My Standing Desk Experiment: Week 1 (Or, How I Hacked Together A Standing Desk for Free)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Geek | 4 Comments

In the past couple years, I’ve read many blog posts and news stories about how sitting is killing us, and we were not made to sit stationary for hours at a time. Along with that, more and more people are trying out standing desks, to avoid some of the pitfalls of sitting.

I like the idea of standing desks, but don’t really want to invest any money into it until I try it out, so I hacked one together with stuff I already have:

It’s just a table on a table, with some stuff on the ground to stand on, to reach the right height.

Some initial notes:

  • Sore feet! I’ve only spent a few hours standing so far, but my feet get quite sore. Walking around once in a while helps!
  • Typing feels much more natural. I think this is the first time I’m actually typing in an ergonomically-correct way, and it feels great!
  • I probably need a stand for my monitor, so I don’t have to look down at it.
  • I walk around a lot more, and can easily pace back and forth when I need to think about a problem.

Where to go from here?

  • Standing desk or not, I need to get an actual desk. The Frederik desk from Ikea is adjustable, so it should work as either a standing or sitting desk.
  • I’ll try this out for a few weeks and see how it goes! I only use this computer on evenings and weekends, so it’s not too crazy to stand for those times.

Side note: Also visible in the photo is the exercise ball I was using as a chair previously. 

  • Zane the Experimenter

    Fun to see more and more people trying it ;) Encountered any changes to your posture yet?

    • Matthew Ruten

      While standing, my posture is definitely better. Along with that, when I am standing with good posture, typing feels much more ergonomic. We’ll see if there’s a lasting effect on posture…

      I like your stack of books standing desk! ;) Are you still using it?

      • Zane the Experimenter

        I’m no longer in the house where that pic was from, but I have a pretty cool setup these days. I bought wall mounted arms (company: Ergotron) that let me mount my keyboard / laptop / etc. on swiveling mounts from the wall. I can easily adjust them to work as a standing desk, sitting desk, or even reach to my bed to use to watch TV. They take up wayyyy less space than a conventional desk, too. Something I’ve been experimenting with recently is putting my chair in a reclined position with the screen up high, so I’m looking upward at it at a 45 degree angle. It has a similar effect of  taking some of the stress off your lower back and pulling you neck / shoulders back, avoiding the hunched over posture of most people who work at desks.

  • Zahid Zaman

    Nice idea, I should probably do something similar at home and see if it works for me.