I am considering having one of my desks raised to standing height.

There are detailed OSHA guidelines for example

OSHA diagram of ergonomic desk sitting.

Are there similarly standard guidelines for how to set up a standing office work environment?

  • As you consider a standing desk, understand that prolonged standing can cause some problems. Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 3:33
  • @BackInShapeBuddy good point - as mentioned in the OP, I am fortunate enough to have two desks; but as mentioned below, perhaps an adjustable desk would be ideal. Commented Nov 11, 2012 at 20:04
  • I missed that you have 2 desks which is ideal (or as you say an adjustable desk). It allows you to switch off so that you avoid problems from any one prolonged position. This q/a gives some other ideas for varying your positioning. Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 20:09

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I'm not sure this is from OSHA, but this is a diagram that I found on the subject:

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  • This design looks good.
    – PravinCG
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 17:22
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    The desk above seems to be fixed. I think it should be possible to change the height depending on whether you stand or sit.
    – FredrikD
    Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 21:15
  • You could also just have a tall chair.
    – user4644
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 17:53
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    This diagram makes sense, but it'd be better to state where it came from, so I can evaluate whether it's a site I should trust or not. Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 1:08

Here are the guidelines from OSHA for both sitting and standing desks.

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    The OP already links to the OSHA guidelines, so he probably is aware of your link. Additionally, as soon as the link dies, your post will be useless.
    – Baarn
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 17:15
  • Sorry, didn't realize that I wasn't allowed to post links. I thought it was a pretty standard way of sharing information on the internet
    – Ilya Katz
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 18:27
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    StackExchange does not try to share but to collect information, when the link dies because of link rot, your post will be useless. It would be good to extract the important information from the link and add it as a citation.
    – Baarn
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 19:45

I recently purchased the Ikea Sit and Stand desk. It has been the solution I was looking for for a long time. You may want to give that one a shot. I got the electric one, which runs just under $500, but they also have a manual (with a lever), that pretty much does the same thing. I highly encourage anyone wanting to have the sitting and standing options on the same desk to give this desk a shot. They gave me (not sure if this is standard) a 90 day refund no questions asked guarantee, so it is worth a shot.

  • How does this answer the question "Are there similarly standard guidelines for how to set up a standing office work environment?"
    – Adam
    Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 20:06

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