Sit-Stand is Here to Stay

How to ensure it benefits your people and your organisation

A Locale collaboration space featuring height-adjustable surfaces, a small table, a low workbase, beige privacy screens, and Setu and Aeron office chairs.

Take a stand for movement

Combined with good chairs, sit-stand work surfaces provide the variety people need to sit well, stand well and be well.

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Foster health

Movement leads to better physical—and financial—health, setting the stage for performance, well-being and even happiness.

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Strike a balance

Standing all day is not the cure for sitting all day. Alternating between the two during the day is best.

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Boost movement

Some people do work that keeps them at their desks all day. They need movement more than anyone. A sit-stand solution gives it to them, right at their desks.

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Discover the Herman Miller difference

We have a comprehensive understanding of the nature of work that leads to a more natural and desirable experience for people, no matter where they sit and stand.

Robert Propst, inventor of the Action Office system, perches on a stool to work at a standing-height surface.


In 1968, Robert Propst wrote, “Man’s physical machine has evolved to do many things well but no single thing continuously. ...the office can be a kinetic active, alert, vigorous environment.” His Action Office system featured a stand-up desk, which he argued “would do more than anything else to overcome sedentary decline”. We’ve offered standing surfaces ever since.

Two Ratio sit-to-stand desks positioned at different heights and paired with black Aeron office chairs.


At its best, design is a response to social change; we developed Living Office in response to the evolution of work. A purposeful variety of settings helps people feel more creative, connected and engaged in their work. So does purposeful movement. Our ongoing research shows the combination of sitting, standing and moving in varying amounts is vital, especially at the desk.

A man and woman interact at a Locale workstation that includes a height-adjustable surface and cushion-top workbase.


Research shows that a choice between sitting and standing combined with training on the benefits of standing is most effective at reducing sitting time, which has benefits for the individual and the organisation. Our Ergonomic Solutions Specialists can help organisations reduce risk factors while increasing employee health, comfort and productivity.


Provide movement for everyone

Explore our complete portfolio of sit-stand solutions.

A cluster of three Atlas Office Landscape height-adjustable workstations designed for collaboration.

Atlas Office Landscape

Atlas Office Landscape is a work system which brings together height-adjustability and collaborative working in one elegant solution. With a unique ‘no beam’ structure, it frees the workspace from clutter so people can sit or stand in comfort, adapting postures to their activities. Combine desks, screens, tables and storage elements to create places that invite collaboration, focused activity or impromptu meetings.

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Designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin


Locale is a system that enables people to seamlessly transition between working together and alone, and in seated or standing postures. By removing visual and physical obstacles and condensing the architectural scale of an open office plan into a tightly knit neighborhood, Locale helps people stay better connected to their work and each other.

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A Locale collaboration space featuring a low workbase, red privacy screens, and three height-adjustable surfaces.
A Layout Studio Exchange benching configuration with grey Aeron office chairs and work surfaces positioned at different heights.

Layout Studio Exchange

Layout Studio Exchange is a progressive, height-adjustable solution designed for the dynamic nature of the new landscape of work. Reactive and flexible, it encourages individuals to move. By integrating seamlessly with the wider Layout Studio portfolio, Layout Studio Exchange expands choices, connecting people and inspiring them to do their best work, whether in a private office or an open-plan environment.

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With its clean lines and lightweight, uncluttered design, Ratio has been designed to blend into the modern office landscape. With Ratio, people can vary their postures to find the right balance between sitting and standing throughout the day. A versatile solution, Ratio can be specified as single desks or in large clusters.

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Adjacent Ratio adjustable desks positioned at standing and seated heights with yellow privacy screens.

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