Marvel Focus Desk Raises the Bar on Standing Desks to Improve Test Scores

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New sit/stand desk improves student performance, with unique features suggested by teachers.

In schools around the country, standing desks are proliferating in classrooms as a means to boost test scores, battle obesity, and improve student engagement. A recent pilot study found students who used desks that accommodated standing experienced significant neurocognitive improvement in executive function and working memory. These exciting discoveries are drawing attention from school administrators and educators searching for ways to maximize student performance and wellness.

One manufacturer, The Marvel Group, went directly to real-world classrooms for guidance in creating its new movement-friendly product, The Focus Desk. Designed in cooperation with teachers and students at the Hyde Park Day Schools in Chicago and Northfield, Illinois, The Focus Desk enables K-8 students to sit or stand at will. In addition, the Focus Desk incorporates a host of unique design features that promote organization, concentration, and workspace flexibility.

Marvel Group designers asked the Hyde Park teachers and students for a wish list of features they would like to see in a next-generation desk. In their feedback, a top priority was to have a desk that allowed children to be in control of their movement without asking for teacher assistance or disrupting the class. To meet that need, The Focus Desk can be easily and silently raised or lowered by students, no tools required, with the touch of a patent-pending FeatherTouch™ lift mechanism. In addition, The Focus Desk includes teacher-recommended design features for organization, such as integrated hanging folders, separate interior shelves for books and electronic devices, backpack hooks, and drop-leaf worktop extensions that can be raised or lowered as necessary. To allow teachers to easily rearrange seating groups, the entire desk rolls on smooth, durable casters. The Focus Desk even has customized privacy panels that can set up in moments for test-taking or quiet study and then folded into the built-in holder for storage.

Since its introduction in early 2015, The Focus Desk has been chosen by schools all around the country. Students and teachers are discovering the benefits of increased engagement, focus, and productivity that its innovative design provides. According to Mark Frenzel, Principal of the Creekside School in Fairport, New York, The Focus Desk has enhanced student independence and self-regulation.

“Using the desk, the students are able to meet all their sensory needs to remain focused. It creates independence as they remain engaged in instructional tasks,” notes Frenzel. “It’s easy to use so students can manipulate it themselves. When they need to stand, they stand; when they need to sit, they sit.”

To view The Marvel Focus Desk in action, visit

About The Marvel Group
The Marvel Group is a 70 year-old Chicago-based manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality furnishings to large, small, and home office markets as well as the education market. Product lines range from office chairs and file cabinets to executive office furniture and open office work-stations. Marvel® products are manufactured to ISO 9001 certified guidelines and backed by a lifetime warranty. The Marvel Group offers superior customer service to assure a problem-free and timely project completion. For more information, visit

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