Standing Desk Ergonomics: 6 Tips How to Set-up Your Standing Desk

If you are interested in a standing desk, even for part of your workday, then you want to learn a few tips about how to set up a standing desk for good ergonomics. You use a standing desk for improved health, or if you have back problems; but working while standing without the correct adjustments and aids can undermine your best intentions.

I have written about ergonomics for the standard sitting desk and how to select and adjust a desk chair, Click on these links for basic information and “whys”.

diagram of correct ergonomics for standing desk

A standing desk set up for good ergonomics.

6 Tips to set-up or adjust your standing desk for  comfort:

  1. Bend your elbows about 90 degrees with your forearms are parallel to the floor and adjust your keyboard so that it is at fingertip height.
  2. Raise the monitor or laptop screen so that the top of the screen is at your eye level.
  3. One tip that I have not seen mentioned for standing desks: have room between the front of your keyboard and the edge of the desk so you can rest your wrists on the desk or a wrist rest.
  4. Ergonomic tips for working with a laptop apply when you are working at a standing desk.
  5. Wear supportive shoes.
  6. Consider standing on carpeting or a gel-foam cushioned mat.

With a few minutes for fine-tuning your standing desk set-up you will be more comfortable and more productive.

Note: monitor tilt and distance to monitor screen is very individual. Set this up in a way that works for YOU.

If you want to more information on how to set up a Home Office that works FOR you, check out The Smarter Home Office– The Book. available in both paperback and Kindle. 

If you have a standing desk, what works best for you? We welcome your suggestions and comments.

Illustration by  agbeat dot com


  1. Daragh-
    Thanks for sharing your personal experiences working with standing desks. And thanks for your suggestions on how to DIY your own standing desk. I am a big fan of IKEA and a huge fan of people who do IKEA hacks.