Standing Desks

A stand up (or standing) desk is a desk conceived for writing, reading, or working - while standing up! There are several health benefits to using a stand up desk including:

  • Reduced back and neck pain
  • Reduced risk of heart attack/ heart disease
  • Increased focus and productivity
  • Better posture and increased core strength
  • Increase number of calories burned 


"I would benefit from a standing desk in my office or workspace. What do I do?" 

If you would like a standing desk in your workspace please work with your supervisor and department to determine what will work best. Please remember that University furniture is purchased by Facilities Planning.

If you have a medical condition in which you would benefit from having a stand up desk please contact Disability Support Resources. They will assist you through the process and put you in contact with Facility Services.

Would you like to see how GVSU Faculty/Staff are already making the most of their work spaces by utilizing standing desks? See the standing desks at GVSU.

Health Benefits

  • Decrease risk of developing heart disease, blood clots in the brain, and certain types of cancer
  • Standing up for an extra 90 minutes significantly lowers your chances of developing diabetes
  • Studies suggest we spend an average of 9-10 hours a day sitting, but some people spend up to 16 hours sitting
  •  A link has been found between sitting down and levels of sugary glucose and fatty acids in the bloodstream (biomedical markers for diabetes)
  • The longer you spend sitting, the higher the amount of fats and sugars that accumulate in the bloodstream, regardless of the amount of time you exercise
  • Your metabolic rate crashes when you sit and by standing for an extra three hours a day without exercising would burn off 8 pounds of fat a year
  • When you are standing still you are using more muscles than when sitting still. When standing, it seems that you produce more enzymes that break down sugar and fats in the bloodstream
  • The lower back props up the weight of the top half of the body and the force of the upper body settles into your lower back when you are sitting.
  • You can relieve stress on the spine and have a reduced risk of spinal shrinkage by standing at your desk.
  •  Alternating positions relieves strain and relaxes the neck, shoulders, and back


Shop Around

There is no University policy about what the desk has to look like or function like. There are various styles available including podiums for the top of your desk or full size work station options.

Click on the logos provided to take a look at some of the desks that are available.


Research Articles

Desk-based occupational sitting patterns: weight-related health outcomes.
Ryde GC, Brown HE, Peeters GM, Gilson ND, Brown WJ. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Oct;45(4):448-52 2013.

Energy expenditure of interruptions to sedentary behavior.
Swartz AM, Squires L, Strath SJ. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Jun 27;8:69

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