Unleash productivity and well-being with sit-to-stand desks
In the era of remote work and hybrid work, our homes are frequently taking the place of bustling offices, prompting a re-evaluation of our home setups. One element that’s rapidly gained popularity is the sit-stand desk - a dynamic, research-backed solution that promotes movement in your day at the touch of a button.
We’ve laid out the details on why standing desks are good for you:
Reduce sedentary behaviour for better health
As regular commutes have changed from hour-long, multi-transport journeys to 20-footstep journeys, many of us have found ourselves moving a lot less over the course of a day.
Research has shown that prolonged sitting and sedentary behaviour is a significant health risk, due to its link to cardiovascular issues and musculoskeletal problems, including neck and back pain.
Sit-stand desks offer a compelling solution that allows users to seamlessly break the cycle of prolonged inactivity.
"The link between movement and increased energy levels is well-established in physiological studies"
Reduce eye strain and improve posture through ergonomic solutions
Reduced sitting time alleviates eye strain as well as back and neck pain. The ability to tailor your desk height means you can position your screen at the correct eye level (which will vary according to a person’s height), preventing the infamous desk hunch.
Monitor arms and laptop stands are also great solutions to position your screen at the eye height and distance that’s right for you, and our ergonomic chairs are designed to keep you sat comfortably upright.
Boost energy and productivity
The link between movement and increased energy levels is well-established in physiological studies. Adding frequent standing breaks to your day stimulates blood flow and combats energy slumps.
Adding movement to your daily routine after eating to reduce blood sugar spikes is particularly beneficial (REF). Blood sugar spikes are associated with a whole host of health problems and can cause your energy levels to crash once you’ve passed the spike.
Moving between seated and standing positions - by elevating your workstation at intervals - will support steady energy levels. And when you feel well, you work well.
Support long-term mental well-being
Reducing stress and fatigue is key to maintaining mental well-being - and sit-stand desks play a role. Aside from relieving the physical stress caused by prolonged sitting, physical activity – including standing intervals - has been shown to positively impact mood and cognitive function by promoting the release of endorphins (REF).
A dynamic workspace therefore positively influences mood and concentration, fostering a more focused and pleasant work environment.
Our sit-stand solutions
At Herman Miller, all of our products are driven by our purpose - to design for the good of humankind. Our sit-stand desks are no exception to this.
We offer sit-stand desks that cater to all needs. If you’re seeking a desk with abundant space for laptops, monitors and more, the Nevi provides a spacious solution with a motorised height-adjustment button to smoothly raise or lower the desk to your preferred height. The Nevi Desk is topped with a durable worksurface and equipped with undersurface cable management to keep things tidy.
The ultimate sit-stand experience can be found with the Jarvis. The programmable motorised height adjustment allows you to switch to your tailored heights with one touch. The Jarvis comes in a range of sustainably sourced work tops, with optional power grommets and cable management kits for the ultimate desk setup.
If you’re tight on space, the Passport or OE1 table might be the right choice for you. They offer enough surface area for your work-from-home essentials without the need for a large, dedicated home office.
Our desk buying guide lays out all the details if you need more help choosing the right desk for you.
Elevate your workspace, well-being and productivity
So, if you started this article wondering “Are standing desks worth it?”, the research suggests that the movement they enable has many benefits. Both your physical and mental well-being are positively impacted with the addition of a sit-stand desk in your workspace, and it's easy to start.
How to start
For effective ergonomics, set your desk at elbow height so that your forearms rest parallel to the floor.
Start by integrating 30-minute standing intervals throughout your day. You can then build up to a suggested 1 hour of standing for every 1-2 hours of sitting.
Choose to stand for tasks that work for you – whether that’s morning emails, virtual catchups, or jobs that require deep focus.
Take regular breaks to stretch and stimulate blood flow.