How to choose a monitor mount?

What should I think about when shopping for monitor arms?
There are many things to consider when shopping for the appropriate monitor arm:

VESA compliance

You will want to check that your monitor is VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) compliant.  This means the back of your monitor features a standard hole pattern used for mounting purposes and ease of attachment. A VESA hole pattern is measured both horizontally and vertically between mounting holes.  For example, the most common mounting hole pattern for monitors less than 30 pounds is either 100 x 100 mm or 75 x 75 mm (VESA 75 x 75). Mid-size displays (up to 50 pounds) have a 200 x 100 mm mounting hole pattern, and large displays (screens larger than 32”) have varied hole patterns that are spaced in 200mm increments, such as 600 x 400 mm.
There are products, such as Apple products, that are not VESA compatible and will require you to purchase a special VESA adapter. This is why it is extremely important to check your monitor to make this determination before purchasing a monitor arm product.  If an adapter is not available, your display cannot be attached to VESA-compliant mounts.

Tip: To determine if your monitor is VESA compliant you can first check the back of your monitor to see if the hole pattern is visible. If it is not visible, you may need to take off the stand (make sure to follow your instruction manual to remove it properly). Otherwise you can do a quick internet search or contact the manufacturer to see if your product is VESA compliant.

Workspace specifics

When selecting a monitor arm you will need to consider the weight of your monitor to ensure you are selecting a mount that is appropriate for your workspace.  When reviewing monitor arm options, you will see the weight capacity listed in the specifications.
How many monitors do you use? You will need to make sure the monitor arm mount you choose will be able to accommodate all of your monitors.
Lastly, you will want to determine the depth of your desk so you know how long your monitor arms will need to be.

How will the monitor arm mount attach to my desk?

If you choose a desk-mounting monitor arm, many models come in either a grommet or c-clamp version.

The c-clamp is the most popular version because it attaches to the back of your desk without the need for you to drill any holes into your workspace. If you choose the c-clamp version you will want to ensure that your desk has a deep enough lip so the clamp can attach properly to your desk.

If your desk will not allow for a c-clamp, then you will need a grommet mount. Grommet mounts need to be mounted through a hole in your workstation surface. Some desks come with a pre-made grommet hole, but if yours did not, then you may need to permanently modify your desk.

Some monitor mounts use a universal mounting system, eliminating theneed to choose between a c-clamp or grommet mount.

Will I need additional accessories?

With your monitors up higher you will have a clearer view of all of the cords that tend to bunch toward the back of your desk. But you can contain all of your cords with a cable management system that easily installs under your desk.                                
Final Thoughts
No matter which monitor arm you choose, you will enjoy extra space at your desk and the health benefits they provide.
Do you use monitor arms?  If so, we’d love to hear your experiences. If you are new to monitor arms and we didn’t cover a question you may have, please let me know!  We want to make sure your workspace works perfectly for you!

Tips on setting up your new ergonomic workstation

Standing desks can be great for your health and that is why you want to ensure you are using yours properly to eliminate any stress on your body. Here are some tips to keep your workstation ergonomically sound:

Desk Height: Set the height of your desk so you are able to type on a keyboard with your arms rested comfortably at your sides (let your shoulders hang naturally), and with your hands at or just below your elbow

Monitor: Next, raise your monitor to be at eye level so you are not tilting your neck up or down while you work. You want a slight tilt to your monitor, about 10 to 20 degrees. Be sure you are a safe distance from your screen; you want to be no less than the distance from your middle finger to your elbow away from your monitor.