That's what planted the seed in my head a few months ago. At the time, it really struck a chord with me. At the time, my days went something like this: get up in the morning, sit to eat breakfast, drive my car to work and sit at a desk from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, at which time I would sit in my car and drive home, sit down to eat supper, and spend the rest of the evening sitting on the couch or on my computer. I started noticing that I felt stiff, lazy, and groggy (especially in the afternoons), so I started taking standing lunch breaks. I needed to give my butt a break!
We moved out east and I brought my sitting desk with me. A couple of weeks into working from home every day, all that sitting was once again getting to me. Then one day, this article popped up in my reader: My Standing Desk Experiment | Zen Habits. That was it. I decided that if I'm going to be working from home and spending all my time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, I have to change. Even if I would have said, "I'm going to go exercise gung ho every day after work!" it wouldn't have made a big enough change.
Enter standing desk.
The day I read the My Standing Desk Experiment article, I hacked together something that sort of resembled a standing desk:
That's a plastic storage bin turned upside-down, and my monitor moved up to the top shelf. The plastic bin raised my laptop keyboard and mouse up to almost the right height for standing. But this janky piece of crap was not very sturdy and not a long-term solution. But I tried it out for a day or two, and decided that Yes, I'm going to invest in a real standing desk. I found several IKEA Hacker posts that inspired me to build my own using parts from IKEA.
Here's how I did it:
We got the
Then screwed on 4
Then we attached an
And that's it! Pretty simple. Total cost for this desk was about $160. That seems kind of high, but considering the last desk I bought was about $120, this one is comparable. (On a positive note, I was able to sell my old desk on Craigslist to help offset the cost of this new one!) The most expensive components were the legs, at $30 each. But these legs ARE adjustable, meaning that if I ever were to change my mind about standing at my computer all day, I have the option of lowering the whole desk back down to a seated level.
So how's it going? I actually don't mind standing at my desk. If I'm busy and really concentrating on something I'm working on, I don't even notice that I'm standing. And I'm back to taking seated lunch breaks! A lot of people who've tried the standing desk thing will say it helps to transfer your weight between feet, and I agree. Under my desk is a big speaker, which acts as a resting spot for one leg - I alternate between my two feet, and it definitely helps.
Besides having pretty sore feet for the first few weeks, it's been all positive. I don't feel as sluggish (that 2:30 feeling), and I've noticed that I'm more likely to walk away from my desk to grab more water, etc. When my work day is over, I'm less likely to spend my entire evening wasting time on my computer -- I've spent the whole day standing and I want to sit and rest! Overall, I would recommend a standing desk to anyone who sits all day and is willing to try it. IKEA offers an array of desk parts that could easily translate into a standing desk. If you've even considered it, I'd say do it!
This project was published on the IKEA Hackers blog: Simple and Reversible Standing Desk