As you can probably tell from reading previous posts, it sometimes takes me a long time to actually do something I’ve set my mind to. That’s how it was with a standing desk. I had read countless articles about the benefits of standing while working and while it seemed like a good idea, I had two primary reservations:
- I wasn’t sure I would be able to flip the switch just like that and go from sitting to standing all the time.
- The cost of the hydraulic standing desks that would allow me to go between sitting and standing are expensive ($900+).
After doing a bit of searching, I found this awesome article, where someone built a standing desk from IKEA furniture for under $25. The benefit of this approach was that it was both inexpensive and relatively easy to switch between a standing and sitting setup (the standing portion simply sits on top of your existing sitting desk). That afternoon, I bought the parts from IKEA and a laptop stand. Everything arrived last Wednesday, so Thursday was my first day standing full-time. A few days in, it is going great. I’m not going to lie, my legs are exhausted at the end of the day, but I am hoping that gets better as I get more used to it in the coming weeks. I will be sure to follow-up in a few weeks to share how it is going!