In this new normal that has us living in our pajamas and spending hours just waiting for our next meal (this isn’t just a me problem, right?), finding ways to stay healthy is more crucial than ever. And given the amount of time that you’re now spending at your home office, you should be considering a work- and body-friendly set up for those eight-plus hours. Sitting at a table or on your couch or in your bed the entire workday just won’t be tenable long-term, either for your productivity or for your posture. And while the idea of a standing desk might be appealing, staying on your feet in your own home for hours on end doesn’t seem all that realistic either. But, as it turns out, there’s another hack that may just offer the best of both worlds—the kneeling desk from The Edge Desk.
Kneeling, as it turns out, is an ergonomically sound way to spend extended periods of time. This is because kneeling moves your pelvis forward, which forces your spine to align properly, thereby improving your posture. Research has also suggested that this, in turn, helps with digestion. And given the amount of snacking we're all doing, being in a digestion-friendly position is an added benefit we'll gladly take.
Experts also suggest that kneeling postures can also help to strengthen your core and back muscles (because unlike a traditional sitting chair, you won’t have a back to support you). And with the Edge Desk System, you’ll be able to combine the benefits of a kneeling chair with the convenience of a built-in desk.
This so-called “All-In-One Kneeling Desk” came to life on Kickstarter in late 2019, raising over $38,000 for its concept. The desk comes fully assembled, which means that setup is a breeze. The adjustable workspace measures 20 by 30 inches, allowing plenty of room for your computer, mouse, keyboard, and a few books. Plus, if you need to store The Edge Desk once your workday is over, it can easily be folded and stuffed behind a couch.
Amazon customers seem quite pleased with their creative new desk. One satisfied buyer wrote, “This was so easy to set up and use. It is absolutely perfect for my wife who works on her computer all day. Can't beat the comfort.” Several buyers have commented on the ergonomic design, with quite a few compliments coming from individuals with neck and back issues. That said, there are some complaints that the desktop can become wiggly, which is perhaps a trade-off that effortless set-up process.
But if you’re looking for a way to improve your posture and your productivity in these long WFH months ahead, a kneeling desk may just be the hack you didn't even know you were looking for.