Standing vs. Sitting Desks: What’s Right for You?

We spend a lot of time at work. At least 40 hours if you’re a normal, and even more than that if you’re a brown noser. Whether you’re spending those hours at home or at the office, chances are that much of this time is going to be spent sitting at your desk. When I say sitting I, of course, mean sitting or standing. Seriously, it’s 2017, don’t be a bigot. Everybody has their own preference and usually, they’re going to be pretty adamant about which they choose. It’s important that we take a look at both sides of this argument so that we can sit back and take an objective stance when we make our decision.

There’s no wrong answer in the debate of standing vs sitting desks, so the only answer is to break down each option, take a look at the pros and cons, and let you, the reader, make a decision for yourself like a grown up.

Why don’t you have a seat right over here

I understand that the above line sounds like it’s coming straight from Chris Hansen, this business is about eyeballs, and now I’ve got yours. The sitting desk has been a staple of the workplace since the dawn of the modern office. Hell, even before the modern office. I guarantee you that caveman accountants all sat on their ass all day counting a more wealthy caveman’s seashell money. This tried and true formula for destroying your back has etched its place in the office hall of fame. No matter how crazy desks get, if you’re sitting at yours, no one will give you weird looks like the overachiever with the treadmill desk that also acts as a portable charger for their phone. How much did that thing cost anyway? I’m so sick of Carol showing off. If you’re a traditionalist looking for a way to blend in, the sitting desk is the only seating for you.

Take a stand

The standing desk. Much like gay marriage, if you told your grandpa you used one of these 10 years ago, he’d probably have disowned you. Well, grandpa, I have got some news for you! We’re all standing while we work. From sea to shining sea, people are spreading their legs (?) and learning to fly. People are starting to reject the idea that you have to sit for 40 hours a week and need back surgery by the age of 30. You will, without a doubt, get glares from the sitters around the office, but a stander doesn’t concern themselves with the opinion of sitters, or so the old adage goes. It’s 2017 and I by the grace of God himself you have the right to stand if you see fit. I personally am a stander. It allows a good deal of fidget room and possibly even has some dance capabilities when Drake hour rolls around on iTunes.

There’s a third group, that only the luckiest office prisoners have access to, and that is the hybrid desk. The convertible of the office world. Theses desks are motorized and allow you the freedom to do as you choose throughout the work day. Sit? Stand? Who cares! You’re a free spirit and can do whatever you want! Go out there and do as you please!

I’m going to leave you all with that. The choice is yours. You control the destiny of your derriere. I should also note that I’m just getting over a strange, sudden-onset illness, so that is where this blog is coming from. Take it with a grain of salt. 600 words on office furniture. Making mom and dad proud since the early ’90s.