Standing Desks

A stand up (or standing) desk is a desk conceived for writing, reading, or working - while standing up! 

"I would benefit from a standing desk in my office or work space. 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. There are several health benefits to using a stand up desk including:

 

Standing Desks

  • Decrease in the 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. (A link has been found between sitting down and levels of sugary glucose and fatty acids in the bloodstream)
  • By standing for an extra three hours a day without exercising would burn off 8 pounds of fat a year.
  • 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.

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

Other resources: Health Benefits