Sit-to-Stand is Here to Stay

How to ensure it benefits your people and your organization

A collaborative office setting featuring a long Locale workbase, two sit-to-stand desks, and a blue Mirra 2 office chair.

Take a stand for movement

Combined with good chairs, height-adjustable 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.

An illustration of a Locale workspace with an adjustable desk positioned at standing height.

Boost movement

Some people do work that keeps them at their desks all day. They need movement more than anyone. A sit-to-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.

Adjacent workstations equipped with sit-to-stand surfaces, one positioned at seated height and one at standing height.


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 ergonomic research shows the combination of sitting, standing, and moving in varying amounts is vital, especially at the desk.

A woman and man share a laugh while seated at an oval table.


Research shows that a choice between sitting and standing combined with training on the benefits of postural change is most effective at reducing sitting time, which benefits both the individual and the organization. Our Ergonomics Consultants can help organizations reduce risk factors while increasing employee health, comfort, and productivity.


Provide movement for everyone

Explore our complete portfolio of sit-to-stand solutions.

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 setting equipped with red screens and sit-to-stand surfaces positioned at different heights.
A benching application with Renew Link sit-to-stand surfaces and blue Mirra 2 office chairs.

Designed by Brian Alexander

Renew Link

Renew Link delivers everything organizations like about benching systems (specifically, their high density), while addressing many of the things workers would like to change about them (low privacy and high distraction). And by accommodating both sitting and standing working postures, it brings a new level of individual choice to shared work environments.

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Designed by Brian Alexander

Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables

Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables make moving from sitting to standing—and back again—a natural part of your day. Combine one with a great chair for a full range of supported movement. A soft, paddle-shaped switch activates the powered height adjustment over a range of seated and standing heights. Renew’s thoughtful design looks good from all angles, even when the table is raised.

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A rectangular Renew Sit-to-Stand Table with a woodgrain top positioned at standing height.
A rectangular Renew Sit-to-Stand Table with a white top positioned at standing height.

Motia Sit-to-Stand Tables

Moving with workers and their workflow, Motia enables a smooth transition between sitting and standing. Designed with quality, minimal materials, and available in various finishes, Motia makes height adjustability easy to afford, easy to use, and easy to integrate in any setting.

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Designed by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber

Envelop Desk

Named for the flexible work surface that slides to envelop you as you work, Envelop is the first desk designed to help you, your chair, your work surface, and your technology work in harmony. Available with optional height-adjustable legs, it can support a full range of healthy seated and standing postures.

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Angled view of an ergonomic Envelop Desk with height-adjustable legs.
A man and woman converse with a standing-height surface between them.


Go deeper

Learn more about the thinking behind our solutions and about how they help other organizations accomplish their objectives.

Sit. Stand. Move. Repeat.

Learn more about the importance of moving as a natural part of your workday.

John Deere Case Study

Learn how integrating sit-to-stand products helped increase collaboration in the workplace.

Harry's: A Cut Above

Learn how sit-to-stand creates a working neighborhood for one team in this fast-growing startup..

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