10 Ergonomic Standing Desks to Help You Lose Weight, Improve Posture and Just Plain Feel Better

Many people believe that it's a lot healthier for you to stand at your desk while you work than to sit down the way that most of us do. For one thing, sitting all day isn't good for your posture or your midsection. If you stand up straight, you'll improve your posture. You'll also increase your metabolism because your body has to work harder to stand up than to sit down. Of course, you don't just want to stand up the entire day; you will need to rest. That's why standing desks are designed to accommodate stools or other healthy seating areas where you can rest when you get tired of standing. It's an ergonomic trend that a lot of people are moving towards in both the office and home office.

Here's a look at ten different standing desks that you might want to think about getting for yourself:

1. Euroflex Standup Mobile Workstation. This is a very simple design that suits a number of different needs. For one thing, it's on wheels and is entirely mobile which means that you can easily use it when you need to use it and tuck it away somewhere else to save space when it's not in use. The fact that it's compact makes it even more convenient in this manner. It doesn't have any specific design features that make it stand out but that's what's great about it; it's a simple standing desk that you could place a tall stool close to for resting when you're too tired to stand.

2. Safco Adjustable Height Workstation. This standing desk is similar in design to the first one that we looked at; it's compact and mobile and it doesn't come with a stool so you'll have to add your own. It's designed to work for people of many different heights and is adjustable in inch-by-inch increments accordingly. People who are looking to try out one of these types of ergonomic desks for the first time can get a good feel for what they are like by trying out a basic design like this one.

3.iGo Desk for iMac. Fans of the iMac will love this little standing desk. It's specifically designed to fit the iMac and to easily hold it into place, hiding all of the cables and whatnot in a convenient way which is an appealing thing to people who are Mac fans. The design of the desk is a bit different from a traditional desk; it's a very modern design that would suit the office or home office décor of a true Mac fan. It's convenient and comfortable.

4. Stand Up Ergo Desk Lifting Platform. This is a cool idea - it's just the top portion of a desk and it's designed to sit on existing platforms. You can purchase a matching platform if you're interested in a somewhat permanent standing desk. However it's designed to be a mobile desktop that could move from the kitchen table to the conference table to a lecture podium, turning every single one of these spaces into a standing desk. What a cool idea!

5. Corner Standing Desk. A more realistic desk option for many home office workers is the corner standing desk. This desk is just like any other corner desk except for the fact that it is elevated so that your computer and workspace are perfectly placed at the right level when you are standing. This type of desk gives you a lot of room to work (and to spread out your papers and projects) but doesn't take up an excessive amount of space in the home office due to the fact that it's well-placed in one corner of the room.

6. Mr. Paine Standing Desk. This is a beautiful wooden desk made of cherry wood and birds eye maple. It has a cool feature about it which is that it tilts up. A tilted surface can be much better for some writing and computer work than a flat surface is. As you can see, there's a tall seat to accompany this desk for use when you no longer feel like standing. There's storage room inside of the desk, albeit perhaps not as much storage room as people are used to with their desks today.

7. Stone Standing Desk. Now that more and more people are starting to take an interest in the ergonomic benefits of the standing desk, we're starting to see a variety of different designs coming out for this type of furniture. You can use all different sorts of materials to make elegant furniture. This particular desk is made from stone. It has some room underneath for storing items but what is really great about it is, of course, the beauty of the stone design.

8. Traditional Desk. It is possible to take a very classic desk design and to alter it so that it rises up higher and becomes a standing desk. People who like the décor of a traditional desk will want to get something like this. Graham Peterson has good examples of these types of standing desks.

9. Antique Standing Desks. Believe it or not it is possible to find very cool antique standing desks that would go great in the home office of someone who loves vintage furniture. One such design is a bamboo desk with under-the-top storage. These pieces aren't easy to find but keep your eye open on auction sites and at local resale stores to see if you can find something that's really unique for your home.

10. Ergonomic Work Station. There are many different ergonomic work station designs. I wanted to point out this one (the last item pictured on the right of this article) because it has such a cool modern design. Drawers come out on either side of the desk, there's a little place for your computer mouse and the material is a combination of different colors. This just goes to show that you can find a standing desk that suits your style no matter what that style might be.

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25 comments

Jim 21 months ago

One of the best, most affordable, and eco-friendly stand-up desk solutions on the market is from Standee Co. Check them out at www.standeeco.com. Great place to find an awesome anti-fatigue mat as well, which makes a huge difference if you are thinking about switching to a standing workstyle.


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Standatyourdesk 21 months ago from Atlanta

I just found this article somehow! Pretty decent stuff here, I have an Ergotron, and will never go back to anything else (used a wooden box for sometime and cardboard for about a year....see it at http://www.standatyourdesk.com)

I also hacked...and got my dayjob to pay for it! I am passionate about this topic!


Cliff-Rich 3 years ago

We like our standing desks so much that we've started selling them. 100% bamboo, made in California and foldable. Plus they start as low as 159.95 . Personally my back pain has been greatly reduced since I started alternating between standing and sitting at work.


Cliff-Rich 3 years ago

We like our standing desks so much that we've started selling them. 100% bamboo, made in California and foldable. Plus they start as low as 159.95 . Personally my back pain has been greatly reduced since I started alternating between standing and sitting at work.


ADT 3 years ago

could you post a link to the traditional desk pictured here? Or to graham peterson's website or one where you can buy his designs? I'm finding it very difficult to find these desks!


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furniturez 4 years ago from Washington

How do the desks really help you lose weight, though?


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Oakfurnituresol 4 years ago from Bristol

This is a great hub, interesting concept and much more productive than taking breaks all the all the time to improve posture!


Nilbud 4 years ago

Buy a kitchen table, then buy another one. Cut the legs down on one of the tables. Place it under or on top of the normal table. If you put the short one underneath it can act as a footrest if you do sit on a high chair.


Emanuele Lopopolo 4 years ago

I read about you by studying the problem "working standing up vs. sitting" solutions.

I created a product that could help the development of standing-up jobs: Baxaver (the Back-Saver, www.baxaver.com), a portable telescopic backrest fit for resting the back when standing in the upright position.

Today working in the upright position causes a lot of problems, because the vertebral column is under a continuous pressure and dehydration.

Baxaver allows you to stand upright while alternating the vertical and the bending postures, so that you can relax your column without sitting and using in a better way your stand-up desk.

Baxaver was defined “the kangaroo’s tail for humans”, because the kangaroo is the only other animal that stands upright, but it has a pyramidal structure (legs + tail), while the humans don’t have a solid structure, having only 2 legs.

Please take a look at the Baxaver’s website (baxaver.com).

Thank you for your attention and, awaiting your kind reply (comments, partnership, etc.), I remain,

Yours truly,

Emanuele Lopopolo


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Standing while typing is healthy and we should alternate our work positions. Thanks much for posting about these neat desks. That bamboo design is a class act!


David Martinez 5 years ago

I wrote an article about getting perfect standing desk height for people thinking of buying a fixed height desk. You can read it here:

http://availeo.com/how-to-create-the-perfect-stand...

I'm a big advocate of standing up now, I even have this going at work.


jcalbon 5 years ago

Great selection of standing desks--I'm surprised they're not more popular. I use a drafting table for a lot of my work and find it's so much easier to stay energetic and efficient when I'm standing.


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writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

I think having a standing desks is a good idea. Besides, i can feel that i am getting fat because of too much seating. I like this post Kathryn :)


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janessecret 6 years ago from Oz

so I can lose weight just by sitting down, now that is good news!


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posture99 6 years ago from California

I used a standing desk for many years but prefer an adjustable one. One nice thing to have if you stand at your desk is a "roller" or something to relieve your feet at times. Believe me, they'll get sore, esp. when you're first starting out!


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Linnit 6 years ago from London

I need to get one of these! Thanks so much for your great hub!


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patriciarose7 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very interesting hub and like the different desk images too.


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Maria Harris 6 years ago from Houston

In some work environments, a standing desk is just a natural fit. Nice hub.


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relica 6 years ago from California

I have had a standing desk for years. Probably because I'm used to a high drafting table, but it gives you the option to stand or sit. Depending on the project that you are working on, sometimes standing is a lot easier, especially if you are assembling ideas or supplies as you are working. Great hub!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

loved the antique one! This is a good hub. I have been trying to convince my boss to buy me one! I'd also like to try one of those keyboards that are perpendicular where your hands are in the same position in front and facing each other with a split keyboard on either side. Ever tried one of those?


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I like reading about things such as these desks, which I didn't think had been around for a hundred years.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I think I will go with the traditional one! Great hub on an interesting subject!!! Good job, Kathyrn!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Very cool and yes your burn more calorie standing than sitting. A neat idea.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Kathryn,

Never heard of - never even thought about - wonderful Hub! I have bookmarked this Hub to include in my Hub on posture. Great idea!


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Alya rose 6 years ago from From beyond the reeds

I never knew your poster and being seated aren't good for your metabolism.Very interesting

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