In an effort to find efficient ways to work, I came across the standing desk. Basically, instead of sitting at your desk, you stand.
Before you commit to a standing desk, give it a try first. Find a counter or a bookshelf where you can place your computer and/or monitor in a way that your arms are bent at 45 degrees and your monitor is roughly at eye height. Try it for a few hours a day for a week and see how it goes. In the beginning, there was definitely an adjustment period for my legs and feet. My mother-in-law bought me a soft standing pad from a Korean supermarket (I think it was around $10 bucks) that really helps ease the pressure of standing on the floor – and, yes, the pad is pink with a cartoon dog on it.
I’ve been pretty happy with the Utby desk from Ikea (choose “brown/black” from color, and 47 1/4″ from size). It’s meant for the kitchen so there’s no drawers, but the crossbars make it very sturdy and also make nice foot rests. Oh, and I’ve got a barstool behind for those moments of weakness and I just really want to sit while working. Usually, when I’m reading things online.
If you want to know more, read about them on wikipedia and on the 37signals blog. Lots of the ones advertised as “standing” or “standup” desks are pretty expensive, so I’d recommend just looking around for simpler desk/tables/bars that happen to be tall. If you’re handy, you can also try building your own.
Justin August 26th, 2008
Posted In: Productivity