Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY stand up desk

I've wanted to make my desk into a standing desk for a while.  I read an article last year in the SCBWI Bulletin about treadmill desks.  I've read lots of articles about how sitting for long periods of time is bad for health.  Last year I swapped my chair for a stability ball but kept dreaming of a standing desk. 

A treadmill desk isn't realistic for me since I live in a condo and have neighbors.  
I thought about doing something like this but the wind trainer on my bike too loud.
photo from Obesity Panacea

My job is actually a lot of standing since I stand while I iron and while waiting for quick changes but I sit a lot while writing.

I have this desk that I got from IKEA a few years ago. The thing took me three days to build when I bought it.  

I'd been thinking if I move my printer to the bottom part and put my laptop on the top part I could stand while working.

The shelf ended up being a little high for me but I added a ministepper which give me a little height and makes this like my own little version of a treadmill desk.

One thing I noticed is that while standing at the computer I'm more focused.  I feel like I haven't spent as much on sites like Facebook because it is easy to limit time on these sites when I'm standing rather than sitting.

Does anyone else have a standing or treadmill desk?  


Meredith said...

I don't know if I could stand for such a long period--that's amazing! I love the mini-stepper idea.

Christina Rodriguez said...

When I moved into my new home studio here in RI, I put my art table at its maximum height. Now I paint, sketch, and type standing up. Hard part is remembering to keep my legs slightly bent at the knees. When I get tired, I pull up my stool and work a bit while sitting, but not for too long.

Barbara Watson said...

I would love a standing desk! I used to work at the kitchen counter, not optimal with food and beverages about.

Julie Hedlund said...

I can't stand and work, but I would love a treadmill desk. Somehow I think if I were moving, even slowly, I would be able to focus better.

RachelMaryBean said...

I could never have a treadmill desk. I wouldn't be able to type. I would probably fall down trying.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

I like this idea. I have something that could work as a standing desk, I just need to figure out where to put it.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I love this. Have to run to the thrift stor and look for a ironing board! I love the idea of this and find your report of being more focused super interesting. Must try.