As you can see from the picture, I now have a (DIY) standing desk. What’s even better, it didn’t cost me a dime! All I needed was some ingenuity and a couple of pieces of exercise equipment.
The only drawback is that it requires some effort from my part to convert my standing desk back to a sitting desk.
Lack of style might called another drawback, but I don’t really mind it as long I feel better. 🙂
What prompted me to make the change was the constant discomfort I get from sitting in front of my computer for long periods of time.
My upper traps have been sorer than usual and regardless of what sitting position I try to adopt, I never seem to be comfortable for very long. I can keep a good sitting posture for ten minutes tops – after that my core collapses and so does my upper back posture along with it. The consequence is constant pain in my neck and upper back. Grr.
Before I figured out how to set up a standing desk, I tried some other solutions to my sitting posture problem. I put my 65cm exercise ball in front of my desk but it was too low. Then I got a “brilliant” idea and put the exercise ball on top of a sturdy stool I use as a step up bench when I exercise (it’s the stool under the keyboard).
Well, I easily rolled off the ball when the ball rolled off the stool and I almost ended flat on my back. 🙂
Next I put on my thinking and mentally sifted through all the equipment I could use to elevate my display and keyboard to the right height. I then set my display on top of a wooden stool (for added height I used some sewing books + my Kripalu yoga book). For my keyboard, I used the step up stool and for the mouse, I used two yoga blocks on top of each other.
Ta-da. It was easier to turn my regular desk into standing desk than I had thought!
My standing desk has been in use for a couple of days (I alternate between my standing desk and sitting desk) It’s been a very interesting experience. For once, all the blocks of my body are effortlessly aligned on top each other and I have no strain to my shoulders or low back. I’ve also noticed that I need to use my core musculature more to maintain an upright posture, but it’s not a strain.
I’ve used my standing desk for writing, surfing the net, answering emails and watching videos, and I don’t think it hampers these activities in any way. I haven’t yet tried using the desk for image editing or other tasks that require attention to detail, but we’ll see. An added bonus is the fact that it’s very easy to step away from your desk when you want.
The only drawback I’ve noticed is that my feet get fatigued pretty fast if I stand in one place for a long time. I did some research on the Internet and found out that I can buy an anti-fatigue mat to stand on.