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A standing desk is a desk that allows you to minimise the time you spend sitting at your desk by providing a higher work surface for you, your laptop, your notebooks, or even your multi-monitor setup. They allow you to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day, helping to promote better posture, increased movement, and to help you avoid day-to-day fatigue.
From simple and portable attachments that you place onto your existing desktop to freestanding desks or entire corner workstations that move up and down at the press of a button, you have plenty of choice, so you can find one that compliments the way you work.
It’s recommended that you work up to standing – try standing for 30 minutes and then slowly work up to longer periods. Starting out with long periods of standing could reverse some of the positive impacts associated with standing desks, by straining the muscles you’re trying to strengthen.
Regularly shifting between sitting and standing helps to get you moving and to get your blood flowing, so you don’t even need to make full-time standing your goal. Standing desks are here to make your workspace more comfortable, healthy, and ergonomic, so keep that in mind when you’re standing – if it feels uncomfortable, it might be time to switch postures.
In many modern workspaces, we’re required to spend a great deal of time looking at our computer screens. This is often accompanied with a great deal of sitting. These actions can take a toll on our wellbeing, so adding a standing desk or sit stand-desk to your workspace is a great step in the right direction.
Researchers are even looking into whether using a standing desk could play a part in reducing blood pressure, improving blood sugar stability, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. While these studies are in their early stages, it’s clear that using a standing desk can be a great way to relieve muscle tension and to work on your posture.
You’ll find a range of standing desks and standing desk accessories to keep you mobile while you work and to make your standing desk more comfortable.
Choose from a range of colours and designs to suit your workspace. You’ll find all-in-one standing desks that can be adjusted with an electronic control pad or manual lever. We also have sit stand desks that can be attached to your existing desk, turning any desk into one that is better for you while you work.
Anti-fatigue mats both cushion your feet and promote movement while you’re standing, resulting in a more comfortable experience. Some help you work on particular muscle groups, like the J.Burrows Ergonomic Stand and Balance Mat that’s designed to strengthen your calves and core on whereas some mats simply provide a softer surface to stand on to reduce strain on the feet, knees, and hips.
Read our Ergonomic Workspace Buying Guide here.