Sit-stand workstation set-up

Ideal set-up

Standing desk correct
  • Before you purchase, please refer to UBC’s Design & Purchasing Guidelines for sit-stand workstations.
  • Alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.
  • Start out with sitting 30-40 minutes at a time and standing 15-20 minutes at a time. Some individuals with medical conditions may need to stand longer.
  • Keyboard/mouse should be slightly below elbow level (the same is true for both seated and standing work).
  • Position monitor with the top line of text at eye level; lower for those with bifocals.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with good support.
  • Anti-fatigue mats, though comfortable to stand on, create problems when pulling your chair on and off the mat and as such are not required unless an individual is predominantly standing.

Desk too high

Standing desk too high


  • Strains the shoulders and neck

Fix it

  • Lower desk to just below elbow level
  • Keep monitor with top line of text at eye level

Desk too low

Standing desk too low


  • Strains neck, back and wrist

Fix it

  • Raise desk to just below elbow level
  • Position monitor with top line of text at eye level

Want to learn more?

Join us for our monthly Introduction to Sit-Stand Desks, a one-hour training session at the Vancouver campus. Register for a session online.

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