Adjustable Computer Desks Work?
Ergonomics is the science of designing furniture to better fit the body’s needs for optimum posture, providing greater comfort and reducing strain. Every day, more companies are discovering the benefits of ergonomics and equipping their offices with work stations that provide a healthier environment for their employees and allows them to work more effectively.
No component of the computer work station is more important than the desk. A well designed desk allows the individual to sit naturally, without any strain on the back or shoulders, must support the computer screen in position to avoid neck discomfort and the keyboard should be accessible for ease of reach and motion.
But people are not potted plants, able to remain in the same place, in the same position for eight hours or more each day, no matter how ergonomically designed their work environment. The human body is built for movement and needs to change posture regularly.
What if our workstations were designed to allow us to do just that, without losing productivity? There is a solution.
Also called a sit/stand desk, an adjustable computer desk is an ergonomically designed desk that allows you to raise or lower your work surface. This enables you to change your position and posture throughout the work period, sit when the task calls for it and stand when the body needs a change.
Why would anyone want to stand while working? Consider the health risks associated with prolonged sitting.
• Spinal disorders and other musculoskeletal problems – sitting causes the hip flexors and the legs’ hamstrings to shorten and tighten and the muscles supporting the spine weaken.
• Vein thrombosis – Decreased activity and the pressures of a sitting posture increase the risk of blood clots forming.
• Reduced metabolic rate – when big muscles are immobile, circulation slows and fewer calories are burned, leading to weight gain (which exacerbates all health issues.)
• Increased risk of diabetes – less movement equals less blood sugar consumed, increasing your risk for diabetes.
• Increased risk of heart disease – the enzymes consuming blood fats become inactive when circulation slows.
• Risk to bowel health – the pressure of prolonged sitting caused stress to the bowel, reducing waste elimination, increasing the formation of hemorrhoids and even bowel cancer.
• Repetitive motion disorders – sitting at the same angle while working on the computer can cause problems like carpal tunnel syndrome which will greatly reduce productivity, cause pain and may even require surgery.
Doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists agree individuals who spend long periods working at a computer station need to get up and stretch to relieve stress and tension in the body brought about by sitting for a protracted period. Standing for fifteen minutes per hour of seated work will alleviate these pressures and cater to the body’s need to move and stretch. However, few of us have the luxury of a fifteen minute break every hour.
At the same time, standing-only desks which were quite popular in the early 1800’s, also produce many health issues. Just as sitting all day causes strain, so does standing for long periods, chiefly problems with circulation, particularly in the leg veins, and foot and knee problems.
Studies have proven that switching between sitting and standing provides the best health, not only refreshing the body, but the mind.
Adjustable height computer desks allow you to easily change from a sitting to a standing position and continue working. Consider the benefits.
• Increased productivity -- the simple act of shifting to a standing position at regular intervals has been shown to increase productivity, with less fatigue and reduced risk of health problems. Those using a sit/stand desk report feeling less tired at the end of the day.
• Reduced pain -- many people found fewer problems with back and joint pain within several weeks of switching to an adjustable work station.
• Better overall health – the ability to stand, stretch and move while working greatly reduces all of the health risks associated with a sedentary work day.
While primarily found in business office environments in the past, more and more home-based workers are discovering the benefits of the adjustable desk. Journalists, writers, telecommuters and independent business owners working from their homes are on the increase, and luckily, the cost of the adjustable height desk has decreased.
There are so many models available, from the basic, manual table to the luxury of an electronic, pre-programmable model, everyone can now benefit from this ergonomic design.
1. How do you adjust the desk height?
That depends on the model. Different models operate in differing methods. Some have an electric motor that raises the work surface while others rely on a hand cranked pneumatic system. Some models allow various heights to be pre-programmed to the individual’s needs.
2. Where do you adjust the height of the desk?
Electronic models have a button that when pressed, turns on the motor to elongate the legs of the desk. Manual models usually have a crank to one side of the desk that when turns, extends the desk’s legs simultaneously.
3. Do you have to plug in the desk?
If you are using an electronic model, the desk must be placed close to a power source and plugged in. A manual model may be placed anywhere.
4. How long does it take to raise the desk to the standing position?
Models using an electric motor take only seconds to adjust. Manual models can be raised in less than a minute.
Posted by Keith on 12th Dec 2013
To give you an example of how great this desk is, I was sitting down all morning. Then as soon as I was about to write this review - I felt tired of sitting, so just raised my desk and am now typing this while standing!
Before getting my Float, I would get so restless of sitting by the late afternoon. My feet would tap and I wiggled my legs constantly. It is such a relief to be able to stand for an hour or two while working and I really do feel more productive. It's like taking a break, but I still get to work and get stuff done. The Float is super easy to operate, and I really like the fact that it's non-electric (no messy cords). Do yourself a favor and get one of these desks. Very well designed and I just love it.