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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Trends: Do You Stand At Your Desk?


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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For the past few years the standing desk has been getting a lot of buzz. Determined to cure us of our sedentary lifestyles, health gurus advocate that we spend much less time sitting and stand, even treadmill our little hearts out, at  our desks.

image via FitSugar, read more about perching atop a stability ball here

So, are you a sitter, stander, kneeler or stability ball?  It’s odd, when I was in architecture school, we mostly stood but had adjustable drafting stools for those times when our feet needed a rest, but now that I’m on the laptop all the time, I feel like I have to create a lap to use it.

I know I need to change my ways; according to a 2010 article in The New York Times, “part of the problem with sitting a lot is that you don’t use as much energy as those who spend more time on their feet. This makes it easier to gain weight, and makes you more prone to the health problems that fatness often brings.” That is not cool. Not cool at all, and the trend is ramping up to the masses.

Stoller Works Station Table

Evan Stoller of Stollerworks has created several standing workstations, including the Station Table seen above. The great thing about these desks is that they are unobtrusive enough to serve as second workstations in an office. The even greater thing about them is that they very cleverly designed and look super-stylish.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk

If you work from home and a new desk isn’t in the budget right now, try adding a flat podium box or play around with other stands atop a high counter at home.

If you’re already a stander, good for you! Please tell us about it in the Comments section.

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Filed under Workspace, furniture  |  3 Comments


  1. Tristy says:

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:38 am (#)

    I’ve actually tried the balance ball at my office. Well I have to say that is…interesting :D I’ve actually thinking about getting one for my desk at home (:

  2. Kerry says:

    January 23rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm (#)

    As a ‘stander’ I love these Stollerwork desks! Writing this response I am at my standing desk/5-drawer dresser where I do most of my work. Unfortunately, I am far from being able to afford one of these beautiful desks considering I am 21 and a student. However I highly recommend anyone thinking of getting a standing desk to try it. I have experienced improved concentration and higher energy.

    Thanks for the article!

  3. Poltrone Ufficio says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 7:15 am (#)

    My favourite kind is the stability ball…but I’dont now if I keep it at my Milan. :(

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