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.