Standing Desks: The Ergonomics and Student Experience

Deepankar Dass
4 min readOct 15, 2021


Considering that Sitting all day is bad for your health, and recent studies have shown that students would be happy to see sit-stand desks lining the classroom. Researchers have been investigating the seating preferences and desk usage habits of college students. They wanted to know what kind of chairs people prefer in a university classroom, as well as how often they would actually use sit-stand desks? The test subjects were randomly assigned desks: either traditional sedentary seats like those found on an office chair or dynamic options such as exercise balls that allow you to move while sitting at your own pace (which is great after long lectures!).

Standing desk for work from home people and students

The study found that students would overwhelmingly like to use a standing desk in the classroom. Even though fewer than 15% have ever had an opportunity to try any sort of sit-stand workstation, most (62%) preferred adjustable workspaces with heights up for grabs and over 80 percent said if such devices were available at their school they’d utilize them right away! Similar results can be seen from other schools around America as well — the University Of Iowa being no exception when it comes down to which type is more popular; either fixed or height adjustable seating locations are desirable by all.

The Western University study builds on what other researchers have long accepted — the value of ergonomic desks. In a workplace, companies find increased morale when they pay attention to this aspect and invest in assessments or accommodations for staff members who need it most (such as those with back problems). The same principles apply at universities too: creating an environment where people can be healthy by reducing awkward postures like sitting all day without moving around will ultimately reduce musculoskeletal disorders!

When students hit college age, they find themselves sedentary an average of 11 hours a day. Universities form the front lines to help reverse this trend and offer standing desks in their classrooms assign that universities value student health & wellness

The facts speak for themselves — sitting is linked with obesity rates among both adults and children; it’s also associated with increased risks of heart disease or diabetes down the road when you’re not active enough throughout your lifetime! Fortunately, there are ways we can combat these ills: by utilizing dynamic workplaces which include more opportunities for a movement like exercise rooms on site (or even just getting up from behind our screens every now again) while discouraging screen time via parental controls at home.

The way that we spend our time is an indication of the type of person we are. The more hours per day spent sitting down, the greater chance there will be for obesity to develop in adulthood and certain medical problems later on when you’re older than 35 years.

Moving keeps students healthy throughout their college careers not just because it’s good exercise but also improves mental health by reducing stress hormones like cortisol which can leave people feeling moody or irritable if they do too little walking around between classes while studying.

The timing of this research is ideal. Universities are re-imagining many aspects of traditional college instruction, and redesigning learning spaces has emerged as one major trend in higher education today! Classroom redesign efforts are driven by the need to bring in more digital elements, and a desire for active learning. The new classroom models encourage natural collaboration with flexible seating arrangements that accommodate different-sized groups as well as the use of technology such as tablets or laptops during class time.

A recent survey of students' preferences found that they overwhelmingly prefer sit-stand desks to traditional seated ones. Stand-up desks may be the answer to some educational problems which we have been having for ages. Stand-up desks may be the perfect solution for students with specific needs. They have been proven to help improve spinal alignment and sensory engagement, among other benefits!

Students arrive on college campuses every year eager to take advantage of all the new experiences they haven’t had yet. For most, this is a time when you’re open-minded and exposed — not only to what’s happening around us but also to ideas in general!

Let’s Stand up for the children and their learning today!



Deepankar Dass

Physio turned Dr.Ergo — Husband of a loving wife, a father, an Ergonomic Consultant & an Author.