The Ergonomic Standing Desk Footrest: Essential Accessory to Any Desk.

April 23, 2021

use of the standing desk footrest

An ergonomic standing desk footrest is necessary for any style of the desk. Whether sitting, standing, or a mix of both throughout the day, it’s an absolute must-have for your comfort and overall well-being.

 The reason for a footrest: support + movement. It elevates the feet in a comfortable position and gives them more places to rest. The design behind the ergonomic desk footrest is simple. When having more places to rest the feet, the more likely to move the legs around throughout the day. Movement at the desk is comfortable, healthy, and energizing.

Benefits of using a footrest, whether working at a sitting, standing, or adjustable-height desk

  • Prevent computer-work and posture-related back injuries by elevating feet and legs to a comfortable, healthy height

  •  Improve posture and reduce back pain by facilitating more ergonomic postural angles throughout the entire body

  • Prevent numbness aches fatigue and stiffness that results from static muscles — by moving more

  • Improve circulation and increase energy levels by moving more

  • Increase energy levels 

  • Heighten focus — especially with active footrest

  •  Elevate the feet to a comfortable height. Which the ideal angle prevents the hips from locking and tightening up and relieves pressure on the feet, back, knees, and legs

  • Short individuals can place their feet on the footrest to keep the feet from dangling and restore healthy circulation through the legs

There are three kinds of footrests: stationary, swinging, and rocking.  

Any footrest can elevate the feet at a height comfortable for your body. If movement is involved, that’s a different story. Different models simulate different kinds of movements like tilting, swinging, swaying, or rocking

The basic footrests are the simple foot bar, stool, rail, or cushion, the leg rest, or the slant, incline, or calf stretch board. All of them give you a comfortable place to set your feet and stretch out.

The more high-end products are the foot swing, rocker, hammock, fidget bar, or peddler. These are called active or dynamic footrests. The idea behind these active footrests is where the body thrives when in motion. And an active, dynamic footrest simply allows keeping the legs and feet in motion as natural as it can. Footrests on sale on the market are silent and well-designed. 

Different models have different materials.  Some footrests have a bumpy surface to massage the feet and promote circulation. The foot cushions are covered with comfortable plush microfiber fabric or a microbead grip-covered fabric to prevent slips. Other hard footrests have a surface that has an industrial texture similar to sandpaper. 

 Features of an ergonomic active or dynamic footrest 

  • A footrest encourages active, or dynamic sitting or movement while sitting at the desk. Even an ordinary footrest promotes movement by providing more, comfortable places to set your feet. Either wider or closer together on its platform or at different points on the curve of its cushion.

  • A footrest that adjusts in angle is designed with a wide platform that rotates forward and backward. it can be adjusted to rest your feet at different points of flexion and extension throughout the day thus, encouraging movement.

  • An active or dynamic footrest promotes active sitting by allowing you to rock, swing, and sway your feet beneath the desk as you sit.

  • An active footrest allows the user to stand — actively, comfortably, and engaged— for prolonged periods of time

Features to a good footrest:

  1. Material 

Footrests are made from a wide selection of materials. The platforms are mostly from plastic or metal, both of which are durable and sturdy. Metal and wood frames have also durable qualities. Those with foam filling or padding are the most comfortable, and depending on the thickness of the foam they’re just as supportive as other products made from plastic, wood, or metal.

  1. Size 

When looking for a footrest, there are two important measurements to find the right one: the height and the surface area.

The ideal footrest height depends on the user’s preference. The heights should range between 2 inches and 5 inches. Adjustable footrests are ideal because they allow users to find the height that is suited for them.

It’s also important that the surface area fits both your feet comfortable with the hips in a neutral position. A surface area of approximately 15 inches by 11 inches is large enough to accommodate most people.

  1. Adjustability

Footrests aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Shorter users find that some footrests aren’t tall enough for them. Many footrests are height adjustable to help users find the ideal height either in a seated or standing position. This makes them compatible with chairs of different heights. A good footrest can be adjusted between at least 2 inches and 5 inches. Although a larger range of heights is even better.

An adjustable angle is another advantage of a high-quality footrest. Models that tilt allow for more alternative positions and help users find that one sweet spot that’s most comfortable for them. The ideal angle must be between 0 degrees and 35 degrees.

  1. Stability

A footrest stays that is wobbly is not good at all. It must steady and doesn’t need too many readjustments. Some have anti-slip grips on the underside while others are heavy enough to stay firmly in place.

Imagine how comfortable and relaxed you were when resting your foot on the bar stool or foot rail when ordering a drink.

Elevating one foot at a time while working at a standing desk is a natural stance because shifting the weight contributes to comfort. In a way, a footrest is simply a tool that allows moving as we innately want to. 

In another method of standing, a perch posture (something between sitting and standing) may be ideal for those with low back pain. Data showed that perching puts less stress on the spinal column than both sitting and standing.

But it is worth noting that may be an important trade-off: a perching posture can put more load on the lower limbs — i.e. the feet and legs. A footrest can help to offload this extra weight on the lower body.

A footrest makes a perching or leaning posture more comfortable on the lower back while offloading some of the extra weight on the legs and feet.

Benefits of using a footrest when leaning or perching  

  • Shift weight between feet, elevating one foot at a time as comfortable

  • Rest, flex, and stretch calves, ankles, and feet 

  • More control over the distribution of weight between feet and glutes when perching or leaning 

  • More comfort and relaxation afforded by the footrest cushion or massaging bumpy surface


Now you learned what to look for in the ideal footrest. Try using our Portable Under Desk Foot Hammock FH01 by to footrest you deserve.


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