Standing workstation: What you need to know

We are beginning to see a number of standing desks in employee offices.  Some of you have had one for some time, and some are new users. Regardless, it is important to remember how to properly set one up, and utilize the desk while engaging in proper office ergonomics.

If you are using a standing workstation, you have already made a move toward improving your health. Research suggests that sitting for long periods is linked with health problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

However, have you considered the proper office ergonomics of a standing workstation, such as the correct desk height and where to place your computer?

Get started making your standing workstation comfortable with this visual guide to standing workstation ergonomics.


When using a standing workstation, keep your legs, torso, neck and head approximately in line and vertical.


Choose a desk that will allow you to keep your wrists straight and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. Do not use books or boards to change the height of your desk.


Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm's length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. Position your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.

Keyboard and mouse

Place your mouse and keyboard within easy reach and on the same surface. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.

Key objects

Keep key objects — such as your telephone, stapler or printed materials — close to your body to prevent excessive stretching.


If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck. Experiment with various styles until you find the headset that works best for you.