The Standing Desk

After adding my modifications to make it a standing desk.

After adding my modifications to make it a standing desk.

Since I’ve been working as a web developer full-time, my back has been killing me from sitting at my computer all day. Typing hunched over my computer was causing me pain to the point where I would have to get up, stretch and try and rub my back every 15-20 minutes. That was no way to work.

I had been looking into the idea of a standing desk for a while when one of my co-workers started doing it. After a week, he was raving at how much better he felt, so I decided to give it a shot. Originally I just used a small shelf stacked on top of my desk with my laptop set on it.

The first couple of days, my feet were in a lot of pain from standing, but I could tell a difference in not only my back, but in my overall mood and energy. I felt that I had a little more pep and wasn’t getting my 2:00 crash. I also felt that I was more alert and excited.

At the one month mark, I got a standing mat to add a little cushion to the floor and it made a subtly but huge difference throughout the day.

My desk when it was still a normal sit down desk.

My desk when it was still a normal sit down desk.

Finally, after getting a new iMac which didn’t fit on the shelf I was using, I looked for a more permanent solution. Since my desk is built into my office, I couldn’t just get or build or a normal standing desk. Instead, I found a table that matched the height I needed, then added a shelf to set my keyboard and mouse on. It just so happened that one of the coffee tables from the department store was the right hight for my monitor and was only around $20. I picked up a couple L-brackets and a shelf for about ten dollars more.

Now I have the perfect standing set up for me, and it only cost about $30 to do. I feel great and couldn’t imagine going back.

Edit: The Times Herald, a Gannett Company in Port Huron, Michigan, wrote an article about standing desks. Read about it here.

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