Standing workstation: What you need to know

Considering a standing workstation? Find out how to set one up and how it can benefit your health.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're using a standing workstation, you've 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.

But 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.

Standing workstation


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. Don't 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.

March 04, 2014 See more In-depth