Project standup desk

Lately, I’ve been staring at my monitor being non-productive at all. As a business owner, that’s abad thing. Also, I know for a fact that my posture is not the greatest when I’m sitting.

At first I was looking into a new desk chair (like a nice Aaron chair), but I got the feeling that would make me just more lazy. I started researching alternative ways of working, and I saw a few tweets about people standing up while working. This seemed compelling to me. I’ve had experience with work standing up. I used to work in a telecommunications store, where we had work stations at standing level, but with my height (close to 6’5”), the workstations were always too low.
I came across Geekdesk.com, but I wasn’t willing to spend $1000+ on a desk that I might not even like, so, I came up with a solution: Search the house for items that are the right height to make a standup desk.

My current “sitting” desk is a nice wooden kitchen table with metal legs. I thought of making my own legs for it to make it the right height, but that would turn out too wobbly. I looked around on the innerwebz (I’m cool like that) and found quite a bit of genius ideas to temporarily raise your desk. From Pringles cans to phone books and concrete blocks. I’ve seen them.

Initial setup

My current test-setup is a Rubbermaid storage tub on my desk, with a work top from a fairly heavy side table. The work surface if 32” x 24”. My Macbook is on a Mattias iFold riser with my keyboard and tablet in front. I haven’t mounted my monitor yet.

Here’s a picture of the setup now:  http://campl.us/jkUB (Ignore the mess. I just pushed everything aside).

Next step: The tub is empty, which makes it easier to tip over (although stil pretty sturdy), so I’ll need to weigh that down to add my 22” monitor.

Stage 2

Stage 2: I need to design stuff today, and doing so on a 13″ Macbook is far from ideal, so I raised my 22″ monitor onto the tub. Didn’t fill it with anything. It’s still very sturdy. The work surface is too small for a dual monitor setup, so my Macbook will remain closed for this experiment. I took another picture: http://campl.us/jlFX.

Day 2 of standing, and how do I feel? Well, My feet will be numb at the end of the day and my lower back is killing me, but from what I’ve read, it’s all part of the process and will get better once I’m starting to get used to it.

I’ll keep you posted.

Future

I’ve been looking into what I’d use for a more permanent desk situation, and I think (not sure yet), if this experiment goes well, I’ll buy 2 of these, put them in front of each other and set up the front rack as a desk/workspace and the back one as a shelf to put my monitor on. The other shelves will be used as storage, the way the unit was intended to use.

UPDATE July 6th

I had high hopes for this project. I was hoping it would make me feel better, have more energy, get more done. Instead, now I’m just too distracted by the discomfort in my feet and back that I’ve decided to go back to sitting, until I can afford a Geekdesk (or something similar).

Standing is great, but because I have a temporary setup where I can’t switch to sitting, it’s been a long couple of weeks.

The project was not a failure, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for..

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2 Responses to “Project standup desk”

  1. curtismchale Says:

    I did the standing desk for a while and I did like it. Unfortunately my budget for a new desk (in the space I have) did not include a standing desk (at least one that could be changed from sitting to standing) so I’m back at a normal desk now. I did just come across a neat on desk stand that can make the adjustment of a normal desk to a standing one easy.
    http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-standing-desks/

    The biggest thing I do is use the Pomodoro technique to make sure I get up every 25 minutes. I also have a wireless headset for client calls so that I can walk around the office.

  2. Mark Says:

    Thanks, Curtis.

    The budget is one of the things holding me back from getting an adjustable standing desk. I’ve seen the Kangaroo. Unfortunately, that one on the highest level is not high enough for my length (I’m a little over 6.4″).

    That link you posted is an awesome resource for people who want to know the “why”.

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