Disadvantages Of Standing Desks

Although it has already been stated that the Standing Desk has myriad benefits and attributes concerning its users physiological and psychological well being, there are also a handful of factors which can be considered to be detrimental.

It has already been established that while standing, one maintains a healthy posture and in turn a strengthened core and muscular back but if you are not prepared for the initial onslaught of working whilst standing up, you will find that the first few days and even weeks will be incredibly arduous. Your legs and feet will become sore and you will be in a general state of discomfort throughout the early stages of using your new Standing Desk. But perseverance will eventually pay off – just be ready for the preliminary stages of pain.

A list of disadvantages to using a Standing Desk
Some things to note as you are deciding on whether a Standing Desk is right for you


Many office employees tend to take a pack-lunch with them to work, deeming it possible to eat on-the-run, so to speak. With a conventional sitting desk it is a lot more practical to dig into your midday meal while being able to relax. This of course isn’t so with a Standing Desk. You’ll have to allocate yourself an eating zone, possibly in the break room or a similar area where by which you’ll be able to put your feet up for an hour or so while feasting on your bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread (for the benefit of maximum fiber). Of course with a Standing facility you’ll also be the focus of much lunch hour scrutiny – Did you see that, Cathy? He’s having prawn mayonnaise sandwiches for the third day in a row!

Long Hours

Long working days are also one of the disadvantages of the Standing Desk. If you are in the office at 8am and have a grueling 10 hour shift then perhaps you might find yourself become physically fatigued and therefore uncomfortable. This isn’t conducive to the productivity levels that have now become expected of you by the hierarchy and you may wish to supplement your Standing Desk with a tall stool in order to give your poor legs and feet the occasional respite. Although after time you will soon find that you are able to stand for longer and longer periods of time and become one of the hardiest members of the office. Ease your way into the Standing Desk approach – don’t feel the need for an immediate upheaval.

Unwanted Attention

Although with your Standing Desk you are now standing proudly at the helm of your office overlooking the flock of drones slouched precariously into their conventional workstation, you may find yourself an unwanted center of attention. While your colleagues are engrossed in unproductive games of solitaire, the merest of movements from you may attract their attention. May be an itch in an embarrassing area needs scratching, or an animated sneeze requires the use of a whole box of Kleenex in order conduct the mop up, or you might even unknowingly be wearing a hearty amount of your cream cheese and chive bagel on your shirt – these things will be noticed and mocked by your work peers. Be prepared to be given a comprehensive inspection whilst utilizing your Standing Desk – but at the same time, your dominance of the office is unwavering – just don’t spill any of your damn lunch.

Some people may become self-conscious of the fact that they are standing in an office environment whereas their colleagues are all sitting. You are quite literally standing out and this may come across as a little strange to your peers. Forget them! You are your own person and you are taking a stand for your right to work productively while acquiring many physiological and psychological benefits. Of course initially it may feel a little weird but this is a feeling that both you and your co-workers will quickly overcome.

Vericose Vein

Although undeniably a much healthier option than using a sitting desk, using a Standing Desk can actually increase the possibility of acquiring the dreaded varicose vein – but hey! Who cares! Who goes to the office in a pair of shorts anyway? Apart from the sporty types who like to commute by bicycle and then stride into the workplace in black Lycra leg wear which leave very little to the imagination.


Standing Desks work extremely well with desktop computers as the keyboard is flexible and you are able to work at a good arms length from your monitor. Using a laptop on the other hand may instigate the problem of having to lean closer to your screen as the distance between the keyboard and monitor is quite considerably smaller. So when choosing to make the transition to a Standing Desk it may be wise to suggest to your employers that you require a standard desktop during business hours.


Lastly, the range of Standing Desks is quite remarkably overshadowed by the conventional sitting desk. The is of course natural as the standing facility is a relatively new addition to the workplace, but new designs are being developed all the time and soon enough you will have Standing Desks which are aesthetically pleasing and reeks of style and panache. Although nowadays the designs tend to be a tad on the tawdry side, the range of selections is steadily growing, eventually leaving you the beau of the office ball.

2 thoughts on “Disadvantages Of Standing Desks

  • September 21, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I use a laptop – I am self-employed, and it’s almost impossible to get hold of desktop machines in New Zealand these days – but to get the best ergonomics, I bought myself a separate keyboard and a mouse. $20. Complete flexibility, and I can have teh screen at the proper height without worrying about the effects on my wrists and shoulders.

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’d much rather be the center of attention than to have my life shortened by sitting plopped down in a conventional office chair all day. How does one solve the problem of standing fatigue? Why not sit down during breaks or at lunch? That’s what I do, I don’t even notice standing up at work

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