Yes, you are compromising the accuracy. Last month I purchased a new digital scale and couldn't keep it in the bathroom due to it being long and narrow. Every couple days, I would carry it into the bathroom and weigh myself, get off and weigh again. Each time, I would get different results. So frustrating! So, I decided to move it into the kitchen where there is more room for permanency and tested the scale with various weights until I felt confident the scale was accurate. I even had my husband and kids weigh themselves. My son went so far as to weighing himself at the gym and then come home and weighed himself again. My scale is 0.2 different. So...if you can put your scale in a permanent place, then you should get the accurate results! Good luck!