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What is a Monitor Arm?

 

Definition of Monitor Arm

A product used to replace the standard base supplied with monitors. The purpose of a monitor arm is to provide considerably more adjustment to the height, angle, positioning etc. of the monitor, in order to suit the individual using it. Monitor arms help to create a more ergonomic workstation and can help to reduce symptoms such as back and neck ache, eye strain etc. For examples of monitor arms see our Monitor Arms page.

 

Why Should I Use a Monitor Arm?

  1. Individual adjustment

    While the regular monitor stand may offer a small amount of adjustment, a monitor arm can offer a significantly larger height adjustment range, as well as screen rotation, tilt, forward/ backward and left/ right movement. Therefore, the monitor can be moved to the perfect position for the individual user, helping to increase their comfort and in turn, their productivity.


  2. Maximises space

    By lifting the monitor off the desktop, your work space is increased and the office can generally look less cluttered and more professional. Lifting the monitor off the desk also makes cleaning and dusting the desk easier and more effective – particularly important in ‘clean room’ environments, such as laboratories.

  3. Mounting flexibility

  4. Monitor arms are usually available with a range of mounting options, the most common being c-clamp, bolt through, grommet mount and slat wall designs. Monitor arms can therefore integrate with a huge variety of surfaces, including sliding desktops.

     


Monitor Arm Mounts

Monitor Arm Mounts
C-Clamp:

Clamps on to the edge of the desk, without the need to remove or screw through the desktop, allowing quick mounting.

Wide C-Clamp:

Same as the C-Clamp, but with a larger clamp to accomodate thicker desktops or beams under the desk.

C-Clamp with large spreader:

Wider base above the desk gives improved balance for heavy duty setups.

Sliding desktop clamp:

Low profile under desk allows for sliding desktops. Some designs clamp on without the need to remove or screw through the desktop.

Grommet mount:

Provides a hole for cable management (the existing cable grommet in the desk can be utilised). These clamp in position under desk.

Bolt through:

These fix through the desktop and bolt on. This is a secure & stable option.

Slat wall mount:

For mounting to system rails/ slat walls/ tool rails, usually these clamp into slats in the rail.

Types of Monitor Arms

Counterbalance Monitor Arm

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

Counterbalance arms are designed with either friction, hydraulic or spring resistance, which tend to all provide a high level of adjustment & flexibility.


Things to consider:

  • Is the arm easily upgraded from a single to a double/ triple/ quad, should your requirements change?

  • Are mounting options available to suit your requirements? Does the monitor arm need to be retrofitted?

  • Will the arm support the weight of your monitor(s)? Does the arm offer simple counterbalance adjustment or different arm options to accommodate varying monitor weights?

  • Does the arm offer sufficient adjustment for your needs - including tilt, rotation, forward/ backward movement, left/ right movement & height adjustment?

  • Are the arms suitable for your monitor size? If you're working with two or more monitors, will the arms spread far enough apart to accommodate them?

  • Can the monitor(s) be swapped easily with a quick-change mechanism? Is there a more secure option if necessary?

  • Has cable management been integrated into the monitor arm design to provide a tidy aesthetic?

  • How many people are required to mount the montior arm and monitor (more people may lead to higher installation costs)?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to compliment your furniture range?

  • Are instructions included?

  • Are tools & fixings included?

Cross Bar Monitor

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

A bar is used to allow multiple monitors to be mounted from one or two arms. All the monitors will sit at the same height.

 


Things to consider:

  • Is the bar suitable for your monitor size? If you're working with two or more monitors, will the bar be wide enough to accommodate them?

  • Are mounting options available to suit your requirements? Does the monitor arm need to be retrofitted?

  • Will the arm support the weight of your monitor(s)?

  • Does the arm offer sufficient adjustment for your needs - including tilt, rotation, forward/ backward movement, left/ right movement & height adjustment?


  • Can the monitor(s) be swapped easily with a quick-change mechanism? Is there a more secure option if necessary?

  • Has cable management been integrated into the monitor arm design to provide a tidy aesthetic?

  • How many people are required to mount the montior arm and monitor (more people may lead to higher installation costs)?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to compliment your furniture range?

  • Are instructions included?

  • Are tools & fixings included?


Pole Monitor Arm

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

The pole provides vertical adjustment of the monitor. Some pole arms also have articulating arms to provide further position adjustment.


Things to consider:

  • Can the arm position be fixed? Pole arms are more suited to scenarios when the user requires less flexibility.

  • Is the height adjustment flexible? If the height adjustment is in fixed intervals, this may reduce its suitability.

  • Is the arm easily upgraded from a single to double/ triple/ quad, should your requirements change?

  • Are mounting options available to suit your requirements? Does the monitor arm need to be retrofitted?

  • Will the arm support the weight of your monitor(s)?

  • Does the arm offer sufficient adjustment for your needs - including tilt, rotation, forward/ backward movement, left/ right movement & height adjustment?

  • Are the arms suitable for your monitor size? If you're working with two or more monitors, will the arms spread far enough apart to accommodate them?

  • Can the monitor be swapped easily with a quick-change mechanism? Is there a more secure option should this be preferred?

  • Has cable management been integrated into the monitor arm design to provide a tidy aesthetic?

  • How many people are required to mount the montior arm and monitor (more people may lead to higher installation costs)?

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to compliment your furniture range?

  • Are instructions included?

  • Are tools & fixings included?


Monitor Stand

Sling CPU Holder

How they work:

Usually supplied as standard with a monitor to sit on the desktop. The majority of stands will now provide tilt and vertical adjustment.



Things to consider:


  • Does the arm offer sufficient adjustment for your needs - including tilt, rotation & height adjustment?

  • How much space will the stand take up on your desk? If work space is critical to you, then a monitor arm will be a better option.

  • Will it suit your furniture? Are colour options available to suit your desk range?
  • Are instructions included?


 

Price Range

Monitor stands are usually supplied as standard when you purchase a monitor. The price range for adjustable monitor arms can start at around £30 for a basic pole arm and range up to around £400 for a counterbalance arm with a cross bar, from one of the more expensive brands.