The Stand Up Desk – Or Sit Down – Or Do Yoga
After several decades of landscape and garden work, my lower back often gives me pain, occasionally extreme. After reading about the health benefits of staying upright, I studied various ideas for a stand up desk. The best advice I found is that standing is far better than sitting, but moving is best of all, hence all my body stretches and gyrations while I stand here typing.
Fortunately, my existing computer desk offered a framework for adding the stand-up functionality, and just a couple hours and average carpentry skills were all that was required to complete the project. Note in the lower photo the 5/8″ bolts through the platform and existing desktop, secured underneath with self-locking nuts.
I also wanted a work station that allowed both standing and sitting, and this design seems to allow both well. I likely will take occasional short sitting breaks to work (or play) on the lower monitor and keyboard…the mouse is wireless and portable.
The two critical design values for a stand up desk are the height of your eyes, from ground, and your most comfortable arm position while standing – for me, arm position allows my forearms to drop slightly forward from horizontal. These two values can be used to design a stand up desk from scratch, or to adapt an existing piece of furniture, as I did.
This is all new to me, so time perhaps will suggest some tweaks. If you are interested in learning about the health benefits of working while standing, and get lots of information about stand up desks, check out this excellent site.
I’ll let you know how my new desk works out.